FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday (11/30)

Nov 30, 2017

We have a seven-game slate tonight, where we see some big-time home favorites. There are plenty of good teams to attack tonight, along with stacking options that can make roster construction very interesting.

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Center

Nazem Kadri (TOR): $6,000 @ EDM
Kadri is the first part of a Toronto stack we are looking at today, and he has three points over his last four games. He is the center on the third forward line and the first power-play unit, which is where we will be focusing. He averages good ice time and is up against a struggling Oilers team. Kadri is one of the veterans on this team now and has 22 points in 26 games this season while taking about two shots per game.

Artem Anisimov (CHI): $5,700 vs. DAL
Anisimov has seven points over his last seven games and is the first part of a Chicago Blackhawks’ stack. The Blackhawks have really started to turn things around recently and are one of the hotter teams in the league. They are at home against Dallas who are allowing a bit under three goals per game. He is on the second forward line and the second power-play unit, so there’s plenty of ice time for him to rack up points.

Wing

James Van Riemsdyk (TOR): $6,400 @ EDM
JVR is the next member of this Toronto stack we have going today, and he brings his 19 points in 25 games so far this season to the party. He is taking almost three shots per game and is seeing in the mid to high teens of minutes per game. He is also on the third forward line and the second power-play unit, so ice time is maximized between all these players.

Mitchell Marner (TOR): $4,300 @ EDM
Marner plays on the first forward line, so he is not with the other Toronto players there, but he is on the second power-play unit with them. He isn’t that expensive, and being on the first forward line it gets you a bit of exposure to playing alongside Auston Matthews which is never a bad thing. He has 16 points through 26 games this season and is taking about two shots per game.

Patrick Kane (CHI): $8,300 vs. DAL
Kane has at least one point in seven of his last eight games, and he is surging along with the rest of the Chicago team. He is the next part of this Chicago stack we are looking at tonight and brings multi-point potential to this lineup. He is on the second forward line and the second power-play unit and logs nearly 20 minutes of ice time per game. He is averaging one point per game this season along with 3.5 shots per game.

Johnny Gaudreau (CGY): $8,000 vs. ARI
Johnny hockey makes the perfect one-off in this lineup since he can create his own offense, and he has big-time upside for multi-point potential. He is on both the top forward line and top power-play unit, so ice time won’t be a problem for him. He has 34 points in 24 games this season and is taking nearly three shots per game. When you have the salary to roster him, don’t pass up that chance.

Defense

Morgan Rielly (TOR): $4,700 @ EDM
Rielly is the last part of the Toronto stack we are looking at, and he plays on the top defensive pairing and the top power-play unit along with the rest of these players. He has only 17 points through 26 games this season, but what he lacks in pure offensive ability he makes up for by taking a ton of shots along with blocking over one shot per game.

Cody Franson (CHI): $3,500 vs. DAL
Franson is the newest member of Chicago, and he is already making an impact. He is on the top defensive pairing and on the second power-play unit along with the other Chicago players. Franson is taking over two shots per game along with blocking one shot per game. He plays a very physical game and helps control the puck, which will ultimately lead to more chances on net.

Goalie

Mike Smith (CGY): $8,000 vs. ARI
Smith is at home and a -195 favorite according to Vegas, up against an Arizona team who has scored the fifth-fewest goals in the league. This is a prime spot for Smith to come away with the win, not only since he is facing a weak team, but since the Calgary offense is starting to put big points on the board and has plenty of weapons. He has 11 wins in 21 games this season and is allowing about 2.5 goals per game.

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

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