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FanDuel NHL: Thursday-Friday Value Plays

Neil Parker

A loyal Leafs, Cubs and Cowboys fan for decades, Neil has contributed to RotoWire since 2014. He previously worked for USA Today Fantasy Sports and founded TheFakeHockey.com.

FanDuel has two-day contests consisting of the two Game 4 matchups. The home teams won both Game 3s, so Anaheim and Pittsburgh will be looking to even their respective series on the road on Thursday and Friday. Here are a handful of recommendations across multiple price ranges to consider while assembling your lineups.

GOALIE

Craig Anderson, OTT vs. PIT ($8,400): Pittsburgh players will probably be chalky in this two-day contest, and the Penguins could ultimately tie the series. However, Anderson doesn't need a win to be a solid fantasy asset. He's allowed just five goals through his past four starts with a .959 save percentage, and Ottawa has held Pittsburgh to just 5.25 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes through these first three games.

CENTER

Ryan Getzlaf, ANA at NAS ($7,900): After a dominant run to start the playoffs (eight goals and 15 points through nine outings), Getzlaf has found the scoresheet in just one of his past five games. His three-assist showing in Game 2 also came when Anaheim was down a game in the series, so considering the resiliency he's shown throughout the playoffs, another bounce-back showing shouldn't surprise.

Kyle Turris, OTT vs. PIT ($5,400): This is a manageable price to take a flier that Turris follows up his two-point showing in Game 3 with another solid outing Friday. He's coming off a career-best 27 goals during the regular season and has averaged a hefty 20:47 of ice time with 2:35 on the power play during the playoffs. His role provides a solid fantasy floor, and Turris could fly under the radar because of the top-end options in the center pool.

WING

Mike Hoffman, OTT vs. PIT ($6,100): A streaky scorer, Hoffman has the potential to string together solid outings and post big offensive numbers. He has three goals, an assist and 13 shots on net through his past five games, and Hoffman stacks with center Kyle Turris for a solid mid-priced duo. The Penguins' blue line is in shambles, so the Sens' top offensive cogs should continue to see soft on-ice matchups.

James Neal, NAS vs. ANA ($6,000): After scoring twice and registering 10 shots through the first two games of the series, Neal failed to record a point and fired just a single shot on net during Game 3. With five goals and 29 shots on his ledger over a seven-game span leading into Game 3, there's no reason to overreact to one poor outing. Nashville's top line typically garners the most attention both from daily players and from the Ducks, so Neal has the potential to carry a low ownership percentage.

Corey Perry, ANA at NAS ($5,300): This salary doesn't match Perry's upside. He's been on the ice for the most high-danger scoring chances of all Ducks through the first three
games of this series, and he snapped a four-game goal drought in Game 3. The veteran winger is now up to three goals, 10 points and 27 shots through his past 12 playoff games.

DEFENSE

P.K. Subban, NAS vs. ANA ($4,800): With just three assists, seven shots and nine blocked shots through his past eight games, Subban hasn't made the most of his huge role (a hefty 26:00 of ice time with 2:59 on the power-play during that span). However, considering his offensive track record, Subban boasts as much upside as any defenseman remaining in the playoffs. This salary is easy to fit under the salary cap, too.

Brandon Montour, ANA at NAS ($3,400): A low-priced flier, Montour has been chipping in semi-consistent offense, tallying six assists and 27 shots through 14 playoff games. His skating ability allows him to join the offensive attack without being a defensive reliability. The rookie has also seen some power-play looks and has been on the ice for the most high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes of all Anaheim defensemen.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Neil Parker plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: naparker77, DraftKings: naparker77.