Nick Rodriguez has you covered for tonight’s NHL DFS slate – with his top stacks and goalies for your GPP lineups and cash game core four.
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Cash Game Core Four
- Sebastian Aho (CAR)
- Sam Bennett (FLA)
- Mitchell Marner (TOR)
- Brady Skjei (CAR)
Top Stacks Of The Night
TOR 1: Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, Joe Thornton
Possible Add-On: Rasmus Sandin (If Muzzin and Reilly are out)
Oh man — it’s tough to ignore Matthews and Marner on this large slate. He’s easily been one of the top players in the league this year and is going up against the Canucks tonight. Vancouver is sporting a 15.62 xGA and 44.80 CF%, which rank bottom five in NHL. The Maple Leafs will also be playing on home ice this evening, ensuring that Matthews and his linemates will be put in optimal situations to light the lamp.
COL 1: Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon
Possible Add-On: Cale Makar
If you’re not interested in spending up for Toronto’s top line because you want to go against the grain, are a Canucks fan, or just hate Mitch Marner for some reason, Colorado’s top line may be the line for you. Colorado will be going up against San Jose, which has not looked good when playing on zero days of rest, as it’s allowed an average of 3.46 goals per game. You also have to like that the Sharks didn’t look great in April. They allowed 3.40 goals per game and have allowed 3.30 goals per game on the road this year. I expect MacKinnon and company to have a big game.
PHI 1: Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux
Possible Add-On: Ivan Provorov
The last three meetings between these two clubs have had a total of at least 7 goals. With the way New Jersey looked defensively in April, I wouldn’t be surprised if this one is another barn burner. The line that sticks out to me the most is the Flyers’ top line. Couturier has recorded at least one goal in his four contests against the Devils while Voracek has logged at least one helper in his five games against the Devils. This line is also boasting a 61.38 CF% and has recorded seven even-strength goals in 109 minutes of action this year. I’m expecting this line to have another big game this evening.
CAR 1: Andrei Svechnikov, Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen
Possible Add-On: Brady Skjei
Aho is rolling right now: three goals and seven assists in his last five games. It’s hard to ignore him and his linemates, especially since they’re going up against the Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets have allowed 3.71 goals per game and are boasting a 30.82 xGA in their last 14 games. Columbus has been a mess all season long and I think we just have to pick on them for the remainder of the season.
OTT 1: Brady Tkachuk, Drake Batherson, Josh Brown
Possible Add-On: Thomas Chabot
Ottawa hasn’t been a sexy club to stack this season. It has a number of players the casual NHL fan isn’t familiar with, and of course, it has a 19-27-4 record. However, I like the idea of stacking the Senators this evening. They are going up against the Canadiens, which will be playing this game on zero days of rest. Montreal has allowed an average of 3.17 goals per game when playing without a day off and also allowed 3.29 goals per game this month. Tkachuk possesses major upside and stacking he and his linemates on any given night is the way to go if you want exposure to Ottawa.
FLA 2: Sam Bennett, Jonathan Huberdeau, Owen Tippett
Possible Add-On: MacKenzie Weegar
Bennett and Huberdeau have been playing together since Bennett’s arrival to Florida and, man oh man, it has been must-watch television. These two guys have recorded eight even-strength goals and own a 66.87 CF% in just 88 minutes of action. Chicago has not been great defensively this season, especially in April as they allowed an average of 3.62 goals per game, so I’m looking for these two gentlemen to just keep on rolling. Tippett is expected to play and that’s a positive. He’s cheap and isn’t afraid to shoot the puck. I think he has a bright future, just hasn’t been able to put all of his tools together in the NHL just yet.
NYI 2: Josh Bailey, Anthony Beauvillier, Brock Nelson
Possible Add-On: Ryan Pulock
I’ve listed some very expensive stacks in this article so it’s only right if I included one extremely cheap line: Bailey-Beauvillier-Nelson is the line that fits the script. Let’s be honest, this probably isn’t a line you were considering or even search up highlights for late at night. Bailey and company aren’t flashy by any means, but you have to like the spot they are in. They are going up against the Rangers this evening which have put together a 15.81 xGA and 47.23 CF% in their last 8. The Rangers have given up a lot of high-quality looks, they’ve just been very fortunate to have gotten great goalie play. Their goalies’ luck will eventually run out, and I’m hoping that’s tonight.
- Jack Campbell, TOR
- Alex Nedeljkovic, CAR
- Devan Dubnyk, COL
- Juuse Saros, NSH
- Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK
- Calvin Petersen, LAK
- Semyon Varlamov, NYI
Cheap One-Offs/Punts for Cash & GPP
C – Alexander Wennberg, FLA
C – Erik Haula, NSH
W – Anthony Beauvillier, NYI
W – Brandon Hagel, CHI
W – Daniel Sprong, WSH
W – Trevor Moore, LAK
W – Owen Tippett, FLA
D – Brett Pesce, CAR
D – Brady Skjei, CAR
D – Wyatt Kalynuk, CHI
D – Damon Severson NJD
D – Brendan Smith, NYR
D – Gustav Forsling, FLA