Fantasy HockeyFront OfficeJosh Kay

2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, Saturday January 18th

There are quite a few games on the schedule tonight, including many that begin early this afternoon. We, as always, play our Daily Fantasy Sports over at Draft Kings. They are the industry leader when it comes to providing excellent Daily Fantasy content and great cash prizes.

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Thoughts and Musings:

The big contests on Draft Kings begin with the 7 pm games but many of us, including me, play Head-to-Head. For those of you that are playing the full slate (13 games), there are a couple matchups worth touching that begin at 2 pm.

New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators: The Rangers are coming off a big win against the Detroit Red Wings in an incredible 1-0 game which resulted in 86 shots (registered) on goal. Henrik Lundqvist, who has had an up and down year to say the least, was stellar. The King stopped all 38 shots to record the shutout. This afternoon however, Cam Talbot gets the nod in goal. Talbot has been sensational this season. He has arguably been the better goaltender thus far, and now he draws what feels like a tough assignment after the Senators exploded against the Montreal Canadiens. Talbot is a really good fantasy play today. The other players I feel confident in this game are few and far between, as this game is going to be close. Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards, and Ryan Callahan are all options today.

Edmonton Oilers @ Winnipeg Jets: The Oilers made a big splash by trading away Devan Dubnyk. The struggling net-minder had simply gotten too many chances to succeed in Edmonton, and he consistently failed. Now the Oilers have brought in Ben Scrivens, but he got light up like a Christmas tree against a depleted Minnesota Wild team. In goal tonight for the Oilers is struggling net-minder Ilya Bryzgalov. The Jets have been on fire since the removal of Head Coach Claude Noel. New Head Coach Paul Maurice has the team playing with a lot of energy, confidence, and effectiveness. Winnipeg has five goals in both games under Maurice. I like that trend to continue today. Dustin Byfuglien, Blake Wheeler, Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele. Are all high-confidence plays for me today. Draft Kings does allow you to stack lineups with full teams, but since this game is at two and thus not part of the GPP field, I do not think such a decision is advisable. Cash games command less risk.

Games Starting at 7 P.M:

These are games that I am targeting:

New York Islanders @ Philadelphia Flyers: The Islanders have been bad defensively and between the pipes all year. Young net-minder Kevin Poulin struggled mightily against the Florida Panthers before turning in a very impressive outing against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Poulin allowed just one goal in that game and out-dueled Vezina Trophy contender Ben Bishop. The Flyers are coming off a disappointing home loss to the Nashville Predators, and the Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek tandem has slowed down considerably over the past few games. Earlier in the season, Head Coach Craig Berube was pairing Sean Couturier – Matt Read – Steve Downie against the top lines of opposing teams, but that has since changed. I am avoiding Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek tonight and instead focusing on John Tavares, Thomas Vanek and especially Kyle Okposo. The good plays for Philly are Brayden Schenn, Matt Read, and Wayne Simmonds.

Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs: This game should be incredibly high scoring, and I’m loading up on this game where I can. I especially love P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov tonight. I have Subban going in every league. Toronto’s third line is depleted, so I’m looking at Brandon Prust and Daniel Briere as deep sleepers. I also feel confident rolling with the top lines in this game too. Basically, just load up on Canadiens and Maple Leafs.

GPP Lineup:

C- John Tavares

LW- Max Pacioretty

RW- Phil Kessel

D- P.K. Subban

D- Andrei Markov

G- Eddie Lack

U- David Desharnais

U- Kyle Okposo

U- Tomas Plekanec

Cash Games:

C- Lars Eller

LW- Jeff Skinner

RW- Kyle Okposo

D- P.K. Subban

D- Andrej Sekera

G- Anton Khudobin

U- Thomas Vanek

U- Max Pacioretty

U- John Tavares

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