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NHL News and Notes – October 17

Nolan Kelly



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Let’s get into tonight’s lineup news and notes:

Anaheim Ducks

Line percentages: N/A (won’t tell us much, with Getzlaf possibly returning)

Lineup notes:

Taking a wait and see approach to the Ducks lines tonight, because Ryan Getzlaf is expected to suit up. He skated yesterday with Rickard Rakell and Troy Terry. Jakob Silfverberg did not skate yesterday and is questionable. If you have access to your lineups tonight at 7pm, this is a great opportunity to roster Getzlaf at little to no ownership. He is still listed as on the DL/IR on DraftKings and FanDuel. A Getzlaf-Rakell pairing is a smart GPP move tonight.

Boston Bruins

BOS1: 21%, BOS2:21%, BOS3: 21%

PP1: 45% PP2: 40%

Lineup notes:

No major changes

Calgary Flames

Line percentages: N/A (lines were changed up in-game)

PP1:75%, PP2: 25%

Lineup notes:

  • Matthew Tkachuk ended up playing a bunch on the top-line last game, but it looks as though he’s been moved back to his usual spot on the second line ahead of their clash tonight with the Bruins.
  • Mark Jankowski is skating between James Neal and Sam Bennett on the third line.

Montreal Canadiens

Last game:MTL1: 25%..MTL2, 22%, MTL3: 18%

PP1: 70%, PP2: 30%

No major changes

New York Islanders

NYI1: 32% (all other lines mixed and matched)

New lines and defence pairs for the Isles ahead of their West Coast matchup against the Ducks. PPs are staying the same.

  • Andrew Ladd moves up in the lineup and replaces Anthony Beauvillier on the top line.
  • D-pairs are as follows: Leddy-Pulock. Sbisa-Boychuk. Hickey-Mayfield

New York Rangers

NYR1: 28%, NYR2: 23%, NYR3: 17%

PP1: 72%, PP2: 17%

Lineup notes:

The Rangers played last night, so they didn’t have a skate this morning. Could see some changes for tonight’s game, so check back in during line rushes. No word on if Pavel Buchnevich draws back in.

St Louis Blues

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STL1: 27%. STL2: 22%

PP1: 40%, PP2: 60%

Lineup notes:

  • Alex Steen is off the top line, he’s been replaced by Jordan Kyrou, who has been moved all over the lineup so far this season.
  • Jaden Schwartz draws back in after missing the last two games. He’ll skate on an under-the-radar line tonight with Brayden Schenn and David Perron.
  • Daily Faceoff has Vince Dunn taking over the PP1 from Alex Pieterangelo. They’re also reporting that he’ll share the point with Tyler Bozak. However, the situation is fluid and it looks like PP2 is actually PP1, in spite of the fact that there’s no Tarasenko on it. Use that to your advantage against a mediocre Habs PK that finished 30th last year.

Washington Capitals

No major changes.

WSH1: 31%, WSH2: 27%, WSH3: 17%

PP1: 53%, PP2: 47%

Good luck everyone!

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