Ryan Clifford brings you his top stacks and goalies for your NHL DFS GPP lineups tonight.
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Let’s Talk Chalk
Highest Owned Stack: PHI PP1 – Konecny/Hayes/van Riemsdyk/Couturier/Gostisbehere (20-30%)
Best Leverage Play: PHI3 – Voracek/Giroux/Lindblom (3-6%)
Highest Owned Defenseman: Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI (20-25%)
Best Leverage Play: Ivan Provorov, PHI (8-12%)
Highest Owned Goalie: Carter Hart, PHI (25-30%)
Best Leverage Play: NJ1 – Sharangovich/Zajac/Kuokkanen (3-6%) or Mackenzie Blackwood (NJ) in goal (1-3%)
Top GPP Stacks
PHI: Sean Couturier/James van Riemsdyk/Travis Konecny/Kevin Hayes/Shayne Gostisbehere (Proj Own: 20-30%)
New Jersey has the NHL’s worst penalty kill entering tonight’s matchup, but the Flyers power play ranks just No. 24 in the league. I do think the Flyers will be chalky tonight, but I’d expect the ownership to be split between their top two lines for the most part. For that reason, I do like Giroux and Voracek as leverage plays in GPP lineups. Since they don’t get time on that top PP unit, I think they’ll go overlooked by many. They make a nice pivot for single entry lineups. As far as the chalk? An easy fade for me tonight. I prefer the Couturier line, but honestly, I like the Devils in this game and think there are so many good spots tonight; it just isn’t necessary to go chalk.
COL: Mikko Rantanen/Nathan MacKinnon/Gabriel Landeskog (Proj Own: 5-10%)
Thanks to enormous salaries, Colorado’s top line should be able to be had at single digit ownership again tonight. Arizona has lost six of seven, including a 5-1 loss to the Avs last night. Each of these three skaters have registered at least one point in five straight; MacKinnon (4G 6A) and Rantanen (6G 5A) have six-game point streaks. Adin Hill starts for the Coyotes. He’s been extremely average, allowing exactly 3 goals against in four straight starts. Cale Makar works the point on Colorado’s PP1, and would be my preferred add-on to this stack.
FLA: Aleksander Barkov/Jonathan Huberdeau/Patric Hornqvist/Aaron Ekblad (Proj Own: 15-25%)
I will be heavy on this Panthers-Hawks game tonight. With a high pace and projected total of nearly 8 goals per my model, this Panthers power play unit should yield a very high floor on DraftKings thanks to high volume shooting coming from all three of these guys. Add in Aaron Ekblad (or Keith Yandle) for even more correlation, and look to cash in on a very good Panthers power play that will be facing the league’s fourth-worst PK.
CHI: Alex DeBrincat/Pius Suter/Patrick Kane (Proj Own: 15-25%)
On the other side of this one, we’ve got a couple more high volume shooters that should provide a very nice peripheral floor for DK lineups. The Blackhawks are at home tonight, which should give this line the opportunity to start off with ideal matchups and plenty of offensive zone starts against weak competition. Pius Suter centers the two Chicago studs, but I think he’s a viable candidate to be left off of this stack if you’re looking to save salary. It’s Kane and DeBrincat that take the shots and get the PP1 time. Adam Boqvist is the point man on the Blackhawks top PP unit, making him a nice addition to the Kane/DeBrincat stack if you want some more correlation.
NSH: Filip Forsberg/Ryan Johansen/Eeli Tolvanen/Mattias Ekholm (Proj Own: 10-15%)
It’s been a rough season for these Preds. Just about every one of their star players has been out of the lineup for an extended period of time at some point. The Detroit Red Wings have had some success, but that’s mainly come on home ice. On the road, they rank third-worst in the league allowing an average of 3.9 goals against per game. They have the league’s No. 29 ranked PK, killing just 71.7% of their opposition’s chances with the man advantage. All three of these forwards skate on Nashville’s PP1, along with Mattias Ekholm. Ekholm should be considered a priority addition to this stack.
NJ: Yegor Sharangovich/Travis Zajac/Janne Kuokkanen (Proj Own: 3-6%)
Looking for a cheap stack to pair with the Avs top liners? I like this trio. Essentially the Devils top line for now; they get the minutes, but I don’t think they’ll get the attention from Couturier and Philly’s shut down skaters. That should make for a nice matchup at 5v5 for these three. Sharangovich is a high volume shooter that provides a nice peripheral floor on DK. Zajac has played at a point-per-game pace over his last eight (1G 7A), while Janne Kuokkanen is getting time with the top power play unit. Ty Smith is the PP1 defenseman and also a nice value if you need even more salary savings.
One-Offs and Defensemen
Chicago: Dominik Kubalik, Ryan Carpenter, Philipp Kurashev, Connor Murphy, Calvin de Haan, Adam Boqvist
Colorado: Joonas Donskoi, Cale Makar
Dallas: Ty Dellandrea, Roope Hintz
Detroit: Filip Zadina, Evgeny Svechnikov, Filip Hronek
Florida: Anthony Duclair, Owen Tippett, Mackenzie Weegar, Aaron Ekblad
Nashville: Viktor Arvidsson, Nick Cousins, Mattias Ekholm, Dante Fabbro
New Jersey: Jesper Bratt, Pavel Zacha, Ty Smith, P.K. Subban, Sami Vatanen
Philadelphia: Joel Farabee, Shayne Gostisbehere
Here are my top GPP goalies:
- Juuse Saros, NSH
- Mackenzie Blackwood, NJ
- Adin Hill, ARI
- Kevin Lankinen, CHI *lock if not playing any Panthers