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NHL Lineup Notes – November 17th

Nolan Kelly



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Sorry the column is a little late today, but for whatever reason, the news breaks late on Saturdays in the NHL.

The BIG news

  • Patrice Bergeron is OUT tonight after exiting last night’s game against the Stars.
  • Sidney Crosby is out for Saturday. Derick Brassard, centering a solid PIT2 between Jake Guentzel and Phil Kessel.
  • Lots of GTDs in the SJ/STL game. Tomas Hertl is expected to be out, Alex Steen didn’t play last night and likely won’t got tonight and Jaden Schwartz is doubtful for STL1.
  • Craig Smith takes over on NSH1 from Kevin Fiala. Fiala moves down to NSH2 to skate with Turris and FIala.
  • Mats Zuccarello is out tonight for the Rangers. Expect Namestnikov to slide up to NYR1. Strome makes his rangers debut with Hayes and Vesey.


  • If Bergeron can’t go, I’d expect David Krejci to move up to BOS1, making for a unique, low-owned stack that’ll actually be affordable. Check the line rushes.
  • With the Blues banged up and on the second end of back-to-backs, the Sharks are in a smash spot here. I also like using the Blues as a late switch to salvage any dead lineups, should these players end up giving it a go.
  • Love me some NSH1 tonight. All three are on the PP1, with Mattias Ekholm. That’s a cheap four-man stack with the highest implied total on the slate.

The little news

  • Jeff Petry returns to MTL PP1 after a few ineffective Mike Reilly games. Doesn’t look like he’s suiting up tonight.
  • Nick Foligno is out tonight – no lines yet, check the rushes.
  • Elias Lindholm is a go tonight for the Flames – he takes his usual spot on CGY1.
  • Ryan Spooner makes his Oilers debut with Nugent-Hopkins and Ty Rattie.
  • No word on a line yet, but newly acquired Ryan Strome is expected to suit up for the Rangers.
  • Colin White is expected to dress tonight for the Senators. Keep an eye on that closer to.
  • Jacob Chychrun will miss another game for the Coyotes.


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  • Petry is viable for the Habs – and he likely won’t be owned tonight due to his price.
  • This is a great night to keep an eye on all the pre-game line rushes to get an edge on the competition. I suspect we’ll see a lot more tinkering than usual in the leadup to locks.

Highest implied totals

Nashville Predators: 3.4 (bet down from 3.8)

Penguins, Wild, Flames all 3.3

Lowest implied totals

LA Kings: 2.2

Buffalo Sabres: 2.2

St. Louis Blues: 2.4

High 5v5 recent ice-time

MTL1: 30%

NYR2: 30%

CGY1: 35%

EDM1: 31%

Low 5v5 recent ice-time

OTT1 and OTT2 under 18%


Karlsson and Burns are starting to see more ice-time with SJS1.

Ekblad has seen his playing time increase lately. Viable with FLA1.

Jones/Murray with CBJ2.

Josi with NSH1.

Petry with MTL1.

Giordano with CGY1.

Letang with PIT PP1.


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