FanDuel 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 to both 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): $7,700 @ TOR
By most accounts, Brayden Point will return to the Tampa Bay line up 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.
Nikita Gusev (NJ): $4,300 vs. EDM
Gusev was recently promoted to the top line with Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier. In his first three games, his time on ice has risen almost five minutes. As John Hynes starts to trust his KHL import, I expect to see Gusev settle in. Despite the Devils’ playing back-to-back games and having just been shut out by the Flyers, I expect plenty of goals to be scored in this one as New Jersey takes on Taylor Hall’s former team.
Alex DeBrincat (CHI): $6,500 vs. SJ
Is it possible this kid is still underrated? After potting 41 goals last season, DeBrincat quickly got back on pace by scoring in the season opener. In three games against the Sharks last season, DeBrincat tallied three goals and an assist. All he does is score. While I expect the Sharks to get back on track tonight, I still expect DeBrincat to find the back of the net.
Sami Niku (WPG): $3,500 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): $5,000 @ 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.
Jordan Binnington (STL): $8,400 @ OTT
The most important thing to find when selecting goalies on FanDuel is figuring out who is going to win. Tomorrow night, there is no bigger favorite in Vegas than the St. Louis Blues at -200. Other than that, the betting board is extremely tight. I’ll take my chances of finding a win here, and I feel confident that Binnington will turn in a solid performance. On the season, Binnington is 2-0-1 while facing 32 shots a night, posting 2.33 goals against and a .928 save percentage.