Today’s NHL Cash Game Breakdown goes over Tuesday’s five (5) game slate that has a roster lock of 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT.
UPDATE (2:15 PM ET): With Anton Khudobin starting against the Lightning, I do have Andrei Vasilevskiy as another “safer” but more expensive cash option. Khudobin has had a rough time against the Lightning in recent years, and I am a believer in goalie struggles against specific teams.
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Positional Cash Game Rankings
- Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche (DK: $9000, FD: $8800)
- Aleksander Barkov, Panthers (DK: $8300, FD: $7700)
- Dylan Larkin, Red Wings (DK: $6100, FD: $6300)
- Tyson Jost, Avalanche (DK: $2600, FD: $3300)
- Alex Wennberg, Panthers (DK: $3700, FD: $4100)
- The Coyotes are a team that just don’t appear to have a good shut down line, which is usually an advantage to the home team. In last night’s game, COL1 was matched up against Crouse/Brassard/Pitlick [meh] and Fasching/Larsson/Fischer [horrible]. The overall outcome actually was not as bad as it probably should have been considering the circumstances.
- Barkov has destroyed the Blackhawks this season, and really, the only reason why I’m a little more hesitant about playing him is because the Hawks are the home team for the first time this season against the Panthers. The Hawks will almost definitely play David Kampf against them, along with two guys not named Kane/Debrincat. That’s not terrible, but let’s say it’s Kampf with Carpenter and someone else, that’s just a line that plays with zero pace. Still, I don’t know if that’s enough to ignore him tonight.
- Jost’s line with Donskoi was the best line for the Avs in last night’s contest against the Coyotes. He has really played well lately and has been rewarded with an increase in minutes. I think if you’re searching for a deep punt play on DK especially, he might be your guy.
- Jesper Bratt, Devils (DK: $4200, FD: $4500)
- Patrick Kane, Blackhawks (DK: $7300, FD: $8100)
- Mikko Rantanen, Avalanche (DK: $8000, FD: $8400)
- Jason Robertson, Stars (DK: $4200, FD: $4100)
- Yegor Sharangovich, Devils (DK: $4000, FD: $3800)
- Dominik Kubalik, Blackhawks (DK: $5500, FD: $5100)
- Dylan Strome, Blackhawks (DK: $2800, FD: $4100) // eligible at C on FD but better play on DK
- Alex Killorn, Lightning (DK: $5600, FD: $4900) // better FD option
- Eeli Tolvanen, Predators (DK: $3900, FD: $4300)
- Joel Farabee, Flyers (DK: $5900, FD: $5100) // better FD play
- Robby Fabbri, Red Wings (DK: $4700, FD: $5200)
- Calle Jarnkrok, Predators (DK: $4000, FD: $3500)
- Ty Dellandrea, Stars (DK: $2600, FD: $3400)
- It’s hard to believe that at one point this season, Bratt was an odd man out when it came to power-play minutes. But he’s definitely getting some now, and plays a very important part on that unit as one of the main facilitators. To be honest, he usually is not going to be a guy who is on the top of this list of wingers, but his price tag as well as the matchup against EITHER Brian Elliott or the absolutely atrocious Carter Hart is mighty appealing. It’s likely going to be Hart, and just to tell a story, his -2.26 GSAA/60 in the month of March is the worst out of ALL standing goalies by a .5 margin (Elliott is 2nd). If we look at GSAA/60 throughout the season, the only other goalie with 10 games of play or more that has been worse is Marcus Hogberg.
- Kane is always going to be in a better situation at home where matchups can be catered to him a little more. When he’s on the road, he’s constantly in a situation where he needs to perform at his best against the opposition’s five best defensive players.
- I am definitely debating the possibility of playing MacKinnon and Rantanen together again. He’s neck and neck with Kane in my rankings, and as I’ve shown in previous weeks, sometimes it just makes sense to stack in NHL cash games.
- Jason Robertson has become one of my favorite value plays on a nightly basis. He is shooting the puck a lot, and playing with confidence, which is huge for someone playing important minutes at just 21 years of age. As long as he’s priced around $4k, he should be strongly considered every night regardless of the opponent.
- John Klingberg, Stars (DK: $5500, FD: $5400)
- Jakob Chychrun, Coyotes (DK: $5900, FD: $4700)
- Gustav Forsling, Panthers (DK: $3800, FD: $3700)
- Shayne Gostisbehere, Flyers (DK: $4600, FD: $4000) // better FD play
- Mattias Ekholm, Predators (DK: N/A, FD: $4100) // FD only
- Sami Vatanen, Devils (DK: $2700, FD: N/A) // DK only
- Klingberg has been a changed man in the month of January, shooting the puck a ton. He has three consecutive games with five shots on goal and is now back on the top power-play unit, where he has earned back a spot on. Somehow, he has not accumulated a point since rejoining the top power-play unit, but I do think his luck is going to change sooner rather than later.
- Chychrun has been an unsung fantasy hero this season. I’ve always been high on him, but this season, he has been healthy for the first time in his career, and it has helped him jump up the Coyotes depth chart where he has been able to showcase his versatility at both ends of the ice with his increased minutes (he used to get less than 20 mins of ice time on the regular).
- Forsling is just a model of consistency, playing an important role on Florida’s 2nd power-play unit, and giving his team a good 20 minutes of ice time. One of the best things about Forsling is that he does a good job at getting pucks ON NET, which has helped him produce in the point department (five over his last seven).
- Chris Driedger, Panthers (DK: $7600, FD: $7900) // I don’t like Bobrovsky as much as Driedger, so we’ll have to see who starts
- MacKenzie Blackwood, Devils (DK: $7200, FD: $6900)
*I would say this is another night where I don’t feel like there’s an obvious play at Goalie, so if you feel strongly about anyone in particular, go with your gut.
DraftKings: Nathan MacKinnon, Patrick Kane, Jesper Bratt, Sami Vatanen
FanDuel: Nathan MacKinnon, Patrick Kane, Jesper Bratt, Jakob Chychrun