DraftKings and FanDuel NHL Spotlight Plays of the Day for 4/18

You’ll see some familiar top-tier players tonight as all of these teams playing tonight are in the 4th games of their series, so matchups won’t be too tough to figure out. If you want to see where each player ranks tonight, check out Awesemo Player Rankings. He’ll give you his take on each player below first, then I (Tommienation1) will follow up with some additional analysis.


Nikita Kucherov ($7,900 DK/$8,500 FD)

“The total for the Lightning is the highest of the night as a lot of goals are expected in this game. As one of the highest volume shooters in the NHL, Kucherov should benefit.”

Kucherov (“A” points grade) is coming off a solid performance where he posted 7 shot attempts, 4 Scoring Chances, and 2 High-Danger Chances. We know he can be a force on the power-play, but the even-strength matchup has been favorable for him and the Lightning offense as the Devils have allowed the 4th-most Scoring Chances Against per 60 minutes at even-strength in the Playoffs. If you can afford him, Kucherov is a great one-off in all formats.

Filip Forsberg ($6,600 DK/$7,900 FD)

“Forsberg will once again be in an up-tempo matchup against COL1 in which he has thrived at even-strength.”

Despite only tallying one assist in Game-3, Forsberg’s advanced numbers were pretty crazy. He had 13 shot attempts with 5 Scoring Chances, 2 of which were High-Danger Chances. The matchups for tonight’s game should be the same with Colorado winning Game-3, so Forsberg will see a lot of the MacKinnon and Soderberg lines for the Avs. He’s been great all series and I expect him to be firing at will tonight as the Predators try to take a 3-1 lead back to Nashville.


Brandon Montour ($3,700 DK/$3,900 FD)

“Montour is one of the only guys in his price range that logs big minutes and he’s on the top power-play unit with Anaheim’s top line.”

Here we have another player that had was firing away in Game-3 of his respective series. Montour (“B” DK value) had 12 shot attempts and 4 Scoring Chances in an 8-1 loss while playing over 24 minutes for the 3rd consecutive game. He is underpriced on both sites (like many of the Ducks) but I’m more than willing to take a stab at him as he’s tied for the most shot attempts (with Evander Kane) in the series thus far.

Patrick Nemeth ($3,200 DK/$3,500 FD)

“Nemeth has played over 25 minutes each of the last two games, and should see near that time again tonight in another must-win game for the Avalanche.”

It’s tough to find guys at this price that are going to sniff 25 minutes of ice time, but Nemeth (“A” DK value) is one of them tonight. He’s not going to shoot the most or get a lot of PP time, but just being on the ice for nearly half the game is enough value to be in play on both sites. If you can’t get up to Tyson Barrie for your D-man slot, Nemeth is a nice consolation prize for some savings as he’ll play a fair amount at even-strength with MacKinnon and co.

Jake Hari
Jake Hari is the Director of NHL Content at Awesemo.com and contributes to the site's NHL and MLB coverage as a writer of the spotlight stacks articles and host of Strategy Videos and Livestreams. Jake has been dubbed "the Baseball Savant" thanks to his immense knowledge of MLB but he's achieved some of his best success as an innovator in the world of NHL DFS. You can contact Jake by emailing [email protected].

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