Todd Cordell has you covered for tonight’s NHL DFS cash game lineups.
As always, I should note these plays are sorted by price and not preference.
Feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@ToddCordell) if you have questions about any of the players you’re considering or don’t see mentioned.
- Alex Ovechkin (WSH)
- Connor McDavid (EDM)
- Yegor Sharangovich (NJ)
- Michael Stone (CGY)
Nathan MacKinnon/Connor McDavid/Auston Matthews – There really isn’t much separating these three but it’s my job to help you all do that so that’s what I’m going to do. All of this is circumstantial, so you might need to wait a bit. If MacKinnon is at home vs Ville Husso, he’s my favorite of the bunch. If each of their opponents uses their starter, McDavid is the top dog. He’s the best point producer in the league and he’s at home, where he averages ~2 points per game. Auston Matthews gets a bump if Blake Wheeler is out and Laurent Brossoit starts. As of now, I’d say McDavid #1, MacKinnon #2, Matthews #3, but MacKinnon would move to #1 if Binnington doesn’t start.
Anze Kopitar (LA) – Kopitar offers a solid peripheral floor and has been lights out on home soil this season. San Jose gives up a lot defensively so this is a good spot for Kopitar. Bump if Devan Dubnyk starts.
Elias Lindholm (CGY) – He’s getting consistent ice with Matthew Tkachuk at evens and is a focal point on the power play, which is important vs Edmonton. The Oilers rank 30th in high-danger chances against/60 on the PK over the last 10.
Mikael Backlund (CGY) – Backlund leads the Flames in attempts (by 14) and chances at 5v5 over the last 10 games. He’s cheap, reliable exposure to what could be a high-event game.
Jack Hughes (NJ) – He hasn’t found the scoresheet in six games but he’s been generating chances and, per my tracking, continues to lead the Devils in shot contributions (shot attempts + shot assists) by a country mile. In a decent spot against the Capitals in a B2B, especially with Vitek Vanecek expected to start.
I really don’t like much on the low-end of center today. Lars Eller is a decent value. Besides that, I’d look for cheap guys who get minutes in potentially high-event games (Adam Lowry, for example).
Alex Ovechkin (WSH) – The Devils give up shots at a high rate and, on the PK, they’ve been bleeding chances of late. Sets up well for an insanely high volume shooter like Ovechkin. Bump if Scott Wedgewood starts.
Evander Kane (SJ) – He’s been a chance generating machine of late and the Kings have allowed chances at a higher rate than every team on the slate over the last 10. Big bump if Jonathan Quick starts.
Gabriel Landeskog (COL) – Has 17 points over the last 10 and leads the Avalanche in chances during that span. Despite that, his price isn’t really going up. If you want to play McDavid or Matthews, Landeskog is a great way to get elite Avs exposure at a cheaper price.
Kyle Connor (WPG) – Connor is piling up the scoring chances at a crazy high rate right now at 5v5 and his shot is a focal point on the power play. I think he’s too cheap, especially if Michael Hutchinson is back between the pipes. He would be in core play territory if that’s the case.
Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) – He’s been an absolute beast since returning to the Blues lineup, generating shots and chances at a crazy-high rate. His 5SH% isn’t going to last forever. Once again, goaltending news will be huge here. Tank is a core play for me if Jonas Johansson starts for Colorado.
Timo Meier (SJ) – Meier’s shot generation numbers are right there with Kane and you can get him at a much cheaper price. He doesn’t see the same kind of ice but still enough to do damage.
Joonas Donskoi (COL) – He’s not going to continue shooting 30%. He’s probably not even going to score on half of that moving forward. BUT his line is generating a lot at even-strength and he is now on PP1 so he gets you exposure to the big dogs at a cheap price.
Yegor Sharangovich (NJ) – Sharangovich ranks 3rd in the NHL in shot attempts over the last 10 games. 3rd! He is shooting the puck every chance he gets and he’s getting steady ice, having played at least 17 minutes in nine of the last 10.
Ryan Donato (SJ) – Another volume shooter who piles up shots at a crazy high rate. If he’s in the top-9, he’s in play. Minutes have always been the only question for him.
Also consider: Alex Galchenyuk, Valeri Nichushkin.
Darnell Nurse (EDM) – I don’t expect a ton of shot volume in CGY vs EDM but he plays so many minutes it might not matter. Very solid cash floor.
Jakob Chychrun (ARI) – Shoots a ton and plays a ton. Has had a couple ceiling games recently vs the Ducks and, if their recent form is any indication, there could be another one coming.
Torey Krug (STL) – He ranks top-30 in shot attempts among defenders and has logged at least 25 minutes in three straight. Big minutes + big shot volume give him a solid floor/ceiling. Would have more interest if Johansson starts.
Justin Faulk (STL) – Similar story to Krug. Shoots a lot but is a more willing shot blocker. Doesn’t bring you the same upside but floor is as good or better and he is fairly cheap.
Josh Morrissey (WPG) – Morrissey is strong peripherally, plays a lot of minutes, and quarterbacks the top PP in a matchup vs a team struggling on the PK. It’s a potentially high-paced matchup too. I think he is ~1K too cheap.
Ryan Graves (COL) – Shoots, and blocks shots, at a high rate and gets favorable matchups on home soil. His DK points per game output is a hair under 9 on home soil, which is worth ~5K.
Evan Bouchard (EDM) – He hasn’t played in a while, and might not tonight, but it’s always worth mentioning him because his shot rate is highest in the NHL. If he plays, he’s a near lock at his price.
Michael Stone (CGY) – Always one of my favorite punt gods when he plays. Like Graves he shoots a lot and blocks a lot on a per minute basis. He actually played 19 minutes last game, too. If he’s going to see that kind of workload I’m all about him.
Also consider: Kris Russell, Matt Roy.
- Jack Campbell (TOR)
- Cal Petersen (LA)
- Mike Smith (EDM)
- Adin Hill (ARI)
As always, hit me up on Twitter if you have any questions about the slate.
Numbers via NaturalStatTrick.com