DraftKings NHL Lineup Advice: Tuesday 8/4
Adam Lowry (WPG): $2,800 vs CGY
There isn’t much to draw from in terms of recent trends, since the players have only played one or two meaningful games in the last five months. However, Adam Lowry appears to have shown up prepared to play in this series against Calgary. Lowry is a tough customer, someone you would expect to play a big factor in a playoff series. He recorded an assist in game one, then a goal and an assist in game two. With Scheifele and Laine likely sidelined again, Lowry will skate between the formidable pair of Jack Roslovic and Jansen Harkins. For this price, I am happy to have a guy that I know will be in the middle of everything all night.
Kevin Fiala (MIN): $6,600 @ VAN
Fiala is a rising star in the NHL. He broke out this season with 54 points in just 64 games, career highs. In a 3-0 game one win against the Canucks, Fiala recorded a goal on five shots. He will skate on the top line with Eric Staal and Jordan Greenway. He will also play on the top power-play unit. If Minnesota can get after Jacob Markstrom again, expect Fiala to be a part of it.
Oliver Bjorkstrand (CBJ): $6,400 @ TOR
Oliver Bjorkstrand has been a mainstay of this article all season. I just love the guy. One of the benefits to a five-month stoppage is that we saw the return of several players whose seasons we thought was over. Bjorkstrand is one of those players, fracturing his ankle back in February and receiving an 8-10 week recovery diagnosis. He recorded 21 goals, 15 assists, for 36 points this season. The best part is he tacked on 162 shots as well. If not for playing only 49 games, he would have smashed his career totals. In game one against Toronto, Bjorkstrand was in the middle of everything. In what ended up a 2-0 game, Bjorkstrand did not record a point, but he had four shots on goal. He will skate again on the top group with Pierre-Luc Dubois and Alexandre Texier, as well as the top power-play unit.
Quinn Hughes (VAN): $5,100 vs MIN
Quinn Hughes got his first taste of playoff action on Sunday when his Canucks lost 3-0 against the Wild. In my mind, Hughes is simply too talented to be uninvolved in this series. He played almost 24 minutes in game one. I expect Vancouver will tie up this series, and I expect the Calder finalist to play a part. Hughes will be on the top pairing with Chris Tanev, as well as the top power-play unit with Bo Horvat, Tyler Toffoli, Elias Pettersson, and J.T. Miller.
Igor Shesterkin (NYR) / Henrik Lundqvist (NYR): $7,500 vs CAR
Outside of the Oilers and Blackhawks, we have not seen many goals scored thus far in the playoffs. The “under” goal total has hit in over 80% of the games thus far. That should make choosing a goalie easy, right? Hopefully. I’m going to take a bit of a shot here, with my first ever two-man goalie selection. If the Rangers determine that Shesterkin is “fit to play”, I expect he will get the nod. If that is the case, I expect him to turn in a sparkling performance. Shesterkin posted a .932 save percentage this season on a team that surrendered the second-most shots in the NHL. He is a star in the making. With that said, if David Quinn goes back to Henrik Lundqvist, I’m OK playing him as well. Lundqvist began ceding the majority of his work this season to both Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev. With one year left on his deal at $8.5M, this may be his last game in a Rangers jersey, or more probably, his last game in the NHL. “The King” has earned almost $100M in his NHL career, so retiring and forfeiting his last year of $8.5M would not be out of the question. All that is to say, I’ll take my chance on a first-ballot Hall of Famer playing in what could be his final game. He is not at fault for the Rangers 2-0 deficit in this series.