Today’s NHL Sunday Slate Breakdown goes over Sunday’s three (3) game main slate, which will lock at 4:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT.
UPDATE (3:42 PM ET): Tampa has inexplicably changed their lines:
Given the changes, I would rank the lines I want exposure to most to TB1, TB3, and then TB2. TB2 should get a lot of mins and plenty of time against FLA1, which I generally isn’t good for them.
I’m going to be copy/pasting this GPP process for every GPP article that I write this season.
Remember, the concept of playing GPPs is generally the same in all sports. Take some risks. Be a little different. Go for the win. In GPPs, if your lineups are cashing more often than not cashing, you’re probably doing it wrong.
People who have more winning nights than losing nights at GPPs are probably people who don’t take enough risks to get 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, which tends to be what you want to go for when you’re entering GPP tournaments. If you think doing so is “too risky” then I highly advise for you to stick to cash games.
When it comes to taking the necessary risks to get 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in these tournaments, you’re going to have to stack. Stacking in NHL means playing 2, 3, or 4 players from the same team who play on the same line (either at even strength or on the power-play).
As a whole, the most common stacks (not including goalie) that you’ll see on DraftKings is probably 4-3-1 or 3-3-2. The most common stacks that you’ll see on FanDuel is probably 4-4 or 4-3-1. Is that the way to go? Not necessarily. The bigger your stacks, the more risk you’re taking, but the bigger the upside. The smaller the stacks, the less risk you’re taking, but it comes with less upside.
The approach I am recommending EVERYONE takes this season is to start with a 3-2-1 stack and go from there. This means entering a 3 man stack, a 2 man stack, and a standalone player (doesn’t matter if it’s a C, W, or D), and then go from there. There’s a lot of different combinations you can go with after those six players are locked in. The possibilities are endless.
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Before I go through my favorite stacks of the day, let’s take a close look at the updated Pace of Play chart, which will include the overall pace (Corsi For and Corsi Against Per 60 Minutes) and as an added bonus, the high-danger “Pace of Play” (High Danger Corsi For + High Danger Corsi Against Per 60 Minutes). This will take a close look at the pace of play since March 1st. I’ve highlighted the specific game matchups in specific colors.
Stacks to Consider
With 4 lines and 2 power-play units per team, there are a lot of different options. I am listing eight (8) stacks that I think are very much in play today This does not include numerous VIABLE stack options. Please feel free to go outside of these stacks, but I promise you, I’ve narrowed down my list, and I do feel these are my favorite.
*These stacks are listed in order of my early guess at the overall popularity (chalkiness)
I’m feeling a little under the weather, so I am not going to break down specifics on each line, but I’ll be in chat prior to lock to answer any questions.
VGK1: Max Pacioretty/Chandler Stephenson/Mark Stone
Possible add-on: Shea Theodore or Alec Martinez
DALPP1: Jason Robertson/Joe Pavelski/Jamie Benn/Miro Heiskanen/John Klingberg
TB1: Ondrej Palat/Brayden Point/Yanni Gourde
Possible add-on: Victor Hedman
TB2: Alex Killorn/Anthony Cirelli/Steven Stamkos
Possible add-on: Victor Hedman or Mikhail Sergachev
LA1: Alex Iafallo/Anze Kopitar/Dustin Brown
Possible add-on: Drew Doughty
FLA2: Jonathan Huberdeau/Alexander Wennberg/Patric Hornqvist
Possible add-on: Keith Yandle or Aaron Ekblad
DAL2: Jason Robertson/Roope Hintz/Denis Gurianov
Possible add-on: Esa Lindell
LA3: Carl Grundstrom/Jaret Anderson-Dolan/Trevor Moore
*Please check on the status of your goalies prior to lock
- Curtis McElhinney, Lightning
Jake Oettinger, StarsAnton Khudobin, Stars
- Cal Petersen, Kings
- Marc-Andre Fleury, Golden Knights
- Pekka Rinne, Predators
- Sergei Bobrovsky, Panthers
Favorite Individual Plays
Top Studs: Max Pacioretty, Anze Kopitar
Possible Edge-Play: Steven Stamkos
Top Defensemen: Victor Hedman, Alec Martinez
Possible Edge-Play: Miro Heiskanen
Top DraftKings Values below $4k: Calle Jarnkrok, Reilly Smith, Andreas Athanasiou, Alexandre Carrier, Zach Whitecloud
Top FanDuel Values below $4.5k: Yanni Gourde, Jason Robertson, Andreas Athanasiou, Calle Jarnkrok, Mattias Ekholm, Alexandre Carrier
Cash Game Core Four
DraftKings: Yanni Gourde, Max Pacioretty, Jason Robertson, Alexandre Carrier
FanDuel: Anze Kopitar, Max Pacioretty, Jason Robertson, Miro Heiskanen