Todd Cordell has you covered for tonight’s NHL DFS cash game lineups.
As always, I should note these plays are sorted by price (DK first) 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)
Nazem Kadri (COL)
Rickard Rakell (ANH)
Dougie Hamilton (CAR)
Connor McDavid (EDM) – He is priced into oblivion but, quite honestly, he should be. He’s the best player in the league, is averaging two points per game, and taking on a horrendous Ottawa team that ranks dead last in save percentage. He’s going to create a bunch of chances and, right now, the Senators can’t stop any of them.
Leon Draisaitl (EDM) – Same story as McDavid. Elite player, elite matchup. Expensive as heck but you probably need one of the two.
Nazem Kadri (COL) – Volume shooter, gets exposure to the big guns on PP1, and should get extra opportunity at even-strength with Nathan MacKinnon out.
Joel Eriksson Ek (MIN) – Averaging nearly a point per game and is 17th in the NHL in scoring chances. He’s creating a lot offensively right now and, again, the Avalanche are an easier target than usual with some of their injuries (Devon Toews, MacKinnon, etc.)
Jesperi Kotkaniemi (MON) – Has multiple shots on goal in eight of his last nine and could get some extra run tonight in the latter half of a B2B.
Max Domi (CBJ) – We’ll have to keep our eyes on lineups but there is a very real chance Domi centers Patrik Laine tonight. If he is, the talented center – whose bread and butter is playmaking – is a worthwhile gamble at a discount.
Colin White (OTT) – Shooting the puck a lot and in what should be a high-event game against the Oilers.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) – Is averaging more than four peripherals, and 22+ minutes, per game while skating L1 with Connor McDavid and on PP1. Very much in play, especially if you’re not paying up for McDavid or Draisaitl. You need a piece of Edmonton.
Mikko Rantanen (COL) – Was generating a lot of shots to begin with and there is some extra puck to go around sans MacKinnon, who shoots a TON. You can also go with Gabriel Landeskog if you need additional savings.
Brady Tkachuk (OTT) – Auston Matthews is the only player in the NHL with more 5v5 chances. Tkachuk continues to pile up the shots from in tight, and Edmonton’s goaltending tandem is not exactly one we need to avoid.
Patrik Laine (CBJ) – Don’t love the matchup but Laine is one of the most prolific shooters in the league and Columbus is starved for offense. Even in his debut, he’ll likely get every opportunity to put that shot to use.
Andrei Svechnikov (CAR) – Has found the scoresheet and/or recorded 4+ shots in every game so far. Chicago is a below average defensive team so I’m not sure I’d bet on them being the ones to buck that trend. Like Svechnikov more if Kevin Lankinen does not start.
Andrew Copp (WPG) – Has recorded 28 shots, nine points, and 24 chances (tied for 1st) in seven games since moving into the top-6. His price dropped a bit, which makes me like him even more.
Teuvo Teravainen (CAR) – Was 6.1K or more in three games. He suffered an injury and is now coming back into the lineup at 4.8. Cheap exposure to a very talented player in a plus matchup.
Rickard Rakell (ANH) – Rakell is quietly averaging 4 peripherals per game for the Ducks and has a juicy matchup against Jonathan Quick and his .885 save percentage.
Jesse Puljujarvi (EDM) – He burned us last time out but fun fact: Puljujarvi ranks 7th in the NHL in expected goals at 5v5. He is generating a lot of chances; none of them have gone in for him. He is pretty cheap, and he’s riding shotgun with Connor McDavid, so you could make worse bets than Puljujarvi at 3.9K vs a horrendous Ottawa team.
Tyler Motte (VAN) – He ranks 19th in xG at 5v5; just ahead of *checks notes* Jack Eichel, William Nylander and Max Pacioretty, among others. Vancouver generally plays him 15-16 minutes and he is in a high-pace matchup.
Cale Makar (COL) – He is a good bet to play 24+ minutes and, with MacKinnon out, there could be an extra shooting opportunity or two for him.
Dougie Hamilton (CAR) – He hasn’t been himself to start the year but I think a lot of that can be attributed to the matchups. He has played Dallas, Tampa Bay, Nashville, and Detroit. The first three are strong defensive teams, and the latter plays at a pretty slow pace. I think a date with Chicago could open things up for him.
Tyson Barrie (EDM) – Normally I’d say he is priced a little high, but the upside he brings on PP1 vs Ottawa definitely puts him in play.
Sam Girard (COL) – He doesn’t shoot a ton but with some injuries on the backend, Girard could play 24+ minutes at a very affordable price.
Erik Gudbranson (OTT) – He is a bad hockey player and is not going to do much for you offensively. With that said, he absorbs pucks and brings very real 3BS upside to the table.
Juuso Valimaki (CGY) – Averaging 3 peripherals per game and has a nice offensive skillset. Like the matchup vs Winnipeg, and he could be relied on for a couple extra shifts tonight in a B2B situation.
Erik Johnson (COL) – He is banged up and might not play. If he does, though, he is a steal and near lock at 2.6K. He would open up a lot for your teams.
Philipp Grubauer (COL) – Minnesota’s offense isn’t very threatening; especially without Kevin Fiala and Matt Dumba. Could see increased shot volume due to Avs injuries and still a solid bet to win.
James Reimer (CAR) – Off to a strong start behind a defensively sound Carolina team. I think he has a very good shot at a win and very little blowup potential; Patrick Kane is Chicago’s only real threat.
Anton Khudobin (DAL) – If you’re not playing Laine, I have a lot of time for Khudobin. Columbus ranks 30th in high-danger chances per 60; they’re not generating anything dangerous and Dallas is good at keeping things to the outside. Could see plenty of low percentage shots.
John Gibson (ANH) – I like Anaheim to win tonight, which puts one of the best goalies in the league firmly in play at a very reasonable price.
Joonas Korpisalo (CBJ) – I don’t see many goals in this game. Korpisalo has been very strong to start – he ranks 3rd in save percentage above expectation – and he has a decent shot at a win.
As always, hit me up on Twitter if you have any questions about the slate.
Numbers via NaturalStatTrick.com