Tuesday’s NHL DFS Cash Game Breakdown will go through the best cash game plays for tonight’s nine (9) game main slate that will have a roster lock of 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT. A quick reminder that certain situations really leave me having to wait for more information before I add them as Cash Plays. You’ll definitely want to check back later in the day in case there are changes to my plays…
Update (6:40 PM ET): BRAYDEN POINT IS OUT OF THE LINEUP DUE TO MISSING A TEAM MEETING! You guys can continue to play Kucherov, but he does come with a higher risk than usual because of this nonsense, but you CAN pivot to Stamkos if you want. I probably go away from that though. Thinking Draisaitl is a decent pivot or any of the other high priced guys I have in my writeup.
Update (5:10 PM ET): It looks like Curtis McElhinney is getting the start for the Hurricanes. I definitely don't mind going with him instead of Mrazek. Numbers wise, he has actually been even better than Mrazek since the start of the month, and has been better throughout the season.
Core 4 (DK): Malkin or Kessel, Niederreiter, Tarasenko or Schenn, and Kucherov or Point.
Core 4 (FD): Klefbom, Niederreiter, Tarasenko or Schenn, and Suter
Obviously need a lot of value options if you're playing these guys on DK. Consider guys like Pateryn, Lovejoy, Gagner, Strome, Ek, and Ruhlwedel if you need to find value.
Tuesday’s NHL DFS Cash Game Breakdown will go through the best cash game plays for tonight’s nine (9) game main slate that will have a roster lock of 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT.
A quick reminder that certain situations really leave me having to wait for more information before I add them as Cash Plays. You’ll definitely want to check back later in the day in case there are changes to my plays.
Please be aware that salary differences between FanDuel and DraftKings have gotten out of hand. I may end up ranking a player in my top four in a position that should really only be played on one particular site. I will try to highlight the best values for a specific site in GREEN, but you should probably get an idea of whether or not I’m willing to play a player on BOTH sites (including the site with the overpriced salary) by reading the player breakdown.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to read my DFS NHL Frequently Asked Questions article that goes through some important information about what you need to know as a Guru Elite NHL Subscriber.
Also, please check out the following important information…
Please be sure to keep track of the LINES (who plays with who) and goalie confirmations (who are the starting goalies). Here are the resources I recommend to keep an eye on any developments:
This information comes straight from writers who follow each of the NHL teams closely. If anything important ever comes up, they are surely the first to know and will know earlier than any DFS or NHL website. Following this list will make it easier for you to keep an eye on all types of changes throughout the day (e.g. line changes, goalie confirmations, and late scratches).
If a goalie gets confirmed as the starter throughout the day, this is where you’ll want to go to make sure they are locked in.
This resource is very good to check on line combinations from the previous game and the projected lines for the next game. Be aware that lines may update as they come in, so if a team holds a morning skate, there’s a good chance that the lines that are updated from the morning skate are going to be used in that night’s game.
MAIN SLATE (9 Games – 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT lock)
OVERALL CASH GAME RANKINGS
1) Evgeni Malkin, Penguins (DK: $6500; FD: $8400) – First off, Malkin’s DK price is a joke. He should be at least $7500, but DK is pricing him at $6500. But anyway, I am not sure how many of you guys were able to catch the Rangers/Penguins game on Sunday, but Malkin looked like a man possessed. After a super slow start to the season, Geno is looking like a Superstar again, having put together points in 13 of his last 14 games, and four goals over his last two games. As much as I like Cory Schneider’s story, his team is still subpar in virtually every aspect of the game, including defense. Malkin will also get to matchup against the line that has been playing with the most pace in the Devils lineup, and that’s NJ2 featuring Bratt, Hischier and Johansson.
2) Brayden Point, Lightning (DK: $7200; FD: $7800) – When the Point/Kucherov combination is on its A-game, they’re pretty difficult to contain. As much as it’s a natural tendency to think the Flyers are a tough opponent due to their recent winning run, I sadly have to be a Debbie Downer and say that it is fools gold. They are playing with significant pace and are allowing the 3rd highest high-danger scoring chances at 5v5 in the month of February. On top of that, I can confirm Carter Hart definitely appears to be the real deal, but at the end of the day, stellar goaltending can only get you so far.
3) Mikael Granlund, Wild (DK: $5900; FD: $6200) – The Ducks are another team that is playing with a faster tempo. Even though they’ve won two of their last three contests, it’s pretty hard to believe they’re really going to be able to sustain this. The Wild absolutely need a win, and they are too talented of a team to not be able to turn this around. Poor goaltending is one thing, but you cannot fault Granlund for the team’s recent woes. The Finn has taken over a top line center role and has stepped up his game immensely. Keep in mind, he’s eligible at W on FD.
4) Sebastian Aho, Hurricanes (DK: $6900; FD: $7500) – Aho has centered almost every single wing on the Hurricanes roster this season, but the current combination, which features Nino Niederreiter and Justin Williams, definitely passes the eye test. They are all aggressive in their own zone and work the cycle extremely well. Aho is a guy who’s production and upside should probably put his price tag just a wee bit higher than where it currently is, so I really don’t mind pulling the trigger here if he fits in your cash lineup.
5) Pierre-Luc Dubois, Blue Jackets (DK: $5900; FD: $5800) – Boy, the Blue Jackets looked pretty bad yesterday, but Andrei Vasilevskiy was definitely outstanding and CBJ really couldn’t get their blueline in order with the loss of Ryan Murray early in the game. In general, I think Dubois is a very good value at a position where there just really aren’t many good values available.
6) Sean Couturier, Flyers (DK: $6700; FD: $7200)
7) Aleksander Barkov, Panthers (DK: $6800; FD: $6900)
8) Ryan Strome, Rangers (DK: $3100; FD: $3600)
9) Joel Eriksson Ek, Wild (DK: $3200; FD: $3600)
1) Nikita Kucherov, Lightning (DK: $7800; FD: $9000) – After just 60 games this season, he is one point away from hitting the century mark, which is absolutely ridiculous. Again, this play is outlined in my Brayden Point breakdown, but I should note I would only play one of them in my cash game lineup.
2) Nino Niederreiter, Hurricanes (DK: $5500; FD: $6300) – If we’re talking about overall value, it’s really difficult for me to say anyone else out there continues to bring as much value as Nino Niederreiter. This trade has made the Wild look like complete fools. He’s on a line with two guys who continue to find him in the slot on a routine basis, which has helped him score six goals over his last 10 games.
3) Leon Draisaitl, Oilers (DK: $6900; FD: $8000) – I like this Leon play as long as he continues to play with Connor McDavid. The Oilers did not skate yesterday, so this is not necessarily a lock. Nevertheless, even though the Oilers have not been able to parlay Draisaitl’s 11 goals over his last 10 games every single night, we know Draisaitl has been playing well on the attack and has not been shy about shooting the puck.
4t) Vladimir Tarasenko, Blues (DK: $7300; FD: $8500) – I am not ecstatic about this matchup, but you could make an argument Tarasenko has been the best player in hockey in the month of February, having accumulated 19 points over his nine games this month and really stepping up his defensive game. He continues to perform regardless of the opponent, so we can’t overlook him just because he has a matchup against the Leafs.
4t) Brayden Schenn, Blues (DK: $5200; FD: $5600) – If you can’t afford Tarasenko, you can certainly get your exposure to STL1 by playing Schenn, who has been the perfect compliment for O’Reilly and Tarasenko. Again, Schenn is most definitely a complimentary player, so you’re not going to get as much volume from him, which justifies the discounted price (though I think it’s a little too cheap).
6) Phil Kessel, Penguins (DK: $6100; FD: $7600) – Phil the Thrill is an outstanding way to get exposure to Evgeni Malkin’s dominance. The chemistry between the two stars always seems to pick up late in the season as the Pens make their move to the playoffs, so definitely take advantage of this price tag while it’s there for the taking.
7) Brendan Gallagher, Canadiens (DK: $5900; FD: $6700) – No player in hockey has shot the puck more than Brendan Gallagher in the month of February, which has obviously played a part in his five consecutive games with at least four SOG. Yes, this definitely means his floor is higher than your average $5900 player, which definitely suits him well as a cash play.
8) Jesper Bratt, Devils (DK: $3600; FD: $3800) – As mentioned with the Malkin breakdown, Bratt’s line has played with much more pace, and he’s definitely been a little more aggressive in the absence of high iCorsi guys like Blake Coleman and Taylor Hall. With eight points over his last eight games, it’s tough to get more production from a guy who has been at a sub-$4k price point for the longest time.
9) Jonathan Huberdeau, Panthers (DK: $6100; FD: $5800)
10) Zach Parise, Wild (DK: $6600; FD: $6700)
11) Yanni Gourde, Lightning (DK: $4500; FD: $4700)
12) Frank Vatrano, Panthers (DK: $5000; FD: $4300)
13) Jakob Silfverberg, Ducks (DK: $4200; FD: $4600)
14) Zach Aston-Reese, Penguins (DK: $3300; FD: $3300)
15) Sam Gagner, Oilers (DK: $2700; FD: $3000)
1) Oscar Klefbom, Oilers (DK: $5100; FD: $4400) – With Klefbom finally getting time with the top power-play unit, and seemingly likely to get more minutes with McDavid’s line due to the lack of star power in Arizona, I LOVE HIM tonight. He might just be the first player I put into my cash lineups. When Klefbom has the puck on his stick, he’s very quick to fire at the net, which you have to love from a DFS perspective.
2) Ryan Suter, Wild (DK: $5300; FD: $5500) – I continue to maintain that no Dumba means Suter naturally has to be more aggressive on the ice. It doesn’t always lead to a high number of iCorsi or point production, but he definitely has put himself in position to produce more than he did when Dumba was in the lineup. I like his overall value and obviously love the matchup tonight.
3) Kevin Shattenkirk, Rangers (DK: $4100; FD: $4200) – Shattenkirk is getting more and more trust from the coaching staff and has stepped up his offensive game with four points over his last three games. Take advantage of this discount while this lasts.
4) Mikhail Sergachev, Lightning (DK: $3400; FD: $3700) – This play is contingent on Victor Hedman remaining out of the lineup. If he is indeed out, then Sergachev is in a good position as the lone D-man on the top power-play unit. He comes with MAJOR risk, because his peripheral stats are severely lacking, which really puts him in a position where he needs point production. At that price tag, I’m willing to take the chance.
5) Kris Letang, Penguins (DK: $6500; FD: $7400) – Letang is an absolute beast at both ends of the ice, but the one thing that really holds me back is his price tag. I think $7400 on FD makes me a bit uneasy, but what can you do? He continues to be one of the safest point producers in fantasy hockey.
6) Damon Severson, Devils (DK: $4000; FD: $4300)
7) Zach Werenski, Blue Jackets (DK: $4700; FD: $4900)
8) Cam Fowler, Ducks (DK: $4100; FD: $3700)
9) Ben Lovejoy, Devils (DK: $2900; FD: Don’t Play)
*Make sure your goalie is starting
1) Petr Mrazek, Hurricanes (DK: $8100; FD: $8000) CURTIS MCELHINNEY – I am not playing either of the Wild goalies even though they could very well be chalk and are the biggest favorites of the night. The problem with playing Dubnyk OR Stalock is simply the fact they’ve been very bad and letting in soft goals on a regular basis. In contrast, Mrazek has actually been rock solid in the month of February and has been a top-10 goaltender from a GSAA perspective. He faced this same Rangers club a little more than a week ago (shut them out) and is coming off of an impressive 33 save shutout on Saturday against the Stars.
2) James Reimer, Panthers (DK: $7800; FD: $7500) – Another goaltender who has been solid is James Reimer of the Panthers. As a whole, the Panthers have made a few roster moves that have helped them defensively, and Reimer has taken advantage the last two games with solid outings. In my eyes, it’s no coincidence these solid outings have both come at home because it allows them to be very selective with their matchups, which has paid off for them. The Panthers have had the Sabres number in their recent matchups, winning seven of their last eight meetings.
3) Jordan Binnington, Blues (DK: $7800; FD: $9100)