DraftKings NHL Lineup Advice: Tuesday 1/14
I didn’t think the Bruins luck in the shootout could get any worse. That was until I saw Brad Marchand‘s attempt last night. How will Toronto fair without Morgan Rielly for upwards of eight weeks? Could Tampa Bay actually win the Atlantic? The Islanders need to right their ship. Could Columbus actually knock on the door of a wildcard spot? The Blues are now sitting atop the league standings. Things are razor-thin in the Pacific Division, with two points separating four teams. Looking forward to Zack Kassian‘s return to the Oilers lineup, which will conveniently occur against Matthew Tkachuk and the Calgary Flames on January 29th. OK, let’s take a look at some DFS options for another packed night in the NHL.
Brayden Point (TB): $6,900 vs LA
Point’s season got off to a slow start. He began the year on IR, and then could not quite get up to speed in the early going. Perhaps a microcosm of the Tampa Bay season thus far. Nevertheless, Point has really come alive. He has 14 points in his previous 11 games. He is solidified as the top-line center in between Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. He is also playing the middle on the top power-play unit. After rattling off ten straight wins, Tampa lost an odd game to the Devils this past weekend. I expect them to come back strong tonight against the lowly Kings.
Dominik Kubalik (CHI): $4,000 @ OTT
The 24-year-old rookie might be playing his way into a Calder nomination. This year he has 16 goals, 10 assists, for 26 points. However, he’s picked up 12 of those points in his last 10 games. Right now, Kubalik is skating on the “top” line alongside Jonathan Toews and John Quenneville. He is also seeing time on the second power-play unit. Tonight the Blackhawks visit the Ottawa Senators, who have surrendered the third-most goals per game in the league. It seems like a good spot for Kubalik to keep this hot streak going.
Josh Archibald (EDM): $2,600 vs NSH
OK, we’re really digging deep here. With the suspension of Zack Kassian, Dave Tippet is going to need to switch up some of his lines. Josh Archibald looks to get the biggest promotion as he moves onto Connor McDavid‘s right-wing in Kassian’s absence. Archibald is no star, but he is capable, with three points in his previous six games. The Oilers will welcome the Predators to town, who have oddly surrendered 3.07 goals against per game, good for seventh-worst in the league. Truthfully, anyone poised to play alongside Connor McDavid has value, especially when they are this cheap. This will allow for spending elsewhere.
Tyson Barrie (TOR): $5,500 vs NJ
I think this will be a very popular play in DFS this evening, but I can’t help myself. With the injury to Morgan Rielly, it’s time for Tyson Barrie to take the reins of the Toronto defense. Barrie saw an uptick in production after the exit of Mike Babcock, but I expect him to take it to another level with the increased responsibility. He should assume a full-time role on the top power-play unit, and likely log close to the most minutes on the team. Barrie is in a contract year, and this is the perfect opportunity to show what he can do as the backbone of a defense. New Jersey gives up the second-most goals in the league, and Toronto is coming off an embarrassing loss in Florida this past weekend. Expect a good performance from the team, and from Barrie specifically.
Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK): $7,900 @ BUF
I’m bargain shopping for a win here. The betting board in the NHL tonight is filled with massive favorites. Unfortunately, you have to pay a steep price to play Andersen, Vasilevskiy, Jarry, or Greiss. I am choosing the next best thing. The Golden Knights are favored at -165 to defeat the Sabres in Buffalo this evening. The over-under is set at 6. Fleury has not been his best lately, but I expect he and the Knights to pick up a win here tonight, which is good enough for me.