Todd Cordell has you covered for tonight’s NHL DFS lineups with his top stacks, goalies, and cash plays.
- Auston Matthews (TOR)
- David Pastrnak (BOS)
- Nico Hischier or Jack Hughes (NJ)
- Travis Sanheim (PHI)
- BONUS: Travis Hamonic (VAN)
GPP Stacks of the Night
BOS1: Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Possible add-on: Matt Grzelcyk
This line hasn’t put forth a slate breaking performance in a little while. They haven’t even had a very good showing (by their standards) in a little while. That doesn’t mean they haven’t been playing well. Last time out, for example, shot attempts were 21-4 BOS with this trio on the ice at 5v5. Things were also very lopsided in the chance department (BOS1 was +8 at 5v5) despite playing primarily against the Sidney Crosby line and Pittsburgh’s top defense pairing. Put another way, they did everything but pile up the points. I think it’s coming sooner than later, and this just might be the night. Yes, Buffalo’s been winning more of late. Yes, they’re more respectable than they were a month or two ago. But they’re still not good. There’s not a lot of talent there and they’re giving up a lot defensively. No team has allowed shot attempts at a higher rate over the last 10, and they haven’t fared much better in the chance department. They’re putting their young goaltender, UPL, in a tough spot as he tries to find his footing in professional hockey.
TOR1: Nick Foligno – Auston Matthews – Mitch Marner
Possible add-on: Morgan Rielly (PP1)
Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner are one of the best offensive duos in the NHL. Quite honestly, you could at least make a case they are the best. And they do their best work at home, where they get put in more favorable matchups and situations. They’re absolutely lethal together, Nick Foligno is a solid complimentary piece (who is cheap and makes the line a lot more affordable), and the matchup doesn’t get much better. Vancouver has bled shots/chances all season long, they take a lot of penalties, they’re in the latter half of a road b2b coming back from a team-wide COVID spread, and their backup is starting.
Also consider: CAR1. Teravainen is way too cheap, the matchup is great, and this line may get a little overlooked with BOS1, TOR1, EDM1, PIT1, etc. all on the same slate.
NJ2: Pavel Zacha – Nico Hischier – Jesper Bratt
Possible add-on: Ty Smith – (PP1)
I wrote this trio up last time out and I’m going right back to the well. Their offensive rate stats at 5v5 are strong – they average 31 chances per 60 at 5v5 – and they did some damage in this same matchup the other day. Nico scored, Zacha had two points, and Bratt led the Devils in primary shot contributions (shots attempted + shots assisted) by seven. I like them a lot at 5v5 and they’re all on PP1. It’s a good PP matchup, too.
PIT2: Jared McCann – Jeff Carter – Kasperi Kapanen
Possible add-on: no preferred correlation play
The Pens have scored nearly 4 goals per 60 with McCann and Carter on the ice together. Both guys can really shoot the puck. Kapanen is quietly having a really nice season and his speed should mesh well on this unit. They get to face a watered down Washington team missing Alex Ovechkin and, potentially, John Carlson. And Vitek Vanecek is not a goaltender you have to shy away from.
Also consider: BOS2. Their underlyings are outstanding and they won’t carry as much ownership as BOS1. Good way to get exposure to a good matchup.
FLA3: Aleksi Heponiemi – Alex Wennberg – Frank Vatrano
Possible add-on: Brandon Montour/Mackenzie Weegar
Florida shuffled all their lines last time out and, suffice to say, it worked. They scored seven goals and the 2nd and 3rd lines absolutely steamrolled Nashville at even-strength. I have interest in both (2nd was Huberdeau/Bennett/Tippett) but this line, price wise and ownership wise, more fits into the low-key stack criteria so I’m writing it up. Shot attempts were 17-8 FLA with this trio on the ice at 5v5 and they generated *checks notes* 11 scoring chances in nine minutes as a complete unit. That is absurd offensive generation. Chicago plays faster than Nashville, is worse defensively than Nashville, and is shallower than Nashville, so a big game could be in the cards for them if they come close to that level of play again. This trio easily allows you to fit in any line you want on the slate.
STL3: Mike Hoffman – Robert Thomas – Jordan Kyrou
Possible add-on: no preferred correlation play
We’ll need to monitor lines close to lock to ensure this trio sticks together but they played together down the stretch in last night’s comeback victory and they killed it. Shots were 8-0 STL with them on the ice and they netted a pair of goals. Minnesota has struggled mightily at 5v5 for a while now and their depth just isn’t holding up as well as earlier in the season. I think this line has the talent to make some noise.
Cash: Tuukka Rask, Andrei Vasilevskiy, Igor Shesterkin, Tristan Jarry.
Cash/GPP tweener: Jacob Markstrom.
GPP: David Rittich, Mike Smith, Ilya Sorokin, Mackenzie Blackwood.
Cash, Cash, Cash
We’re doing 2-in-1 articles these days, so let’s dig into my favorite cash plays. Obviously, some good players and usable pieces won’t be listed – particularly on bigger slates – so don’t be alarmed if one or two of your guys aren’t mentioned. If you want clarification, feel free to reach out.
Now let’s dig into some of my favorites (sorted by DK price).
Auston Matthews (TOR) – Matthews is the best finisher in the league right now and he shoots a ton. Should get plenty of good looks against a bad Vancouver team in a B2B situation fresh off a team-wide COVID spread.
Sasha Barkov (FLA) – Barkov is averaging a hair under five peripherals per game over the last 10. Should play a ton of minutes against a Chicago side that ranks 26th in expected goals/60 in last 10.
Elias Lindholm (CGY) – He’s starting to fill the net with regularity again and it’s no coincidence. He’s generating more 5v5 chances than anyone on the roster and is a focal point on the PP. Edmonton can be had defensively and they’re in the latter half of a B2B.
Nico Hischier (NJ) – Nico’s chance generation numbers are trending upwards and so is his ice time. He scored, and hit a cross bar, last time out and I think another good game could be in store.
Jack Hughes (NJ) – Yep, I’m writing up two Devils centers again. Hughes’ shooting floor is comparable to that of an 8K player and yet he remains dirt cheap in a good spot.
Jeff Carter (PIT) – Continues to pile up the shots, and produce, regardless of opponent. He’s playing really well and yet his price went down?
Sam Bennett (FLA) – Sooner or later I think his point outputs will dip a bit but tonight might not be the night. He’s creating a bunch of chances and getting all the opportunity in the world.
Also consider: Dylan Cozens, Casey Mittelstadt, Alex Wennberg, Radek Faksa.
David Pastrnak (BOS) – Elite volume shooter taking on a team bleeding chances and giving UPL his 3rd career start.
Mitch Marner (TOR) – I prefer just going up for AM34 but Marner’s been shooting the puck a lot of late and it’s hard to ask for a better matchup.
Jason Robertson (DAL) – I don’t love the matchup but JRob has found the scoresheet in nine straight and is such a consistent shot generator.
Taylor Hall (BOS) – Has recorded 4+ SOG in five of his last six. BOS2 is putting up stupid numbers with him on it. I think you need BOS exposure and if you’d prefer to pay up for Matthews or McDavid, Hall is a good way to get it.
Andrei Svechnikov (CAR) – Carolina’s best shot generator has been reunited with Aho and Teravainen. Dating back to last year, that trio helps generate almost 35 chances per 60. Oh, and he’s facing Detroit.
Jesper Bratt (NJ) – Led all Devils in primary shot contributions by six in the previous matchup vs PHI. I like him to find the scoresheet if he creates close to as much as last game; especially against Alex Lyon.
Jakub Vrana (DET) – Simply put, he is ~1K cheaper than he should be. He doesn’t have much to work with in Detroit but he’s such an efficient shot generator, and point producer.
Tage Thompson (BUF) – Big Tage shoots the puck a lot and is dirt cheap. It’s as simple as that; most nights he doesn’t even need to pick up a point to hit value.
Andrew Mangiapane (CGY) – Averaging more than 3 SOG+BS per game over the last 10 and Calgary’s share of the chances is better than 60%. I think his non-stop motor could come in handy against a fatigued Oilers team.
Alexander Barre-Boulet (TB) – The talented rookie is riding shotgun with Brayden Point on the top line and coming off consecutive 6 SOG games. Way too cheap for a player in his spot.
Also consider: Jake DeBrusk, Warren Foegele, Jason Dickinson, Owen Tippett (if he remains in top-6).
Dougie Hamilton (CAR) – Leads all defenders in attempts, shots, and scoring chances. Big time point upside vs Detroit, too.
Darnell Nurse (EDM) – I don’t think Calgary is the opponent for a ceiling game – they play too slow – but he should still provide one of the better floors on the slate.
Jacob Trouba (NYR) – Hits the BS bonus pretty much every night and isn’t shy about shooting when given the chance.
Connor Murphy (CHI) – Very strong peripherally and with cluster injuries on defense he should see 22+ minutes.
Alex Edler (VAN) – To put into perspective how strong his peripheral floor is, he’s averaging 8.5 points per game over the last 10 without finding the scoresheet once. Should be on his heels a lot vs TOR, which means big time BS potential.
Mackenzie Weegar (FLA) – Solid SOG+BS floor and more upside now that he is getting *some* PP reps. Should play 20+ in a pretty fast paced matchup.
Travis Hamonic (VAN) – My guy is averaging 6(!) SOG+BS per game since returning. He’s in the middle of everything and should benefit from a potential high-event matchup vs TOR.
Ryan Pulock (NYI) – With NYI’s offense struggling, they might lean more heavily on defenders like Pulock to get involved. He has a big shot and offers solid BS value.
Travis Sanheim (PHI) – Been one of my favorite punts for a while now. High per minute player who is seeing an increased role. Matchup vs NJ offers increased ceiling.
Michael Stone (CGY) – Another high point per minute guy who should have an increased role with Noah Hanifin out.
Also consider: Jamie Oleksiak, Chris Tanev, Connor Carrick.
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