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NHL Lineup changes – Nov. 16

Nolan Kelly



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As always, we have Jake Hari’s projections and line stacks and I’ll be back this afternoon with my Power Plays article, featuring some of the top value skaters and goalies for tonight.

Lot’s of important info for this six-game slate, so let’s get into it,

The BIG news

  • Patrik Laine has been moved back to the Jets second line with Bryan Little and Kyle Connor. Connor and Laine are on the PP1.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov AND TJ Oshie are out tonight for the Caps. Lars Eller centres Ovie and Wilson, Burakovsky moves up to the second line. Both Wilson and Eller are expected to be on the PP1.
  • The Ducks have placed Cam Fowler on IR. Brandon Montour takes his role on the PP1. However, it was Lindholm and the PP2 that saw the most ice time their last game out.
  • Rasmus Dahlin is back on the Buffalo PP1, replacing Ristolainen. Patrik Berglund takes over for Kyle Okposo as well.
  • The Bruins D-corps is depleted, with Chara, McAvoy, Miller and Carlo out tonight. They’re expected to start two defencemen making their NHL debut in Jakub Zboril and Connor Clifton – unless Miler can go. At any rate, bump up the Stars.


  • Obviously WAS1 is lacking some firepower, but they’re going to be cheap as all hell tonight and all three are on the PP1. I don’t mind firing them up in a few lineups. Eller and Wilson are below $4600 on both sites.
  • Montour and Dahlin are solid bets for bargain basement defecenmen tonight, along with Jokiharju.
  • WPG2 will get half to a third of the ownership of WPG1 and have the worse matchup of the top-two Jets lines, but I still like them as a cheaper option tonight.

The little news

  • The Stars bottom-nine is a mess right now. Loads of in-game shuffling. Currently, Spezza is in between Janmark and Ritchie. I can’t say I’d roster any of them, though.
  • Mathieu Perreault is on the Jets 4th Copp-Lowry-Tanev form the third.
  • Carl Hagelin makes his Kings debut alongside Adrian Kempe and Matt Luff on the third line.


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  • Nothing here to get excited about.


Obviously, you can almost always stack a team’s best PP1 QB with the rest of the PP1, but occasionally there are some pivots you can make for large tournaments, based on total ice-time together. Provorov last night, for example, and a few options from today’s slate:

  • Trouba and Morrisey with WPG1. 13 mins of ice-time, compared to 7 minutes for Byfuglien last game.
  • Johnson/Girard with COL1. 10-13 minutes with COL1 last game.
  • Pieterangelo with STL1. 12 minutes, compared to 5 for PP QB Vince Dunn.

Highest implied totals

Winnipeg: 3.6

Colorado: 3.4

Chicago/Vegas: 3.1

Lowest implied totals

Buffalo: 2.5

LA: 2.5

St. Louis: 2.5

Highest 5v5 ice time

DAL1: 28%

WPG1: 29%

COL1: 36%!!

TOR2: 29%

BUF1: 30%

Lowest 5v5 ice time

Nothing below 20% for any of the top-two lines, recently.

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