Thursday night action in the NHL features nine games with superstars like Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Pekka Rinne all in action. That’s going to lead to some tough decisions in NHL DFS action and make the top prizes in DraftKings’ $50,000 Autumn Two-Man Advantage and FanDuel’s $35,000 NHL Breakaway hotly-contested. So before you set your Thursday NHL DFS lineups, be sure to check out what SportsLine DFS expert Mike McClure has to say. He’s won nearly $2 million in his career as a DFS professional and his NHL DFS picks have led to some big paydays.
As a predictive data engineer at SportsLine, McClure 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 Golden Knights winger Alex Tuch. The result? Tuch scored a goal and dished out an assist to return nearly 6x for FanDuel owners.
For Thursday, McClure likes Sharks center Joe Pavelski at $7,400 on FanDuel and $6,200 on DraftKings.
Pavelski is red-hot right now, racking up five points in his last two games with three goals and two assists. He’s returned an average of over 5x in those two games and he’s got another juicy matchup on Thursday against the Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs have been one of Pavelski’s favorite opponents historically. He’s scored 10 goals against them and registered 18 points in just 14 career games versus Toronto. Get him into your lineup and expect to see the DFS points stack up on Thursday.
McClure also likes Flames defenseman Mark Giordano ($5,600 on FanDuel and $5,600 on DraftKings), who has 16 points already this season.
Giordano has been one of the more dangerous shooters from the blue line in the NHL throughout his career, scoring 71 goals in the last five seasons. On Thursday, he gets a matchup with a Canadiens defense that has allowed 38 goals in their last eight games.
And despite a career-high pace for shots, Giordano has just two goals in 18 games thanks to his lowest shooting percentage in over a decade (3.5 percent). Don’t expect that to hold given a career mark that more than doubles that, which means the goals should start coming soon.
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.