DraftKings NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday (10/10)
It’s only early October, but the first week of the season has already brought some surprises. John Gibson has helped lift the Ducks to a 3-0 start, Carolina has continued their winning ways at 4-0, and even the Oilers can boast an undefeated record. On the other side, the Sharks have gotten off to a slow start at 0-4, struggling both to score goals and keep the puck out of their net. Certainly, nothing is set in stone, but it will be exciting to see if some of these trends continue. With that, why don’t we check out the 11-game slate in the NHL this evening?
Brayden Point (TB): $6,900 @ TOR
By most accounts, Brayden Point will return to the Tampa Bay lineup tonight in Toronto. Early indications have him skating on the top line between Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, and right back into his usual spot on the power play. After shooting 21.5% last season, he may not return to the 41 goals he scored last year, but his magnificent work in tight on the power play will always keep him in the range of 35+ power-play points. With a big over under goal total of seven, you are going to want a piece of this game.
Evander Kane (SJS): $5,700 @ CHI
I liked Evander Kane making his season debut earlier this week, and he did not disappoint, scoring a goal and hitting the five-shot bonus. Kane is always going to be a candidate to hit the shot bonus, so any point production will make him an elite option. I don’t think his price has caught up yet to similar shooting players like Brendan Gallagher and Jonathan Marchessault, but it likely will soon.
Patrick Maroon (TB): $3,100 @ TOR
It isn’t often that we see an over/under goal total set at seven. That’s what we have tonight, in what most will consider the game of the night between the Leafs and Bolts. Captain Steven Stamkos has been highly critical of the 1-1-1 Lightning early on, so I expect to see a little more juice out of them tonight in the spotlight in Toronto. I don’t expect much from Maroon at five on five, but he’s just found himself slotted onto the first power-play unit, which will likely return star center Brayden Point tomorrow. At this price, on that power play, with an over/under of seven goals, why not?
Sami Niku (WPG): $3,100 vs. MIN
This selection assumes Dmitry Kulikov remains out of the lineup for another game and that Niku isn’t sent back to Manitoba. The Jets are decimated in their defensive core, and Niku could be the beneficiary with a call up to the big club. In his first game, he played 17 minutes with a shot on goal and three blocks. As of this morning, he’s slotted on the top power-play unit, which is a position Niku can excel in. If you’re looking to stack your roster elsewhere, Niku is worth a look.
Matt Dumba (MIN): $4,500 @ WPG
Dumba might be the first guy I deem a “regular” in this article. His floor is what makes him so enticing. You can count on a few shots and a few blocked shots every night. He’s not the kind of player that must score to be worth rostering. With that said, he led all NHL defenseman in goals last year before his season-ending injury. Through two games, he has a goal and an assist. He plays 25 minutes a night, and he will be on the top power play. Love at this price.
Aaron Dell (SJS): $6,200 @ CHI
The 0-4 Sharks are heading into Chicago to take on a rested Blackhawks team that has had almost a full week off after beginning the season in Prague. I guess you could call this a gut feeling. Will the Sharks really drop five straight to start the season? Dell was respectable in his only start this year, surrendering three goals on 33 shots. If he puts together a good performance tonight, he may start to push Martin Jones to the bench permanently. With Patrick Marleau making his triumphant return, I like the Sharks in this one, and wins are paramount when selecting goalies.