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)
- Anders Lee (NYI)
- Miles Wood (NJ)
- Mattias Ekholm (NSH)
Auston Matthews (TOR) – He hasn’t been nearly as productive away from home but I really like Matthews in this spot. Vancouver ranks dead last in expected goals against/60 this season; they give up chances in bunches and I expect AM34 to take advantage of that against subpar goaltending.
Sasha Barkov (FLA) – Barkov has one of the better floors in the NHL and I think he has a real shot at hitting his ceiling in this game. Nashville is missing a few key pieces, including defenseman Ryan Ellis, and Pekka Rinne has been worth 3.2 goals *below* expected this season.
Sebastian Aho (CAR) – His shot generation numbers are rising and, tonight, he’ll be reunited with Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen on a powerhouse top line against the worst team in the NHL.
Elias Pettersson (VAN) – EP40 is turning a corner. He’s hit at least 10DK points in five consecutive games and is in a sneaky good spot against the Maple Leafs. Their winning ways have masked the fact they’ve given up chances at a very high rate of late. TOR ranks 29th in chances against/60 over the last 10.
Roope Hintz (DAL) – He is averaging over a point per game on home soil and skates on the top power play. Columbus is playing very poorly right now – they’re 26th in chances against/60 over the last 10 – and Hintz is an affordable way to get a nice piece of the pie.
Colin White (OTT) – White doesn’t generate a ton of shots but essentially all of them are high quality. Calgary sits 25th in chances against/60 over the last 10 and White just scored in three consecutive games against them.
Brandon Sutter (VAN) – He is in a pace-up spot against a tired Toronto team that’s been allowing a bunch of shots and chances. He should see 14-15 minutes, and he’s reached 5DK points in eight of the last 10. It’s tough to ask for more at his cheap price.
Patrick Kane (CHI) – Kane is averaging 2 points per game on home soil, has an extremely high shooting floor, and Tampa Bay has low-key not defended all that well of late. It’s possible Andrei Vasilevskiy will be getting the night off, too.
Tyler Toffoli (MON) – Winnipeg bleeds shots and Toffoli is one of the best shot generators in the NHL. I really like his floor in this one.
Brady Tkachuk (OTT) – Leads the NHL in shots, leads the NHL in high-danger chances, and has a solid matchup against a Flames team that is really struggling at both ends of the ice. He won’t have to deal with Jacob Markstrom either.
Anders Lee (NYI) – Lee is a fantastic chance generator and one of the best in generating high-danger looks around the net. Buffalo has been giving them up in bunches of late and their 3rd string goaltender is expected to start tonight.
Teuvo Teravainen (CAR) – Is expected to return to the lineup and play top line with Svechnikov and Aho. It doesn’t get much better than that. Will have to make sure he’s in closer to lock but he’s trending that way.
Viktor Arvidsson (NSH) – Is averaging nearly 4 SOG + BS per game over the last 10. He just can’t get anything to go. A game against Sergei Bobrovsky, who has allowed 6.5 more goals than expected, could be just what the doctor ordered.
Miles Wood (NJ) – He’s not a great finisher but he generates shots in bunches and is expected to play on the top line tonight. Oh, and the Devils are going up against a Rangers team that ranks 31st in attempts against over the last 10.
Alexis Lafreniere (NYR) – His floor admittedly isn’t great, however, it’s tough to pass up a 1st overall pick playing top line at such a cheap price.
Yegor Sharangovich (NJ) – Leads the Devils in attempts/60 over the last 10 games and has been placed on a line with Jack Hughes, by far the team’s best playmaker. He should be good for a handful of shots – and perhaps a point – at min price if he sticks.
Roman Josi (NSH) – Leads all NHL defenders in shot attempts and scoring chances. With Ryan Ellis out, he could see a few extra minutes. I also like that those shots will be on Sergei Bobrovsky.
Thomas Chabot (OTT) – He’s playing an absurd amount of minutes, generating a bunch of shots, and finds himself in what should be a high-event game against Calgary.
Aaron Ekblad (FLA) – Ekblad is a volume shooter, he’s routinely seeing 24+ minutes of ice, and he has a juicy PP matchup tonight; no team has allowed more PP goals than Nashville.
Mattias Ekholm (NSH) – I love, love, love Ekholm again tonight. He shoots the puck a ton and gets an ice time boost with Ellis out of the lineup. He is way too cheap for the floor/ceiling he brings to the table.
Dante Fabbro (NSH) – Yes, yes, another Nashville defenseman. The big three all like to shoot and they should all see 22+ minutes of ice.
Derek Forbort (WPG) – Blocks a ton of shots and going up against a team that attempts as many as anybody. The 3BS potential is real.
Calvin de Haan (CHI) – He was well over 4K a couple of weeks ago. He has recorded at least 9DK points in three of five games since and, for some reason, has been priced way down anyways.
Marcus Pettersson (PIT) – I think PHI/PIT will be pretty low scoring, and low-event, but it’s hard to find guys playing well over 20 minutes at such a cheap price.
Alex Nedeljkovic (CAR) – Has put together three consecutive fantastic starts – against Tampa Bay and Florida, no less – and now draws the lowly Detroit Red Wings. One of the best bets on the slate to win and allow 2 or less.
Brian Elliott (PHI) – Pittsburgh is not very good at generating quality chances and I don’t see that changing with Sidney Crosby out.
Mackenzie Blackwood (NJ) – No Panarin, no Kakko, no Trouba. New York’s offense isn’t exactly scary right now and Blackwood has been one of the best netminders in the league since the beginning of the 2019-20 campaign.
Jake Allen (MON) – Allen ranks 3rd in the NHL in goals saved above expectation and is a big home favorite. He is too cheap.
Kevin Lankinen (CHI) – If you really need savings, I have no problem with Lankinen. The Lightning have not played well at 5v5 of late and Lankinen has been strong all season.
As always, hit me up on Twitter if you have any questions about the slate.
Numbers via NaturalStatTrick.com