Today’s NHL Cash Game Breakdown goes over Monday’s (5) game slate that has a roster lock of 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT.
As a reminder, this is going to be our content schedule throughout the season:
*Projections by Ryan Clifford for every slate (available for download AND uploaded into the optimizer)
*Lineup Coach in chat 1 hour before lock each slate
1 Games: Showdown Article for the last game
2 Games: Slate Breakdown (Last minute change)
3-4 Games: Cheat Sheet and GPP Breakdown
5 Games or More: Cash Game Breakdown, Cheat Sheet, and GPP Breakdown
1 Game: Showdown Breakdown
2 Games: Slate Breakdown (unless one early NBC game and one late game, then it would be a Showdown Breakdown)
3 Games or More: Cheat Sheet and GPP Breakdown
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Positional Cash Game Rankings
- Nick Suzuki, Canadiens (DK: $5300, FD: $5700)
- Patrice Bergeron, Bruins (DK: $7800, FD: $7800)
- Elias Lindholm, Flames (DK: $5400, FD: $5800)
- Mark Scheifele, Jets (DK: $7200, FD: $7600)
- Ryan Strome, Rangers (DK: $4000, FD: $4800)
- Suzuki has been one of the most consistent “mid-tier” performers throughout this season, and for some reason, his price point just hasn’t been pushed up to where it should be. My guess is that his line will get a good percentage of matchups against VAN1, which is generally the line you want to target against. They’ve been a little better with Miller back in the lineup, but still giving up more high danger chances than they produce.
- Alright, I was off on BOS1 on Saturday because they generally have been god awful against the Capitals, but one thing I didn’t really consider is how difficult it was for the Capitals to get their shit together without Kuznetsov and Eller in the lineup. Oshie dropping to C2 meant that Backstrom would be without Oshie on the top line, which is tough considering Oshie’s one of the best defensive wingers in the league. With Oshie as C2 and OVI on his line, it was obvious that Oshie would not be on BOS1. If Eller is back, then I might be willing to fade, but if not, I’m definitely in on BOS1, and that means either Bergeron or Pastrnak. Bergeron is currently FIFTH in the league in iFenwick (unblocked shot attempts) per game.
- Lindholm has been the best Flames forward by a mile. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the majority of shifts against WPG1 (honestly a coin flip with the Gaudreau line), which would be a blessing considering WPG1 has allowed twice as many 5v5 goals as any other line on the roster. If not there, then we can probably look for Lindholm to produce on the PP1, which has a great matchup against the 30th ranked PK.
- David Pastrnak, Bruins (DK: $7800, FD: $8300)
- Bryan Rust, Penguins (DK: $6000, FD: $5500/Jake Guentzel, Penguins (DK: $6200, FD: $7300) // prefer Rust on FD and Guentzel on DK
- Nick Ritchie, Bruins (DK: $3500, FD: $3700)
- Johnny Gaudreau, Flames (DK: $5600, FD: $7600) // heavily prefer on DK
- Josh Anderson, Canadiens (DK: $4600, FD: $4400)
- Andrew Copp, Jets (DK: $5500, FD: $4700) // better FD play
- Viktor Arvidsson, Predators (DK: $4900, FD: $5700)
- Kyle Connor, Jets (DK: $7000, FD: $7000)
- Tyler Toffoli, Canadiens (DK: $5900, FD: $6000)
- Artemi Panarin, Rangers (DK: $6500, FD: $7800)
- Jason Zucker, Penguins (DK: $3300, FD: $5800) // DK only
- Mikael Granlund, Predators (DK: $3800, FD: $5100) // prefer on DK
- As mentioned above with Bergeron, I definitely like BOS1 as long as Eller/Kuznetsov are out. If one of them are back, I’d still consider them
- The Crosby line were all over the Rangers on Saturday night and clearly have an advantage over a line that features the rookie Alexis Lafreniere. While I wouldn’t spend for Crosby at his price point, I am more than willing to get exposure to him through his linemates in Rust and Guentzel. Both are very strong on the forecheck and have a great rapport with Sid.
- Nick Ritchie is a great way to get exposure to Boston’s dynamic power-play without having to spend a fortune. He is having a career year on the PP1, putting together 4 goals and two power-play assists with the man advantage. With Pastrnak joining the mix, I expect that unit to be even better than we’ve seen.
- I definitely have to consider Tyler Toffoli. I think he’s going to get a tough matchup in the sense that the bottom two lines for the Canucks are going to play with a slow meddling pace, but outside of that, there’s still plenty to like. Toffoli is definitely gaining a ton of trust from the coaching staff, meaning consistent ice time, and he has remained aggressive throughout the season. If this “revenge” narrative is really a thing, well, $6k might be a steep price to pay, but it would be worth it if he lights the lamp AGAIN.
- Charlie McAvoy, Bruins (DK: $4900, FD: $4800)
- Victor Hedman, Lightning (DK: $7000, FD: $6900)
- Adam Fox, Rangers (DK: $6000, FD: $4300) // cash viable on FD only
- John Marino, Penguins (DK: $2500, FD: $3600)
- Ben Chiarot, Canadiens (DK: $3200, FD: $3900) // would not play on FD
- Pierre-Oliver Joseph, Penguins (DK: $3000, FD: $3600)
- I like a lot of defensemen today. This could be a night where we play three defensemen.
- With Matt Grzelcyk (I stared at his player card to type his last name) not with the team, it’s pretty clear that Charlie McAvoy is going to continue with his role on the Bruins top power-play unit. He is consistently being overlooked even though he has produced every single game he has been on that unit.
- I love everything about Hedman today, except his price, but it could be much worse. If you’re paying up at D today, I think Hedman’s the way to go. He is 2nd among defensemen in iFenwick and if you add his blocked shots per hame, he’s basically has 5-7 peripherals per game as a worst case scenario.
- Marino is a very good defenseman who played with Adam Fox at Harvard, but hasn’t been used as an offensive weapon from the blue line. With Letang likely out again, it’s probably going to be Marino again on the PP1 and getting a ton of minutes.
- PO Joseph looked extremely good taking over for Brian Dumoulin on the top pairing after Letang went down with an injury. He had three assists including a big one coming in overtime on Crosby’s goal. Unfortunately, I can’t rank him ahead of Marino because I am not sure if his performance was an outlier. Still, getting ice time with Crosby in OT is obviously a good indicator that he’s going to continue to get great opportunities.
- Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning (DK: $8400, FD: $8500)
- Carey Price, Canadiens (DK: $8200, FD: $8300)
- Feels like a pay up kind of day for cash. I can’t stand the NYR/PIT goalie matchup, WPG/CGY feels like an absolute toss up, and even though I know VAN’s goalie is going to have high upside due to shot volume, I know that MTL is the better team. You can go aggressive with Demko/Holtby but I feel it’s more suited for GPP given the fact that I really think MTL wins. All of the underlying stats suggest the Habs should have killed the Flames, but Markstrom stole the game.
- You can go cheaper than these two, but the risk is going to be much bigger. I would probably be more in on Vanecek if my article wasn’t littered with Bruins.
DraftKings: Nick Suzuki, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, John Marino
FanDuel: Nick Suzuki, Patrice Bergeron, Bryan Rust, Charlie McAvoy