FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday 8/6
It took just four days for the first team to be sent packing from the Toronto bubble, as the New York Rangers were swept by the Carolina Hurricanes in three quick games. Fortunately, we still have a loaded schedule today regardless. The Flames will look to put away the Jets in game four, while the other two qualifying series are knotted at one. I could get used to this all-day hockey thing. Let’s take a look at another busy weekday schedule.
Andrew Copp (WPG): $4,200 vs CGY
This selection is entirely contingent on the status of Mark Scheifele. Assuming that he remains out, Andrew Copp is slated to center the top line alongside Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor. If the Jets are going to battle back in this series, this line will have to do it. Copp will also center the top power-play unit, bolstering his value. Copp was the Jets lone goal scorer in game one, and he potted another goal in game three. He has a big opportunity at a very fair price.
Matthew Tkachuk (CGY): $5,400 @ WPG
It didn’t take long for Matthew Tkachuk to become the focal point of this series. He tends to rise to the occasion in these situations. Tkachuk recorded a goal in the Flames game three 6-2 victory on Tuesday. He will continue to skate alongside Mikael Backlund and Andrew Mangiapane. He will also be on the top power-play unit. Look for Tkachuk to be fired up tonight as the Flames look to put away the Jets.
Brock Boeser (VAN): $5,100 @ MIN
Boeser took a bit of a step back this season, recording just 16 goals in 57 games. However, he had a lot going against him. First and foremost, his season was riddled with injuries. To make matters worse, he shot just 9.5% this year, despite averaging over 14% in the two years prior. The good news is that he is entering this playoff healthy, and due for a regression to the mean in shooting percentage. After being shut out by Alex Stalock in game one, Boeser chipped in with a goal in the Canucks 4-3 victory in game two. He will skate on the top line alongside Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller, as well as the top power-play unit. Despite not having his best season, Boeser is simply too talented for me not to take him at this price.
Tyson Barrie (TOR): $5,100 @ CBJ
Speaking of players who didn’t have their best seasons, this was not a banner year for Tyson Barrie. After being dealt from Colorado, there was excitement to see Barrie’s offensive prowess in the high-powered Maple Leafs system. Things did not shake out the way anyone had hoped, with Barrie posting close to career lows in all offensive categories. Fortunately for him, he can completely redeem himself with a big playoff run. It seems like he is going to be given that opportunity, with Sheldon Keefe choosing Barrie to quarterback the top power-play unit, instead of Morgan Rielly. Furthermore, Jake Muzzin’s game three status seems highly doubtful after his scary collision in game two. Should Muzzin be sidelined, look for Keefe to rely heavier on his established defensemen like Barrie, as opposed to giving big minutes to Martin Marincin, who likely draws in.
Jordan Binnington (STL): $7,600 vs VGK
Quite simply, Jordan Binnington is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL. I am surprised to see him ranked as the tenth most expensive player in the DraftKings format. Although the Blues have not confirmed their starting goalie yet, I fully expect St. Louis to rely on Binnington to play in every game of this round-robin and the playoff. Binnington sparkled in the Blues 2-1 last-second loss against Colorado, stopping 36 of 38 shots. You should always double-check the confirmed starters, but assuming Binnington is in, play him here with confidence.