FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday 2/6
The teams are separating. The trade deadline is looming. We’re really coming down the stretch here. It’s less than two months before the NHL playoffs begin. Tonight, we have another busy twelve game slate. I am making a few bargain selections this evening. Ideally, if you use some of these “economy” plays, you’ll have the room to spend on the studs of your choice. Let’s take a look.
Mathew Barzal (NYI): $6,500 vs LA
Although they have a few games in hand, the Islanders currently find themselves in a wild card spot, only three points clear of the trailing Maple Leafs. They have to win games like this one, home against the Kings. Barzal is putting together another nice season with 18 goals, 26 assists, for 44 points. He has ten points in his last ten games. He also shot the puck seven times in his last outing. Barzal continues to be the focal point of the Islander offense, centering the top line, and operating the top power play unit. I expect to see Barzal on the board tonight.
Zach Sanford (STL): $4,400 vs WPG
Sanford was recently promoted onto the top group alongside 2020 All-Stars Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron. He’s made the most of his opportunity. Sanford is riding a six-game point streak, where he has amassed nine points over that span. Those nine points account for almost half of his season totals, so his production seems to rely on the company he skates with. Keep your eyes on the lines and make sure he is still in this position after the morning skate. Assuming he is, Sanford is a steal at this price.
Kailer Yamamoto (EDM): $4,000 vs SJ
I’m going back to the well on Yamamoto. It was disappointing to see the Oilers shut out Tuesday night in Arizona. Tonight, they welcome the San Jose Sharks to town, a team that has surrendered over three goals per game this season. The Oilers score a lot of goals, so I’m expecting them to get back on track tonight. Yamamoto will again skate alongside the NHL points leader Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He still has seven points in his last seven games, so I’ll gladly go back to him at this price.
Damon Severson (NJD): $4,300 @ PHI
Severson is riding a four-game point streak. Over that span, he has eclipsed five shots in two of those games. He’s logging upwards of 30 minutes a night for the Devils, paired with Andy Greene, and quarterbacking the top power play unit. The Flyers will turn to backup Brian Elliot as Carter Hart remains sidelined with an abdominal injury. For this price, I think it’s worth a shot.
Semyon Varlamov (NYI): $7,800 vs LA
Varlamov has put together a nice season with a 2.6 GAA and .915 SV%. Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders continue to operate a well oiled defensive machine. Tonight the Islanders welcome the LA Kings to town. This will be the Kings second game of their east coast road trip after dropping a 4-2 contest against the Capitals on Tuesday. LA has scored the third-fewest goals in the NHL this season. The Islanders are -190 betting favorites, and with their current place in the standings, I expect them to get a win tonight. Trotz has yet to name the starting netminder for the evening, so keep your eyes on that. Should he turn to Thomas Greiss, I would play him too.