FanDuel NHL: Wednesday Value Plays
FanDuel NHL: Wednesday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel NHL series.

Wednesday is the NHL's big day in terms of weekday television, as they tend to put two games on national TV. What does that mean for you? Well, you can watch a couple games and hope the players on your daily fantasy roster come up big. There are four games on the Wednesday slate, and here are my recommendations for your lineup.

GOALIE

Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK vs. ANA ($8,400): Fleury's .895 save percentage in encouraging, but thanks to Vegas' defense he still has a 2.69 GAA. His numbers are bound to improve, and this matchup should help. The Ducks have scored a mere 2.21 goals per game, and put a league-low 25.5 shots on net per contest.

CENTER

Jonathan Toews, CHI vs. STL ($7,000): Toews has rebounded from last year's down numbers, as he has nine goals and five assists through 18 games. This is despite the fact he has only two points on the power play, and even last year he had 12. The Blues' penalty kill has actually been good, but despite that they still have a 3.40 GAA.

Tyler Bozak, STL at CHI ($4,500): Bozak had some solid years with the Maple Leafs, including one 23-goal season. The 32-year-old has 10 points in 15 games this season, including eight in his last seven games. St. Louis has struggled defensively, but Chicago has been even worse. The Blackhawks have a whopping 3.72 GAA.

WING

Rickard Rakell, ANA at VGK ($7,100): The Ducks have struggled to put pucks on net, but that hasn't been the case for Rakell. He's notched 56 shots on goal, but actually has only lit the lamp three times. His 5.6 shooting percentage is bound to improve. The Golden Knights aren't likely to shut down Rakell entirely, which calls attention to Marc-Andre Fleury's .895 save percentage.

Nikolaj Ehlers, WPG vs. WAS ($5,100): Ehlers has started 60.0 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, second highest among Winnipeg's regular forward. He's got four goals and eight points, which is maybe a little disappointing, but he had 29 goals last season so we know what the Dane can do. The Capitals are the one team on the second night of a back-to-back Wednesday. Pheonix Copley played Tuesday, which likely means Braden Holtby in net. Holtby, for his part, has a 3.24 GAA and .900 save percentage.

Alexander Steen, STL at CHI ($4,900): Steen is providing solid secondary scoring, as he has 10 points in 15 games. That includes four points with the extra man, and he's had at least 14 power-play points in each of his last five seasons. As previously noted, the Blackhawks have a 3.72 GAA, and even Corey Crawford has a 3.07 GAA and .901 save percentage.

DEFENSE

Dustin Byfuglien, WPG vs. WAS ($6,100): Big Buff has shown his stuff to start the season, as he has 13 points in 14 contests. He's also enjoying a six-game point streak at the moment. The Capitals had a 3.44 GAA heading into their game Tuesday, and playing on the road for their second game in as many nights won't help them.

Shea Theodore, VGK vs. ANA ($4,700): The Ducks have gotten great goaltending, but they've desperately needed it, as they've allowed 36.8 shots on goal per game. That's second highest in the NHL. Putting pucks on net has been Theodore's thing this season, as he's tallied 50 shots on goal through 18 outings. He's also averaged 3:13 per game on the power play, which could pay off.

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. Chris Morgan plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: cmorgan3, DraftKings: cmorgan3.
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