DraftKings DFS NHL Lineup Advice: Tuesday (8/11)
Today technically marks the first day of the NHL playoffs. It was fair to be skeptical of the quality of hockey we would see in the bubble over the last two weeks, but I think I speak for most when I say I’ve been pleased. The qualifying rounds were very entertaining, despite only one series going the distance. The round robin I could have done without, but I understood the reasoning behind it.
At the end of the day, the NHL was put in a very tough spot this season and thus far, I would give them full marks with how everything has transpired since the stoppage. It appears we can say goodbye to the 12:00 and 2:30 Eastern Time slots, as 3:00 looks to be when hockey will begin each day of the first round. Let’s take a look at a solid four game slate.
Pierre-Luc Dubois (CBJ): $4,900 @ TB
The former third overall pick continued his break out season through the round robin series against Toronto. After posting 49 points in 70 regular season games, Dubois continued his strong year with four points in five playoff games, including a hat trick performance in game three. If Columbus is going to stun the Lightning for a second straight year, Dubois is going to have to be a major part of it.
Columbus won’t have Panarin or Duchene to rely on anymore, and Dubois has become the focal point of their offense. Dubois will center the top line as well as the top power play unit. Victor Hedman, the 2018 Norris Trophy Winner as the NHL’s top defenseman, is a game time decision. Should he sit out game one, that would give Dubois another bump.
Brad Marchand (BOS): $6,600 vs CAR
The Bruins were in the clear to take the first overall seed in the Eastern Conference before the stoppage. However, they didn’t bring their A game to the round-robin, and now they find themselves a four seed having to take on a sharp looking Hurricanes team. I don’t want to give Boston any excuses for how they performed, but they strike me as a team that can dial it up when it really matters.
I expect we will see a different Bruins team today. Brad Marchand will be at the center of it all, as he usually is. Marchand was on pace for a second consecutive 100-point season, with 87 points in 70 games. He will continue to be a focal point to that offense, playing the left side of one of the best lines in hockey with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak. He will also feature on the top power play unit.
Liam Foudy (CBJ): $2,700 @ TB
It’s not often that you find a player for this price that you can make a legitimate case for putting into your lineup. Foudy is a 2018 first round pick who cracked the lineup for the first time earlier this season. He now has more playoff games played than he does regular season games. Foudy will play the left side on a line with Riley Nash and Oliver Bjorkstrand. Bjorkstrand ended the season on a six game point streak, and has since been pointless in his last five games. It would not surprise me to see this line heat up.
Foudy put the Maple Leafs away in game five with a tough angle shot late in the game, which should boost his confidence. To make his case even better, Foudy is currently slated on the top power play unit alongside Pierre-Luc Dubois, Gustav Nyquist, Seth Jones, and Cam Atkinson. This player has a major opportunity for a bottom of the barrel price tag.
John Klingberg (DAL): $4,400 vs CGY
Klingberg didn’t have his best season this year. For a guy that has a 67 point season under his belt, posting six goals, 26 assists, for 32 points in 58 games was a bit of a disappointment. As expected when we talk about down seasons, Klingberg dealt with several minor injuries throughout the year, as well as one of his lowest shooting percentages of his career, at just 5%. He also fell short of his career averages in shots on goal, plus/minus, and power play points.
Klingberg is coming off a 28-minute night against the Blues on Sunday, his highest time on ice since October, so I assume he is fully healthy and I expect him to lead the Stars in ice time tonight. He will sit atop the first pairing alongside Esa Lindell, as well as the top power play unit. You will not find any other top power play guys and major minute eaters for this price.
Robin Lehner (VGK): $8,200 vs CHI
This assumes Peter DeBoer turns to Lehner tonight over Marc-Andre Fleury. If he doesn’t, I have no issue with playing Fleury, either. However, Lehner has been the better goalie of late, proving to be a shrewd move by Kelly McCrimmon, who acquired him from the Blackhawks earlier this season. I expect to see Lehner’s best against his former teammates.
While Chicago impressed by knocking off the Oilers in the play-in round, I expect their season comes to a screeching halt against Vegas. The Golden Knights are the biggest favorite on the betting board tonight at -210. I don’t usually like to spend up on goalies, but finding wins is paramount in DFS, and I am happy with cheaper options at other positions today.