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NHL Roster News: Early Lineup Notes, Key Injury Updates and Situations to Monitor for September 3

Matt Meiselman provides injury news, updates and line combination impacts for Thursday’s NHL slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7 p.m. ET.

New York Islanders v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Five Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

The Philadelphia Flyers and the Vancouver Canucks both won close games in their respective Game 5s and both remain alive while still trailing 3-2 in each series. There’s actually a lot going on in terms of roster news for only a two-game slate, with key injuries to the Flyers and also the New York Islanders. All four teams playing tonight are potentially going to be mixing up their line combinations, and there’s plenty here to prepare you for tonight’s NHL DFS contests on DraftKings.

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Philadelphia Flyers

Sean Couturier ($6,000), Scott Laughton ($3,800), Oskar Lindblom ($3,400)

The Flyers continued their line shuffling in Game 5, moving Scott Laughton to play with Claude Giroux ($5,600) and Jakub Voracek ($5,000) for the latter portion of the game. Rather than usual schematic changes, the moves this time were a result of injury, as Sean Couturier sustained a knee injury and was unable to play in the third period. Couturier is arguably the Flyers’ most valuable player and his absence would be critical as the Flyers look to stay alive in Game 6. Additionally, Oskar Lindblom once again participated in warmups but didn’t play, and he’ll have a chance to crack the lineup again for tonight’s game.


New York Islanders

Mathew Barzal ($6,500), Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($5,000)

The Islanders are now dealing with an injury of their own, as first line center Mathew Barzal is considered a game-time decision with an injury to his face that he also suffered during Game 5. It’ll be tough to determine line combinations beforehand for the scenario where Barzal misses the game, since the injury occurred very late in the game, but it seems likely enough that J-G Pageau would fill in after he took over for Barzal in the 3rd period and overtime. Not having Barzal would also be a big detriment to the Islanders’ overall scoring potential, and it’ll be worth paying attention to warmups to see if he plays or how they plan to adjust if he doesn’t.


Vegas Golden Knights

William Karlsson ($6,200), Chandler Stephenson ($2,500)

The Golden Knights still hold a 3-2 series lead, but they struggled to score in Game 5 and made some changes to their lines as a result. William Karlsson joined up with Jonathan Marchessault ($6,100) and Reilly Smith ($5,500), while Chandler Stephenson took over as the center with Max Pacioretty ($7,400) and Mark Stone ($6,800). Paul Stastny ($4,400) was demoted out of the top-six, and it’ll be important to see how things set up in warmups prior to tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. The Knights generally don’t juggle their lines much during games, so the warm up lines should provide a solid indication of what we can expect throughout the game.


Vancouver Canucks

Elias Pettersson ($7,100), Brock Boeser ($4,700), J.T. Miller ($5,800)

The Canucks made changes yet again in Game 5, and it helped them rally back from a 1-0 second period deficit to hang for a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. The standard top line was reunited in the second half of the game, and the trio of Elias Pettersson ($7,100), Brock Boeser ($4,700), and J.T. Miller ($5,800) was able to score twice to keep the series alive. Given the result, it seems fairly obvious that the Canucks will keep them together for tonight’s Game 6, though an early deficit could cause some maneuvering as it has in prior games.


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