Today, we have a three-game NHL slate after two games were postponed (TB @ NJ and OTT @ EDM). Although they will not play, these games are listed on the FanDuel slate. FanDuel has included a note that they have been postponed. The DraftKings slate is officially listed as a three-gamer. Here’s the best of what we have to work with.
Top Stacks – Overall
Colorado 1 – DraftKings: $24,400 – FanDuel: $29,500
Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen – Gabriel Landeskog
When these three are healthy and skating together, their upside is all but unparalleled in NHL DFS. On top of it, we get a home matchup against a beatable Seattle squad. If there is one drawback, it is the highly prohibitive price, but this only lowers ownership. If you can find a way to make it work, this is indisputably the best line of the night for DFS.
Washington 1 – DraftKings: $20,000 – FanDuel: $23,000
Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Tom Wilson
With Tom Wilson back on Washington 1, we again have the more effective iteration of Washington’s top line. Boston is not an easy matchup, but WAS1 skates at home and is an elite combo. This is a matter of banking on talent on a three-game slate. In a vacuum, I would undoubtedly take Colorado 1, but the cost is an issue, and WAS1 does come at considerable savings.
Boston 1 – DraftKings: $17,800 – FanDuel: $21,900
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Craig Smith
Our third top stack of the day comes on the other side of the Washington game with Boston 1. This matchup is not fantastic either, but we don’t have a lot of options on this three-gamer. With David Pastrnak off the line, it is a considerably less potent pairing. Yet, the replacement with Craig Smith also makes this an affordable line, whereas it was previously priced prohibitively. There is still plenty of offense to be had with Marchand and Bergeron as the focal points of Boston’s top line.
Top Stack – Value
Los Angeles 2 – DraftKings: $11,400 – FanDuel: $14,800
Viktor Arvidsson – Phillip Danault – Trevor Moore
Suppose you want to pay up for a top stack today, particularly Colorado 1. In that case, you are really going to need to save somewhere. The matchup with the Rangers is unfavorable, but Los Angeles gets home ice, and these guys are mighty cheap. They all skate on the power play, although mixed between PP1 and PP2. There just isn’t anything better on this slate in the savings department.
Top Plays – Forwards
Nathan MacKinnon – DraftKings: $9,400 – FanDuel: $10,400
Alex Ovechkin – DraftKings: $9,300 – FanDuel: $10,200
Mikko Rantanen – DraftKings: $8,500 – FanDuel: $9,500
David Pastrnak – DraftKings: $6,800 – FanDuel: $8,200
Anze Kopitar: $5,600
Viktor Arvidsson: $5,100
Andre Burakovsky: $4,500
Arthur Kaliyev: $2,500
Viktor Arvidsson: $5,600
Arthur Kaliyev: $4,500
Craig Smith: $4,400
Calle Jarnkrok: $3,500
Top Plays – Defenseman
Cale Makar – DraftKings: $7,300 – FanDuel: $7,200
John Carlson – DraftKings: $6,800 – FanDuel: $6,700
Adam Fox – DraftKings: $5,800 – FanDuel: $6,800
Devon Toews – DraftKings: $5,200 – FanDuel: $6,500
Jacob Trouba: $4,400
Adam Larsson: $3,300
Trevor van Riemsdyk: $2,700
Justin Schultz: $2,500
Mark Giordano: $5,100
Dmitry Orlov: $4,100
Adam Larsson: $4,000
Justin Schultz: $3,700
Top Plays – Goalie
Pavel Francouz – DraftKings: $8,300 – FanDuel: $8,200
Alexandar Georgiev – DraftKings: $7,800 – FanDuel: $8,000
Zach Fucale – DraftKings: $7,700 – FanDuel: $7,800
Linus Ullmark – DraftKings: $7,500 – FanDuel: $7,600
Colorado 1 and Washington 1 should go relatively low-owned on both sites based on their probability of being top stacks tonight. This is not to say they won’t draw plenty of ownership. Still, we often see this scenario where prohibitive pricing prevents the clear top options on NHL DFS slates from being too chalky. There is very little to like in the truly low-owned department today due to the way the slate shakes out. I would focus on playing the best plays and stacks and trying to get a little different with unusual constructions and/or one or two low-owned defensemen or one-offs.
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