Nick Rodriguez breaks down all of tonight’s top cash game plays and values for your DFS double-ups.
Please be sure to keep track of the LINES (who plays with who) and goalie confirmations (who are the starting goalies). Here are the resources I recommend to keep an eye on any developments:
This information comes straight from writers who follow each of the NHL teams closely. If anything important ever comes up, they are surely the first to know and will know earlier than any DFS or NHL website. Following this list will make it easier for you to keep an eye on all types of changes throughout the day (e.g. line changes, goalie confirmations, and late scratches).
If a goalie gets confirmed as the starter throughout the day, this is where you’ll want to go to make sure they are locked in.
This resource is very good to check on line combinations from the previous game and the projected lines for the next game. Be aware that lines may update as they come in, so if a team holds a morning skate, there’s a good chance that the lines that are updated from the morning skate are going to be used in that night’s game.
MAIN SLATE (6 GAMES – 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT lock)
DraftKings: Nazem Kadri, Max Pacioretty, Kirill Kaprizov,, Jared Spurgeon
FanDuel: Nazem Kadri, Max Pacioretty, Kirill Kaprizov, Jakob Chychrun
- Nazem Kadri, Avalanche (DK: $5600, FD: $6600)
- Brayden Point, Lightning (DK: $6600, FD: $7300)
- Patrice Bergeron, Bruins (DK: $7700, FD: $8400)
- William Karlsson, Golden Knights (DK: $5000, FD: $5800)
- Joel Eriksson Ek, Wild (DK: $4600, FD: $4700)
- Yanni Gourde, Lightning (DK: $3800, FD: $4200)
- Adam Henrique, Ducks (DK: $3100, FD: $3700)
- Nathan MacKinnon’s status for today’s contest is up in the air after taking a hit from Joachim Blichfeld in the Avalanche’s last contest. If he’s in the lineup, he’s obviously one of the top plays of the night. However, if he’s out, I’m looking at Kadri at his price point. He will be relied on heavily with MacKinnon out and he’s also recorded seven points in his last five. If MacKinnon plays, I’d rank MacKinnon first and Kadri third in my rankings.
- The last contest between Boston and Washington was slow but filled with a lot of action as both teams were getting under each other’s skin. I’m expecting this game to be played at a faster pace with more scoring chances. Boston’s top line is always in play and today is no different which is why I believe Bergeron is one of the top centers of the night.
- Joel Eriksson Ek has surprised a lot of folks this season. He’s already matched his career-high of eight goals in just 20 games this season. Eriksson Ek has a nice shot which should come in handy going up against Arizona which has allowed 3.15 goals in their last 13 games.
- Mikko Rantanen, Avalanche (DK: $7700, FD: $8100)
- Max Pacioretty, Golden Knights (DK: $7400, FD: $7800)
- Alex DeBrincat, Blackhawks (DK: $8000, FD: $7900)
- Gabriel Landeskog, Avalanche (DK: $5900, FD: $6500)
- David Pastrnak, Bruins (DK: $9100, FD: $8400)
- Alex Ovechkin, Capitals (DK: $8200, FD: $7900)
- Evander Kane, Sharks (DK: $5800, FD: $6700)
- Jonathan Marchessault, Golden Knights (DK: $4400, FD: $6000)
- Ondrej Palat, Lightning (DK: $5200, FD: $5700)
- Kirill Kaprizov, Wild (DK: $4600, FD: $5200)
- Alex Tuch, Golden Knights (DK: $3900, FD: $4800)
- Dustin Brown, Kings (DK: $5400, FD: $5800)
- Zach Sanford, Blues (DK: $3700, FD: $4400)
- Jordan Greenway, Wild (DK: $3400, FD: $4000)
- Rickard Rakell, Ducks (DK: $4200, FD: $5500)
- Pacioretty is a shot on goal machine which is exactly what we look for in cash games. He’s logged at least three shots on goal in eight-straight contests which provides him with a tremendous floor. You also have to love that he’s facing a club that allowed the most goals in February. Marchessault and Tuch are also guys to strongly consider.
- The Blackhawks and Lightning faced off last night and it was played at a very fast pace. We can expect a similar pace for this contest but this time with Curtis McElhinney in net for Tampa Bay. He hasn’t been good this season which is why I expect DeBrincat and Kane to have big nights. Plus, DeBrincat has logged a goal in three-straight contests. I also have no problem using Palat and getting a little exposure to the Lightning in tournaments.
- Sanford has been skating with the top line for three contests now and has looked stellar. He’s recorded four goals and two assists and there seems to be no signs of him slowing down. He faces a tough opponent in the Kings, but you can’t go wrong with the price and situations he’s been put in to light the lamp. Brown is a guy who’s off to a great start this year with 17 points in 21 games, making him a solid cash game option.
- Jared Spurgeon, Wild (DK: $3900, FD: $4300)
- Victor Hedman, Lightning (DK: $6900, FD: $6800)
- Alex Pietrangelo, Golden Knights (DK: $6100, FD: $8400)
- Jakob Chychrun, Coyotes (DK: $6000, FD: $4500)
- Torey Krug, Blues (DK: $5100, FD: $5300)
- Mathew Dumba, Wild (DK: $4700, FD: $4800)
- Mikhail Sergachev, Lightning (DK: $4500, FD: $4800)
- Calvin de Haan, Blackhawks (DK: $3400, FD: $3600)
- Adam Boqvist, Blackhawks (DK: $3200, FD: $3700)
- Ian Cole, Wild (DK: $2500, FD: $3600)
- Spurgeon is just way too cheap with the type of upside he possesses. He skates with the second power play unit and is known for his stellar offensive play. The captain has great puck skills and has recorded at least 30 points in four-straight seasons. I also like Dumba this evening especially since he’s averaged 24 minutes of ice time in his last 5.
- I like Chychrun on DK but he’s an absolute steal on FD. He’s a tremendous two-way player that’s earned his time in the top power play unit as well as his minutes. He exhibits a tremendous shot and moves the puck extremely well which is why he’s logged two goals and three assists in his last 5.
- Krug has made a huge impact during his first season with St. Louis. He’s looked good with the top power play unit and has logged 14 points in just 23 games of action. The veteran has put up 4 shots on goal in 3 out of his last 4 contests which provides him with a solid floor.
- Philipp Grubauer, Avalanche (DK: $8400, FD: $8100)
- Marc-Andre Fleury, Golden Knights (DK: $8200, FD: $8300)
- Grubauer will be a popular cash gameplay this evening. He’s been stellar in the crease with a .920 SV% but he’s also going up against Anaheim on home ice. The Ducks averaged 2.27 goals per game in February while averaging 29.9 shots on goal. Grubauer has a solid floor with a great chance of picking up the win.
- Vegas is playing some great hockey as they have won four-straight games. Fleury has been one of the best goaltenders this year with an 11.80 GSAA and one of the biggest favorites on the slate.