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
Just two games tonight, so we’ll so this a little different today. For each team on the slate, I’ll list my favorite stacks, and it’ll be up to you to choose how to attack the slate. Personally, I am willing to eat the Calgary chalk. With the Stars officially eliminated from the postseason, I will be 100% on Kevin Lankinen tonight, who should see an enormous number of shots coming his way…massive upside here. With Lankinen in goal, my secondary stack will come down to Chicago or Ottawa. I personally love Brady Tkachuk here, and will do what I can to get him into my lineups. Erik Brannstrom is another nice value on tonight’s slate with Thomas Chabot out.
Here are my favorite stacks by team:
Dallas: Joe Pavelski/
Roope Hintz/Joel Kiviranta – 90% of Dallas ownership will likely be on Seguin/Robertson/Benn…I’d prefer the value here. Truth be told, though, I won’t have any Stars in my lineups tonight. John Klingberg would correlate with Hintz and Pavelski on the Dallas PP1. UPDATE: Hintz won’t play. No word on who will slot up.
Chicago: Patrick Kane/Pius Suter/Adam Gaudette – Would’ve like to stick Alex DeBrincat in Gaudette’s spot for PP1 correlation, but Chicago’s PP has not been good of late. Wyatt Kalynuk skates on the top power play with Kane and Suter, making him a nice addition to the stack.
Ottawa: Brady Tkachuk/Josh Norris/Drake Batherson/Erik Brannstrom – Brady Tkachuk has the highest floor on the slate. Ottawa has surprisingly ranked No. 8 league wide in average goals per game over the last month. With no Chabot in the lineup, Brannstrom is a big value once again.
Calgary: Johnny Gaudreau/Elias Lindholm/Matthew Tkachuk/Mark Giordano – A no-brainer here. Calgary faces an Ottawa team allowing more than 4 goals against per game on the road in 2021. Anton Forsberg likely gets the start, a goalie that has spent most of his career in the AHL. He’ll have his work cut out for him tonight.
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.
Calgary: C Elias Lindholm, C Mikael Backlund, W Matthew Tkachuk, W Johnny Gaudreau, W Dillon Dube, D Mark Giordano, D Rasmus Andersson, D Michael Stone
Chicago: C Pius Suter, W Alex DeBrincat, D Riley Stillman
Dallas: C Tyler Seguin, W Jason Robertson, D Esa Lindell
Ottawa: W Brady Tkachuk, D Erik Brannstrom
Cash Core Four
- C Elias Lindholm (CGY)
- W Brady Tkachuk (OTT)
- D Mark Giordano (CGY)
- G Kevin Lankinen (CHI)
Here are my top goalies:
- Kevin Lankinen (CHI)
- Anton Khudobin (DAL)