We have a massive ten-game slate in the NHL tonight with a ton of options to choose from. I will whittle it down to the absolute best choices on the slate for NHL DFS. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got to work with on the ice tonight.
Top Stacks – Overall
Edmonton 1 – DraftKings: $23,000 – FanDuel: $25,900
Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl – Jesse Puljujarvi
As long as McDavid and Draisaitl remain paired on Edmonton’s line 1, they are going to be one of the top options on any given DFS slate by a considerable margin. They face a Minnesota team that has been around average to below this year in terms of goals allowed. Still, they play at home, and this line just has great potential to do damage any time they are on the ice together.
Toronto 2 – DraftKings: $16,600 – FanDuel: $22,200
John Tavares – William Nylander – Alexander Kerfoot
It isn’t that often that you see a second line this optimal, particularly on a large slate. Yet, Toronto 2 may legitimately be the second-best option even in a vacuum here. They get a perfectly attackable Blue Jackets squad at home, which should be a recipe for success. When you add in the price on DraftKings, this is an absolute smash spot that is hard to avoid in optimal lineups. We should see hefty ownership on DK, but it may be chalk worth eating while getting different elsewhere in our lineups.
Winnipeg 1 – DraftKings: $19,600 – FanDuel: $20,700
Kyle Connor – Mark Scheifele – Blake Wheeler
Winnipeg plays at home against an average to slightly below average Minnesota defense in terms of goals allowed. It isn’t that the matchup is so fantastic, but Winnipeg 1 is just an elite line that always has slate-breaking potential when they take the ice. Full power play one correlation is another benefit with this line. We should see low enough ownership as well, particularly on DraftKings.
Top Stack – Value
Anaheim 1 – DraftKings: $13,000 – FanDuel: $16,200
Trevor Zegras – Rickard Rakell – Sonny Milano
Tonight our clear-cut top value stack is the same on both DFS sites: Anaheim 1. They get a great matchup against a bad Buffalo defensive squad. They are incredibly cheap. The price is especially beneficial on DraftKings, where we really need savings. Anaheim has been a bit shifty with their lines at times, but at this point, we have a consistent line one with full power play 1 correlation.
Top Plays – Defenseman
Roman Josi – DraftKings: $7,500 – FanDuel: $6,900
Victor Hedman – DraftKings: $7,300 – FanDuel: $7,200
Adam Fox – DraftKings: $7,200 – FanDuel: $7,100
Seth Jones – DraftKings: $7,000 – FanDuel: $7,000
Colton Parayko: $4,500
Jake Muzzin: $3,200
Mark Pysyk: $3,100
David Savard: $2,600
Rasmus Dahlin: $4,900
Colton Parayko: $4,200
Noah Dobson: $4,200
Jake Muzzin: $3,800
Top Plays – Goalie
Jack Campbell – DraftKings: $8,500 – FanDuel: $8,100
Andrei Vasilevskiy – DraftKings: $8,400 – FanDuel: $8,300
Ilya Sorokin – DraftKings: $8,200 – FanDuel: $8,200
Connor Hellebuyck – DraftKings: $7,700 – FanDuel: $7,200
Tournament Stack Pivots: DraftKings
As is often the case in NHL DFS, we are getting decent leverage on some of the apparent best stacks due to tricky pricing. There’s no problem playing EDM1, CGY1, WPG1, FLA1, and the like in large-field tourneys. In fact, CGY1 and WPG1 should come in at very low ownership. Other low-ownership/high success probability stacks include MIN1, FLA2, and WPG2.
Tournament Stack Pivots: FanDuel
Since TOR2 is priced higher on FanDuel, we are getting good leverage despite them being arguably the second-best stack of the night. We’re also seeing perfectly reasonable ownership on EDM1 and WPG1. For some really low ownership pivots, we can go with CGY1, FLA2, and OTT1.