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DraftKings and FanDuel NHL Spotlight Plays of the Day for 4/23

Jake Hari



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We’ve got a couple Game-6 tilts tonight with the Bruins and Capitals looking to advance, while the Leafs and Blue Jackets looking to force Game-7s. Here are some individual players we are spotlighting for tonight’s slate in addition to the Stacks article. Awesemo will start with his analysis, then I (Tommienation1) will follow up.

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Alex Ovechkin ($7,800 DK/$8,700 FD)

“Ovechkin is still shooting at a torrid pace, and his line and power play should create a lot of chances tonight once again.”

Stop me if you’ve hear this before, but Alex Ovechkin (“A” points grade) is attempting as many shots as anyone, and we should expect more of the same tonight after being robbed by Sergei Bobrovsky multiple times in a Game-5 win. Ovechkin’s matchup should be the same (against CBJ1) for the 6th straight game, and both lines have traded shots. If you’re building a cash-game lineup, Ovechkin should probably be the first guy you click on tonight.

Auston Matthews ($7,000 DK/$7,500 FD)

“Matthews is a much better play on home ice in this series as he will be able to avoid Patrice Bergeron at even-strength.”

Matthews (“A” points grade) hasn’t had the results DFSers have been looking for in the first 5 games of this series, but he leads the Leafs in 5v5 shot attempts, Scoring Chances, and is 2nd in High-Danger Chances. The desperate Leafs will do whatever they can to get him in favorable spots at even-strength, and he’ll be a pivotal part of their top power-play tonight, where they’ve had success (30% PP this series). Give Matthews a long-look in tournaments in this elimination game.

Rick Nash ($5,000 DK/$5,700 FD)

“Nash has been quiet most of the series, but his price, shot volume, and team total all make him a solid value tonight on both sites.”

Nash (“A” points grade/”A” FD value) took another 7 shots at even-strength (8 total) in Game-5 while creating 4 Scoring Chances but had no points to show for it. He should matchup against the Will Nylander-less top Leafs’ line which should be high-event at even-strength. Everything we like to see out of Nash has been there, and despite underwhelming results, I’m looking to take another shot at him tonight as he’s got a good 5v5 outlook and is still on the stacked top power-play unit.

Michal Kempny ($3,300 DK/$3,900 FD)

“Kempy’s top pairing assignment next to John Carlson makes him a solid value in a series that has been filled with shots and scoring chances for both sides.”

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Kempny is one of the few players at his price point on DK that will get near 20 minutes of ice time and shoots a decent amount. Outside of the first game of the series where he played only 4 minutes, Kempny has logged at least 18 minutes and as many as 24 in Games 2-5. He has also attempted 20 shots and created 9 Scoring Chances in the last 4 games, so he’s been a solid offensive player for them despite only 1 assist to show for it. The lack of PP time is the only downside to Kempny at this price, but this game should be high-event once again, so he’s a fine punt on both site.

Jake Hari is the Director of NHL Content at 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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