Todd Cordell has you covered for tonight’s NHL DFS lineups with his top stacks, goalies, and cash plays.
GPP Stacks of the Night
BOS1: Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Possible add-on: Matt Grzelcyk
The Rangers had a pretty good season – better than their record indicates – but they’re falling apart at the seams right now. They were recently eliminated from the playoff picture so motivation is a concern, their front office is being completely overhauled, and they’re without a ton of their best players. Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Ryan Lindgren and Jacob Trouba are all injured and Pavel Buchnevich could miss tonight’s game with a potential suspension looming. I think the Rangers can be picked apart, especially by a line as dominant as BOS1. They’re not going to play 20+ minutes but they should see ~18 in what looks like a very attractive spot. Not only are the Rangers a shell of their usual selves right now, but they’re in the latter half of a back-to-back vs a team still playing for something.
EDM1: Leon Draisaitl – Connor McDavid – Jesse Puljujarvi
Possible add-on: Tyson Barrie and Alex Chiasson
The Canucks give up shot attempts, scoring chances, and expected goals at a higher rate than every team in the league at 5v5. And they take a lot of penalties. It’s a dream matchup for McDavid, Draisaitl and co. on paper and that’s how things have played out thus far. This duo has generated more than 80 attempts, and ~6.5 goals, per 60 minutes vs Vancouver at 5v5 this season. They’re obviously deadly on the PP as well. While this game doesn’t mean much for either side in terms of the standings, Connor McDavid is chasing history. He’s trying to hit the 100 point plateau in a 56 game season, which is flat-out absurd in today’s NHL. He’ll have plenty of motivation to put forth another big showing.
CAR2: Nino Niederreiter – Vincent Trocheck – Martin Necas
Possible add-on: Jake Bean
Chicago is a trainwreck right now. They were not a good defensive team at the best of times and now they’re without two of their better blueliners in Adam Boqvist and Calvin de Haan. The numbers reflect that. They’re dead last in xGA/60 and actual GA/60 over the last 10 games. The Hurricanes are one of the most dominant 5v5 teams in the NHL and this line is a big reason why. They absolutely cratered CHI the previous two meetings and I’m expecting more of the same in this one. Chicago’s goaltending has been awful of late, too, so I don’t see them masking all the breakdowns.
PIT2: Jason Zucker – Evgeni Malkin – Kasperi Kapanen
Possible add-on: John Marino
Buffalo ranks 30th in attempts against/60 and goals against/60 over the last 10 games. They’re playing putrid defense and they’re on their 100th string goaltender. The Sam Reinhart line is very solid but they should see a lot of Sidney Crosby’s unit, which opens things up for Malkin and co. to take advantage of Buffalo’s weak depth units. All three see power play time as well.
NYI1: Travis Zajac – Mathew Barzal – Kyle Palmieri
Possible add-on: no preferred correlation play
I had NYI3 written up in this spot with a beautiful, in-depth blurb. Then Barry Trotz tossed his lines in a blender and my work along with it. Nevertheless, I’m keeping NYI1 in this spot because – price-wise – they still fit the bill as a lower low-end stack. We all know about Barzal. He’s an elite talent. Palmieri hasn’t gotten his feet off the ground in NY but he can really shoot and figures to benefit from Barzal’s presence. Zajac won’t shoot a ton but he’s an above average shooter who can also help facilitate for his linemates. There’s the revenge narrative, so to speak, for Zajac and Palmieri going against their former team, and NJ is really laboring defensively right now.
NYR3: Alexis Lafreniere – Filip Chytil – Kaapo Kakko
Possible add-on: no preferred correlation play
It’s not a great spot for the Rangers but this line is very talented – there’s a 1st overall pick, a 2nd overall pick, and an additional 1st rounder – and they should get plenty of ice time with so many key Rangers out of the lineup. At their price tag (Lafreniere is the expensive guy at 3.2K on DK) you don’t need much for them to hit value, and you can fit basically any line and expensive defenders with them.
Cash: Tristan Jarry, Semyon Varlamov, Tuukka Rask.
As always, in GPP, I recommend correlating with your stacks. If not, Jack Campbell, Jake Allen and, to a lesser extent, Mackenzie Blackwood are a few options you can consider (outside of the safe plays).
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) – Facing a team that gives up shots/chances/goals at a high rate and he’s chasing history. I want a piece.
Auston Matthews (TOR) – Best goal scorer in the NHL right now and his shooting gives him such a high floor. Montreal isn’t the team for a ceiling game but Matthews is matchup proof.
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) – Not playing crazy high minutes but he’s shooting a lot and is facing off against an injury plagued team with little motivation.
Bo Horvat (VAN) – Horvat is piling up the chances right now, ranking 7th in the NHL over the last 10. Edmonton can be had defensively and Horvat should hover around 20 minutes.
Jack Hughes (NJ) – Matchup isn’t great but he’s averaging more than 5 shot attempts per game over the last 10. Think he’s too cheap for how much he’s been shooting.
Nick Suzuki (MON) – His shot rates are trending upwards and he’s picked up points in seven consecutive games. A focal point on the PP, which is big because Toronto ranks 28th in xGA/60 on the PK over the last 10.
Brock Nelson (NYI) – Very good HD chance generator and his line is dominating at 5v5 right now. The Devils are giving up a lot in that gamestate.
Filip Chytil (NYR) – Shoot first player getting some reps at 2C with a 1st and 2nd overall pick by his side.
Sean Kuraly (BOS) – He’s been piling up the shots and seeing more minutes with BOS rolling lines and trying to keep their stars fresh for the playoffs.
David Pastrnak (BOS) – Pastrnak is one of the best shot generators in the NHL and should be able to take advantage of NYR’s beaten up defense.
Leon Draisaitl (EDM) – I think you need EDM exposure in such a smash matchup. If not McDavid, Draisaitl plays with him at ES and on the PP and offers real savings.
Taylor Hall (BOS) – He’s been lights out since the trade to Boston. Shooting a ton, producing a ton, and he’s going to avoid Norris candidate Adam Fox.
Josh Anderson (MON) – His SOG numbers are nothing crazy of late but he’s been *attempting* a ton of shots. If he keeps doing that it’s only a matter of time before, you know, more hit the net. His price is as low as it’s been in a long time so it’s as good of a time as any to buy low because we know he is shooting a ton.
Nino Niederreiter (CAR) – Ranks 2nd on Carolina in 5v5 attempts and chances over the last 10. Smash spot and he’s dirt cheap.
Anthony Beauviller (NYI) – He’s a shooting machine right now and is playing lights out hockey alongside Nelson and Bailey at ES. Despite scoring, and recording 7 SOG, last time out his price went down heading into another favorable matchup.
Tage Thompson (BUF) – Tage ranks 10th in chances/60 – sandwiched between MacKinnon and Barkov – and his ice time is trending upwards again.
Also consider: Kyle Palmieri
Dougie Hamilton (CAR) – You all know the drill by now. Shoots more than any defender and in a high-pace spot vs a team that can’t defend.
Tyson Barrie (EDM) – One of the leaders in shots, and points, among blueliners and is more effective getting cushy matchups on home soil.
Connor Murphy (CHI) – He’s getting a bit pricey but should see 20+ minutes and has a real shot at hitting the BS bonus.
Travis Hamonic (VAN) – Like Murphy, he’s getting expensive but he’s a high shots+blocks per minute guy and generally provides a strong floor.
Rasmus Dahlin (BUF) – Shooting a ton and playing a ton. It’s as simple as that.
Ryan Pulock (NYI) – Strong peripheral floor and the Devils tend to play pretty fast. Point upside here as well.
Brett Pesce (CAR) – Ranks top-15 among defenders in 5v5 shot attempts and is a willing shot blocker. Should get a bump vs CHI with how fast they play and their defensive issues.
Evan Bouchard (EDM) – This kid is made for NHL DFS. Shoots every chance he gets; minutes are generally the question. He played 20 in his return to the lineup and rewarded us with a goal and four SOG+BS. If he’s going to get that kind of workload again I love him.
Also consider: Brady Skjei, K’Andre Miller, Brandon Carlo, Ryan Murray.
- Connor McDavid (EDM)
- David Pastrnak (BOS)
- Nino Niederreiter (CAR)
Evan Bouchard (EDM) *make sure he is in the lineup(he’s not)
- UPDATE: Anthony Beauvillier (NYI)
As always, hit me up on Twitter if you have any questions about the slate.
Numbers via naturalstattrick.com and MoneyPuck.com
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