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Cash Game Core Four
DraftKings: Nathan MacKinnon (COL), Jonathan Drouin (MON), Mark Stone (VGK), Zach Werenski (CBJ)
FanDuel: Nathan MacKinnon (COL), Jonathan Drouin (MON), Mark Stone (VGK), Adam Fox (NYR)
Top Stacks Of The Night
NYR 1: Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich
Possible Add-On: Adam Fox
First off, congratulations to the Sabres. The club had a brutal stretch but was able to pick a win on March 31 against the Flyers. Although it was an emotional day for many hockey fans around the world, I’m still looking to pick on the Sabres this evening.
Buffalo allowed an average of 4.06 goals per game in March and struggled to keep the puck out of its own zone. This yells out trouble to me, especially going up against a line that features a line with tremendous upside like Zibanejad. The Sabres are boasting the 4th-highest xGA and 3rd-lowest CF% in the league over the last two weeks. I’m expecting New York to take advantage of Buffalo’s poor peripherals.
VGK 1: Nicolas Roy, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty
Possible Add-On: Shea Theodore
Vegas’ top line is always in play and tonight is no different. Stone and Pacioretty are boasting a 54.18 CF% and 17 of their 27 even-strength goals have come on home ice. This duo tends to see favorable matchups at home and you have to like that they are going up against Minnesota this evening. Minnesota is a dominant team when playing at home but struggles on the road. It owns a 9-8-2 record and is boasting a 38 xGA (4th-highest in NHL). It looks like Roy may play with Pacioretty and Stone this evening, which should help us when building lineups this evening.
COL 1: Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen
Possible Add-On: Cale Makar
St.Louis-Colorado played last night but they are going up against each other once again this evening. I’m looking at Colorado’s side of things this evening, especially at its top line. The top line was able to record an even-strength goal and looked dominant against St. Lous. It sported a 64.52 CF% while recording 9 shots. The Blues’ penalty kill also ranked 23rd in March, providing one of the power play units a good opportunity to light the lamp.
MTL 2: Josh Anderson, Nick Suzuki, Jonathan Drouin
Possible Add-On: Shea Weber
Senators-Canadiens went toe-to-toe on April 1 and the Canadiens came away with the victory. One thing that stood out to me was the Anderson-Drouin-Suzuki line. Yes, none of the players logged a point but they looked tremendous out there. They each owned a CF% over 70 when on the ice together and generated a total of 14 shots and five high danger scoring chances. This line has been tremendous all season long and I’m hoping luck is on its side this evening.
Note: I’m writing this article at 6:30 a.m. ET so there isn’t any word on Barkov. If he’s in the lineup with Verhaeghe, I like the idea of using them in GPPs. Those two guys have looked good against Columbus this season.
- Igor Shesterkin, NYR
- Robin Lehner, VGK
- Carey Price, MTL
C – Radek Faksa, DAL
C – Nicolas Roy, VGK
W – Jonathan Drouin, MTL
W – Ryan Donato, SJ
W – Denis Gurianov, DAL
W – Josh Bailey, NYI
D – Mario Ferraro, SJ
D – Brady Skjei, CAR
D – Matt Roy, LAK
D – Scott Mayfield, NYI