Nick Rodriguez has you covered for tonight’s five-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
BOS 1: David Pastrnak – Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron
Possible Add-on: Charlie McAvoy
As you probably noticed, this isn’t a slate with many appealing options. All the teams on this slate are ones that you normally wouldn’t pick. However, this is what makes a small slate like this extremely fun and one where you have to take risks.
With that being said, I have a rule that I’ve followed by my entire life: when in doubt, always trust BOS 1. As I’ve mentioned 500 times throughout my career at EliteFantasy, I truly believe that they are the best line in hockey, They’ve been dominant for years and this year has been no different. In 402 minutes, they’ve found a way to sustain a 58.41 CF% and have logged 26 5v5 goals. Not to mention, they’re also extremely dangerous on the man advantage.
STL 1: Jaden Schwartz – Brayden Schenn – Oskar Sundqvist
Possible Add-on: Justin Faulk
Anaheim has done a solid job controlling the puck in their last 5 contests. However, they have still found a way to allow 3.80 goals per game. You could blame goaltending if you want, but the issue has been their defensive play. They’ve allowed 56 high danger scoring chances and own a 66.7 PK%. The Blues are currently rolling offensively which is why I don’t have an issue stacking them tonight. Schwart’s line sticks out to me because all 3 guys get power play minutes.
CAR 2: Sebastian Aho- Teuvo Teravainen – Sebastian Aho
Possible Add-on: Brett Pesce
Washington has allowed an average of 3.20 goals per game in their last 5. They’ve allowed 50 high danger scoring chances and own a 49.45 CF%. With those numbers in play, I like the idea of stacking Aho’s line. In 288 minutes, this line is sporting an impressive 59.62 CF%. With Washington losing 2 straight contests and not playing their best hockey at the moment, I don’t mind taking a chance on Aho and company.
NYI 2: Mathew Barzal – Anthony Beauvillier – Josh Bailey
Possible Add-on: Ryan Pulock
The Rangers like to play fast and we all know Barzal is always one of the fastest guys on the ice. These are the type of teams I believe he thrives against which is why I like the idea of stacking his line. The Islanders’ 2nd line may only have 2 goals in 52 minutes of ice time, but they do own a solid 52.27 CF%. I believe that number gives them a huge edge going up against a team that’s struggled keeping the puck out of their own zone all season long.
CGY 2: Elias Lindholm- Matthew Tkachuk – Andrew Mangiapane
Possible Add-on: Mark Giordano
With Ward now the head coach of the Flames, he’s been playing Lindolm alongside Tkachuk and Mangiapane. In 169 minutes, this line is boasting a solid 53.31 CF% and has logged 8 even strength goals. With the majority of attention on Monahan’s line this evening, I’m expecting Linholm and company to draw softer matchups. Also, I found this hard to believe but the Canadiens have allowed an average of 3.26 goals per game in their 23 home games this season. Their poor goalie play this season has been a big reason why and I’m expecting Calgary to take advantage.
Stand-Alone Punt Options
- Lars Eller, WSH (C)
- Jordan Staal, CAR (C)
- Derek Ryan, CGY (C)
- Jordan Eberle, NYI (W)
- Oskar Sundqvist, STL (W)
- Nino Niederreiter, CAR (W)
- Josh Bailey NYI (W)
- Devon Toews, NYI (D)
- Noah Hanifin, CGY (D)
Top Goalies Of The Night
- Tuukka Rask, BOS
- Cam Talbot, CGY
- Jordan Binnington STL