Ryan Clifford brings you his top stacks, goalies, and cash game plays for your NHL DFS lineups tonight.
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Slate Preview: Game/Team Projections
Top GPP Stacks
COL: Gabriel Landeskog/Nathan MacKinnon/Mikko Rantanen (Proj Own: 25-35%)
The clear chalk on tonight’s slate, Mikko Rantanen is back in the Colorado lineup, making the upside here against a pitiful San Jose team enormous. You’ll see from the game projections above, I’m expecting a lopsided matchup, with Colorado projected for 4+ goals and nearly 40 shots on goal in what I think will be the slate’s highest-paced game. In four games against the Sharks this season, MacKinnon has produced 4 assists, Rantanen 3 goals and 2 assists, and Landeskog 2 goals and 4 assists. The Avs are 3-1 in those four games, outscoring San Jose by a combined 16-6. Full power play correlation here, with Cale Makar being the PP1 point man. I’d recommend you look elsewhere if only fielding one lineup tonight, as there’s just going to be too much ownership to get +EV here.
WPG: Mason Appleton/Mark Scheifele/Andrew Copp (Proj Own: 8-16%)
Here’s my favorite stack to look at for single entry players. Possible single digit ownership for at least a couple of these guys, with salaries reasonable enough to fill out the rest of your lineup with equally skilled skaters. Jake Allen likely starts for the Canadiens tonight. He’s 0-4 against the Jets this season, with a GAA of 3.50. With Nikolaj Ehlers out of the lineup, Winnipeg has chosen to reunite Mark Scheifele and Andrew Copp, who had some nice numbers together early in the season. With Appleton together with them, the Jets are controlling over 60% of the attempt share at 5v5, while generating scoring chances at a rate of more than 40 per 60 minutes. With Montreal on home ice, I’d expect their top defensive assets to be on the ice with Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor, which should open up the offensive opportunities for the Scheifele line. Appleton and Scheifele get PP1 time, and Neal Pionk is on that unit now; he’d be my preferred add-on at defense.
LA: Dustin Brown/Anze Kopitar/Alex Iafallo (Proj Own: 10-20%)
The Kings are another team I’m really liking on tonight’s short slate. I think they will go overlooked, even going up against a Ducks team against whom they’ve scored 20 goals in their last five meetings. In John Gibson’s last five starts, he’s gone 1-4 with a GAA of 3.80. While these three are used almost exclusively in a defensive-minded shut-down role on home ice, they generally open up a bit and tend to have much better numbers on the road. Alex Iafallo is now skating on the second power play unit, so a Brown/Kopitar mini-stack with Drew Doughty is something I would probably prefer to the full forward line. With those three, you can even stick Quinton Byfield on there for some more power play correlation. Byfield is down around minimum price. As the NHL’s second overall pick last summer, he’s almost certain to see his price tag jump up in the coming weeks if he stays in the lineup.
LA: Adrian Kempe/Quinton Byfield/Trevor Moore (Proj Own: 4-8%)
You’ll notice I have two Kings stacks in today’s abbreviated writeup. Yes, I like them that much tonight. Which stack I play will depend on my primary stack choice. If you’re playing the cheaper and lower-owned Jets stack, I think you can make a solid lineup with the Kings top liners; you won’t be too chalky and give yourself a lot of upside. If you’re playing the Avs’ MacKinnon line, you’ll need not only a cheap secondary stack, but probably one with significantly lower ownership if you want to avoid a bunch of duplicate builds in the large-field GPP’s. These are the guys I’m wanting to pair up with COL1. As previously noted, Byfield is down around minimum price still. That’s not going to last, so get him now while his value is high and ownership still fairly low. Trevor Moore is a guy I’ll have no problem leaving off of this stack. His ceiling is low, and there are plenty of better options in his price range, even on a four-game slate tonight. This is a beautiful matchup for the Kings, though, I’d definitely recommend you get yourself a piece tonight.
VGK: Max Pacioretty/Chandler Stephenson/Mark Stone (Proj Own: 12-18%)
Obvious upside here. I don’t think they’ll be as chalky as the Avs, but I’m not a big fan of stacking against Arizona, a team that loves slowing the game down to a snail’s pace.
COL: Joonas Donskoi/Tyson Jost/Valeri Nichushkin (Proj Own: 4-8%)
Any of the Avs lines are in play tonight, but I do think the Kadri line will be a little heavier owned than I’m willing to consider. Donskoi is getting PP1 time with the big three. All these guys are cheap and should be pretty low-owned. A nice stack to consider for single entry lineups.
Cash Plays or GPP One-Offs
I use a composite projection for cash plays and GPP one-offs (one in the same for me). This projection factors in projection, projected shots on goal, and floor.
Anaheim: C Trevor Zegras, W Rickard Rakell
Colorado: C Nathan MacKinnon, C Nazem Kadri, W Mikko Rantanen, W Valeri Nichushkin, D Devon Toews, D Samuel Girard
Los Angeles: C Quinton Byfield, W Dustin Brown, W Adrian Kempe
Montreal: W Joel Armia, W Josh Anderson, D Shea Weber, D Ben Chiarot, D Jeff Petry
Vegas: W Max Pacioretty, D Alex Pietrangelo
Cash Core Four
- C Nathan MacKinnon (COL)
- C Quinton Byfield (LA)
- W Mikko Rantanen (COL)
- G Connor Hellebuyck (WPG)
Here are my top goalies:
- Connor Hellebuyck (WPG)
- Calvin Petersen (LA)
- Philipp Grubauer (COL)
- Robin Lehner (VGK)