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. Washington and Winnipeg will get most of the ownership on tonight’s slate, so be sure to differentiate elsewhere in your lineup if you’re eating the chalk. For me, it’ll be much easier to fade Winnipeg against a Canucks team that seems to be at full-strength (minus the extended Pettersson absence). Boston is treating this as a preseason game, dressing most of their minor leaguers for their final game of the regular season tonight.
Here are my favorite stacks by team:
Boston: We won’t know Boston lines until pregame skate. We probably won’t want to go here anyways against a defensively sound Caps team. Boston’s top options will be Jake DeBrusk, Nick Ritchie, and maybe Curtis Lazar? Yikes…
Vancouver: Brock Boeser/J.T. Miller/Nils Hoglander/Jack Rathbone – Vancouver has nothing to play for but pride. They managed to pull out last night’s meeting in Winnipeg by a final of 3-1. Jack Rathbone is one of my favorite options on defense tonight…a promising young prospect with lots of offensive-minded upside.
Washington: Alex Ovechkin/Nicklas Backstrom/Anthony Mantha – If these three are together, go ahead and lock them in against the Providence Bruins tonight. Boston is sitting almost all of their regulars. This one could get ugly and it will be these three that should be able to take advantage.
Winnipeg: Kyle Connor/Mark Scheifele/Blake Wheeler – Winnipeg would like to lock up the No. 3 spot in the North tonight with at least a point against the Canucks. This line has loads of offensive talent and could absolutely break the two-game slate against Braden Holtby and this weak Canucks roster.
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.
Boston: C Jack Studnicka, W Jake DeBrusk, W Nick Ritchie, D Jack Ahcan
Vancouver: W Brock Boeser, D Jack Rathbone
Washington: C Nicklas Backstrom, W Alex Ovechkin, W Anthony Mantha, D Dmitry Orlov, D Justin Schultz
Winnipeg: C Mark Scheifele, C Pierre-Luc Dubois, W Kyle Connor, W Blake Wheeler, W Andrew Copp, D Josh Morrissey, D Ville Heinola
Cash Core Four
- C Mark Scheifele
- W Kyle Connor
- W Alex Ovechkin
- W Jake DeBrusk
Here are my top goalies:
- Vitek Vanecek (WAS)
- Connor Hellebuyck (WPG)