Todd Cordell has you covered for tonight’s NHL DFS GPP’s with his top stacks, goalies, and value plays.
TOR1: Zach Hyman – Auston Matthews – Mitch Marner
Possible add-on: Morgan Rielly
This trio owns an absurd 68 Expected Goals For% on the year. A lot of that stems from what they do at the offensive end of the rink, generating more than 3.8 xG per 60 minutes of ice. They do their best work at home soil, too, and should benefit from playing a Winnipeg team that a) gives up shots/chances in bunches and; b) focuses a lot on rush play. There should be plenty of quick-strike opportunities.
COL1: Gabriel Landeskog – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Possible add-on: Cale Makar
This might be the best offensive line in the NHL. They generate chances in bunches and their speed is unmatched league-wide. Teams just can’t keep up. This trio is in play every night, especially on home ice when they can get puck-moving wizards Cale Makar and Devon Toews playing behind them on a shift-to-shift basis. Arizona ranks 29th in xGA/60 over the last ten games and they’re banged up between the pipes. Not exactly ideal circumstances for slowing down Colorado.
PHI1: James van Riemsdyk – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
Possible add-on: Ivan Provorov (or whoever finds themselves on PP1)
Small sample size, etc, etc. but this trio has generated shots at a crazy-high rate in their limited time together. They’re in a wonderful spot against a trainwreck of a Buffalo team that can’t get out of their own way, and they’re fully correlated on the top power play unit. The upside is high here.
VGK2: Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Reilly Smith
Possible add-on: Shea Theodore
The Pacioretty/Stone line generally gets the fanfare – understandably so – but I don’t think VGK2 gets enough credit for how good they’ve been. They are actually Vegas’ best line in terms of generating chances and they should, for the most part, avoid the Anze Kopitar line. I also like that LA’s defense is trending downwards in a hurry. The Kings rank 30th in chances against per 60 over the last 10.
Also consider: Matthew Tkachuk – Elias Lindholm – Josh Leivo.
MIN2: Kevin Fiala – Ryan Hartman – Marcus Johansson
Possible add-on: Jared Spurgeon or Ryan Suter
This line was on for a pair of goals vs San Jose last time out and that’s no coincidence. The Wild generated 18 shot attempts and nine scoring chances while they were out there, both of which were team highs. Fiala is ultra-talented and Hartman/Johansson are dirt cheap – and see power play time – so this line brings real upside at a cheap price. They, along with other Wild lines, will get a bump if Devan Dubnyk starts.
BUF2: Taylor Hall – Casey Mittelstadt – Tage Thompson
Possible add-on: Rasmus Dahlin
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know. Buffalo sucks and I can’t fault you if you want to avoid them like the plague. But, if you’re open to getting wild in GPPs, I have time for this trio. They controlled 58% of the shot attempts, and 61% of the chances, vs Philly last time out and that was while sitting on a lead for a good portion of the game (teams don’t generate as much offense while ahead). Hall is due for some regression with the chances he’s generated, and Mittelstadt now finds himself with Hall (and Dahlin) on PP1. Philadelphia isn’t exactly stout defensively, and their goaltending is trash, so I’d probably want at least a little exposure here if you’re playing a handful of lineups.
Also consider: Valeri Nichushkin – Tyson Jost – Joonas Donskoi.
I recommend correlating your stacks. If not, Jack Campbell, Cam Talbot, and David Rittich are a few of my favorite GPP options.
Beyond guys mentioned in stacks above, here are some salary savers I like to fill out your lineups:
C – Joel Eriksson Ek
C – P.L. Dubois
C – Scott Laughton
W – Kevin Labanc
W – Andrew Mangiapane
W – Ryan Donato
D – Zach Whitecloud
D – Sean Walker
As always, hit me up on Twitter if you have any questions about the slate.
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