UPDATE: Jonathan Drouin and Shea Weber expected to return to Montreal lineup tonight.
Today’s post is for the Main Slate, which does not include this afternoon’s contests. There are 10 games on the main slate, with Columbus, Florida, Toronto, Boston, Carolina, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg all competing in the second half of back-to-back scenarios. Today’s post provides an overview of options at each position; my favorite picks are in blue, while some other solid options are in light blue.
Summary of Last Night’s Results
The lineup was in great shape heading into the final game of the evening. Unfortunately, the Golden Knights are difficult to contain at home, and their strong effort chased Connor Hellebuyck, which was the difference between cashing and not. It didn’t help that Blake Wheeler was held off the scoresheet, either, even though he had higher than a 50 percent ownership rate in last night’s contests. Mathew Barzal and the Islanders had a tough outing as well, losing 5-0 to the Stars. Nazem Kadri grabbed another assist and 13.3 fantasy points, and Seth Jones and Torey Krug had decent nights as Krug extended his point streak to six games. Jonathan Huberdeau had the best night of anyone, tallying three assists and five shots for 32 fantasy points. David Pastrnak scored a goal and earned 17.3 fantasy points in the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime loss to Toronto. Connor Brown was ineffective once again, so he will not be in these lineups moving forward, no matter what his price tag may be.
- Columbus @ Detroit – 7:00pm EST
- Minnesota @ Philadelphia – 7:00pm EST
- Florida @ New Jersey – 7:00pm EST
- Toronto @ Boston – 7:00pm EST
- Chicago @ Carolina – 7:00pm EST
- Buffalo @ Montreal – 7:00pm EST
- Pittsburgh @ Nashville – 8:00pm EST
- NY Islanders @ St. Louis – 8:00pm EST
- Winnipeg @ Arizona – 10:00pm EST
- Vancouver @ San Jose – 10:00pm EST
- CBJ: vs. DET: Jimmy Howard (confirmed)
- MIN: Devan Dubnyk (confirmed) vs. PHI: Brian Elliott (confirmed)
- FLA: vs. NJD: Cory Schneider (confirmed)
- TOR: Curtis McElhinney (confirmed) vs. BOS: Tuukka Rask (LIKELY)
- CHI: Anton Forsberg (confirmed) vs. CAR: Scott Darling (confirmed)
- BUF: vs. MTL: Charlie Lindgren (confirmed)
- PIT: Tristan Jarry (LIKELY) vs. NSH:
- NYI: vs. STL: Jake Allen (confirmed)
- WPG: Steve Mason (confirmed) vs. ARI: Antti Raanta (LIKELY)
- VAN: Jacob Markstrom (confirmed) vs. SJS: Aaron Dell (confirmed)
For starting goalie updates, check out DailyFaceoff and LeftWingLock throughout the day.
FanDuel DFS NHL 11/11/17
Evgeni Malkin ($8,300)
Evgeni Malkin tallied an assist and earned 14.4 fantasy points in last night’s loss to the Capitals. He has 18 points in 17 games and is averaging 15.5 fantasy points per game this season. Malkin skates on Pittsburgh’s second line and first power-play unit; he scored a goal and earned 20 fantasy points against Nashville when these teams met Oct. 7.
Mark Scheifele ($8,000)
Mark Scheifele managed a power-play assist and two shots in last night’s ugly 5-2 loss to Vegas, though he was a minus-three on the night. The Jets’ top line of Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor had a terrible night despite recent success. It’s likely their ownership will dip tonight, though they have been stellar of late and have the chance to rebound nicely against Arizona. Scheifele skates on the team’s top power-play unit and is averaging 17 fantasy points per game this season with 19 points in 15 games.
Patrice Bergeron ($7,700)
Patrice Bergeron scored a goal in last night’s loss to Toronto, extending his point streak to four games and giving him points in five out of his last six games. He has earned 23.2, 24.8, 14.4, 19.2, 8 and 27.4 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively, and has earned at least eight fantasy points in every game this year. Bergeron is averaging 18.3 fantasy points per game and has 11 points in 10 games this season; he skates on Boston’s first line and first power-play unit.
Sean Couturier ($6,800)
Sean Couturier is off to a fantastic start to the season on the Flyers’ top line with Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek. The trio has been the second most successful line in the league, trailing only the lethal Steven Stamkos-Nikita Kucherov combo out of Tampa. Couturier has points in three straight games and has 19 in 16 games this year. He is averaging 17.9 fantasy points per game and skates on the team’s top power-play unit.
Eric Staal ($6,700)
Eric Staal has points in three straight games and has been very productive with linemate Jason Zucker. Staal has 12 points in 15 games this season and is averaging 13.8 fantasy points per game, though he has earned 17.6, 21.3 and 20.4 in his last three games, respectively. Staal skates on Minnesota’s first line and second power-play unit; he picked up two points in two games against Philadelphia last season and tends to play well against the Flyers going back to his days with the Hurricanes.
Brayden Schenn ($6,700)
Brayden Schenn has points in three straight games, picking up one goal and eight points in that stretch. He has 19 points in 17 games this season and is averaging 14.9 fantasy points per game. Schenn skates on St. Louis’ first line with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, as well as on the team’s first power-play unit; he should be a popular play tonight given his recent success.
Nazem Kadri ($6,100)
Nazem Kadri originally had two assists last night, though one was taken away and given to Nikita Zaitsev following the conclusion of the game. Either way, he extended his point streak to three games with an assist as he managed to come away with 13.3 fantasy points. Kadri had just a 10 percent ownership rate last night, which was surprisingly low. That being said, he’s a good option with Auston Matthews out of the lineup tonight. Kadri is skating on the team’s second line and first power-play unit. He is averaging 13.4 fantasy points per game and has 15 points in 18 games this season.
Dylan Larkin ($5,700)
Dylan Larkin has points in his last two games and in five out of his last six games; he registered 10 shots on goal in the game in which he did not record a point, giving him an average of 15.2 fantasy points per game in his last six contests. Larkin skates on Detroit’s second line and second power-play unit.
Christian Dvorak ($4,400)
Christian Dvorak has been a solid value play this season; he had a few quiet games but tallied an assist and earned 16.5 fantasy points in his most recent game. He is averaging 9.9 fantasy points per game this season and plays on Arizona’s second line and second power-play unit. Steve Mason has struggled a lot this year, so Arizona could exploit that as the ‘Yotes face the Jets in the second half of a back-to-back coming off a tough 5-2 loss in Vegas. Dvorak is not a sure thing by any standards, though; he is still a risky play.
Derek Ryan ($3,500)
Derek Ryan could be an interesting value play in tonight’s contests. He has points in back-to-back games after grabbing an assist in last night’s 3-1 win against the Blue Jackets; that also gives him points in four out of his last five games. Ryan skates on Carolina’s third line with Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm, as well as on the team’s second power-play unit.
Brian Boyle ($3,200)
If you are running very low on budget space, consider Devils center Brian Boyle. Boyle has points in back-to-back games and has played inspired hockey since returning to the lineup after undergoing treatment for a rare form of Leukemia. Boyle is skating on the team’s third line and second power-play unit.
Also Consider: Aleksander Barkov ($6,700), Vincent Trocheck ($6,100), Frans Nielsen ($4,500), Jordan Szwarz ($3,300)
Phil Kessel ($8,100)
Phil Kessel has points in three straight games, in eight out of his last nine games and in 12 out of his last 14 games. He has been the most consistent scorer for the Penguins this year, though linemate Evgeni Malkin ($8,300) has been strong as well. Kessel tallied an assist and earned 14.4 fantasy points against Nashville earlier this season. He is averaging 17.4 fantasy points per game this year and skates on Pittsburgh’s second line and first power-play unit.
Blake Wheeler ($7,900)
Blake Wheeler had a very tough night last night with a minus-four rating and just one shot on goal. He and the Jets were completely outplayed by the Golden Knights but will look to respond tonight against Arizona. Wheeler had nine points in his previous three games and has scored more in the past two weeks than anyone else in the NHL. He could still be worth a shot, especially since Winnipeg will be motivated and because Arizona hasn’t exactly been a shut-down team. Wheeler skates on the team’s first line and first power-play unit, has 21 points in 15 games and is averaging 18.7 fantasy points per game this season.
David Pastrnak ($7,500)
David Pastrnak extended his point streak to four games with a goal in last night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs. He has earned 17.3, 24.8, 14.4, 34.1, 6.4 and 28.2 in his last six games, respectively, and skates on Boston’s first line and first power-play unit. Pastrnak is averaging 17.4 fantasy points per game and has 17 points in 15 games this season.
Max Pacioretty ($7,100)
Max Pacioretty’s performance could be affected if Jonathan Drouin does not return to Montreal’s lineup. However, he should remain a popular choice given his recent consistency. Though Pacioretty’s six-game point streak came to an end as the Canadiens were shut out by Minnesota Thursday night, he still managed seven shots on goal for 11.2 fantasy points. He now has 76 shots on goal this season, including 21 in his last four games. Pacioretty scored a goal and earned 21.6 fantasy points against Buffalo when these teams met at the start of the season. Pacioretty’s spot in the lineup will be determined by Drouin’s status. If Drouin returns to the lineup, Pacioretty will take his place on the second line and first power-play unit; if Drouin misses another game, Pacioretty should play on the top line. He will face a Buffalo team that will be in the second half of a back-to-back; Buffalo has given up 14 goals in its last four games.
Evander Kane ($7,000)
Evander Kane has points in back-to-back games and in four out of his last five games, earning 16.5, 30.4, 4.8, 23.6 and 17.6 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. He skates on Buffalo’s first line and first power-play unit and has been a popular pick on a consistent basis this season. A big reason for that is his tendency to record at least a few shots per game; in fact, Kane has 73 on the year, including 22 in his last five games. When the Sabres and Canadiens met earlier this season, Kane registered 11 shots on goal and tallied an assist, good for 25.6 fantasy points. He is averaging 19.2 fantasy points per game with 15 points in 15 games this season.
Viktor Arvidsson ($6,700)
Viktor Arvidsson has goals in three straight games and four points in his last three contests, earning 26.4, 24.8 and 17.3 in his last three games, respectively. He skates on Nashville’s first line and first power-play unit but did not find the scoresheet against Pittsburgh earlier this season. That being said, Pittsburgh will be in the second half of a back-to-back, a position in which Pittsburgh has been vulnerable this year.
Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,500)
Jonathan Huberdeau put up three assists and five shots for 32 fantasy points in last night’s 4-1 win against the Sabres. He continues to be a reliable pick, as he has earned at least a point in 13 out of 15 games this season. Huberdeau skates on Florida’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.6 fantasy points per game.
James van Riemsdyk ($6,300)
James van Riemsdyk scored both of Toronto’s regulation goals in last night’s come-from-behind win against the Bruins, finishing the night with 35.7 fantasy points. JVR was reunited with linemates Tyler Bozak and Mitch Marner, and the three skated on the team’s top power-play unit as well.
Anthony Mantha ($5,700)
Anthony Mantha was moved to Detroit’s top line to play with Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg. He is coming off a three-point performance in which he earned 33.3 fantasy points, and he has four goals and eight points in his last six games. Mantha plays on the Red Wings’ second power-play unit.
Jason Zucker ($5,300)
Jason Zucker is coming off a hat-trick performance and has five goals in his last two games, which should make him a very popular play in tonight’s contests. He is on a three-game point streak with five goals and six points in his last three games, and he has earned 49.2, 32.5 and 13.2 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. Zucker skates on Minnesota’s first line and second power-play unit.
Martin Frk ($3,700)
Martin Frk has goals in three straight games and has four points in that stretch. He has earned 14.1, 17.3 and 25.3 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. Frk skates on Detroit’s fourth line (with Andreas Athanasiou) and second power-play unit.
Also Consider: Vladimir Tarasenko ($8,300), Jake Voracek ($7,700), Claude Giroux ($7,600), Brad Marchand ($7,600), Jaden Schwartz ($7,100), Evgenii Dadonov ($5,300), Josh Bailey ($5,100), Justin Williams ($4,600), Mitch Marner ($4,500), Brian Gibbons ($3,300)
Alex Pietrangelo ($6,300)
Alex Pietrangelo has 16 points in 17 games this season and is averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game, which is better than most forwards in the league. He has three goals in his last three games and skates on St. Louis’ top power-play unit; Pietrangelo is coming off a performance in which he earned 16.8 fantasy points.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($6,000)
Shayne Gostisbehere has points in four straight games and has earned 17.6, 14.9, 13.3, 14.4, 14.4 and 13.3 in his last six games, respectively. He skates on Philadelphia’s first power-play unit and is averaging 15.9 fantasy points per game this season.
Seth Jones ($5,400)
Seth Jones continues to be a fairly reliable option on the back end, though the Blue Jackets have not played too well in recent games. He earned eight fantasy points last night with two shots and three blocks, and he is averaging 13.1 fantasy points per game this season. Jones skates on Columbus’ top power-play unit.
Torey Krug ($5,300)
Torey Krug extended his point streak to six games with an assist in last night’s game against the Maple Leafs. He has two goals and eight points in his last six games; Krug skates on Boston’s top power-play unit.
Morgan Rielly ($4,900)
Morgan Rielly has assists in three straight games, including one in last night’s win against the Bruins, whom the Maple Leafs take on again tonight in the second half of a back-to-back home-and-home. Rielly skates on Toronto’s first power-play unit.
Jacob Trouba ($4,500)
Jacob Trouba, like the rest of the Jets, had a poor outing last night, though he managed three shots and a block for 6.4 fantasy points. He has been a popular play given his price tag, and he had assists in three straight games before last night. Tra-tra-tra-Trouba and the Jets have a favorable matchup against the Coyotes tonight.
Jeff Petry ($4,200)
With Shea Weber’s status for tonight’s game unknown, Jeff Petry could be a nice value play against Buffalo, who will be in the second half of a back-to-back. Petry has earned 8, 12.8, 11.2, 24.8, 6.4 and 11.7 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively, picking up three points, 17 shots and 12 blocks in that stretch. He plays on Montreal’s second power-play unit. Jordie Benn ($3,600) is also worth consideration; he has had four decent fantasy performances in a row (6.4, 29.6, 11.2, 9.6 FP).
Tim Heed ($4,100)
Tim Heed continues to be a decent value play and remains reasonably-priced as the Sharks look to bounce back after a disappointing effort against Tampa Bay earlier in the week. Heed skates on the team’s first power-play unit and is averaging 11.1 fantasy points per game with seven points in 12 games this season. He has earned 9.6, 8, 12.8, 30.1, 0, 19.7 and 13.6 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively.
Joel Edmundson ($4,000)
Joel Edmundson has goals in two out of his last three games and is averaging 11.9 fantasy points per game this season, which is solid value given his price tag. He may come up with 6.4 fantasy points with a shot and a few blocks, but he has the potential to put up bigger numbers. He’s the kind of guy you throw in if you’re high on the Blues or if you want a pretty dependable defenseman to get you a small chunk of points with the potential for more. Is he a great pick? No. But he’s a decent one, and he should give you at least a boost that could make a significant difference in the end; this makes him a little more appealing rather than taking a huge risk on someone who could come up empty-handed, though it will depend on your budget situation and the rest of your lineup (as well as your gut instinct, of course).
Also Consider: Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,700), Dustin Byfuglien ($5,500), Aaron Ekblad ($4,900), Jordie Benn ($3,600), Cody Franson ($3,500)
Pekka Rinne ($8,900)
Pekka Rinne has won back-to-back games, earning 36 and 28 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively. He and the Predators will host a tired Penguins team that played last night in Washington. The Penguins have struggled in the second half of back-to-backs this season, especially without a real backup goalie for Matt Murray. It’s likely Murray will start tonight, which could give the well-rested Rinne an advantage.
Jake Allen ($8,800)
Jake Allen has won back-to-back games and is favored tonight against the Islanders, who lost 5-0 last night in Dallas. Though the Islanders will be motivated to bounce back from last night’s disappointing performance, the Blues are still favored in the matchup. Allen is 9-3-1 this season and is averaging 20.9 fantasy points per game. If Carter Hutton ($8,400) gets the nod, he is worth considering as well as he is undefeated this season with four wins.
Tuukka Rask ($8,100)
Tuukka Rask and the Bruins will look to fight back tonight after blowing a 2-1 lead with one minute left in the game last night and ultimately losing in overtime. Though Anton Khudobin was in net last night, Rask will take on Maple Leafs’ backup Curtis McElhinney and has the favorable matchup, especially with Auston Matthews out of the lineup for the third straight game.
Charlie Lindgren ($7,600)
Charlie Lindgren took a loss the other night, the first of his NHL career. That being said, he still managed 17.6 fantasy points after allowing two goals on 34 shots. He could face a lot of rubber tonight against Buffalo, and this could be a high-scoring game. However, he’s inexpensive and has earned 17.6, 27.2 and 50.4 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. If Jonathan Drouin returns to the lineup, Montreal will have the edge tonight.
Scott Darling ($7,600)
Scott Darling will face his former Blackhawks team tonight but will face Chicago’s backup, Anton Forsberg. Forsberg gave up five goals in his last start, and Chicago has really struggled offensively in recent games. This puts Darling in a good spot, though you can never count out Chicago. Darling is 1-0-1 in his last two starts, giving up just one goal in each appearance. However, he is averaging just 14.7 fantasy points per game this season, and his team is in the second half of a back-to-back.
Also Consider: Martin Jones ($8,800), James Reimer ($7,400)
FanDuel DFS NHL 11/11/17 Lineup
NOTE: This lineup may change based on injury updates, changes to line combinations, starting goalie confirmations, etc.
- C: Patrice Bergeron ($7,700)
- C: Brayden Schenn ($6,700)
- W: Blake Wheeler ($7,900)
- W: Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,500)
- W: Jason Zucker ($5,300)
- W: Anthony Mantha ($5,700)
- D: Joel Edmundson ($4,000)
- D: Jordie Benn ($3,600)
- G: Charlie Lindgren ($7,600)
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