Todd Cordell has you covered for tonight’s NHL DFS lineups with his top stacks, goalies, and cash plays.
GPP Stacks of the Night
COL1: Gabriel Landeskog – Tyson Jost – Mikko Rantanen
Possible add-on: Cale Makar
Nathan MacKinnon sitting definitely takes some pop out of COL1 but it’s still a very attractive line. This trio has generated 20 scoring chances, and scored a couple goals, in just 32 minutes together dating back to last season. They still have a very high offensive ceiling. With Colorado playing for something – consecutive wins would give them a division title – they’ll likely be riding the top dogs quite hard if necessary. Jost, while obviously no MacKinnon, is still a solid player and he makes the top line a lot more affordable. I don’t know if they’re must have, but they’re still a strong play.
VGK2: Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Reilly Smith
Possible add-on: Alex Pietrangelo
The OG Vegas1 doesn’t garner as much attention as a couple years ago but they’re still a damn good trio. They’re generating more than 65 attempts, and nearly 35 chances, per 60 minutes at 5v5 and they all see power play time. I think the Mark Stone line, which hasn’t been nearly as good without Max Pacioretty, is going to garner more attention from San Jose’s top players, which should allow VGK2 to feast on their non-existent depth. And, quite honestly, with the state of San Jose’s goaltending, I’d have interest in this trio even if they spent every shift against SJ1 and their top defense pairing.
COL2: Nazem Kadri – Alex Newhook – Andre Burakovsky
Possible add-on: Devon Toews
With or without MacKinnon, Colorado’s top line is still dangerous. But guess what: COL2 actually has better offensive numbers. Now, the sample is small here too. I just think it’s worth noting this trio has combined for 16 chances in 20 minutes, they’ll probably play cushier minutes, they’re fully correlated on PP2, and I think they’ll come at a fraction of the ownership COL1 carries. Both lines are very much in play but, if playing SE, I’d probably rather have COL2 than COL1.
MIN2: Kirill Kaprizov – Ryan Hartman – Mats Zuccarello
Possible add-on: Matt Dumba or Ryan Suter (PP2 with Hartman+Zucc)
This line has steamrolled the opposition at 5v5, controlling more than 62% of the shot attempts and nearly 63% of the expected goals. We all know what a force Kaprizov has been as a rookie but Zucc is also sitting pretty with a rock solid 35 points in 41 games, and Hartman is a gritty complimentary piece who has complimented them nicely. The Wild are still playing for a *chance* at the two seed (aka home ice), and the Blues are stuck where they are. I think a lack of motivation for STL and the possibility of starting Ville Husso, one of the worst goalies in the NHL, make MIN2 a very attractive option.
OTT2: Tim Stutzle – Shane Pinto – Connor Brown
Possible add-on: Victor Mete (PP2 with Pinto and Brown)
There is a lot to like in OTT2 as a punt line. For one, the early returns as a trio are spectacular. They’ve controlled a 67% share of the expected goals and 69% share of the Grade A chances. That’s great. Stutzle is an ultra talented rookie, Pinto is one of Ottawa’s best prospects, and Brown is the team’s leading goal scorer. All three see PP time. Oh, and they’re facing a rival Toronto team that is playing for nothing and giving Frederik Andersen, who has not been good this year, his first NHL start in ages. There’s real upside here at a very cheap price.
Cash: Phillip Grubauer, Cam Talbot.
As always, in GPP, I recommend correlating with your stacks. If not Grubauer and Talbot are my favorite expensive guys. I have some interest in Vegas’ starter as well, and think you can go to Filip Gustavsson in GPPs if you’re fading Toronto.
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)
Tomas Hertl (SJ)
Nazem Kadri (COL)
Chandler Stephenson (VGK)
Joel Eriksson Ek (MIN)
Tyson Jost (COL)
Mikko Rantanen (COL)
Kirill Kaprizov (MIN)
Brady Tkachuk (OTT)
Kevin Fiala (MIN)
Jonathan Marchessault (VGK)
Alex Tuch (VGK)
Alex Iafallo (LA)
Nick Paul (OTT)
Cale Makar (COL) – I actually give him a bump with Nate out
Alex Pietrangelo (VGK) – bump if Martinez out again, as expected
Brent Burns (SJ)
Colton Parayko (STL)
Erik Karlsson (SJ)
Nic Hague (VGK)
Artem Zub (OTT)
- Tomas Hertl (SJ)
- Mikko Rantanen (COL)
- Kirill Kaprizov (MIN)
- Alex Tuch (VGK)
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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