Ryan Clifford brings you his top stacks, goalies, and cash game plays for your NHL DFS lineups tonight.
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Top GPP Stacks
COL: Gabriel Landeskog/Nathan MacKinnon/Mikko Rantanen (Proj Own: 15-25%)
Yet another meeting between Colorado and the Sharks this week, and that of course means another night of Avalanche chalk in GPP’s. The Avs have won six of seven against San Jose this season, scoring a combined 28 goals…an average of 4 per game. Josef Korenar goes back in net for the Sharks. In eight games this season, the rookie Korenar holds a putrid 3.21 GAA to go along with a save percentage under the .900 mark. San Jose is on home ice tonight, but don’t have anyone on their roster capable of shutting down the MacKinnon line; we saw this on Monday night as the top liners combined for six points (2G 4A). Cale Makar would be the preferred add-on at defense, as the point man on Colorado’s top power play unit, but you quite literally cannot fit all four into lineups on DraftKings tonight, so the three forwards would be the priority; MacKinnon can simply be one-offed too.
CGY: Johnny Gaudreau/Elias Lindholm/Matthew Tkachuk (Proj Own: 10-20%)
While my projections like Winnipeg a bit more in general tonight, the Flames are right up near the top of the heap in projected scoring chances. With Calgary on home ice here, you can count on nice cushy 5v5 matchups for the top liners, as Mikael Backlund should be tasked with slowing down the Scheifele line. Johnny Gaudreau saw a resurgence after being brought up to skate next to Lindholm and Tkachuk; he’s currently in the midst of a seven-game point streak, tallying at least one goal or assist in nine of his last ten. This entire line has been spectacular, and the Flames are scoring at a rate of 5.3 goals per 60 minutes with their top line on the ice together at even strength. While I wanted to list the chalk and get them out of the way, I think I actually prefer these three at a discount for GPP lineups tonight. They are so cheap on DraftKings, in fact, that you can easily sneak defenseman Mark Giordano onto the stack; he’s the add-on with correlation to all three forward on the PP1.
NYR: Pavel Buchnevich/Mika Zibanejad/Adam Fox (Proj Own: 4-8%)
No Artemi Panarin for the Rangers tonight. Much of this game will focus on Tom Wilson and what revenge may be coming his way tonight. The Rangers are in a bad situation though, without any muscle on their roster for tonight’s matchup, so look for them to get revenge on the scoreboard. Over the past month, the blueshirts have the leagues third-best power play, which is part of the reason I’m considering Adam Fox a priority add-on to the pairing of Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich. The second reason for that is that Artemi Panarin is out, and with no practice, we have no idea who will line up next to Zibanejad tonight. I’d expect it to be either Vitali Kravtsov or Colin Blackwell, so either way there will be some super cheap value available here. Make sure you keep your eyes on Ranger warmups tonight…
NSH: Eeli Tolvanen/Ryan Johansen/Filip Forsberg (Proj Own: 5-10%)
Viktor Arvidsson remains out of the lineup, while Filip Forsberg firmly announced his return with a goal and an assist in Nashville’s 4-3 overtime win over the Blue Jackets on Monday. Only the Blackhawks and Devils have averaged more goals against per game than Columbus since April 1. This is another opportunity for Nashville to pile up the scoring against the Central Division’s worst team. The Preds, on the other hand, are fighting for the last playoff spot in the division with the Dallas Stars, who have a game in hand on Nashville. A loss tonight would be devastating for this team, so you can be sure they’ll be giving it all they got. All three of these forwards skate on Nashville’s top power play unit, and Roman Josi is the PP1 point man, making him a nice addition to this stack if you want more Preds exposure.
SJ: Evander Kane/Tomas Hertl/Alexander Barabanov (Proj Own: 7-14%)
I hate stacking against Philipp Grubauer, especially if we’re going to be talking double digit ownership in GPP’s. This line is doing all of the scoring for the Sharks, though, including 5 combined goals and 5 combined assists in their last three against the Avs this past week.
LA: Dustin Brown/Anze Kopitar/Adrian Kempe/Drew Doughty (Proj Own: 3-6%)
St. Louis has all but wrapped up the last playoff spot in the West, but the winner of this game is technically still alive. Full power play correlation for the top line and Doughty against what has been the league’s fourth-worst team on the PK since April 1.
WSH: T.J. Oshie/Lars Eller/Conor Sheary (Proj Own: 3-6%)
If there are any fireworks in this game tonight, they will likely happen with Washington’s top line on the ice, and you can probably expect less than their full concentration with the potential for bloodshed. So, this is a spot I am targeting the much cheaper second-liners in.
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: D Josh Mahura
Arizona: W Conor Garland, D Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Calgary: C Sean Monahan, W Matthew Tkachuk
Colorado: C Nathan MacKinnon
Columbus: C Max Domi, W Cam Atkinson, W Oliver Bjorkstrand, W Eric Robinson, D Michael Del Zotto
Los Angeles: W Dustin Brown, W Adrian Kempe
Montreal: D Alexander Romanov
NY Rangers: C Mika Zibanejad, C Filip Chytil
Ottawa: W Brady Tkachuk, D Erik Brannstrom
San Jose: W Evander Kane
St Louis: D Jake Walman
Tampa Bay: D Erik Cernak
Vegas: W Jonathan Marchessault, D Alex Pietrangelo
Washington: C Lars Eller
Cash Core Four
- C Nathan MacKinnon (COL)
- W Evander Kane (SJ)
- W Brady Tkachuk (OTT)
- D Erik Brannstrom (OTT)
Here are my top goalies:
- Anton Forsberg (OTT)
- Connor Hellebuyck (WPG)
- Jake Allen (MON)
- Elvis Merzlikins (CBJ)
- Juuse Saros (NSH)
- Cam Talbot (MIN)
- John Gibson (ANH)