FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday (10/12)

Oct 12, 2017

We have a seven game game slate tonight with some very tight match ups, among plenty of potential playoff teams. All the games have goal totals of 5.5 as of now, so we should be in for a night with plenty of goals. As always, I’ll give a break down of some stacks to look at, and where to go from there.

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Center

Bryan Little (WPG): $5,400 @ VAN
The Jets are an exciting team to watch, but they may not be household names to most, since they don’t get a ton of national TV coverage. Regardless, they are on the road, and a -130 favorite, so that should tell you they are in a good spot. Little is the center on the second line, and on the second power-play, and is in a spot where I like to target players. Generally, when looking at a road team, I tend to focus in on the second line, because the home team has last line change, and when in doubt the coach will often send out the second line to counter the home team’s first line. This means he is in a spot for a slight uptick in ice time which means more chances to produce points.

Brayden Schenn (STL): $6,200 @ FLA
Schenn has had a very strong start to this young season, as he has two goals and three assists in four games. Schenn is the first part of a Blues stack we will be looking at tonight, and he plays on the second line, along with the first power-play unit. Plenty of ice time coming his way tonight, and with the numbers that he has put up to start the season, we should expect plenty more of that. The Blues are barley an underdog on the road, going up against the Panthers who have given up nine goals in two games. Pretty straight forward, and in a great spot to produce.

Wing

Patrik Laine (WPG): $7,600 @ VAN
Laine is the second part of the Jets stack we will be looking at and he is an electric young player. He is only 19, and last year he posted 36 goals in his rookie season. There is massive upside for him in his career, and we are looking at a goal scorer who can post 40 every year. Laine plays on the second line, along with Bryan Little, and he is also on the first power-play unit. He has 10 shots in the first three games, and will see plenty of the puck, which puts him in a great spot to rack up points.

Mathieu Perreault (WPG): $4,600 @ VAN
Perrault rounds out the Jets stack that we have going, and he is also off to a solid start this season. Three points in three games, along with six shots, which are all numbers we like to see as DFS players. He is on the second line with Laine, and Little, along with being on the second power-play unit with Little. We’re setting up some nice correlations with these players to maximize points.

Jaden Schwartz (STL): $5,600 @ FLA
Schwartz is paired up with Schenn, as they are both on the second forward line and the first power-play unit. Schwartz is off to a blazing start this year, as he has two goals and five assists in four games. Absolutely amazing numbers this early, and he has scored 20 or more FanDuel points in three of his four games. Production has been high, consistent, and he isn’t priced up yet. Love him in this high powered offense, and in a stack, the potential for points is massive.

Filip Forsberg (NSH): $7,500 vs. DAL
Forsberg had the heroic efforts in the Predators previous game, as he put up three points during the third period alone. He has three goals, one assist, and nine shots through three games, and when you are paying up for a forward, those are the stats you want to see. He may not have 40 FanDuel points every game, as he did the other night, but somewhere around 20 is very doable. I’ll be pairing him up with a defender, who we will get into in a bit.

Defense

Alex Pietrangelo (STL): $5,800 @ FLA
Pietrangelo rounds out the Blues players we are looking at, and he is a workhorse on the ice. Plays a ton of minutes, is on the first defensive pairing and on the first power-play unit. Not to mention, he has two goals and four assists through four games this season, along with 17 shots. Yes, 17 shots in four games. He gets it at the blue line and lets it rip. I love rostering defensemen who shoot a lot, and he fits the bill.

Samuel Girard (NSH): $3,500 vs. DAL
You may be asking yourself, who is Samuel Girard? Well, he is a 19-year-old top prospect for the Predators who made his NHL debut the other night. With his price being so low it makes him very interesting to roster because of the savings he brings, BUT that is not the only reason. He started on the first defensive pair, and the second power-play unit, and looks to be staying there. Yes, they have a 19-year-old player on the top defensive line. He has plenty of talent, and for the playing time and his price, he is too good to pass up.

Goalie

Martin Jones (SJ): $8,600 vs. BUF
Jones hasn’t gotten off to the best start this season, but he is at home and a -170 favorite, so he is in line to get the win according to Vegas. Tonight is the spot where he could come in at super low ownership due to his poor start and the fact he plays in a West Coast game, which generally have lower ownership. These two things combined make for plenty of upside, and he is due for a bounce back, because he truly is a good goalie.

Thomas Vecchio is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Thomas, check out his archive and follow him @DFS_Tom.


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