FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Tuesday 2/4
As we move our way into February, the NHL schedule will start to normalize. We’re back to our usual jam-packed thirteen game slate here on a Tuesday evening. In the East, it’s just about time for the Canadiens, Rangers, and Sabres to kiss their playoff hopes goodbye. In the West, it’s a bit tighter, with Nashville, Winnipeg, and Chicago still in the hunt for the final wildcard spot which is currently held by the Coyotes. Let’s take a look at another big night in the NHL.
Pierre-Luc Dubois (CBJ): $5,700 vs FLA
Dubois is progressing towards another career year. The 21-year-old former 3rd overall pick has 17 goals, 25 assists, for 42 points in 53 games. He has solidified himself as a top center in the league. He’s also hot lately, with eight points in his last four games. The Panthers are in town off a back to back after defeating the Maple Leafs last night in Toronto. The goaltender has not been confirmed, but with Sergei Bobrovsky playing last night and Chris Driedger injured, Florida may have to turn to 3rd stringer Samuel Montembeault.
Oliver Bjorkstrand (CBJ): $5,900 vs FLA
I am so happy this guy is back. Bjorkstrand was becoming a mainstay in this column before he got hurt last month. Since his return, he has recorded a point in each of his four games, with four goals and an assist. The great part about Bjorkstrand is how much he shoots the puck. He is always a candidate to fire over five shots in a night. He’s playing with the top group alongside Pierre-Luc Dubois and Nick Foligno, as well as the top power play unit. Dubois and Bjorkstrand is the stack I’m looking for tonight.
Kailer Yamamoto (EDM): $4,000 @ ARI
Don’t look now, but Kailer Yamamoto has ten points in his eleven NHL games this season. He’s riding a four-game point streak. He’s skating alongside the league’s point leader Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He is also getting time on the second power play unit. The 21-year-old former first round pick is breaking out, proving he belongs with the big club permanently.
Jeff Petry (MTL): $4,900 @ NJD
In his 10th NHL season, Jeff Petry is having a career year. With 7 goals, 26 assists, and 33 points in 54 games, he is on pace to break his career point total of 46, which came last year. Right now he’s paired with Marco Scandella, playing upwards of 25 minutes a night. He is quarterbacking the top power play unit, where he’s contributed with 10 power play points on the year. Tonight the Habs visit the New Jersey Devils, who have surrendered a second-worst 3.37 goals against per game.
David Rittich (CGY): $7,500 vs SJ
My general philosophy when choosing a goaltender is just trying to find a win. The massive betting favorites tonight include the Capitals, Bruins, Lightning, and Flames. Samsonov, Rask, and Vasilevskiy are all priced over $8,500. Then there is David Rittich at $7,500. The Flames are installed as a considerable -190 favorite at home against Aaron Dell and the San Jose Sharks. It’s been an up and down week for Rittich. He picked up a big shoot out win against the Oilers last Wednesday, but was chased out of net quickly on Saturday night, facing the Oilers again. Rittich has a 2.87 GAA and a .910 SV% this season. After being pulled this past weekend, it’s possible the Flames turn to Cam Talbot in goal. However, I think if you consider where Calgary is in the standings, it would behoove them to turn back to their confident starting netminder. Keep your eyes out for who gets the call.