A three-game slate in on tap as the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue tonight. Here’s a full breakdown of today’s NHL DFS options for your DraftKings, FanDuel, and SuperDraft lineups.
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Top GPP Stacks
If you’ve been reading my work and interacting with me in chat all season long, you’ll know that I am not a point-chaser. Small samples do nothing for me except to move the needle slightly in most cases. I will not be overreacting to any of the game ones from Sunday…with one exception. All three games on tonight’s slate are repeats from Sunday’s schedule. My favorite stacks remain the same, so if you are having deja vu after reading my blurbs…you aren’t crazy!
VGK: Jonathan Marchessault/William Karlsson/Reilly Smith – I’ll still be all over the Golden Knights in DFS today. I lost most everything I entered on Sunday, largely because I had Golden Knights in just about every lineup I built…and they were shut out. Literally everything I suspected would happen on Sunday, though, came to fruition…except the goals. Vegas finished with 40 shots on goal in the first three periods of the game. Their defense held up. Unfortunately for me, and you if you followed my recommendations, Cam Talbot stood on his head, and the Golden Knights wound up on the losing end of a 1-0 overtime snoozer. My words from Sunday: “This matchup against the Wild is especially enticing to me. Vegas will have a huge edge in terms of possession in this series. They ranked No. 6 in the league in Corsi For % at 5v5. Minnesota, on the other hand, ranked third-worst in terms of possession, with a 46.2% CF. There is a ton of playoff experience here, as these three forwards were the cornerstone of the 2018 Cup run for the Golden Knights.” None of this changes! Vegas still has a huge edge and should wind up with another 35+ SOG effort tonight…is Cam Talbot going to keep holding up? Possibly, but I’m willing to take my chances here. Alex Pietrangelo is the preferred add-on.
VGK: Mark Stone/Chandler Stephenson/Tomas Nosek – Max Pacioretty is considered a game-time decision once again for tonight’s game two. If he’s in, I would again consider this to be my No. 1 ranked stack on the slate. If he’s out, I still like these three very much, but would probably consider the Karlsson line my No. 1. Cam Talbot has been good this season, and even better in game one, but I see Vegas pouring it again tonight, and I’m not confident that Talbot will hold up. Shea Theodore correlates with the forwards on the power play; he’s an elite option for DFS purposes. I am again considering a Vegas mega-stack tonight…
FLA: Carter Verhaeghe/Aleksander Barkov/Anthony Duclair – Barkov and Verhaeghe did their jobs on Sunday, each scoring a goal in what wound up being a losing effort; Tampa won game one 5-4. With Florida still on home ice, this is the stack I’m looking at once again. Leaving Duclair off of the stack is an option, as he doesn’t get the PP1 time with Barkov and Verhaeghe get. Keith Yandle would be the add-on for that mini-stack.
TB: Nikita Kucherov/Brayden Point/Ondrej Palat – On Sunday, I said I wanted to see it before I bought it, in regards to Kucherov and Stamkos. Imagine being good enough to step onto the ice in a professional hockey game, at the highest level, for the first time in nearly a year, and completely dominating the score sheet…Nikita Kucherov is a hockey god. He is back on my radar, and back into my DFS lineups as of tonight. The power play chemistry of Kucherov/Hedman/Stamkos was on full display in game one, with three of Tampa’s five goals coming from the PP1 unit. I’ll be tossing in a Lightning mega-stack tonight, likely containing this top line, Stamkos and Hedman. Kucherov will also be a favorite one-off for me in lineups where I’m stacking up Vegas and Florida/Pittsburgh.
PIT: Jeff Carter/Jared McCann/Kasperi Kapanen – Again, I am not a guy that looks at one-game samples. I don’t see this Pittsburgh/Islanders series hitting 9 goal totals anymore. Tristan Jarry is my favorite goalie on tonight’s slate, so I wouldn’t expect Islanders third-liners to dominate as they did on Sunday, either. Evgeni Malkin is scheduled to return at some point this series, and it could be as soon as tonight. If you are stacking up this line, you’ll need to have a confirmation that he’s not playing during pre-game skate tonight. If he’s out again, though, I’m going back to the McCann/Carter line as cheaper options with much-needed lower ownership on a three-game slate.
Cash Plays and 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.
Florida: C Aleksander Barkov, W Carter Verhaeghe, W Frank Vatrano, D Gustav Forsling, D Mackenzie Weegar, D Brandon Montour
Minnesota: C Joel Eriksson-Ek
Pittsburgh: C Jeff Carter, W Jared McCann
Tampa: W Ondrej Palat
Vegas: C William Karlsson, C Chandler Stephenson, W Jonathan Marchessault, W Reilly Smith, W Tomas Nosek, D Shea Theodore, D Alex Pietrangelo
Cash Core Four
- Aleksander Barkov (FLA)
- Jeff Carter (PIT)
- Jonathan Marchessault (VGK)
- Gustav Forsling (FLA)
- Tristan Jarry (PIT)
- Chris Driedger (FLA)
- Cam Talbot (MIN)/Andrei Vasilevskiy (TB) – both are GPP options that should see a high shot volume if you aren’t using any Golden Knights or Panthers in your lineups.