FanDuel NHL: Sunday Targets
FanDuel NHL: Sunday Targets

This article is part of our FanDuel NHL series.

Sunday's NHL main slate features six games and begins at 7:00 PM Eastern time. Below, you'll find an overview of the matchups and suggested options for crafting an effective lineup.

SLATE PREVIEW

The lopsided matchup to target in this slate is the Red Wings-Lightning game, but plenty of lineups should feature Bruins players at home against the Sabres. While goals could be hard to come by in some of the other games, that shouldn't be the case in the Canadiens-Panthers game, as both teams rank in the top 11 offensively and bottom 11 defensively.

GOALIES

Curtis McElhinney ($7,700) figures to get the nod in net for the Lightning after Andrei Vasilevskiy started Saturday. The backup goalie should be a popular pick given the disparity in quality between Tampa Bay and Detroit, as the Red Wings score a league-low 2.21 goals per game and allow a league-high 3.95.

Brian Elliott ($7,200) should be another popular backup goalie choice, as his Flyers will be paying a visit to a Ducks team that's averaging 2.55 goals per game — fourth-fewest in the NHL. The veteran netminder has been decent spelling young starter Carter Hart this season, going 8-4-2 with a 3.02 GAA and .903 save percentage.

If you care more about grabbing a quality goalie than having a favorable matchup, then Tuukka Rask ($8,100) is your man. The visiting Sabres are hovering around league average with 2.92 goals per game, but Rask is more than capable of shutting them down given his outstanding 14-4-5 record, 2.32 GAA and .923 save percentage.

VALUE PLAYS/ONE-OFFS

Jonathan Huberdeau's ($7,400) team-leading 49 points through 37 games include 18 with the extra man. The standout Panthers winger will have a great opportunity to add to that total against Montreal's 75.4 percent penalty kill, which is the league's fifth-most generous.

Alexander Radulov ($6,700) is finally starting to discover the scoring touch that helped him post 72-point campaigns in each of the past two seasons. The Dallas winger has a six-game point streak going ahead of this trip to Arizona, having compiled a 2-6-8 line in that stretch.

Loui Eriksson ($3,000) was promoted to a top-six role by the Canucks for the past two games, skating 16 minutes in each and lighting the lamp in one. His recent increase in role makes the winger a nice lineup filler against the Flames at just $3,000.

FORWARD LINE STACKS

Lightning vs. Red Wings

Anthony Cirelli (C - $4,700), Steven Stamkos (W - $8,600), Alex Killorn (W - $5,100)

This line was unstoppable in Saturday's win over Montreal, as all three members lit the lamp en route to a combined four goals and seven points. Things get even easier here against the league-worst Red Wings defense. Stamkos has a 14-20-34 line, Killorn has a 13-18-31 line and Cirelli's at 8-16-24, and all three are primed to build on those results against the lowly Red Wings.

Bruins vs. Sabres

Patrice Bergeron (C - $8,100), David Pastrnak (W - $8,500), Brad Marchand (W - $7,900) 

Buffalo had no answer for this line when these teams met Friday, as Bergeron scored twice while Marchand and Pastrnak combined for five assists in a 3-0 Boston win. Both Marchand (57) and Pastrnak (56) rank top five league-wide in points and Pastrnak leads the league with 28 goals, while Bergeron has a 17-17-34 line in just 30 games played. They have also combined for 62 power-play points and should add to that total against a bottom-five, 74.7 percent Sabres penalty kill.

Canadiens at Panthers

Phillip Danault (C - $5,600), Brendan Gallagher (W - $7,700), Tomas Tatar (W - $5,900)

This line consists of Montreal's top three point-getters, who should add to their impressive totals against a Panthers team that's surrendering 3.30 goals per game — fifth-most in the league. Tatar leads the team with 33 points in 38 games and is tied with Gallagher for the team goals lead with 15. Gallagher is just one point behind Tatar, while Danault is two points behind Gallagher.

DEFENSEMEN

With Torey Krug sidelined by an upper-body injury, Matt Grzelcyk ($3,800) has inherited a top-unit power-play role for the Bruins. Given Buffalo's poor penalty killing, that role is likely to pay off, especially after Grzelcyk dished an assist in the game in which Krug got injured and followed that up with a five-shot effort.

Keith Yandle ($5,700) is tied for second on the Panthers with 15 power-play points, and 54 of his 92 points since the start of last season have come with the extra man. His power-play proficiency should shine through against Montreal's vulnerable penalty kill.

Victor Hedman ($6,400) could be an excellent part of a Lightning stack, as he's been unstoppable of late with two goals and seven points in the past two games. His recent success should continue against the lowly Red Wings.

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Sasha Yodashkin
Sasha has been contributing NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB and Tennis content to RotoWire since 2015, with an emphasis on DFS. He is a huge New York sports fan who has been playing fantasy sports since middle school.
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