NHL Daily Plays: Friday, March 13th


We have a solid five games on tap tonight in what should be a very spooky and scary Friday the 13th. Several teams are fighting for their playoff lives tonight, making it a very interesting evening in the National Hockey League. With ten teams in action, there should be plenty of options for building both your cash game and GPP lineups.

We have four teams tonight (New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames and the Washington Capitals) who are currently favored by -178 or more as of this writing, and we also have four teams (Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers and the Ottawa Senators) playing on back-to-back nights.


Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.

Jonas Hiller, Calgary Flames – Hiller is a very streaky goalie and when he is hot, you want to ride him. Hiller has been very inconsistent in goal for the Flames this season, but he has picked up his game since the All-Star break, posting a 2.27 GAA and a .923 SV%. Toronto has been a complete disaster in all aspects of their game since the calendar turned 2015 and they have been one of the NHL’s worst road teams (8-21-5) all season long. The Maple Leafs have not been a threat offensively in months and have only scored 12 goals in their last six games. The Calgary Flames have won four of their last five games and I think they keep rolling against the Maple Leafs tonight. Look for a strong performance from Hiller tonight, including the all-important win.

Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Devan Dubnyk, Braden Holtby, Sergei Bobrovsky, Jaroslav Halak

Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Frederik Andersen, Craig Anderson, Jhonas Enroth, Jonathan Bernier


John Tavares, New York Islanders – Tavares has three multi-point efforts in his last four games and currently leads the NHL in scoring with 72 points. Tavares has been carrying the Islanders offense recently with 12 goals, 27 points and 83 shots on goal in his last 23 games played. The New York Islanders are not only a scary offense, but they are home, rested and ready to dominate a Senators team that is playing on consecutive nights. Look for another big game from Tavares tonight.

Other Centers To Target (Cash Games) – Tyler Seguin, Nicklas Backstrom, Ryan Johansen, Sean Monahan

Other Centers To Target (Tournaments) – Ryan Getzlaf, Jason Spezza, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Tyler Bozak


Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals – Ovechkin has scored in four straight games and produced three multi-point games in his last four. In those four games, the “Great Eight” has produced six goals, eight points and an astonishing 26 shots on goal. Just for fun, let’s recite his numbers since the All-Star break. Ovechkin has 18 goals, 27 points and a whopping 113 shots on net in his last 21 games. The Dallas Stars are one of the NHL’s worst defensive teams, allowing the third-most goals per game this season (3.25). As long as Ovi continues to put up video game numbers, I will continue to roster him. Fade him at your own risk tonight.

Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild – Parise has started to heat up with three multi-point efforts in his last four contests. The Minnesota Wild have been one of the league’s hottest teams (8-2 in their past 10) and one of the NHL’s best on home ice (19-9-5). The Anaheim Ducks have been playing ugly hockey recently, losing three in a row and allowing 13 goals in the process. I expect the Wild to stay hot tonight and for Parise to lead the Wild’s offensive attack.

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames – Gaudreau had a big game Wednesday night scoring two goals in the Flames win over the Anaheim Ducks and is now riding a five-game point streak. During his five-game scoring streak, “Johnny Hockey” has racked up three goals, six points, a +5 rating and 13 shots on goal. Toronto has been one of the league’s weakest defensive teams all season, ranking 28th in shots against per game (33.1) and 25th in goals against per game (3.07). Look for Gaudreau and the Flames’ top line to light up the Maple Leafs tonight on home ice.

Other Wingers To Target (Cash Games) – Jamie Benn, Kyle Okposo, Troy Brouwer, Jiri Hudler

Other Wingers To Target (Tournaments) – Anders Lee, Bobby Ryan, Phil Kessel, Patrick Eaves


Kris Russell, Calgary Flames – Kris Russell is smoking hot with points in four straight games, including three multi-point performances. In his last four games, Russell has generated two goals and eight points, not too shabby for a defenseman. Russell and his partner Dennis Wideman have found great chemistry together and both have excelled recently on the Flames’ top powerplay unit. The Maple Leafs have allowed 26 goals in their last six games and Russell could very well be in store for another multi-point game tonight.

Other Defensemen To Target (Cash Games) – John Carlson, Dennis Wideman, Johnny Boychuk

Other Defensemen To Target (Tournaments) – Erik Karlsson, Ryan Suter, Kevin Connauton, Lubomir Visnovsky

Good Luck Grinders!

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  • Chris Lowery (pepsi7)

  • Chris Lowery aka Pepsi7 has a long of history of proven success in fantasy sports getting his start in season long leagues where he won many high stakes expert leagues across baseball, football, and hockey. He made the jump to DFS in 2012 and dominated MLB in 2013 in a huge way by winning the FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship for a six-figure payday. The RotoGrinders Director of NHL content, Pepsi7 can frequently be found on RotoGrinders GrindersLive shows, videos, and written articles providing expert insight for hockey and baseball.


  • dude_abides7

    Thanks Pepsi – As always!

    I can’t believe I’m asking this, but do you think who is in goal for OTT should determine who you play in your LU for the Isles? I don’t know how many more games Hammond is going to stand on his head before we realize the guy shouldn’t be bet against? Understand, I have not bet with him yet, but after getting burned for 3 weeks straight I will not bet against him until he cracks for 5-6 goal game.

    Thus, in your opinion does it make more sense in cash to possibly pay down to Lee or Bailey simply to get exposure to Tav without having to risk $9000+ for a guy that could get stoned all night by the luckiest (is it luck?) goalie in NHL history? I know Tavares is matchup proof, in general, but this Hammond guy has been silly of late and I can’t get a read on it.

    Off subject – Who’s damn bell do we need to ring here at RG in order to get you Hockey guys on the air every day????? I am not saying they’ll ever give hockey “the basketball treatment” and I understand the amount of industry betting dictates how much coverage a sport gets…but come on! Do we really need 6 hours of live basketball coverage when half of NBA lineups change at 630PM when starting LU’s are announced?!!!

    The 3pm slot at Rotogrinders should be fixed (for hockey days with 4 or more games) to the likes of Pepsi, Boggs, Billsfan, etc. (This assumes you guys want to do the show everyday of course). Assuming it is not an exercise in futility us members should start a petition in order to convince RG the growing support for NHL DFS and how it needs to get more consideration. What say you sir???

    Trust me when I say this, “if you air it, they will come.”

    EDIT: P.S. This certainly should extend to RG Incentives and having NHL advice as part of the paid content section. If they are not gonna give you the airtime (and bump an NBA slot) what’s the thinking on not having NHL in the Incentives package?

  • Checkalicious

    I agree with everything the Dude says. I’ve been burned to many times by Hammond. But I’m still going to bet against him in hopes to get some back for what he has taken from me. Also I wish there was a incentives or a NHL DFS radio or hell even podcast section.

  • pepsi7

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Champion

    • x3

      2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    dude_abides7 – I expect Craig Anderson to start, and I am ok going Bailey/Lee/Okposo instead of JT, but still prefer JT, he is the only Islander I need.

    Hockey has certainly grown leaps and bounds this year. RG management reads every comment posted, so I am sure they will consider this for next season with NHL growing so fast. RG incentives I am told will be in play next year as well. It is a very exciting future in the NHL at RG.

  • pepsi7

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Champion

    • x3

      2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Checkalicious – I’m not sure we get into Sirius/XM next season, but there will indeed be incentives. The Futures so bright, we gotta wear shades…

  • dude_abides7

    Great to hear….if you need active support for the cause I’ll certainly lend my voice.

    I agree with you. If it’s Anderson tonight you gotta go JT, all the way. I’m just officially locked on “guard my balls” mode when Hammond is btw the pipes until he proves otherwise. I’d rather avoid getting bit by the same dog for the Xth time in a row, especially in cash plays on such a short slate where the margin for error is inherently smaller.

  • Mr_SL1ckST3R

    This is a strange night, Nielson goes out, Isle mix up lines with Lee now on third line, okposo being double the price…Pepsi what stack would you think would be best for GPP then… go with the PP? or roll Tavares and Bailey? My bread and butter now has me thinking of changing bread types

  • indycolts42

    Hey Pepsi, love all the work you do on Rotoworld and here on Rotogrinders! Question for you, would you prefer to roll out Strome and Bailey in a cash game lineup tonight or Strome and Cam Atkinson? My thinking is since Strome is playing up on the Isles Top PP unit tonight and Bailey is on the first line you have exposure to Tavares in both situations. Is that being too risky?

  • McKinley412

    Ovechkin or Tavares. You can really only choose 1 and still build a strong lineup I feel tonight. So who is the better choice? I’m thinking Ovi just based on the matchup.

  • al3b3d3v

    I built a few LUs with Tavares and Ovi and sprinkle in Parise. Everyone else is a dart throw.

  • pepsi7

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Champion

    • x3

      2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Mr_SL1ckST3R – If you are stacking NYI, take the top line. Don’t worry about Bailey on the 2nd PP unit.

    indycolts42 – I like the Strome/Bailey idea, NYI is home and rested. CLB should win, but they are playing on consecutive nights and they have shown us they are not an easy team to trust. However, I don’t hate Atkinson, a piece of both top lines perhaps? Both seem safe to me.

    McKinley412 – Ovi for me. You can get cheap exposure to JT.

  • benyamen

    I’m looking for a $3000 utility player on draftkings, and waffling between Wennberg (pp) or Bourque (1st line) against embarassing Ben Scrivens. Suggestions?

  • pepsi7

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Champion

    • x3

      2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Wennberg for me

  • dude_abides7

    Hammond in Net – and I’m all in on Tavares and not enough time to rework all the lineups. Oh boy…here we go again.

  • pepsi7

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Champion

    • x3

      2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    I am surprised, GL guys!

  • mmccannwin

    Im fading Ovechkin and tavares lol

  • dude_abides7

    Good luck guys. I left JT in most my lineups, but pulled all other Isles with the exception of Strome who’s value is still too good provided they continue to let him center the top power play.

    If you faded Ovi AND JT then you are gonna win a lot or lose a lot. I’d say “good luck” but that means I lose across the board as I don’t have the stones to fade OvI vs the Stars LOL.

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