Tuesday’s NHL DFS Cash Game Breakdown will go through the best cash game plays for tonight’s seven (7) game main slate that will have a roster lock of 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT.
UPDATE (5:05 PM ET): It looks like Craig Anderson will get the start for the Senators rather than Anders Nilsson. I definitely would have preferred Nilsson but don’t mind starting Anderson if you want to be aggressive. If anything, it probably just boosts Mikko Koskinen for me. Also, as of right now, no starting goalie has been announced for the Canadiens, so please keep an eye on Carey Price’s status.
Please also 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.
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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 (7 Games – 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT lock)
OVERALL CASH GAME RANKINGS
1) Connor McDavid, Oilers (DK: $8300; FD: $9200) – The stats tell me that Jonathan Quick’s -19.7 GSAA since the All-Star Break has been significantly worse than any other goaltender in hockey. That’s exactly DOUBLE Jimmy Howard’s 3rd worst mark of -9.85. The numbers can always lie, but the honest truth is that Jonathan Quick has been a joke this season, and I will definitely lean on those lopsided stats a bit more at this point of the season. McDavid is arguably the best player in hockey and should be well worth the price tag.
2) Max Domi, Canadiens (DK: $6100; FD: $6300) – Florida’s goaltending has been putrid. Sam Montembeault clearly was not the answer to all of their problems, and Roberto Luongo has been a bottom five goaltender throughout the season. Guess what? It looks like Domi and the Habs will get to face Luongo after he got lit up by the Leafs last night in a relief performance. The Canadiens are very balanced when it comes to scoring, but it’s very clear that Domi is the man you want to roster at Center. He also provides upside at a reasonable cost.
3) Dylan Strome, Blackhawks (DK: $5800; FD: $5200) – The trade between the Coyotes and Blackhawks that brought the younger Strome to Chicago is a little difficult to fathom, but it happened, and Strome has been thriving in his Hawks uniform. Strome will provide value, will likely get a better matchup than CHI1, and obviously has the revenge narrative to work with.
4) Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks (DK: $7400; FD: $7500) – I am very happy with Toews’s situation now that he’s reunited with Patrick Kane, and gets an added offensive weapon in Alex Debrincat on their line. Toews has been shooting at a higher rate than usual, so he’ll end up being a pretty safe play.
5) Leon Draisaitl, Oilers (DK: $7700; FD: $8200) – eligible at W on FD
6) Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals (DK: $6400; FD: $7600)
7) Jeff Carter, Kings (DK: $3500; FD: $4500)
8) Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Senators (DK: $3800; FD: $3600)
1) Alex Ovechkin, Capitals (DK: $8200; FD: $9100) – I know everyone’s oohing and ahhing about the Hurricanes right now, but there are some major red flags I’m seeing, and the first one is the fact that they’re currently leading all of hockey in 5v5 high-danger chances for and against over the last two weeks. With Carolina’s elevated pace, this game should really suit Ovi and the Capitals.
2) Zack Kassian, Oilers (DK: $3000; FD: $4700) – I would say Kassian is more of a DK play than FD play, but I’m not opposed to playing him on FD. I think Kassian gets a bad rap but if you watch these Oilers games, this Kassian on the 1st line thing isn’t forced because he has been extremely strong on the forecheck, and has built a fine rapport with both McDavid and Draisaitl. He’s getting 20+ minutes a game and has a point in each of his last three.
3) Josh Anderson, Blue Jackets (DK: $5000; FD: $5500) – Anderson has been an unsung hero for the Blue Jackets. I would be even willing to say that if it wasn’t for Anderson, they wouldn’t even be close to a playoff team. He is relentless on the forecheck, strong on the backcheck, and isn’t afraid to drive hard at the net. Based on his price point, I actually feel he’s still underpriced even though you wouldn’t feel that’s the case for a third line “role player”. He provides a high floor and as we’ve seen lately, he has the ability to accumulate points on the regular.
4) Patrick Kane, Blackhawks (DK: $8300; FD: $8800) – I am not incredibly thrilled with the likely matchup against Brad Richardson and Michael Grabner, but the fact that Kane is with Toews, and his 2018 World Hockey Championships linemate, Alex Debrincat is definitely enticing. Kane will provide a reasonable floor anyway, and is always going to be aggressive. Add the fact that he tends to play well in Glendale (which tends to be overrun by Hawks fans) will lessen the risk for me.
5) Alex Galchenyuk, Coyotes (DK: $4300; FD: $4600) – Galchenyuk’s price tag keeps getting to a point where he’s extremely tempting to play. I would say the #1 reason why I want him (besides his price tag) is because the power-play tends to run through his big one-timer, and the Hawks are on one of these slumps where they’ve looked terrible on the penalty-kill. While Corey Crawford has bailed them out a lot throughout the last few weeks, you can only depend on goaltending for so long.
6) Jakob Silfverberg, Ducks (DK: $4900; FD: $6000) – I love Silfverberg. Any Ducks fan who doesn’t like Silfverberg and prefers the Perry’s and Kesler’s of the world need to get their brain checked because Silfverberg is arguably the only Ducks forward that brings it on a consistent basis. With 10 points over his last 10 games, like Anderson, Silfverberg is another player who is a bit of an unsung fantasy hero.
7) Brady Tkachuk, Senators (DK: $5800; FD: $5700) – You can definitely consider Véronneau as well, but I think Tkachuk provides the upside that I want in my lineups tonight. Senators games tend to have a lot of scoring upside, and if I had to choose ONE Senator to produce, it’s probably going to be Tkachuk.
8) Brendan Gallagher, Canadiens (DK: $6600; FD: $7500)
9) Andrew Shaw, Canadiens (DK: $4800; FD: $5200)
10) Evgenii Dadonov, Panthers (DK: $6200; FD: $5700)
11) Max Véronneau, Senators (DK: $3700; FD: $3400)
12) Brock Boeser, Canucks (DK: $6700; FD: $7400)
13) Jordan Weal, Canadiens (DK: $2500; FD: $3200) – eligible at C on FD
14) Brendan Perlini, Blackhawks (DK: $4400; FD: $3700)
15) Joseph Gambardella, Oilers (DK: $2500; FD: $3000)
1) Shea Weber, Canadiens (DK: $6300; FD: $6200) – Weber has been a machine since the All-Star Break, firing the puck at will and accumulating roughly five peripheral points per game. Peripheral points are one thing, but with Weber, you’re getting the hardest shot in hockey, and a guy that the offense builds around. The Canadiens power-play is hot garbage, but we know that regardless of what they’re rolling out on the ice, it’s going to feature Shea heavily.
2) Dylan DeMelo, Senators (DK: $3700; FD: $4100) – DeMelo was once considered the Sharks 2nd best offensive defenseman but hadn’t gotten much of a look on offense for the Sens. He now has a four-game point streak and getting 24-29 minutes per contest and plus some power-play time. I’d be surprised if he has much ownership, so he could end up being our sneaky stud tonight.
3) Alexander Edler, Canucks (DK: $6100; FD: $5300) – The Ducks have taken an insane amount of minor penalties this month to the point where they’ve been shorthanded 52 times and the 2nd worst has only been shorthanded 38 times. Edler is undoubtedly the power-play quarterback, and while some nights it’ll be Horvat, some nights it’ll be Boeser, and others will be Pettersson, the one constant in terms of production is generally going to be Edler.
4) Erik Gustafsson, Blackhawks (DK: $5900; FD: $5900) – Gustafsson is a very affordable way to get exposure to the top-tier Hawks. He’ll spend a good amount of time with CHI1 at 5v5 and will get all of the time with them on the top PP unit.
5) Jeff Petry, Canadiens (DK: $4600; FD: $3700)
6) Rasmus Dahlin, Sabres (DK: $4400; FD: $4600)
7) Oscar Klefbom, Oilers (DK: $5500; FD: $4600)
8) Calvin de Haan, Hurricanes (DK: $2800; FD: Fade)
*Make sure your goalie is starting
1) Carey Price, Canadiens (DK: $8000; FD: $9200) – The Panthers have been slumping badly and really have no business winning this game based on what we watched last night in Toronto. They are sloppy on defense and almost looks like they’re trying to overcompensate for their poor goaltending. Price has been outstanding and rock solid throughout the season. He’ll come at a premium, but I think he’s going to be worth it tonight.
) Anders Nilsson, Senators (DK: $7600; FD: $7400) – Nilsson has been surprisingly good throughout his tenure with the Senators. It has looked pretty clear that Nilsson is the better goalie between him and Craig Anderson, and I think playing him tonight will bring value in numerous ways. The Sens tend to allow a good amount of SOG, so his floor will be higher than the more obvious plays.
3) Mikko Koskinen, Oilers (DK: $7900; FD: $7800)