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)
- Sam Reinhart (BUF)
- Mark Giordano (CGY)
Connor McDavid (EDM) – McDavid is one of the hardest fades in all of DFS right now. He has multiple points in eight of his last 10 games and brings a solid shooting floor. Tonight he gets to shoot on Toronto 3rd string Michael Hutchinson, who is probably due for some regression (his .922 SV% this season is wayyyyy above his career average of .906).
Nathan MacKinnon (COL) – He’s hit another level since the Avalanche have really started to get healthy again. Now he draws a bad Anaheim team – one starting a 40-year-old with an .880 SV% – in a B2B situation.
Elias Lindholm (CGY) – He’s been more productive on home soil and, with Johnny Gaudreau struggling immensely, is centering arguably the best two wingers on the Flames right now (Matthew Tkachuk + Elias Lindholm).
Mikael Backlund (CGY) – Averages more than 10DK points per game on home soil and leads all Flames forwards in shots over the last 10 games.
Joel Eriksson Ek (MIN) – Minnesota’s best chance generator taking on a Sharks team that is giving them up in bunches right now.
Tyson Jost (COL) – Has been shooting quite a bit of late and Anaheim is as shallow as a puddle. He should be able to create some opportunities against their poor depth.
Also consider: Sidney Crosby (don’t love the matchup but he’s hit 10+ on DK in 10 straight), John Tavares, Brock Nelson.
Max Pacioretty (VGK) – Insanely high shooting floor and the matchup is enticing (Kings rank 27th in xGA/60 over the last 10). Bump if Jonathan Quick starts.
Nik Ehlers (WPG) – Shoots the puck a ton and, last time out, Calgary used their matchup line against WPG1. I like Ehlers to do some damage if he doesn’t see Calgary’s best.
Gabriel Landeskog (COL) – Continues to be one of my favorite cash plays. Is piling up the points, and chances, but remains several tiers below MacKinnon and, to a lesser extent, Rantanen in price. All are usable but Landeskog gives you more flexibility with the rest of your build.
James van Riemsdyk (PHI) – Volume shooter in a slump taking on a Buffalo team that bleeds chances and hasn’t won since I was an infant.
Matthew Tkachuk (CGY) – Much more productive at home despite his home shooting percentage being ~half what his road SH% is. I think he’s too cheap for somebody who generates chances in the volume he does, especially considering the matchup. Winnipeg bleeds Grade A chances.
Sam Reinhart (BUF) – Nobody likes playing Buffalo right now but Reinhart has been shooting the puck a fair bit and is a key cog on a power play unit that’s in a sneaky good spot tonight against Philly.
Jesse Puljujarvi (EDM) – Efficient chance generator playing on Connor McDavid’s line, seeing more ice, and shooting on Hutchinson. I like it.
Reilly Smith (VGK) – The bad news is Smith has two points (one goal) in 10 games. The good news is the shots and chances are there. He’s not going to continue shooting 3%, and the matchup is enticing.
Jeff Carter (LA) – Not the best spot for LA players but Carter ranks 19th in chances over the last 10 games. He’s getting looks, and he has the talent to finish.
Deep punts: Valeri Nichushkin, Troy Terry, Ryan Donato (only if in top-9).
Shea Theodore (VGK) – Has points in eight of 10 and his shot volume is trending upwards.
Darnell Nurse (EDM) – Strong peripheral floor and is more productive on the road – without cushy matchups – than Tyson Barrie is.
Mark Giordano (CGY) – The Flames have been attempting a *ton* of point shots since the coaching change, which benefits a big ice hog like Giordano. He doesn’t need to be told twice to shoot the puck. He also played PP1 last game, which raises his floor/ceiling.
Cale Makar (COL) – He doesn’t generate a ton of shots/blocks but he’s a point per game player on home soil. He’ll get the soft matchups and a ton of ice time with MacKinnon and the big boys.
Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF) – He’s Buffalo’s best defender in terms of stat stuffing and, again, PP1 is in a sneaky good spot tonight. Think he has real potential to pick up a point or two.
Noah Hanifin (CGY) – Fun fact: Hanifin leads all Flames players in shot attempts over the last 10. Like I said, they take a ton of point shots under Sutter. Hanifin is one of the beneficiaries and he’s cheap.
Zach Whitecloud (VGK) – Is Alex Pietrangelo playing? No, which means you can play Whitecloud. He’s one of my favorite stat stuffing punts. This is a good matchup, too.
Sean Walker (LA) – His ice time has dipped a little in recent games but he’s a very high-event player and blocks a lot of shots. Vegas, who ranks 4th in attempts/60 over the last 10, should help bring up his floor/ceiling.
Kris Russell (EDM) – Very real 3BS upside, high-upside matchup, and he’s dirt cheap.
Philipp Grubauer (COL) – Been very good this season and best bet on the slate to win.
Semyon Varlamov (NYI) – The Isles are stout defensively and Varlamov has largely been good this season. Think they’ll be looking to tighten things up after that 6-3 game. I like this game to stay under, but Varlamov is my preferred goalie.
Kaapo Kahkonen/Cam Talbot (MIN) – Sharks have been generating chances of late but they have, like, four good forwards. I think the Wild should be able to put the screws to them and pull out a win here.
As always, hit me up on Twitter if you have any questions about the slate.
Numbers via NaturalStatTrick.com