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.
Generally speaking, I don’t love center tonight. There really aren’t many reliable punts so you might be better off paying for stars (MacKinnon, Eichel, Bergeron, etc.) and saving money elsewhere.
Nathan MacKinnon (8.1 DK, 9.1 FD) – MacKinnon is an elite shot+chance generator, averages well over 1.5 points per game, and his numbers are much better on home ice. Carolina isn’t a great matchup but, as we’ve learned, MacKinnon can do damage against anyone.
Jack Eichel (7.9 DK, 8.9 FD) – Eichel is on a heater of epic proportions. He is currently riding a 17-game point streak. In that time, he leads the league in goals (16), points (31), and is 6th in shots on goal (67). He’s getting a ton of ice as well, logging 22+ minutes in six of the last seven.
Elias Pettersson (6.4 DK, 7.4 FD) – Pettersson has 40SOG+BS over the last 10 games, providing us with a good floor. He’s heavily featured on the power play, ranking 39th among forwards in shot attempts/60. That’s good news because Vegas tends to take a lot of penalties.
Jeff Carter (4.7 DK, 5.3 FD) – Carter ranks 4th in shot attempts/60 and 3rd in shots on goal/60. He has a high shooting floor and is finally starting to be rewarded, having picked up a point in four consecutive games.
Kevin Hayes (4.3 DK, 5.4 FD) – Hayes’ first 24 games: 10 points, 57 shots (2.37 per). Hayes’ last 10: 7 points, 29 shots (2.9 per). He’s shooting more, he’s producing more, and he’s starting to see a bump in ice. He has played 19+ in three of the last five games.
There are definitely some stars worth paying up for but I made sure to include quite a few punt options if you’re spending up on other positions (like center) instead.
David Pastrnak (8.2 DK, 8.7 FD) – The Islanders have defended horribly of late. Only the Devils have given up shot attempts at a higher clip over the L10 while they also rank near the bottom of the league in terms of chances and expected goals against. Pastrnak, the Bruins’ leading scorer by 10 goals and shot getter by 42, is the best bet to take advantage,
Patrick Kane (8 DK, 8.3 FD) – Top-10 in shots on goal, top-10 in scoring chances, and going up against a Winnipeg team that has struggled to suppress chances all season long.
Max Pacioretty (7.3 DK, 7.2 FD) – The guy is a shooting machine at 5v5 and nobody in the entire NHL records chances at a higher clip on the power play. He is scorching hot right now and I have a hard time believing a struggling Canucks team will be the one to slow him down.
Brady Tkachuk (6.9 DK, 6.1 FD) – FD still hasn’t learned how to price the NHL’s most efficient shot and chance generator. One day.
Johnny Gaudreau (6.3 DK, 7.8 FD) – Leads the Flames in goals, points, shots, and chances per 60 since Geoff Ward took over. You can play him in what should be a high-event game vs Montreal.
Oliver Bjorkstrand (5.5 DK, 5.2 FD) – It’s not an exaggeration to say he has been one of the best cash plays in the entire NHL for weeks now. He’s still too cheap, especially against a bad LA team with horrific goaltending.
Joel Armia (4.8 DK, 4.8 FD) – I love Armia tonight. He has a remarkable 52 SOG+BS over the last 10 and is one of the league’s most efficient chance creators. He’s in a good spot as just five teams have given up more scoring chances (5v5) since Ward took over behind the Flames’ bench.
Ondrej Palat (4.6 DK, 4.6 FD) – Palat has 40 peripherals over the last 10, providing us with a strong floor despite the fact he’s only recorded one point in that span. I’d bet on him getting back on track sooner than later, especially given he skates on L1 with Point and Kucherov.
Denis Gurianov (3.1 DK, 3.5 FD) – As always is the case with Gurianov, he’s a great value if he’s skating in the top-9. Pass otherwise – monitor lines.
Luke Kunin (2.8 DK, 3.6 FD) – Kunin leads the Wild in chances/60, is solid peripherally, and will see PP time. Not the best matchup but he’s pretty cheap for what he brings.
Nick Cousins (2.7 DK, 3.7 FD) – 35 SOG+BS over the last 10 and skating on the top power play. Can’t ask for anything else in this price range.
Warren Foegele (2.6 DK, 4.1 FD) – Awfully cheap for a very good shot generator skating on line ‘one’ with Andrei Svechnikov and Jordan Staal.
Dougie Hamilton (7 DK, 6.4 FD) – No defenseman on the slate has more points or shots on goal. High floor, high ceiling.
Roman Josi (6.4 DK, 6.6 FD) – Josi has a sky-high floor and leads all NHL defenders in scoring chances. A matchup vs Ottawa is nothing to shy away from.
Shea Weber (6.2 DK, 6.9 FD) – 10.6 points is his low on DK over the last 10 games. He’s running insanely good and I think that’ll continue tonight in a plus matchup/good pace spot against Calgary.
Mark Giordano (6 DK, 5.5 FD) – Not to overwhelm you with high-end dmen to pick from but, on top of the offense Giordano provides, he has hit the DK bonus for blocked shots eight times(!) over the last 10.
Jaccob Slavin (4.3 DK, 4.1 FD) – His ceiling isn’t through the roof but he has a very solid, consistent floor.
Charlie McAvoy (4.1 DK, 4.5 FD) – He’s been logging a *ton* of minutes since he returned from his injury. Has a solid floor and boatloads of ES ice with the Bergeron line give him a solid ceiling as well.
Ben Chiarot (4.1 DK, 4.3 FD) – What I love about the Habs is their shots are somewhat concentrated. They have a couple forwards, and a couple defenders, who very consistently account for the bulk of the shots. Chiarot is one of those guys and he’s a plus-shot blocker too.
Ian Cole (3.6 DK, 3.8 FD) – My man is averaging ~2 minutes more per game and has piled up 47 SOG+BS over the last 10 games yet is price is almost the exact same as it was. Take advantage of that.
Connor Murphy (3.7 DK, 3.6 FD) – Much like Cole, Murphy’s usage is on the rise and he continues to reward us with a fantastic floor.
David Savard (2.9 DK, 3.5 FD) – Savard is another guy seeing 20+ minutes on a nightly basis and piling up the peripherals. I’ve been using him quite a bit in cash over the last few weeks and he’s often come through.
I’m not going to write them all up but Tyler Myers, Joakim Ryan, Olli Maatta, and Erik Cernak are also viable punts if you’re looking for exposure to a certain team or unit.
Connor Hellebuyck (8.5 DK, 8.1 FD) – He’s G10 on FD despite being a home favorite who should see good shot volume.
Pavel Francouz (8 DK, 8.7 FD) – Francouz (.934 SV%) has played at an elite level this season, he’s a home favorite, and he should see plenty of rubber. I think he is a nice high floor, high ceiling play. *Not confirmed yet
Joonas Korpisalo (7.7 DK, 7.6 FD) – I think Korpi is a pretty mediocre goaltender but he’s in an excellent spot tonight. The Kings rank 3rd in attempts/60 but 22nd in goals/60. Put another way, they’re good at generating shots but not so great at converting, which isn’t surprising given their lack of shooting talent.
Carey Price (7.1 DK, 8.7 FD) – We may have already seen his peak but his DK price is quite low for an above average goaltender with a realistic shot at a win.
Numbers via NaturalStatTrick.com