With just over three weeks remaining in the NHL regular season, the action is intensifying and Thursday night will feature several pivotal battles between teams battling for seeding and fighting and clawing to get into the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. For NHL DFS players, the key is to identify advantageous situations and load up on players in games where the scoring will be high, like when the Sharks host the Panthers on Thursday night in a game where the over-under total for goals scored is 6.5. The Sharks are red-hot as winners of six straight and the Panthers could struggle with the late start, so San Jose stars like Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski will be popular options for NHL DFS tournaments and cash games on FanDuel and DraftKings. But before you set your NHL DFS lineups for Thursday night, be sure to check out the NHL DFS picks and advice from DFS pro millionaire Mike McClure.
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 was all over Maple Leafs wing Andreas Johnsson at $4,400 on FanDuel. The result: Johnsson scored a goal and dished out an assist against the Blackhawks — returning 28 points and over 6x value. Anyone who rostered him was well on their way to a winning night.
For Thursday, we can tell you McClure is high on Sharks center Tomas Hertl at $6,500 on FanDuel and $6,300 on DraftKings.
Hertl is having a career year with 63 points so far in 65 games this season. He’s also on a current six-game point streak that just so happens to coincide with San Jose’s six-game winning streak. The big center has 17 multi-point games this season and has earned his way onto the top power-play line where he has scored 10 of his 31 goals this season. With Hertl feeling it at the moment, you’ll definitely want him in your NHL DFS lineups on Thursday night.
McClure is also high on Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov ($9,200 on FanDuel, $8,200 on DraftKings), who has had a multi-point game in three of his last five appearances. Kucherov has been an offensive force all season, leading the NHL with 111 points in 70 games on the league’s best team. And he seems to have a particular affinity for playing against the Red Wings.
The 25-year-old Russian scored two goals against them last Saturday and has 24 points against them in 22 games during his career. Considering that Detroit has lost three games in a row and given up 12 goals during that span, you’ll want to take advantage of a juicy matchup with Kucherov on Thursday.
McClure is also targeting an undervalued player who is set to explode for huge numbers on Thursday. He’s a huge steal at his price point, so this pick could be the difference between cashing and going home with nothing. You absolutely need to see who it is before setting your lineups.
So what are the optimal NHL DFS lineups 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.