We have a vast 11-game NHL slate today with a bewildering number of possibilities. Let’s waste no time and take a look at some top options.
Top Stacks – Overall
Washington 1 – DraftKings: $22,600 – FanDuel: $21,600
Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Tom Wilson
Washington’s top line is always on the board as one of the best stacks whenever they’re on the slate. Today they get the added benefit of a great matchup against a sub-par defensive team in Buffalo. We should see considerable ownership on FanDuel, but it may actually stay in check on DraftKings due to prohibitive pricing.
Toronto 1 – DraftKings: $16,900 – FanDuel: $19,300
Auston Matthews – Michael Bunting – Ondrej Kase
The shuffling of Toronto’s top line has undoubtedly put a dent in Auston Matthews’ fantasy value since he has weaker linemates. However, it also lowers the price of the line, and Matthews can carry whoever he skates with. This could be considered a value stack on DraftKings.
On top of it, Ondrej Kase moving to the top line is a significant improvement over Wayne Simmonds, and Kase skates on the top power play unit with Matthews. I’d also consider running a power play stack and including William Nylander, John Tavares, or Morgan Rielly with Matthews while possibly leaving off Bunting. Toronto gets a nice matchup against Chicago tonight and is a top priority for DFS.
Toronto 2 – DraftKings: $18,000 – FanDuel: $20,800
John Tavares – William Nylander – Alexander Kerfoot
The Maple Leafs are in a good spot here at home against the Blackhawks. Their top two lines are relatively balanced, with Tavares and Nylander skating on line 2. This is why I mentioned the power play stack regarding line 1. Kerfoot is a player that you could leave off this line as he is not very viable for DFS and does not skate on the power play. I may be more likely to run a Tavares/Nylander two-man or include Kase or Matthews for a PP1 stack.
Top Stacks – Value
St. Louis 1 – DraftKings: $14,600 – FanDuel: $16,600
Brandon Saad – Ryan O’Reilly – Jordan Kyrou
St. Louis 2 – DraftKings: $14,100 – FanDuel: $17,600
Pavel Buchnevich – Ivan Barbashev – Vladimir Tarasenko
The top two lines for St. Louis continue to be underpriced, and they get the matchup of all matchups tonight against Montreal, the number one team in the league in goals against. They are also second in expected goals against. This is a smash spot, and I’ll be firing these guys up in my DFS lineups. I love pairing them with top-value defenseman Colton Parayko on FanDuel as well.
Top Plays – Defenseman
Dougie Hamilton – DraftKings: $7,900 – FanDuel: $7,000
Kris Letang – DraftKings: $7,300 – FanDuel: $7,100
Jakob Chychrun – DraftKings: $6,900 – FanDuel: $5,000
Darnell Nurse – DraftKings: $6,700 – FanDuel: $6,300
Jake Muzzin: $3,500
David Savard: $3,300
Adam Larsson: $3,100
Calvin de Haan: $2,800
Jakob Chychrun: $5,000 (ceiling and value!)
Colton Parayko: $4,700
Ivan Provorov: $4,400
Jake Muzzin: $3,800
Top Plays – Goalie
Charlie Lindgren: DraftKings: $8,300 – FanDuel: $7,600
Ilya Sorokin: DraftKings: $8,000 – FanDuel: $8,200
Cam Talbot: DraftKings: $7,900 – FanDuel: $8,300
Jacob Markstrom: DraftKings: $7,900 – FanDuel: $7,500
Tournament Stack Pivots: DraftKings
Washington 1 is the top stack of the day, yet they are not projected for a ton of ownership. If you want to get even lower ownership on some very high success probability stacks, take a look at BOS1, CGY1, and MIN1. Other options include DAL1, ANH1, CHI1, and SJ1.
Tournament Stack Pivots: FanDuel
On FanDuel, much of the spend-up ownership is going to Washington 1. This makes stacks like BOS1, TOR2, DAL1, CAR1, and MIN1 low-owned. I’d also consider SJ1 and CHI1 in GPPs.