With a short MLB slate and no NBA tonight, this would be a perfect time to get in on some NHL DFS, as tonight’s slate may only be 5 games, but there are a lot of viable options in each game (and some were discussed in the Spotlights article). The three lines below deserve some consideration in tournaments, but the bidding doesn’t stop here, as we’ve got a bunch of other great lines going tonight such as TB1 and BOS1. Awesemo will weigh in first, and then I (Tommienation1) will follow up with some additional notes.
NSH1: Forsberg-Johansen-Arvidsson ($17,500 DK/$20,900 FD)
“The Predators have the highest team total of the night at 3.5, and their top line gets the benefit of all playing on the top line and top power-play.”
The top line for the Preds is one of the top plays of the night if you look at their even-strength matchup against the MacKinnon line. Colorado’s top line, over their last 15 games, has allowed 31.2 Scoring Chances Against per 60 minutes and 14 High-Danger Chances Against per 60 minutes at even-strength. The Johansen line, on the other hand, over their last 15 games have posted 13.6 High-Danger Chances For per 60 minutes. The top power-play time for all three of these guys is just icing on the cake, as this stack will be popular in tournaments, but for good reason.
SJ1: Kane-Pavelski-Donskoi ($16,500 DK/$18,400 FD)
“The top line for the Sharks is a solid contrarian stack in tournaments as the have some of the best numbers, and their team total has gone up since it opened.”
This line (“B” points grade) has some of the best possession numbers on the entire slate (37.5 Scoring Chances For per 60 minutes, 18.3 High-Danger Chances For per 60 mintues), and anytime I can get them at low ownership, they get my attention. The low team total may scare some off of them, but if they get a matchup against the Kesler line (I believe they will), then it’s actually a fine even-strength matchup for them. At home this season, the Kesler line has allowed almost 30 Scoring Chances Against per 60 minutes and 12.2 High-Danger Chances Against per 60 minutes. You don’t have to break the bank for this trio, either, and all the reasons mentioned above plus the power-play time makes them a great stack at depressed ownership in tournaments.
BOS2: DeBrusk-Krejci-Nash ($14,700 DK/$16,700 FD)
“The 3.4 implied total for the Bruins is well over their monthly and season average totals, and this second line should get great matchups all game.”
The second line for the Bruins (“A” DK value) leads all lines on this slate in both Scoring Chances For per 60 minutes and High-Danger Chances For per 60 minutes, and they likely won’t even be the highest-owned line on their own team in tournaments. The top line for the Bruins is a great play, too, but you can’t argue against the saving you get with the Krejci line. They’ll even get a matchup that is just as good, if not better, than the Bergeron line, as BOS2 will go up against the Kadri line for Toronto, who has allowed over 31 Scoring Chances Against per 60 minutes and 14 High-Danger Chances For per 60 minutes.