DraftKings NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday (11/9)

Nov 9, 2017

With just seven games on tonight’s slate, there are not as many options to look at as usual. Tampa Bay’s top line, once again, poured in the goals last night which will have point chasers targeting them. I won’t write any of them here because they should be obvious plays every night now. There is not a lot of great value tonight, so we will have to get a little creative.

Center

Brayden Schenn (STL): $6,300 vs. ARI
The top line for the St. Louis Blues are white-hot right now, and we need to ride this wave. Brayden Schenn has seven points (one goal and six assists) in his last two games. The Blues welcome in the last place Arizona Coyotes who are ranked 30th in goals allowed per game and are wrapping up a very difficult four-game road trip. If you are one who believes in narratives, Brayden will be going toe to toe against his older brother Luke Schenn who plays defense on Arizona.

Adrian Kempe (LA): $4,200 vs. TB
With the St. Louis trio very expensive to stack, Kempe is a great value option with upside. With the Lightning being one of the two teams playing their second game in as many nights, the far less competent Peter Budaj is expected to get the nod in goal. In just two games played, Budaj is sporting a 4.00 GAA with a .855 SV%. Kopitar and the Kings top line will have their hands full with Stamkos and Kucherov making the second line interesting at a discount. To start the season, Kempe has seven goals and four assists in 15 games and is getting power play time with the second unit.

Other centers to consider:
Cash – Connor McDavid ($8,000 @ NJ)
GPP – Sean Couturier ($6,700 vs. CHI), Nico Hischier ($5,100 vs. EDM)

Wing

Leon Draisaitl (EDM): $7,200 @ NJ
The Oilers and Devils played just six nights ago and now we see the rematch in New Jersey. The previous tilt saw nine goals in total and the same result could occur tonight. Although the Oilers have had issues scoring, the team currently ranks third in shots on goal and second overall in CF%. On the season, the Oilers have scored just 32 goals, but the McDavid/Maroon/Draisaitl line has contributed 44% of these goals. Leon Draisaitl is a threat to score multiple points every night and this Devils team lacks shut down defensemen who can stop the speed of this young Oilers team.

Vladimir Tarasenko (STL): $7,900 vs. ARI
Tarasenko is the second piece of the Blues stack tonight. Again, checking all of the boxes with matchup, hot streak, and pure dynamic skill. What intrigues me even more about this play is the fact that Blues head coach, Mike Yeo, loves to protect Tarasenko when line matching. Arizona has a pretty solid shut down center in Derek Stepan who will see a lot of Paul Stastny and a nasty Blues second line. Load up on Tarasenko and the full line stack tonight. It will be a very popular play, but like two nights ago, fading this could be an early disappointment in DFS for you.

Tyler Toffoli (LA): $5,700 vs. TB
Toffoli is coming off seven points in his last six games. In those six games, he has found the back of the net five times and is rolling with Kempe and Pearson. The Lightning are a great team, and I am not necessarily looking to pick on them, but with the lack of value tonight this is a path I can see working out to fit in the St. Louis studs. The Kings are a possession team who are very systematic and like to control games. This does not bode well for a run and gun team like the Lightning. A trip to California facing three big strong teams will be a big test for this team. We watched the Maple Leafs come out of this same road trip limping back home after taking a physical beating. Toffoli should look to continue his hot streak against Budaj and the Lightning.

Other Wingers to consider:
Cash – Jaden Schwartz ($6,600 vs. ARI), Taylor Hall ($7,300 vs. EDM)
GPP – Johnny Gaudreau ($7,400 vs. DET), Tanner Pearson ($4,100 vs. TB)

Defense

Alex Pietrangelo (STL): $6,800 vs. ARI
You can 100% stack four players from St. Louis tonight against Arizona. Pietrangelo is one of the best defensemen in the NHL and is an early Norris trophy candidate this season. This play is partly because of the great matchup, but also in part because of his price. He is producing at an elite level leading all defensemen with six goals and 15 points. Since Yeo has taken over, the St. Louis Blues defensemen have scored more goals than any other team.

Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI): $5,400 vs. CHI
Ghost missed a few games at the beginning of the month with an upper-body injury but came back Saturday night with an assist and four fantasy points. He is off to an incredible start this year with 14 points in 12 games. Chicago is struggling this season and are looking at line juggling before the start of this game. The Flyers should win this home game which could be a battle of the special teams. Ghost is the quarterback of the top unit and while I don’t see this as a high-scoring game, Gostisbehere is a great one-off play.

Other Defensemen to consider:
Cash – Drew Doughty ($5,600 vs. TB), Oscar Klefbom ($5,500 @ NJ)
GPP – Will Butcher ($4,600 vs. EDM)

Goalies

Charlie Lindgren (MON): $7,800 vs. MIN
The Canadiens backup netminder has been stellar in relief of Carey Price in two games this year. A shutout against Chicago and a 29-save victory at home to the Golden Knights. Montreal is on a three-game winning streak and appears to have all of the confidence they were lacking at the start of the year. The Wild are the second team who will be playing two nights in a row and can be targeted. At home, Lindgren should get the win with a lot of saves.

Other Goalies to consider:
Cash – Jonathon Quick ($7,700 vs. TB)
GPP –Cam Talbot ($7,300 @ NJ)

Jeremy Maw is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Jeremy, check out his archive or follow him @j_maw.

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