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.
- Auston Matthews (TOR)
- Patrick Kane (CHI)
- Gabriel Landeskog (COL)
- Zach Whitecloud (VGK)
Auston Matthews (TOR) – Matthews is arguably the best goal scorer in the league right now and he generates shots at an absurd rate. I think he’s a cash lock against an Otteam team that a) is poor defensively; b) is in a B2B situation and; c) will be using their 4th or 5th string goaltender.
Nathan MacKinnon (COL) – The Avalanche are getting healthy and hitting another level, which raises the floor and ceiling of MacKinnon. Vegas is a good team but they’re banged up and the Avs control the matchups on home soil.
Sidney Crosby (PIT) – Hate recommending *all* of the top centers but Crosby deserves mention here too. Has hit 10 DK points in 10 straight and is going up against a catastrophically bad Buffalo team that can’t get a save.
Ryan Strome (NYR) – He’s generating shots in bunches right now, gets to play with the team’s best player (Artemi Panarin) at 5v5 and on the power play, and is facing a goaltender that ranks 73/73 in goals saved above expectation. Carter Hart is at, uh, -22.
Roope Hintz (DAL) – He is among Dallas’ leaders in 5v5 production and chance generation. The matchup isn’t great but he’s very cheap for a quality player who has 14P in 11GP on home soil. The Stars will be able to get him out away from Tampa’s top players.
Joel Eriksson Ek (MIN) – JEE continues to lead the Wild in 5v5 chances this season. With the way way STL’s goaltenders are playing – both Jordan Binnington and Ville Husso have conceded more goals than expected – that might really come into play.
Carl Soderberg (CHI) – He’s pretty strong peripherally and gets exposure to the big dogs on PP1. Will benefit from Barkov’s absence (he is awesome defensively) and Bobrovsky starting.
Jared McCann (PIT) – Shoots the puck at a high clip and should get favorable matchups against Buffalo’s paper thin depth.
Travis Zajac (NJ) – Has 10P in last 10GP and is part of what’s been New Jersey’s best line. Doesn’t get you a ton of peripherals but has real point potential, especially with Vitek Vanecek starting for Washington.Dylan Cozens – If you really need savings, Cozens has played ~36 minutes over the last two games and has largely centered Taylor Hall and Sam Reinhart. He is still early in his development stage but the talent is there.
David Pastrnak (BOS) – NYI hasn’t been as strong without Anders Lee and, at home, the Bruins can get Pastrnak away from the Pelech-Pulock pairing with more frequency than they would on the road.
Patrick Kane (CHI) – The shots, chances, and points continue to be there even though he’s only shot *checks notes* 3% over the last 10. A spike in production should come sooner than later, and Bobrovsky starting could help accelerate matters.
Gabriel Landeskog (COL) – This guy continues to pile up the chances in bunches (and produce!) yet his price just won’t go up. If you can’t, or don’t want to, spend on Matthews *and* MacKinnon, Landy is an awesome way to get elite exposure to COL.
Andrei Svechnikov (CAR) – Continues to pile up shots and chances at a high rate. Really like him in this spot against Joonas Korpisalo, who is near the bottom of the league in goals saved above expectation. He’s -10.
Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) – Tarasenko leads the Blues in shots on goal, and scoring chances, since returning to the lineup. He’s also not going to continue shooting 5% forever. Like him in cash and GPP, where I think he’ll be very overlooked against MIN.
Viktor Arvidsson (NSH) – The Red Wings have bled goals in non Jonathan Bernier starts for years now. Bernier isn’t starting, and a volume shooter like Arvidsson is as likely as any to take advantage.
Yegor Sharangovich (NJ) – Big Yeezy leads the Devils in 5v5 chances over the last 10 games, is shooting every chance he gets, and his ice time is on the rise.
Jaden Schwartz (STL) – Was priced at nearly 5K before the injury. Has 14.2, 9.5, and 8 in three games since returning and is still priced like a random 3rd liner.
Kaapo Kakko (NYR) – He’s had a pretty miserable year offensively but he’s expected to skate on the 2nd line with Panarin and Strome, which is good enough for me at his price.
Nick Paul (OTT) – BDN is strong peripherally, has an established role (should see 14-16 minutes), and in a high-event matchup vs Toronto.
Also consider punting Ty Dellandrea. With Alex Radulov out, there’s more opportunity there in Dallas.
Dougie Hamilton (CAR) – This guy is a point machine and no defender shoots more. I don’t know that I’d expect a ceiling game vs CBJ – they play pretty slow – but his floor is always rock solid.
Kris Letang (PIT) – Plays 24+ minutes a night and has been piling up the peripherals. Has real point upside, too, against these sorry ass Sabres (sorry Sabres fan).
Roman Josi (NSH) – Josi missed a handful of games and still ranks top-6 among defenders in attempts and chances. High floor, high ceiling vs Detroit.
Adam Fox (NYR) – Fox plays a ton of minutes and is in a sneaky-good spot here. Philadelphia’s goaltending has been horrendous, as has their PK. Fox QBs a potent PP and should be able to take advantage.
Seth Jones (CBJ) – He let us down last time out but we’re not going to let that impact our future decision making. Jones has been a peripheral GAWD for a while now and combined for more than 50DK points in two games vs CAR prior to last. I think he’s too cheap for his ceiling/floor combo.
Ryan Pulock (NYI) – Puluck is a solid value at this price. He attempts a lot of shots – only 21 defenders have more – so there is real shooting upside. He’s also a willing shot blocker and should play 22+ minutes in a competitive game.
Nikita Zaitsev (OTT) – He blocks a lot of shots and I expect Toronto to have *all* of the puck tonight. One of my favorite bets to hit 3BS bonus.
David Savard (CBJ) – Volume shot blocker facing a team that shoots from anywhere and everywhere. It’s as simple as that.
Zach Whitecloud (VGK) – Always in play when Pietrangelo is out, especially against a team like Colorado that should be piling up shots.
- Casey Desmith (PIT)
- Philipp Grubauer (COL)
- Alex Ndeljkovic (CAR)
- Igor Shesterkin (NYR)
- Kevin Lankinen (CHI)
Bonus: Jake Oettinger (DAL) *if* Curtis McElhinney starts.
As always, hit me up on Twitter if you have any questions about the slate.
Numbers via NaturalStatTrick.com