The 2018-19 NHL season is off and running, with Pekka Rinne’s Nashville Predators and Steven Stamkos’ Tampa Bay Lightning off to blistering starts to lead the Western and Eastern Conferences. NHL DFS tournaments have also been hot this year, with millions having been paid out on FanDuel and DraftKings already this season. On Thursday, there’s a nine-game slate of action to build your NHL DFS lineups from and stars like Oilers center Connor McDavid and Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane will be available. However, before you make any NHL DFS picks, you’ll want to see what DFS millionaire Mike McClure has to offer in his optimal NHL DFS lineups.
McClure is a DFS professional with nearly $2 million in career winnings. He’s also a predictive data engineer at SportsLine who uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every minute of every game 10,000 times, taking factors like matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best NHL DFS values and create optimal lineups that he shares only over at SportsLine. They’re a must-see for any NHL DFS player.
On Wednesday, McClure recommended Capitals defenseman John Carlson. The result? Carlson dished out a pair of assists and returned more than 4x value on FanDuel.
For Thursday, McClure loves Golden Knights winger Reilly Smith at $5,100 on FanDuel and $4,800 on DraftKings.
Smith has seen his price drop throughout the season by over $1,000 on both formats thanks to just six points in 15 games. However, he’s still on the top line and top power-play unit for Las Vegas and conventional wisdom says that he will eventually start racking up points in bunches.
He had 60 points last season in 67 games and made 13.6 percent of his shots on net. Considering he’s only converting at an 8.6 percent rate right now, the goals should come and the Senators (his opponent on Thursday) are among the worst teams in the league.
McClure also likes Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak at $8,200 on FanDuel and $8,200 on DraftKings, who will be in net against the Canucks.
Halak has been very strong in net as the backup to Tuukka Rask and his starts have been a goldmine for NHL DFS players. In eight appearances this season, he’s turned in five returns of 3x or better on FanDuel, including a pair of shutouts that returned 5x or better. Get Halak into your lineups.
McClure is also targeting an undervalued player who is set to go off for big numbers because of a dream matchup, and he comes at a price that will leave plenty of salary cap flexibility. Picks like these could be the difference between winning your cash games and tournaments or going home with nothing.
So what is the optimal NHL DFS lineup for Thursday? Visit SportsLine now to see DFS millionaire Mike McClure’s complete optimal tournament lineups for FanDuel and DraftKings, and cash in big on NHL DFS.