FanDuel NHL: Thursday Goals

FanDuel NHL: Thursday Goals

This article is part of ours FanDuel NHL series


It is the second busiest night of the week with 13 games. Only the Blues will play the second half of a back-to-back, and nine teams will be coming off extended breaks of at least two days.

There are three marquee matchups to watch out for: Panthers vs. Stars, Maple Leafs vs. Devils and Hurricanes vs. avalanche All six teams are in playoff position and two of them, Devils and Hurricanes, are a consensus top five.


Samuel MontembeaultMON to CBJ ($7,400): Montembeault has not lost in regulation in four straight starts, and against the struggling Jackets, he has a good chance to make it five games. Despite going 0-2-0 in three career appearances against them, Montembeault has been much improved this season with a .930 save percentage and hasn’t allowed more than three goals in any of his appearances.

Ville HussoDET to SJ ($8,100): The Wings have lost four straight and this looks like an intimidating matchup against the Sharks, who have won four straight, but keep in mind that the Sharks are also a league-worst 1-5-3 at home. In four career appearances against the Sharks, Husso is undefeated, posting a 3-0-1 record with a .919 save percentage and 2.29 GAA.

Connor Hellebuyck, WPG vs. United Kingdom ($8,800): Hellebuyck has been arguably the best goaltender in the league and if the Jets can keep the puck in the Ducks’ end, which is a strong possibility considering how terrible the Ducks’ defense has been, this should be an easy win. Hellebuyck is 9-2-1/.923/2.32 all-time against the Ducks.

Logan Thompson, VGK vs. ARI ($8,900): The Coyotes offense ranks 27th in GF/GP and Vegas should bounce back strong after a third period collapse against the Sharks in their most recent game. The Knights are 16-7-0 all-time against the Coyotes and Thompson has a .947 save percentage and 1.42 GAA on home ice this season.

Linus UllmarkBOS vs. PHI ($9,000): The Flyers are struggling to score as they have only scored more than two goals three times in their last nine games. This should be easy for the Bruins, who have won eight of their last 11 meetings, and Ullmark hasn’t allowed more than two goals in his last five starts. The B’s are at full strength with no injuries to any of their key players.


Sam Win, WPG vs. United Kingdom ($4,100): Gagner has been hit in the first line and PP1 with Mason Appleton out of the lineup due to wrist surgery. While Gagner’s production has become more inconsistent in his age-33 season, he played 17:01 in Seattle on Sunday, his second-highest total of the season. The Ducks allow the most shots per game in the league.

Matej BlumelDAL to FLA ($4,300): Blumel is hitting the bottom six minutes, but he’s lined up hard on the side Tyler Seguin i March of Masons. His upside is limited against a tough opponent, but the Stars offense is much improved from last season and Blumel presents a very bewildered game.

Juuso Parssinen, NSH vs. JNI ($4,700): Parssinen has taken over as the team’s top center after John Hynes moved on Mikael Granlund towards the wing and bumped Matt Duchene in the second line. Parssinen was a seventh-round pick, but he became a TPS-first forward in Finland, and before his call-up he had nine points in 10 games in the AHL.

Adam RuzickaCGY to TB ($4,900): Another match, another multi-point effort from Ruzicka. Even with Jonathan Huberdeau back in the lineup, Ruzicka has stuck with him on the front line Elias Lindholm i Tyler Toffoli. A two-point effort in a win against the Kings now gives Ruzicka five points in five games and is a great value play as long as he stays there.

Mason ShawMIN vs. PIT ($4,900): Shaw has changed his jersey number to No. 15, removing the temporary number assigned to rookies. It’s a sign that Shaw will stick with the big club, and after starting on the third line he’s moved up to play with Matt Boldy on the second line, keeping his PP2 duties.


Bruins vs. Flyers

Patrice Bergeron (C – $8,000), Brad Marchand (W – $8,800), To David Pastor (W – $10,300)

Expensive, sure, but the “Line of Perfection” has been one of the best in the league for numerous seasons. The downside to this stack of lines is that the Bruins can put this game out of reach very early, leaving Jim Montgomery to split the ice time. The Flyers have allowed 19 goals during their four-game losing streak.

Penguins in the Wild

Sidney Crosby (C – $7,800), Jake Guentzel (W – $7,200), Bryan Rust (W – $5,500)

It’s a very reasonable price for one of the best lines in the league. Crosby hasn’t faced the Wild much in his career, but he has scored 28 points in 20 games and should take advantage of the opportunity to pitch against the bench. Philip Gustavssonwho is expected to start for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury. They were a combined minus-13 last game against the Leafs, but the competition is easier and Crosby rarely has two bad games in a row.

Red Wings at Sharks

Dylan Larkin (C – $8,200), Lucas Raymond (W – $5,300), Tyler Bertuzzi (W – $4,300)

The Sharks are not a strong defensive team and Detroit’s front line produced 12 shots in their last game against the Ducks. It also gives you exposure to both power play units with Raymond playing PP2 while Larkin and Bertuzzi headline PP1. The Ducks PK ranks 31st in the league.


Shea Theodore, VGK vs. ARI ($6,200): It’s been a quiet but steady season for Theodore, who has four assists in his last five games and 12 points in 17 games overall this season. The Coyotes should be an easy matchup, and Theodore has scored 15 points against them in his career, third most against any opponent.

Charlie McAvoyBOS vs. PHI ($5,700): The Bruins are at home, so they’ll get the matchups they want most of the time, and McAvoy’s ice time has increased in every game since returning from injury. They’ve been easing him into the lineup, but the reins should come out in his fourth game against an overmatched opponent without a bona fide goal line. McAvoy has two points in three games and is back in his usual PP1 spot.

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