Todd Cordell has you covered for tonight’s NHL DFS lineups with his top stacks, goalies, and cash plays.
- Connor McDavid (EDM)
- Alex Ovechkin (WAS)
- Yegor Sharangovich (NJ)
- Craig Smith (BOS)
GPP Stacks of the Night
EDM1: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Connor McDavid – Jesse Puljujarvi
Possible add-on: Tyson Barrie
This line owns a near 60 xGF% at 5v5 this year and they generate shots/chances at a very high clip. Ottawa plays fast, they’re not good defensively, they take a lot of penalties, and their entire stable of goaltenders is pretty underwhelming. This line will be popular but, on an 11 game slate, I don’t think the numbers will be crazy.
WSH1: Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – T.J. Oshie
Possible add-on: John Carlson
There’s some big injury news to monitor here – namely Tuukka Rask and Charlie McAvoy – but even if it doesn’t go Washington’s way, I still have interest here. This trio generates more than 30 scoring chances per 60, which is a solid clip. It’s not spectacular for a trio featuring this kind of starpower, however, the Capitals have shown for, like, a decade that they have the talent to outscore expectation based on the chances they generate. Boston is more vulnerable defensively than they’ve been in past years and they’re dealing with key injuries on top of it. I mean, last time out the Bruins allowed 25 shots IN A PERIOD to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers! Clearly, things aren’t right with Boston right now and, at home, this line should get some real run against Boston’s depth units. I think this line will be underowned relative to their talent and upside.
DAL1: Jason Robertson – Roope Hintz – Joe Pavelski
Possible add-on: Miro Heiskanen or John Klingberg
We’re on watch for Roope Fiasco, as always, but this line is one I’m very interested in if he plays. They’ve dominated teams at 5v5 – 58% share of the shots, 57% share of the chances – and they’re fully correlated on the man advantage. The matchup is intriguing, too, as Chicago is not a good defensive team and they tend to play fast.
NJ1: Janne Kuokkanen – Jack Hughes – Yegor Sharangovich
Possible add-on: no preferred correlation play
I really, really, like this line. Jack Hughes has been creating chances at an absurdly high rate and they just haven’t gone for him or his linemates. That’s going to change sooner or later. This line has out-attempted opponents 48-23, and out-chanced them 20-6, since being assembled and I like their chances of continued success against a very poor Buffalo Sabres team.
NYI2: Anthony Beauvillier – Brock Nelson – Josh Bailey
Possible add-on: Ryan Pulock
This line has been absurdly good this season. They’re controlling 65% of the xG at 5v5 and generating a rock solid 2.72 xG/60. The quality is there and the quantity is there. They all see power play time, too, which is important against Philly. The Flyers PK has struggled all year and seemingly hit a new low of late, ranking dead last in goals against per minute over the last 10 games. With this line dominating at 5v5, in a good PP spot, and Philly’s goaltenders struggling, the ceiling here appears quite high.
NSH2: Calle Jarnkrok – Mikael Granlund – Luke Kunin
Possible add-on: no preferred correlation play
This line has quietly generated a ton of offense together since being assembled. They’re averaging 2.9 xG, and more than 30 scoring chances, per 60 minutes of 5v5 play. They’re cheap, two of the three see power play time, and they’re going up against the worst team in the NHL.
Andrei Vasilevskiy and Semyon Varlamov are my favorite options in the high-tier. I have a lot of time for
Mackenzie Blackwood and Anton Khudobin in the mid-range. Connor Hellbuyck is cash viable as well.
In terms of cheaper, more GPP central, options I think you can use
Casey DeSmith and Chris Driedger.
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).
Connor McDavid (EDM) – Best player in the league in a high-paced matchup against a bad defensive team with subpar goaltending.
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) – Been shooting the puck a lot of late, particularly from high-danger areas. The Capitals haven’t played great defense of late, either, as they sit 24th in xGA/60 over the last 10.
Vincent Trocheck (CAR) – Has 14 points in the last 10 games and is Carolina’s scoring ace on the PP. Florida has been vulnerable on the PK of late.
Roope Hintz (DAL) – His line didn’t score but they generated a ton of good looks vs Chicago last time out. He’s the focal point of Dallas’ offense when he plays.
Jack Hughes (NJ) – I know the points haven’t been there of late. The shots, chances, and shot contributions have. I like him to take advantage of a bad Sabres team.
Kirby Dach (CHI) – Has 6 DK+ points in four straight and is now centering Patrick Kane on L1 and PP1.
P.L. Dubois (WPG) – His shooting floor can be up and down but he’s a strong chance generator, point producer, and won’t see much of Montreal’s matchup guys.Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Was used as a top-6 winger in the Toronto game and I expect that to continue with Gallagher out.
Alex Ovechkin (WAS) – Insane shooting floor and he is much more productive at home, where he can get advantageous matchups. Will see a further bump if Charlie McAvoy is out again.
Kyle Connor (WPG) – Leads the NHL in chances over the last 10 games and has recorded 3+ shots in eight straight. Now getting Montreal in a B2B situation without a key player from their shutdown line (Brendan Gallagher).
Andrei Svechnikov (CAR) – Has gone a little cold of late but the chances are still there. He’s also in a good PP spot and leads all Hurricanes in attempts on the man advantage.
Viktor Arvidsson (NSH) – Provided he’s back, you’re getting a high volume shot/chance generator vs a team missing its only competent goaltender.
Jason Robertson (DAL) – He’s been a chance generating machine for the Stars and the Blackhawks are one of the worst teams in the league at preventing them.
Kyle Palmieri (NYI) – We’re on Debut Watch here. Palmieri’s goal scoring has dipped this season but the chances continue to be there. Perhaps a fresh start for a contender – while riding shotgun with Mathew Barzal – is what he needs to get going.
Yegor Sharangovich (NJ) – He’s generating shots at an elite rate and he remains very affordable in an enticing matchup vs Buffalo.
Craig Smith (BOS) – One of the most efficient shot generators in the NHL and on Boston’s top line with Bergeron and Marchand. So long as that’s the case, he’s a strong play.
Jonathan Drouin (MON) – Ranks 2nd among Montreal forwards in attempts over the last 10 and is seeing PP1 ice. He’s also not going to shoot 3% forever.
Tage Thompson (BUF) – If you want Sabres exposure, Tage is your guy. Leads the Sabres by 10 chances – 10! – over the last five games. The guy is a one man shooting gallery.
Nick Paul (OTT) – Strong shots per minute stats and has logged at least 17 in four of the last five. Now skating on the top line, which raises his ceiling.
Dougie Hamilton (CAR) – No blueliner shoots the puck more and he could see a little extra ice time in a pivotal game; 1st place in the division is on the line.
Victor Hedman (TB) – Columbus’ main focus is taking away the middle of the ice, which leads to a ton of outside shots from their opponents. The proof is in the pudding as Hedman has 17SOG in his last three against CBJ.
Darnell Nurse (EDM) – Big-time chance generator who should see 25+ minutes in a high-pace matchup.
Miro Heiskanen (DAL) – Ranks 5th among all dmen in shot attempts and scoring chances over the last 10. Chicago is the kind of team that could bring out a ceiling game. They play fast and can be had defensively.
Ryan Pulock (NYI) – Has piled up the shots, and blocks, of late and is in a very good PP spot.
Connor Murphy (CHI) – Dallas is a good 5v5 team. They generally control the run of play and attempt a lot of shots, which is good news for a blocker like Murphy.
Gustav Forsling (FLA) – Shoots the puck at a high clip and has seen an uptick in ice with Aaron Ekblad out. While not a huge shot blocker, CAR generally helps opposing blueliners see a boost there.
Scott Mayfield (NYI) – Brings a solid floor and an increased chance of donking a point vs PHI and their horrendous goaltending.
David Savard (CBJ) – Has blocked multiple shots in eight of 10. I expect TB to control play after a let down showing last time out, which would be good news for Savard’s BS potential.
Evan Bouchard (EDM) – Again, someone we’ll have to monitor but he shoots at the highest rate in the NHL. If the Oilers want some fresh legs in a B2B situation, I’ll be about it.
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