We had what felt like a bit of a seesaw with huge slates and tiny slates alternating. Now we finally have a mid-sized seven-gamer. This is a sweet spot for NHL DFS, and I like this type of slate. Let’s dig into it!
Top Stacks – Overall
Colorado 1 – DraftKings: $18,900 – FanDuel: $23,400
Nathan MacKinnon – Gabriel Landeskog – Logan O’Connor
Colorado has done something odd and split up one of the best lines in hockey in MacKinnon/Rantanen/Landeskog. Still, this is an elite line, even with O’Connor skating alongside MacKinnon and Landeskog. You can take the savings on the complete line with a cheap O’Connor. Or, you can just two-man MacKinnon/Landeskog or tack on a power-play linemate like Mikko Rantanen, Nazem Kadri, or Cale Makar. This is an excellent home matchup for Colorado against a Detroit team that is among the league leaders in goals against.
Washington 1 – DraftKings: $21,500 – FanDuel: $23,300
Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Tom Wilson
Washington’s top line does get a less-than-ideal matchup against Pittsburgh. Still, if Ovechkin and company are on the ice, good things can happen. They play at home, and we are banking on talent over matchup here.
Vegas 1 – DraftKings: $18,100 – FanDuel: $22,700
Max Pacioretty – Mark Stone – Chandler Stephenson
We’re getting a nice discount on Vegas’s top line here, particularly on DraftKings, and they are right up there with Colorado 1 and Washington 1 on tonight’s slate. A home matchup against a scuffling Philadelphia squad is close to ideal, and a bloodbath is likely to ensue in Sin City tonight. This is my personal top stack of the day. I’d try to pair with Alex Pietrangelo or Shea Theodore at defenseman as well if at all possible.
*UPDATE* Chandler Stephenson is now expected to miss tonight’s game for personal reasons. We’ll have to see how the top line shakes out, but it should be Nicolas Roy taking his place. Even in Stephenson’s absence, VGK1 will be a top stack tonight.
Top Stack – DraftKings Value
Vancouver 2 – $12,200
J.T. Miller – Brock Boeser – Tanner Pearson
This line is exceptionally cheap, fully correlated on the power play 2, and enables you to spend up for your primary stack. You can also tack on one of the top value defensemen on the slate in Tyler Myers, who also skates on PP2. This is not a particularly great matchup against Winnipeg. Still, they play at home and make everything else work on DraftKings.
Top Stack – FanDuel Value
New Jersey 1 – $14,300
Jesper Bratt – Nico Hischier – Pavel Zacha
These guys are just too cheap on FanDuel for a fully correlated power-play one top line. They play at home in a middle-of-the-road matchup against Nashville. You can pair them with one of the top defensemen on any slate in Dougie Hamilton for a full four-man power play stack. Due to the price of the line, it is still affordable despite Hamilton’s steep price.
Top Plays – Defenseman
Roman Josi – DraftKings: $7,800 – FanDuel: $7,300
Dougie Hamilton – DraftKings: $7,500 – FanDuel: $7,200
Alex Pietrangelo – DraftKings: $6,600 – FanDuel: $6,600
Jakob Chychrun – DraftKings: $6,500 – FanDuel: $5,200
Ryan Graves: $3,800
Tyler Myers: $3,600
Mark Pysyk: $2,700
Logan Stanley: $2,500
Jakob Chychrun: $5,200 (ceiling and value!)
Rasmus Dahlin: $4,700
Mattias Ekholm: $3,900
Tyler Myers: $3,800
Top Plays – Goalie
Darcy Kuemper – DraftKings: $8,500 – FanDuel: $7,900
Sergei Bobrovsky – DraftKings: $8,400 – FanDuel: $8,600
Laurent Brossoit – DraftKings: $8,300 – FanDuel: $8,200
Thatcher Demko – DraftKings: $8,000 – FanDuel: $7,700
Mackenzie Blackwood – FanDuel: $7,100 (FanDuel value)
Tournament Stack Pivots: DraftKings
With a lot of the higher-end stack ownership going to Colorado 1 and Vegas 1, we’re getting substantial leverage on some of the best stacks of the night. These include WAS1, WPG1, FLA1 and 2, COL2, NSH1, and WPG2.
Tournament Stack Pivots: FanDuel
Much of the spend-up ownership goes to COL1 and FLA2 while people look to save with NJ1 and BUF1. VGK1, WPG1, COL2, WAS1, NSH1, WPG2, and PIT1 offer excellent GPP leverage.