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NHL Roster News: Early Lineup Notes, Key Injury Updates and Situations to Monitor for September 2

Matt Meiselman provides injury news, updates and line combination impacts for Wednesday’s single-game NHL slate on DraftKings, which starts at 8 p.m. ET.

The Tampa Bay Lightning closed out their series in Game 5 against the Boston Bruins on Monday night, which means that Wednesday night’s NHL DFS slate has just one game, with the Dallas Stars now up 3-2 on the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs scored five first-period goals in Monday night’s Game 4 and coasted to a 6-3 win, and they’ll be looking to keep it going as they try to force a Game 7. Tonight’s Game 6 is scheduled for 8 p.m. E.T.

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Dallas Stars

Tyler Seguin ($9,000), Jamie Benn ($8,200), Alexander Radulov ($7,600)

The Stars made some changes to their lines during Game 5 after giving up the first five goals of the game, splitting up playing time between their first line. The changes themselves aren’t all that notable, but what was more surprising was the limited ice time for Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, and Alexander Radulov. Seguin, Benn, and Radulov have carried the Stars thus far in the playoffs, and it could simply be the case that they were given somewhat of a break for the rest of the game in “garbage time” after trailing 5-0 in the first period.

Garbage time is common in other sports, particularly basketball, but it’s not really a part of NHL hockey and it was unusual to see Seguin (15 minutes), Benn (13 minutes), and especially Radulov (9 minutes) getting so little playing time. It could indicate that there’s some fatigue building up, but the more likely scenario is that these players will be fresher for Game 6 after taking on a lighter workload in Game 5.

Colorado Avalanche

Andre Burakovsky ($6,800), Michael Hutchinson ($10,200)

The Avalanche switched things up in Game 5, with Andre Burakovsky taking over on the first line in place of Gabriel Landeskog ($8,800). It was certainly a change in strategy for the Avs as they generally tend to rely more on Landeskog with Nathan MacKinnon ($11,400) and Mikko Rantanen ($9,200) in more desperate times, but trailing 3-1 in this second round series they decided to go a different route and play with a more balanced approach. It obviously worked well as they scored the first five goals and won 6-3, and it’ll be interesting to see if the combinations stick in Game 6.

MacKinnon, Rantanen, and Landeskog were the top three forwards for Game 5 in terms of ice time, so even though they didn’t play together much, the reliance on them remained the same. For Game 6, it seems highly likely that the groups from Game 5 will stay intact at least to start the game, but an early deficit could bring about some changes once again. This is also bound to be increasingly likely tonight as Michael Hutchinson has taken over as the starting goalie, with Pavel Francouz struggling and Philip Grubauer already injured. Hutchinson is a weaker option compared to the other two net-minders who carried the Avs throughout the season, and it should mean better opportunities for the Stars on the other side.

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