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 (WAS) or David Pastrnak (BOS)
- Bo Horvat (VAN)
- Claude Giroux (PHI)
- Alexander Edler (VAN)
Connor McDavid (EDM) – The Flames have been stingy under Darryl Sutter, and they will control matchups, but McDavid is the best player in the NHL and the closest thing you’ll see to matchup proof. He’s once again in play, especially on a night without other top-tier centers like Nathan MacKinnon, Auston Matthews and co.
Sean Couturier (PHI) – Couturier is in really good form right now. He has 11 points over his last 10 games and his shot volume is trending upwards. The Rangers have defended better of late but it might not matter with Keith Kinkaid in net. While his numbers this season are OK, he posted a .891 SV% over 41 appearances with the Devils in 2018-19 and he only managed a .875 SV% before being sent to the AHL last season. I think he is one of the worst goaltenders in the NHL.
Bo Horvat (VAN) – Horvat leads the Canucks in shots, chances and high-danger chances over the last 10 games and is being relied upon more with Elias Pettersson out. I like him quite a bit in this spot. Ottawa ranks 29th in attempts against/60 over the last 10 games. They’re giving up a ton of shots and they have Joey Daccord (.897 SV%) between the pipes. Not exactly a recipe for success.
Elias Lindholm (CGY) – His shooting floor has not been great of late but I think he is too cheap for a near point per game player who is a staple on PP1.
Claude Giroux (PHI) – Pretty much everything I said about Couturier can apply here. Productive on the scoresheet, generating a lot of chances, and shooting on a bad goaltender.
Sean Monahan (CGY) – Another Flames pivot that is simply too cheap. He’ll skate with Johnny Gaudreau at evens, play on PP1, and he will get favorable matchups at home. Monahan has nine shots and a pair of goals in two games with a new bench boss.
Tomas Hertl (SJ) – He is a very good chance generator who plays ~20 minutes per night. Vegas has been giving up quite a bit with Alex Pietrangelo out of the lineup so I think you can go here.
Mikael Backlund (CGY) – I know, I know. Another Flames skater. Backlund leads the Flames in 5v5 ice since Sutter took over and he’s averaging nearly 3 SOG+BS per game over the last 10. He’ll likely be tasked with shutting down Connor McDavid, which should lead to a very stable amount of ice time.
Carl Soderberg (CHI) – Soderberg doesn’t shoot a ton but most of his shots are of high quality. For perspective, he is just one Grade A chance behind Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat over the last 10 games. He should get a couple dangerous looks – be it at evens or on PP1 – against Sergei Bobrovsky, who has been one of the worst goalies in the league over the last few seasons.
David Pastrnak (BOS) – Pastrnak is one of the best shot/chance generators in the league and, despite their record, the Penguins have struggled at 5v5 of late.
Alex Ovechkin (WAS) – Has averaged nine attempts per game over the last 10 (2nd place is Max Pacioretty with 7.3) and is in a great spot tonight against Buffalo. They’ve lost each of their last 10 games and are sending out Carter Hutton (.893 SV%) to try and stop the bleeding.
Max Pacioretty (VGK) – OK, you had to expect this one. Pacioretty is a shot generating machine and he is in a great spot against a Sharks team that a) bleeds shots and; b) has horrendous goaltending. Gets a further bump if Devan Dubnyk starts.
Artemi Panarin (NYR) – Panarin leads the Rangers in points, and shots on goal, per 60 minutes and gets to shoot on Carter Hart, who is struggling immensely this season. Hart has allowed 8.8(!) goals more than expected.
Matthew Tkachuk (CGY) – He is the best chance generator on the Flames and I think Mike Smith is due to regress sooner than later.
Dominik Kubalik (CHI) – Kubalik is a volume shooter and leads Chicago in expected goals over the last 10 games. He is one of the biggest beneficiaries of Bobrovsky starting but is much cheaper than the big guns and allows you to pay up for players in better spots.
Carter Verhaeghe (FLA) – Quite honestly, I think he is a little underpriced because he’s not a name-brand player. The points are there, he is generating a lot of shots, and he’s skating on L1 with Sasha Barkov. His per game outputs align with guys like Marchessault and Vrana, who are 1K more on DK.
Jakub Voracek (PHI) – He is playing well right now (7P and 30 SOG+BS over last 10) and should get a lot of ice against highly pedestrian Rangers depth lines. His SH% is also a few points below his general average so he’s due for some more pucks
Joel Armia (MON) – Armia is two shots off the team lead, and ranks 3rd in chances, over the last 10 games at 5v5. He generates shots in bulk and the Jets give them up in bulk. Always one of my go-to punts.
Also consider: Craig Smith, Kaapo Kakko, Dillon Dube.
Darnell Nurse (EDM) – He has one of the peripheral floors on the slate and, with Edmonton on the road, I like Nurse as opposed to Tyson Barrie. The latter is more reliant on getting favorable matchups, which he’s not going to get.
Shea Weber (MON) – Weber ranks 19th among defenders in shot attempts this season. The PP has been focused on using his booming shot under Alex Burrows. He could see some extra ice with Ben Chiarot out of the lineup long-term, too.
Alec Martinez (VGK) – Shot blocking machine seeing more ice with Alex Pietrangelo out of the lineup. I like him in a bit of a pace-up spot vs SJ.
Alex Edler (VAN) – I loveeeee Edler tonight. He has been shooting a ton, and blocking a ton, of late and Ottawa and Vancouver both play extremely high-event styles.
Ivan Provorov (PHI) – Provorov has a very stable floor, in part because he plays so many minutes. He’s a lock for 22+ and it’s very possible he creeps into the 24-25 minute range. That kind of ice makes him a very safe cash play, and the PP ice time helps increase his ceiling.
Travis Hamonic (VAN) – I write Hamonic up seemingly every day so I’m sure you all know the drill by now. He is a very high-event player. All he needs is ice to smash at his price. He’s played 19+ in four of the last five so, yeah, the ice is there.
Kris Russell (EDM) – He’s a lot like Hamonic. He is just returning from injury so I’m not sure he’ll see a *ton* of ice but even 16 or 17 minutes should be enough to pay off his price.
Marc-Andre Fleury/Robin Lehner (VGK) – Perhaps the best bet on the slate to win and give up two or less.
Thatcher Demko (VAN) – There is some risk here – Vancouver is not at all good defensively – but Demko is playing lights out right now and is starting for a pretty heavy favorite.
Jaroslav Halak (BOS) – The Penguins rank 25th in xGF/60 over the last 10. They’re not creating many quality chances; they’ve simply been riding a high shooting percentage. I think their luck is due to run out and like the Bruins’ chances of bouncing back.
Jacob Markstrom (CGY) – If you’re not paying up for one of Edmonton’s star forwards, you should strongly consider Markstrom. He is a very good netminder playing for a home favorite. Not only that, but the Flames have been excellent defensively with Sutter behind the bench.
As always, hit me up on Twitter if you have any questions about the slate.
Numbers via NaturalStatTrick.com