Ryan Clifford brings you his top stacks and goalies for your NHL DFS GPP lineups tonight.
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Top GPP Stacks
EDM: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins/Connor McDavid/Jesse Puljujarvi
Probably looking at some big ownership on McDavid, but his linemates may be at reasonable levels. The Flames have lost six of eight. They’re playing really poor lately, sitting ninth-worst in the league in goals against per game since March 1. Last time these two teams met, Edmonton went ham, winning by a lopsided 7-3. These three combined for 3 goals and 4 assists in that game, which was played in the Saddledome in Calgary. Tonight, the teams will meet in Edmonton, so the Oilers will have the luxury of dictating matchups. It could be a long night for Jacob Markstrom and the Flames.
LA: Dustin Brown/Anze Kopitar/Alex Iafallo/Drew Doughty
I really like the Kings tonight, playing at home against San Jose. Only the Sabres, Flyers, and Senators are allowing more goals against per game in 2021 than the Sharks. While this top line has certainly cooled off some, they’ve faced some stiff competition recently, with 7 of their last 9 games played against Vegas, St. Louis, and Colorado. You’ll notice Drew Doughty listed as part of the stack. He provides full correlation to these three forwards, including penalty kill minutes with Kopitar and Iafallo. If the forwards have a GPP-winning night, Doughty is probably crushing value, too.
LA: Andreas Athanasiou/Jaret Anderson-Dolan/Adrian Kempe
Still want a piece of the Kings, but can’t afford the top line guys? This is my favorite cheap stack of the night. Again, I love the matchup in general for the Kings. Martin Jones is a horrendous goaltender that is prone to getting shellacked at this stage in his career. Kempe skates on the top power play unit, but Anderson-Dolan and Athansiou are on the second unit, giving you full exposure to a Kings PP that has converted nearly 30% of their chances with the man advantage on home ice (ranks No. 3 in the league). Just about $11,000 gets you all three of these guys in your GPP lineups, although I would also consider Adrian Kempe as a one-off option if you’re looking to fill a forward spot.
STL: Mike Hoffman/Brayden Schenn/David Perron
Generally, I don’t really adjust projections too much for a backup goalie being named as the game’s starter. Jonas Johansson is a different story though. 0-5-2 on the season, Johansson has allowed at least 3 goals against in each of his seven starts. With a 3.78 GAA and a putrid 0.883 save percentage, I think it’s perfectly fair to pick on this guy in GPP lineups moving forward. Colorado will be the home team, so I’d expect them to sick the defensive dogs onto the Schwartz/O’Reilly/Tarasenko line, which should leave better matchups for these three. While the Avs do have a great PK, Schenn and Perron both skate on the top power play unit, giving you even more time on ice against an atrocious goaltender. So, don’t pay so much attention to the projections here. They may look bad on paper, but Johansson starting gives all of the Blues a big boost of scoring upside.
SJ: Timo Meier/Tomas Hertl/Rudolphs Balcers
Yes, I do like the Kings to win this game, but I could also see a high-scoring affair between two teams that don’t play the greatest defense. With Los Angeles at home, I’d expect Kopitar to be matchup up with Couture and Kane for a majority of their time at 5v5. The defensive play of the Kings forwards takes a hit when you get beyond that top line, so Meier and Hertl should get some good looks here against Calvin Petersen, who actually allowed 4 goals against on just 28 shots against the Sharks just nine days ago.
COL: Joonas Donskoi/Tyson Jost/Valeri Nichushkin
Yes, chasing points in DFS is generally not the smartest tactic. However, these guys are so cheap in a matchup where I project the Avs for a slate-high 4.03 goals. Jordan Binnington has struggled, losing four straight games, while allowing 12 goals against on just 92 shots. The last time he faced Colorado, he allowed 4 goals against on 24 shots. The Avs are firing the puck more than anyone in hockey right now, averaging better than 35 SOG per game. If you’re looking for some cheap upside to stack with Oilers or Leafs, I have zero problem going right back here again tonight.
One-Offs and Defensemen
Anaheim: Adam Henrique, Jamie Drysdale
Arizona: Conor Garland, Michael Bunting, Jacob Chychrun
Calgary: Rasmus Andersson, Michael Stone
Colorado: Andre Burakovsky, Devon Toews, Ryan Graves
Los Angeles: Jeff Carter, Sean Walker
New Jersey: Yegor Sharangovich
San Jose: Kevin Labanc
Toronto: Zach Hyman, Jason Spezza
Winnipeg: Kyle Connor
Here are my top GPP goalies:
- Adin Hill, ARI
- Calvin Petersen, LA
- Mike Smith, EDM
- Jack Campbell, TOR