FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday (2/8)
We have a nine-game slate tonight and there are some very clear options you want to target on offense. There are fantastic stacking options all across the board since there are some weaker defenses on the slate. This means there will be goalies who are expensive but in good spots to pick up the wins.
John Tavares (NYI): $8,200 @ BUF
The Islanders are the second-best scoring team in the league this season, and a good portion of their goals come from the top few lines, so that is where you want to target them. They are up against the Sabres, who are giving up over three goals per game, so it’s a nice spot for them to continue their scoring. Tavares is on the top forward line and the top power-play unit, so he will have plenty of ice time to rack up points against a weak defensive team. He is taking over three shots per game and has 59 points in 54 games this season.
Eric Staal (MIN): $6,900 vs. ARI
Staal is on the second forward line and the second power-play stack, which is where this Wild stack will be focused. They are at home against the Coyotes, who are giving up over three goals per game, and more importantly, giving up plenty of shots every game. This puts the Wild in a spot to really pour in the goals, as they did the other night, putting up six against the Blues.
Josh Bailey (NYI): $6,800 @ BUF
Bailey is also on the top forward line and the top power-play unit for the Islanders, so plenty of shared ice time for this stack. Bailey is an assist machine, as he has 44 assists in 50 games this season. He takes a bit under two shots per game and is clearly one of the secondary scoring options when he is on the ice. That isn’t a problem since he can easily put up several assists any night, especially in this spot, since the Sabres are giving up over three goals per game.
Anthony Beauvillier (NYI): $4,500 @ BUF
Beauvillier has been moved up to the top line for the Islanders and is simply too cheap. He is under $5K, and with that cheaper price tag, it gets exposure to the top forward line and the top power-play unit. He is essentially a lock tonight since the matchup is so favorable against the Sabres, and he is on a great offensive line. He only has 18 points in 43 games this season, but this is the time to buy low on him before his price increases.
Zach Parise (MIN): $6,200 vs. ARI
Parise is also on the second power-play unit and is one of the riskier plays tonight. He has only played 14 games this season due to injury and has put up only four points so far. The matchup is just so favorable that he is worth the risk. He is helping out in blocked shots as well which can help him provide value.
Sam Reinhart (BUF): $4,500 vs. NYI
Reinhart makes a nice one-off in this lineup since he is up against the Islanders, who have given up the most goals in the league this season. This game has an over-under of six, which is high for the NHL, so you want to have plenty of exposure. Reinhart sees time on the first forward line and the first power-play unit, so the ice time will be there for him to really pour in the points. He has six points in his last seven games.
Nick Leddy (NYI): $5,300 @ BUF
Leddy is the last part of this Islanders stack and is also seeing time on the first power-play unit. He has goals in two straight games, so a bit of a hot hand as he is now up against a bad defensive team. Leddy takes over two shots per game, along with blocking over one shot per game. He sees about 20 minutes of ice time per game, so he makes a nice cash game play as well.
Matt Dumba (MIN): $4,600 vs. ARI
Dumba is on the second defensive pairing and the second power-play so nice correlation with the other players. He has four points over his last four games and is taking about two shots per game. He also chips in with over one blocked shot per game. He isn’t too expensive and has plenty of upside in this matchup.
Brian Elliott (PHI): $8,000 vs. MON
Elliott is a -150 favorite at home and is in a good spot to pick up the win against a bad Canadians team. He has won three straight and has only allowed four goals over that span. He’s a hot goalie going up against a bad team, and now at home, he has the making of being one of the plays of the night. He sees a bit under 30 shots per game, so not a ton of upside for tournaments, but he’s still a safer option overall.