FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday (3/8)
We have a massive 12-game slate and there are plenty of options for both cash games and tournaments, so load up on some stacks and double dip on those points. We have a number of games which have over-unders set at six goals, which is high, so we are looking at a night filled with plenty of scoring.
Connor McDavid (EDM): $9,200 vs. NYI
McDavid and the Oilers are in a fantastic spot tonight and should be considered in all formats. Anytime you have the salary to roster a player like McDavid, you don’t want to pass him up, especially in a spot like this. He is up against the Islanders, who are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, giving up over three goals per game. McDavid has nine points in his last five games and is taking over three shots per game.
Riley Nash (BOS): $5,400 vs. PHI
Nash is now on the first forward line due to the injury to Patrice Bergeron. For his cheaper price, he gets you a nice stack into the Bruins offense, which is one of the best in the league. He has six points in his last four games and is really benefiting from being on this top line. He is up against the Flyers, who are on the second night of a back-to-back and likely down to their backup goalie.
Leon Draisaitl (EDM): $6,800 vs. NYI
Draisaitl is also on the top forward line and the first power-play unit with McDavid, so plenty of shared ice time. He has three points in his last three games and is taking over two shots per game. This is an expensive stack, but with this game having an over-under set at 6.5 goals, you certainly want some exposure to it. This top line stack has plenty of multi-point potential, especially against this weak defense.
Brad Marchand (BOS): $7,900 vs. PHI
Marchand is the pure goal scorer for the Bruins and is coming off a massive five-point game. He is a player you should be trying to roster on most nights, and now with Patrice Bergeron out with an injury, a bit more of the offense falls on his shoulders. He is viable in all formats tonight, and this is a stack with plenty of upside.
Milan Lucic (EDM): $4,600 vs. NYI
Lucic is listed as a game-time decision for this game, but will almost certainly play, as it is only a minor illness. In his most recent game, he scored his first goal in over 20 games, so hopefully, that’s a good sign of more scoring to come. Despite his lack of production prior to this, he is still taking over two shots per game, and his cheap price gets you some nice exposure to McDavid.
Jason Pominville (BUF): $4,400 @ OTT
Pominville is on the third forward line, but the first power-play unit, so some nice upside for his cheaper price. He has six points in his last five games, which is great production for a player on the third line. He only takes about two shots per game but is now up against the Senators, who are one of the weaker teams in the league, giving up over three goals per game.
Kris Russell (EDM): $3,900 vs. NYI
Russell is on the first defensive pairing, so plenty of ice time shared with the three forwards. He isn’t the most offensively gifted player in the league, but he provides value in other areas. He only takes about one shot per game, but he is blocking over three shots per game. That is plenty of value for his under $4K price tag, and he also gets you some nice exposure to McDavid.
Zdeno Chara (BOS): $4,200 vs. PHI
Chara is on the first defensive pairing for the Bruins, and he’s the last part of this stack. He isn’t scoring a ton of real NHL points, but he is blocking shots, taking shots, and on the ice for over 20 minutes per game. He’s a really nice way to round out this stack since he isn’t too expensive.
Martin Jones (SJ): $8,500 vs. STL
Jones is up against the Blues, who simply aren’t scoring goals of late, putting him in a great spot to come away with the win. The Sharks do tend to give up over 30 shots per game, but they are often low-scoring chances. So he has plenty of time to rack up points, but won’t be in a ton of danger of letting up too many goals.