Ryan Clifford brings you his top stacks and goalies for your NHL DFS GPP lineups tonight.
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***My data feed is down today, so I have no ownership projections to work with. I would guess the Rangers will be heavily owned playing Buffalo on a back-to-back.
Top GPP Stacks
FLA: Mason Marchment/Noel Acciari/Carter Verhaeghe
Write up Florida on Tuesday afternoon. Panthers spank Detroit on Tuesday night. Rinse and repeat. The Red Wings team has been awful on the road, and I don’t expect them to turn it around against the high-paced Panthers. Price adjustments to these Florida skaters were negligible, so there is a ton of value to go around again tonight. The one change for me, is I now prefer this trio of Verhaeghe, Acciari, and Marchment. I really like what I’ve seen from Mason Marchment this season, and at $100 over minimum price, he allows you to fit just about anyone you want with this stack.
FLA: Jonathan Huberdeau/Alex Wennberg/Brett Connolly
There’s a bit of confusion surrounding the Panthers power play unit. They kind of mixed things up on Tuesday night, so we weren’t able to get a good read on just who they will be putting onto the ice on the power play. I think Huberdeau is the safest bet to skate up there, and Keith Yandle will for sure be the point man…but who else will be out there? Regardless, I think stacking up either of these top two lines is a great way to start your GPP lineup tonight, no matter what format you’re playing. I’m not expecting a ton of ownership, I see Florida scoring a ton of goals again, and salaries for everyone other than Huberdeau are much lower than they should be.
VGK: Max Pacioretty/Chandler Stephenson/Mark Stone
The other team I like a lot tonight is the Vegas Golden Knights. It was a bit of a letdown against the Kings last night. Kenneth called it in chat last night, that L.A. seems to play well against the Golden Knights…and they did. Vegas gets the Wild tonight, and it will be a home matchup for the Knights. Minnesota is a far worse team than the Kings defensively, so this should be a nice rebound spot for Vegas. It’s the top line with Stone and Pacioretty that has all of the upside, and should be put into the best spots offensively. As usual, Chandler Stephenson is very much optional for me…a Pacioretty/Stone mini-stack will do just fine.
VGK: Jonathan Marchessault/William Karlsson/Reilly Smith/Shea Theodore
Last night it was this trio that looked like the best line on the ice. They tend to look that way from time to time, don’t they? It’s generally not a consistent form for these three, though, so while I do prefer the Stone line, and I do consider these three to have a possibility of getting you there in GPP’s, this is a riskier proposition than most of the stacks in my write-up today. Now, one thing I would absolutely do if rostering these three is to plug in Shea Theodore on defense. He skates on the top power play unit with all three of the forwards here. Mark Stone also skates on that unit, so if you really like the Golden Knights tonight, adding him on to this stack with Theodore gives you exposure to both of the top forward lines, as well as full correlation on the PP1.
NYI: Jordan Eberle/Mathew Barzal/Leo Komarov
Leo Komarov has been useless since being moved up next to Barzal. But, he’s the stone cold minimum price and getting the top line minutes, so like other plugs that have come before, if you’re looking to pay up for other parts of your lineup, go ahead and take the cheap correlation. If you have value elsewhere, feel free to just mini-stack Barzal and Eberle and upgrade on the other wing. While Washington has been solid this season, they have had some bad games of late, allowing 9 goals against in two games against the Rangers this past week. Barzal and Eberle have not slowed down since losing Anders Lee to injury. They are still piling up the shot attempts, so there is some added value on DraftKings, where shots count for a bit more with the bonuses available. Nick Leddy is the point man on the Isles PP1, skating with Eberle and Barzal on that unit (Beauvillier and Matt Martin are the other skaters).
CHI: Alex DeBrincat/Pius Suter/Patrick Kane
The Blackhawks top liners are right back in my GPP breakdown, with another matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes on tap. Carolina actually did a nice job slowing the pace way down against Chicago on Tuesday. I’m not sure that effort is replicable though, and Carolina is likely starting James Reimer in goal. Undeniably the weaker goalie of the two, Reimer has allowed 11 goals against in three meetings with the Blackhawks this season. Looking for some add-ons to this stack? Kirby Dach is still very cheap and correlates with Kane and DeBrincat on the top power play. Adam Boqvist is the point man there.
One-Offs and Defensemen
Boston: Craig Smith, Karson Kuhlman
Buffalo: Tage Thompson
Chicago: Connor Murphy, Adam Boqvist
Detroit: Filip Zadina, Givani Smith
Florida: Frank Vatrano (FD), Owen Tippett, Gustav Forsling, Mackenzie Weegar, Keith Yandle
Minnesota: Ryan Hartman
Nashville: Eeli Tolvanen
NY Islanders: Matt Martin, Nick Leddy
Ottawa: Alex Formenton
Tampa Bay: Tyler Johnson, Anthony Cirelli
Vegas: Nicolas Hague, Shea Theodore
Here are my top GPP goalies:
- Chris Driedger, FLA
- Kevin Lankinen, CHI
- Anton Khudobin, DAL
- Juuse Saros, NSH
- Jake Allen, MON