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.
- Connor McDavid (EDM)
- Gabriel Landeskog (COL)
- Jaden Schwartz (STL)
- Alexander Edler or Travis Hamonic (VAN)
Bonus: Kyle Connor. I’m a big fan of the Jets in general tonight.
Connor McDavid (EDM) – Best point producer in the NHL, has a high shooting floor, and gets a boost with Carey Price starting for Montreal. While Price has the reputation, his play (.903 SV%, -3.2 Goals Saved Above Expectation) has lagged far behind.
Nathan MacKinnon (COL) – Colorado is absolutely destroying teams right now and MacKinnon is at the forefront of it, having piled up 13 points and 44 SOG over the last 10. He draws a sneaky good matchup against an Arizona team that ranks 30th in attempts against/60 over the last 10.
Mika Zibanejad (NYR) – The Sabres are an absolute tire fire. They give up a lot of chances and they have no goaltending. Zibanejad is really heating up and he remains quite affordable given the matchup and opportunity (averages more than 20 minutes per game).
Elias Lindholm (CGY) – Leads the Flames in high-danger chances since Darryl Sutter took over and is facing a team that gives them up in bulk. Oh, and he gets to shoot on a goaltender who posted a sub .890 save percentage from 2018-20…in the AHL.
Pierre-Luc Dubois (CBJ) – His price is starting to creep up but I still think he’s too cheap. He’s a very gifted player, his peripheral floor is solid, and he’s facing a Canucks team that ranks 31st in attempts and chances against over the last 10.
Joel Eriksson Ek (MIN) – He has cooled down of late but he still leads the Wild in 5v5 chances this season and is in a fantastic spot at home to the Ducks. They give up a lot defensively and their goaltending is really struggling right now.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi (MON) – Kotkaniemi is one of Montreal’s leaders in chances per minute this season and his ice is trending upwards. You can go there.
I don’t love going much lower at C today. Not many punts that stand out.
Note: I’m operating under the assumption Pacioretty won’t play.
Mikko Rantanen (COL) – The Avalanche are getting healthy and they’re firing on all cylinders right now. Rantanen is a good way to get exposure to some of their elite talent while offering a little more savings than MacKinnon.
Evander Kane (SJ) – Volume shooter/chance generator going up against a washed up Jonathan Quick. Sign me up.
Gabriel Landeskog (COL) – Leads the Avs in chances/high-danger chances over the last 10 and has piled up 14 points in that span. He remains much cheaper than MacKinnon and Rantanen. A strong building block that gives you more flexibility than MacK or Rantanen would.
Kyle Connor (WPG) – Love, love, love the Jets tonight. They have some extremely gifted forwards who like to shoot the puck (like Connor). Should benefit from a pace-up matchup against a Canucks team giving up shots and chances at an absurdly high rate. I’m not overly worried about Demko; he’s not going to ride this hot forever.
Andrei Svechnikov (CAR) – No Hurricanes player has more chances over the last 10. He’s due for more shooting luck sooner than later and I love that his ice is trending up.
Brendan Gallagher (MON) – Ultra efficient shot generator who could see more ice with Tyler Toffoli out.
Timo Meier (SJ) – A lot of what I said about Kane applies here. Meier is just cheaper and will get a couple fewer shifts.
Jesse Puljujarvi (EDM) – He is a solid shot generator riding shotgun with McDavid/Nuge. Generally plays significantly fewer minutes but, with 37 over the last two, it seems like he’s gaining more trust from Dave Tippett. If he’s going to get that kind of opportunity, he’s very much in play.
Jaden Schwartz (STL) – He was priced ~5K prior to his injury. He has 11 peripherals and an assist in two games since returning, while averaging ~20 minutes, and he’s priced like a random 3rd liner. I’ll happily go back to the well.
Jonathan Drouin (MON) – Played more than 20 minutes last game and a lot runs through his stick on the PP. Too cheap, especially with Toffoli out.
Trevor Zegras (ANH) – The ultra talented rookie is averaging two peripherals per game and has points in three straight. He’s going to get a lot of touches and he’s one of the few Ducks who can actually make something out of them. If you really need savings, I have no problem with Zegras.
Also consider: Joel Armia, Nick Paul, Kaapo Kakko.
Dougie Hamilton (CAR) – Dougie has found the scoresheet in 10 consecutive games and leads all defenders in shot attempts. High floor, high ceiling.
Jakob Chychrun (ARI) – He shoots every chance he gets and is a willing shot blocker. Should benefit from a high-paced game environment against Colorado.
Seth Jones (CBJ) – I love Jones in this matchup. Carolina generally peppers their opponents with shots, which means there will be a *ton* of BS opportunities; especially for someone playing 25+ minutes on a regular basis. He’s a big shot generator himself so the floor looks very promising.
Shea Weber (MON)/Torey Krug (STL) – I think they’re too cheap for volume shooting PP1 quarterbacks.
Josh Morrissey (WPG) – As you can probably tell, I’m high on the Jets today. Morrissey has a high floor, brings real upside on PP1, and is now in a big-time pace-up spot against a bad defensive team.
Alex Edler (VAN) – He is averaging 3.5 blocks over the last 10. Not 3.5 peripherals, 3.5 blocks. He is a walking shot block bonus who also shoots a fair bit. He’s averaging nearly 12 DK points per game of late and his price is not going up one bit.
Travis Hamonic (VAN) – Can basically cut and paste my Edler writeup. He’s averaging 5.2 SOG+BS over the last 10 and his price isn’t going up. I think I’ve played at least one of Hamonic/Edler every night in cash for several weeks now.
David Savard (CBJ) – Savard is in play for his peripherals. In particular, the 3BS potential vs Carolina.
Noah Hanifin (CGY) – He was already a solid punt most nights. Now, he’s getting some looks on PP1. That increases his floor/upside. Cheap exposure to a big minute player in a pace-up spot.
Zach Whitecloud (VGK) – So long as Alex Pierangelo is out, Whitecloud remains in play. It really is that simple.
Jamie Drysdale (ANH) – Similar story to Zegras up front. High pick, high-end talent, and getting a lot of reps on a bad team. Drysdale likes to shoot and should see PP1 ice.
Cam Talbot (MIN)
Jacob Markstrom (CGY)
Connor Hellebuyck (WPG)
Jordan Binnington (STL) (if Pacioretty out)
As always, hit me up on Twitter if you have any questions about the slate.
Numbers via NaturalStatTrick.com