FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Saturday (2/10)
We have 18 teams in play on the main slate tonight. My New Year’s resolutions have all crapped out, so I’ve come up with a new one – don’t mess around with goalies. I’ve been burned by the likes of Aaron Dell and Carter Hutton lately (even though they are having outstanding seasons), so I’m going to look for bargains elsewhere. As for stacks, teams that are rolling right now include Boston, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and St. Louis. All of these teams have at least seven wins in the last 10 games (Boston has nine). Teams I’m avoiding include Columbus, Chicago, Arizona and both New York teams.
Connor McDavid (EDM): $9,100 vs SJ
Congratulations if you went hunting with McDavid on Monday night (71.4 FanDuel points). I’m counting on that game being a catalyst for the next couple of weeks at least (he had a goal and an assist in the next game), as he is pretty much unstoppable when he’s in the zone. Martin Jones is expected to start in goal for the Sharks, and he has been wildly inconsistent this year.
Sean Couturier (PHI): $7,300 vs. ARI
Perhaps Couturier and Brayden Schenn hated each other, as they’ve both had breakout years since the offseason trade that sent Schenn to St. Louis. Thought of as a great checking center, Couturier has consistently scored this year centering the top line with Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny. He has cooled a little lately, with just six points in his last nine games, but Arizona is often the cure for that disease.
Anthony Duclair (CHI): $3,600 vs. MIN
With some expensive talent at center, it was time for some bargain shopping. Things just didn’t work out for Duclair in the desert, but he has four points in his first six games with Chicago and is slated to play on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat. He was a natural scorer in junior, and this trade may well turn his young career around. He’s worth a roll of the dice at $3,600.
Sam Reinhart (BUF): $4,800 vs. BOS
While he wasn’t traded, Reinhart was moved up to the top line with his buddy, Jack Eichel. That is a serious upgrade, and Reinhart is making the most of his opportunity, scoring 13 points in his last 10 games. The chemistry these two have is clearly evident and should only grow. Boston is a tough matchup, but this looks like another bargain at under $5K.
Ryan Spooner (BOS): $4,400 vs. BUF
Same game and another bargain, hopefully. Spooner had a tough start to the year but has put up 20 points in his last 23 games, and Buffalo is typically a pad-your-stats team. Spooner is playing on Boston’s excellent second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk and is logging a respectable 14:32 of ice time, and 2:42 on the power play.
Claude Giroux (PHI): $7,500 vs. ARI
No budget shopping here, as Giroux has rebounded from a couple of sub-par seasons to post an impressive 61 points in 54 games so far. I’m going with the stack here against Arizona (even though they have played some of their best games on Saturday for some reason). Philly is in a serious race to secure a playoff spot, and I don’t see them taking any teams lightly down the stretch. Arizona has let in a league-worst 189 goals so far, and I expect that trend to continue tonight.
Morgan Rielly (TOR): $4,500 vs. OTT
Rielly has 32 points in 50 games this year and is playing an Ottawa squad that has let in the second-most goals in the league. The Senators have played better lately, but their goaltending has been shaky all year. Rielly is on the top defensive pairing, logging an average of 21:57 in ice time (2:17 on the power play).
Tyson Barrie (COL): $5,000 vs. CAR
Barrie has scored 29 points in 39 games this year, putting him among the league leaders in points per game for defensemen. He’s been easing back into the flow of things since his return from a broken hand but is due to break out soon. I’m guessing tonight’s the night against the 21st ranked defensive team in the league.
Pekka Rinne (NSH): $8,800 vs. MON
As per my new resolution, I debated between Rinne and Tuukka Rask ($9,500 vs. BUF). An argument could be made for either, and a lot of other goalies look to be in pick’em games tonight, so I like his chances against the Canadiens (4-6 in their last 10 games). Montreal is not awful at home, but Nashville’s 14-7-6 road record displaced any doubts, as did the fact the Preds are hot right now (6-1-3 in their last 10 games).
Sheldon Curtis is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Sheldon, check out his archive.