FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday (1/31)

by Kevin Freiheit | @kmf418
Jan 31, 2019

Happy Thursday, everyone! This week has been filled with smaller slates due to about half the league being on their bye week. That’ll end this weekend and we’ll get to see some heavier action. But for now, we’ll focus on the three games this evening. There are some line combos below that you can stack with each other and the lineup I’ve provided will fit into the FanDuel budget. With that, here are my selections for tonight’s contests.

Center

David Krejci (BOS): $5,300 vs. PHI
David Krejci has gone silent with a pair of pointless games in a row. Prior to that, he had a five-game point streak, which he capped off with a three-assist game against the Blues.

I like grabbing a couple of Bruins’ forwards tonight since they have Tuukka Rask returning from injury. Any time a team gets its starting goaltender back, I think they play with a little more motivation.

It will be a tough game against a hot Flyers team, but I think there will be enough scoring and can see Krejci finding the scoresheet again.

Brandon Dubinsky (CBJ): $3,400 @ WPG
Here is your cheapest pick of the night. Brandon Dubinsky has had a rough season, to say the least, and only has 11 points in 35 games this year. He did score in Columbus’ last game against Buffalo, and we’re hoping he can again tonight.

There are a lot of mini-stacks I’ve recommended for tonight, so someone has to be selected for salary relief and here he is.

Dubinsky just needs to dish out a helper and take a few shots and you should be happy with that result. It’s not an exciting option, but if you want to be able to afford a couple of the wingers below, you might come back to this pick.

Wing

Artemi Panarin (CBJ): $7,700 @ WPG
Whether or not Artemi Panarin wants out of Columbus doesn’t matter right now. He’s playing some great hockey of late and should be part of a Blue Jackets stack tonight.

The Blue Jackets have dropped three straight games and are fighting to stay in a playoff spot. I think they find a bigger sense of urgency in a tough game against Winnipeg.

Panarin has 10 points in his last seven games and could be the one to lead the team offensively tonight.

David Pastrnak (BOS): $8,200 vs. PHI
Here is another part of a Boston team stack. David Pastrnak came back from the All-Star break and had a three-point night on Tuesday. He’s working on a career year and is FanDuel’s top projected point-getter of the night.

He put up 22 FanDuel points against this same Flyers team earlier this month, and he should continue to help fuel Boston’s top line.

Brad Marchand (BOS): 8,400 vs. PHI
Brad Marchand didn’t have a shot on goal last game, but he dished out three assists to extend his point streak to five games. He’s really turned up his game of late and the Bruins could put an end to Philadelphia’s winning streak tonight.

These two Boston wingers and Krejci will set you back as an expensive stack, but they’re both capable of contributing a ton of fantasy points.

Kyle Connor (WPG): $6,200 vs. CBJ
I keep coming back to Kyle Connor when looking at my FanDuel lineup. He’s been finding the net frequently on Winnipeg’s top line with eight goals over his last 10 games. He also has a handful of assists over that span.

The Jets are facing the Blue Jackets, a team that has dropped three games in a row including a 5-4 decision to Buffalo on Tuesday. I think Connor and Winnipeg hand Columbus another loss tonight. I have Panarin listed above as well, but I think they’re both good plays regardless.

Defense

Damon Severson (NJ): $4,400 vs. NYR
Get ready for a run of New Jersey Devils. There aren’t a ton of great option available at defense tonight, but you can get some salary relief with a couple of players who are heating up and have good matchups.

Damon Severson has four points over his last six games and has a strong matchup against the Rangers tonight. A lot of his FanDuel points will come from shots and blocked shots, but if he can register an assist or another goal, he’d turn out to be a sneaky play.

Andy Greene (NJ): $3,800 vs. NYR
The Devils’ veteran defender isn’t one to score goals or assists too often anymore despite two points in his last three games. He’s been getting in front of the puck, though, and has had recent games with six or seven blocked shots. That might not sound enticing, but for his price, he could provide a decent return.

Selecting this pair of Devils on defense will allow you to stack a couple of expensive forward lines. If the Devils do go off and score four or five goals, there’s a good chance these two defenders will be in on a few of them.

Goaltender

Keith Kinkaid (NJ): $7,400 vs. NYR
For tonight’s slate, I feel comfortable going with Keith Kinkaid on home ice against the Rangers. The Devils are coming off a 6-3 victory against the Penguins, and I think some of that play carries over into tonight.

Kinkaid’s recent stats don’t look promising, but he has been facing a lot of shots and the Rangers are one of the league’s worst road teams with an 8-14-2 record.

Kevin Freiheit is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Kevin, check out his archive or follow him @kmf418.

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