Todd Cordell has you covered for tonight’s NHL DFS cash game lineups.
I know writers on our staff have different strategies and ways of doing these writeups so, as always, I will point out that my suggested plays are sorted by price (DK first) as opposed to being ranked by preference.
Also, with so many games on tonight’s slate I obviously can’t list a lot of good players. If you don’t see a big name featured, that doesn’t mean I hate the play and you should scrap him from your lineup.
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.
DK: Mika Zibanejad, Alex Ovechkin, Alex Pietrangelo, Brady Skjei/Travis Hamonic.
FD: Mika Zibanejad, Alex Ovechkin, Ondrej Kase, Mark Giordano.
Mika Zibanejad (7.2 DK, 7.8 FD) – Seeing a ton of minutes, piling up the peripherals, and in a useable spot at home vs an Islanders team that ranks 29th in attempts against and bottom-10 in chances against (per 60) over the last 10 games.
Mathew Barzal (6.5 DK, 6.4 FD) – Shooting a lot more of late and the Rangers play a fast-paced, low-level defense game.
Sean Monahan (6 DK, 7 FD) – Monahan is quite good at generating high-danger chances and the Habs have been leaking them, particularly on the penalty kill.
Phillip Danault (4.8 DK, 5.4 FD) – Generally not a player I use in cash but there are a ton of shots up for grabs on his line with Brendan Gallagher out.
Lars Eller (4.1 DK, 4.6 FD) – Eller is a strong chance generator at 5v5 and sees PP time, which is very important against the Hurricanes. They has spent more time shorthanded than all but three teams.
David Pastrnak (8.4 DK, 8.8 FD) – It’s not the best spot for Pastrnak but he has 35 goals and piles up the shots on a nightly basis.
Alex Ovechkin (8.2 DK, 8.7 FD) – Best volume shooter in the NHL and, if the first 40+ games are any indication, should have plenty of opportunity to go to work on the PP against an undisciplined Hurricanes team.
Matthew Tkachuk (6.3 DK, 6.9 FD) – Ranks 13th in the NHL in high-danger chances (PP) since the beginning of last season and the Canadiens give them up in bunches while shorthanded. In pretty good form overall with nine points over his last 10.
Jaden Schwartz (5.4 DK, 6.1 FD) – Ducks rank 31st in expected goals against/60 over the last 10. They’re defending very poorly right now and Schwartz is their biggest offensive facilitator up front.
Jakub Vrana (5.3 DK, 5.4 FD) – Vrana shoots a ton and is a very efficient goal scorer. He’s like a mini Ovechkin. Has long been one of my favorite cash plays and I like him even more now that he’s getting some reps on PP1.
Ondrej Kase (4.4 DK, 3.6 FD) – Kase is finally – finally! – starting to get steady ice and he’s rewarded us with 40 SOG+BS over his last 10. Blues are a sticky matchup but he’s too cheap given the talent+opportunity.
Ilya Kovalchuk (4.3 DK, 4.1 FD) – He isn’t as efficient as he once was, obviously, but he can still shoot the puck and is seeing 18-20 minutes a night. Can definitely go there.
Ryan Dzingel (3.2 DK, 4.6 FD) – The Capitals take a ton of penalties. Dzingel isn’t afraid to shoot and plays PP2.
Nicolas Aube-Kubel (2.9 DK, 3.4 FD) – If you really need to punt, NAK has pretty solid rate stats, is on PP2, and should only see Boston depth.
John Carlson (7.3 DK, 7.1 FD) – His peripheral floor isn’t as high as I’d like at his price but he always has point upside and this is a fantastic PP spot. I’d rather go up to Ovechkin, though, and save a bit on defense.
Dougie Hamilton (7 DK, 6.2 FD) – Point upside might not be as high as Carlson’s but he probably has a better floor.
Mark Giordano (6.7 DK, 5.6 FD) – He probably has the best floor of any defender on the slate. Too cheap, especially on FD.
Alex Pietrangelo (6 DK, 6.5 FD) – Averaging more than 17 DK points over the last 10 and at home to a Ducks team bleeding chances right now. Great mix of floor+ceiling.
Jeff Petry (4.9 DK, 5.2 FD) – Shooting anything and everything right now. With Gallagher out, I think Montreal will want their defenders getting more involved offensively.
Devon Toews (4.1 DK, 3.6 FD) – Peripherals are trending upwards, has upside on PP1, and in a pace-up spot vs the Rangers.
Travis Hamonic (4 DK, 3.8 FD) – Shoots at a pretty good rate, is a willing shot blocker vs a team that attempts a ton, and is getting a ton of ice right now. Hamonic’s played at least 22 minutes in five of the last six.
Brady Skjei (3.5 DK, 3.9 FD) – I think Rangers/Islanders has potential to be the highest paced game of the night and Skjei should play a lot.
Scott Mayfield (3.5 DK, 3.5 FD) – Really like him on DK, where he has a real good shot at hitting the 3BS bonus.
Ilya Samsonov (8.1 DK, 8.2 FD) – Awesome numbers, home favorite, and should see plenty of shot volume.
Jaroslav Halak (7.8 DK, 8.1 FD) – This game should be low-scoring and Halak has a really solid chance at a win.
Alex Georgiev (7.4 DK, 7.9 FD) – I think he’s a little too cheap on DK given he has performed at an above average level this season and has a real shot at winning.
John Gibson (6.9 DK, 7.7 FD) – If you have a few high-priced skaters you really want in, and need to save money, Gibson is in play on DK. I know he’s had a tough year, especially by his standards, but he’s one of the better goalies in the league against a Blues team that ranks 25th in chances/60 over the last 10. He carries less risk+a higher ceiling than goalies usually priced in this range.
Numbers via NaturalStatTrick.com