Nick Rodriguez has you covered for tonight’s four-game NHL DFS slate – with his top stacks and goalies for your GPP lineups.
Elite Fantasy NHL Content Schedule (Main Slates Only)
2-3 games (Cheatsheet only)
4 games (Cheatsheet and GPP Article)
5+ games (Cheatsheet, Cash Game Breakdown, and GPP Article)
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:
Twitter Beat Writers:
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).
Goalie Confirmations via LeftWingLock.com:
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.
Current Line Combinations via LeftWingLock.com:
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.
Here is a breakdown of tonight’s matchups:
Top Stacks of the Night
PIT 1: Evgeni Malkin – Bryan Rust – Jake Guentzel
Possible Add-on: Kris Letang
With Crosby going down, these 3 guys have done a great job stepping up. This line has been phenomenal for Pittsburgh. It’s sporting a solid 54.27 CF% to go along with 7 even-strength goals in just under 100 minutes. Edmonton got off to a hot start and I was extremely impressed. However, the majority of us knew this wasn’t something that was sustainable. In their last 9 contests, they own a 3-5-1 record and 46.20 CF%. They are just giving way too many opportunities to opposing teams and they are capitalizing. This line features 3 guys that have played extremely well together and should capitalize on those opportunities.
TOR 1: Mitch Marner – Zach Hyman – John Tavares
Possible Add-on: Tyson Barrie
Matthews went absolutely bonkers in the Maple Leafs last contest, which will naturally cause him to have higher ownership this evening. However, I’m expecting Tavares and his linemates to be the guys that produce in this one. They are going up against the Rangers, who have allowed 87 high-danger scoring chances and own a 46.39 CF% in their last 8 contests. The Rangers are just giving up way too many opportunities, which puts Toronto in the perfect situation. I’m also expecting this game to be played at a very fast pace, especially with Zibinejad and Panarin both healthy and in the lineup for New York.
WSH 1: Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – Tom Wilson
Possible Add-on: John Carlson
New Jersey had a lot of expectations coming into this season but boy have things not panned out early on. I mean, Taylor Hall is no longer a part of the team and Subban hasn’t recorded a point in 18-straight contests. With that being said, Ovechkin and company are a line to consider stacking this evening. The Devils have allowed 3.13 goals per game in their last 8 and are boasting a 47.42 CF% during that span. The Wilson-Backstrom-Ovechkin trio should see plenty of opportunities against a team that traded away their best player and has allowed over 3 goals per game at home this season.
NYR 1: Mika Zibanejad – Chris Kreider – Jesper Fast
Possible Add-on: Jacob Trouba
With last-minute line changes from New York, these 3 gentlemen ended up playing on the same line. They were able to log one even-strength goal in the loss to Nashville. With a 6.5 total in this one, we have to consider the Rangers as well. Zibanejad has 6 points in his last 3, and when he’s hot, he’s extremely difficult to cool down. Not even cold winters in New York can. Like I’ve mentioned before, this will be a fast-paced game which I see benefiting Kreider and Zibanejad as well.
Stand-Alone Punt Options
- Lars Eller, WSH (C)
- Jack Hughes, NJ (C)
- Frank Vatrano, FLA (W)
- Ilya Mikheyev, TOR (W)
- James Neal, EDM (W)
- Zack Kassian, EDM (W)
- John Marino, PIT (D)
- Jack Johnson, PIT (D)
- MacKenzie Weegar, FLA (D)
- Dmitry Orlov, WSH (D)
- Brady Skjei, NYR (D)
Top Goalies Of The Night
- Tristian Jarry, PIT
- Ilya Samsonov, WSH
- Sergei Bobrovsky, FLA