Lineup picks, matchups, start or sit advice for Thursday
There is only one match that stands head and shoulders above the rest in this list of seven games on Thursday thanks to former players visiting old clubs.
Former Colorado Avalanche teammates Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Ian Cole are taking over their old club with the Tampa Bay Lightning… Excuse me? What? Isn’t that the one?
Oh, it must have been the Vancouver Canucks visiting Bo Horvath and the New York Islanders just 10 days after the Canucks captain was sent to Long Island. Right. This sounds more intriguing.
The rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup Finals is still highly anticipated, but it’s hard to beat the serendipity of a Canucks-Iles matchup so close to the hand. Both Horvat and fellow trader Anthony Beauvillier played two games for their new clubs to settle in – both in the top spot, by the way.
The Croatian skates with Josh Bailey and Matthew Barzal, making six shots into the net, scoring one goal and running away with the first power play. Horvath also racked up several hits and blocks, earning 4.5 fantasy points in both games.
Beauvillier played one game with Elias Pettersson and Andrey Kuzmenko, then the next with Pettersson and Brock Bozer. He has four shots on goal, no points and was the best powerplay in both games. With a couple of hits, Beauvillier scored 1.3 fantasy points.
Both results are small examples of what we expected. The Croatian is slightly behind his 2.6 points per game (FPPG) with the Canucks this season, but his 2.3 is still above average and keeps him in fantasy lineups. Beauvillier’s 0.7 FPPG is unrelated to fantasy, and neither is the 1.1 FPPG he’s shown with the Islanders all season.
Beauvilla is at significant risk of being knocked out of the top six as new coach Rick Tocchet is still playing with his squad to find combinations that suit him best. Dakota Joshua and Kuzmenko were in the top six in one game and were eliminated on Wednesday. The Canucks have been competitive in both games with the tighter competition (the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers), but if they don’t start winning, Tocchet will keep making changes until they do. Bovillier is by no means obligated to play a major role due to the fact that he is an active Croatian player.
As for Horvath, he seems to lift all the boats. His line posted 3.37 expected goals for 60 (according to NaturalStatTrick.com) in 22 minutes combined, eclipsing most of the other Islanders lines this season, with the exception of the combination of Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Kyle Palmieri (5.08 expected goals). by 60). his arrival helped to gather.
This general matchup is also intriguing in that it pits decent offense and terrible defense (Canucks) against not-so-great offense and amazing defense (Islanders). Even special teams are a total mismatch: the Canucks are terrible at penalty kills and the Islanders are terrible at man advantage, while the Islanders are pretty good at killing and the Canucks aren’t that bad at shooting. extra person.
This is inconsistency after inconsistency, which can sometimes be replaced by a productive deed. Of course, Beauvillier is an interesting game for a rematch narrative, and Bayley and Palmieri would score points if the goals started to pile up. The Canucks’ second line also showed good ball possession on Wednesday, with JT Miller, Conor Garland and Vassily Podkolzin keeping theirs. Podkolzin is available in most leagues.
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Profitable scoring matches
San Jose Sharks – Florida Panthers.
19:00, FLA Live Arena, watch live on Sportzshala+
I have this most goals contest on Thursday with a hot Panthers offense in a plus match here against a pliable Sharks defense. In fact, both teams have been in the top 10 defensemen of late and are 25th (Sharks) and 30th (Panthers) in powerplay goals scored last month. Be careful with Alexander Barkov, who did not train due to a hand injury, but can still play. Without him, Sam Reinhart and Anton Lundell will lose some of their luster. But the line of Matthew Tkachuk, Sam Bennett and Carter Verhaeghe is unstoppable, a trio that boasts the highest expected goal percentage in the NHL for lines playing at least 200 minutes together (MoneyPuck.com). Verhaeghe has just crossed the 70% mark that one might hope to achieve after scoring nine goals in his last nine games. From the side of the Sharks, Noah Gregor is a tricky game. He is the Sharks’ current winger of the week, a role that allows him to play alongside Timo Meyer and Thomas Hurtle under the next winger.
Edmonton Oilers – Philadelphia Flyers
7:00 pm, Wells Fargo Center, watch live on Sportzshala+
The Oilers ranked first in the 60 goals category this season, but perhaps more reassuringly, they are also No. 1 in 60 goals in a five-on-five last month; they are only seventh in that category for the entire season. A spike in five-on-five goals has left Ryan McLeod and Warren Voegele posting fantastic numbers in third place lately, but the Flyers are in the top 10 in goals against 60 in five-on-five games over the past month. so some deeper digging off the table might be needed here. It’s hard to say if we’ll see Stewart Skinner or Jack Campbell, as Campbell’s revival brings him the lion’s share of starts, but Skinner was out for a while before the All-Star break, so it’s unclear how much will split in the short term. As far as the Flyers are concerned, the Oilers have been better at preventing goals lately, but Scott Lawton’s role as a forward and power play is enough to put him in the game.
Calgary Flames of the Detroit Red Wings
19:00, Little Caesars Arena, watch live on Sportzshala+
The Flames have a significant possession advantage against the Red Wings, who have been struggling lately to keep the puck off their net. The third line, made up of Mikael Backlund, Blake Coleman, and Andrew Mangiapain, has been doing more damage than the Flames’ scoring lines lately, so they are a good target to start some streams. I prefer Coleman for his established base of hits and shots that won’t let him give you zero if used. With Rasmus Andersson out of the game, Noah Hanifin should get a power play advantage for the Flames. I’m more interested in the Red Wings team if the Flames decided to keep playing Jacob Markstrom, but payback for this goaltending situation is just around the corner as backup Dan Vladar continues to win and Markstrom continues to lose and Vladar is predicted to be between the pipes tonight. The Wings have been back in the top lane lately, so Lucas Raymond can play Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin.
Mid-level fantasy forwards
Brandon Hagel, W, Tampa Bay Lightning (69.4%): This is just the hope that the Lightning will return to their usual lines after a couple of embarrassing defeats. Hagel has been separated from Nikita Kucherov and Braden Point as the Bolts play Steven Stamkos in the top lane, but getting crushed by the Panthers and beaten by the Sharks is pretty bad for this club. We hope that Hagel will return to the top – if not on Thursday, then soon.
Ondrej Palat, W, New Jersey Devils (47.0%): Jack Hughes is out for a couple of weeks with an upper body injury, so it might be best to stick with the top line of Palat, Nico Hishir and Jesper Bratt as you start your Devils hitters. Palat scored two goals on Monday, for what it’s worth.
Phil Kessel, W, Vegas Golden Knights (47.0%): How is Kessel still in 47.0% of leagues? Yes. However, the Golden Knights offense looks messy without Mark Stone, and Kessel stepped up. He has points in three consecutive games and three goals in his last five games. He’s tied with Chandler Stephenson and William Carrier and the team should consider trying him on the powerplay if this continues.
Scott Lawton, C/W, Philadelphia Flyers (22.9%)
Lucas Raymond, W, Detroit Red Wings (50.8%)
Deep League Forwards/Daily Fantasy
Eli Tolvanen, W, Seattle Kraken (9.1%): A rocky comeback from the all-star break saw Tolvanen lose 3 to the Islanders on Tuesday. But he scored a goal in each of the three games before the break and still has 1.8 FPPG over the past month.
Vasily Podkolzin, W, Vancouver Canucks (6.5%): He is likely to retain his role as scorer after scoring a goal on Wednesday.
Josh Bailey, W, New York Islanders (0.9%)
Blake Coleman, W, Calgary Flames (4.8%)
Kyle Palmieri, W, New York Islanders (3.7%)
Sam Steel, C/W, Minnesota Wild (1.2%)
Anthony Beauvillier, W, Vancouver Canucks (2.6%)
Noah Gregor, C/W, San Jose Sharks (0.0%)
Fantasy Intermediate Defenders
Radko Gudas, guard, Florida Panthers (18.7%): Reliable enough not to intimidate the spot you give him in the roster, Gudas has been doing more good than harm lately. In addition, he scored a fantastic 3.3 points after one of his two goals this season when the teams met in November.
Bowen Byram, guard, Colorado Avalanche (23.5%): Healthy Bayram gains fantasy points in minutes. He returned to the blue line and approached the 22nd minute of his return on Tuesday. The result is 2.9 fantasy points. Get him back in lineups.
Noah Hanifin, guard, Calgary Flames (69.4%)
Ben Chiarot, guard, Detroit Red Wings (44.3%)
Ryan Graves, guard, New Jersey Devils (22.2%)
Deep League/Daily Fantasy Appreciates Defenders
Samuel Girard, guard, Colorado Avalanche (7.8%): With Cale Makar confirmed for a couple of games, there should be extra ice and responsibility for all the Avs defenders and Girard has a good streak with Bayram back as his defensive partner.
Sergey Bobrovsky, goaltender, Florida Panthers (54.4%): After the Lightning scored one goal on Monday, I’m more than okay with continuing to play Bobrovsky against the Sharks. Bobrovsky’s late-season surge is perhaps the only thing the Panthers need to get back into the playoff race.