With just over 2 weeks left in the NHL season, things are starting to heat up! Each night brings a little more importance for the teams who are making their final playoff push. We get six games to break down tonight. Let’s find the best NHL DFS plays for DraftKings and FanDuel. Good luck!
Jonas Johansson – Colorado Avalanche: The Avs head to Anaheim tonight to face the Ducks, who have been a bad team all year long. They have been struggling to score lately, and this should be a solid play for your cash games.
Marc-Andre Fleury – Minnesota Wild: The Wild host the Kraken tonight, and this should be a nice upside spot for Fleury. This should be a lower scoring game, so both goalies are in play, but the lean is MAF.
Ilya Sorokin – New York Islanders: The Isles host the Devils tonight, and Sorokin should see a lot of shot volume. The Isles have been good at limiting chances, so this should be a decent upside spot for Sorokin.
High Risk Goalie Pick – Karel Vejmelka – Arizona Coyotes: The Coyotes host the Oilers tonight, so no one will play Veggie. However, his numbers over his last five are very solid, and he should see a ton of shots. This is a very risky, high upside play tonight, and is a good way to gain a ton of leverage on the field.
Lines to Build Around
These NHL DFS lines are considered top plays for the night and can be considered the focal point of your builds. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).
Colorado Avalanche Power Play – Nathan MacKinnon/JT Compher/Valeri Nichushkin/Mikko Rantanen/Cale Makar: The Avalanche are in a fantastic spot tonight against the Ducks, who currently have the 30th ranked penalty killing unit, and are 7th in the league in time shorthanded per game. The Avs’ power play is ranked 4th in the league, and it should see a ton of opportunity tonight.
Florida Panthers Power Play – Aleksander Barkov/Matthew Tkachuk/Carter Verhaeghe/Sam Reinhart/Brandon Montour: The Panthers’ top line is in a great spot tonight, and could very well be overlooked. This is a reunion of sorts, and people will flock to Edmonton and Colorado. This line has huge upside and could be all the leverage you need.
High Risk Lines
These are NHL DFS plays that carry significantly more risk, but could pay off at low ownership. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).
Edmonton Oilers Power Play – Connor McDavid/Leon Draisaitl/Ryan Nugent-Hopkins/Zach Hyman/Evan Bouchard: We do have to talk about the Oilers tonight, because they are going to be heavily owned. Their power play unit is the way to go tonight, as Arizona is takes the most penalties in the league and is ranked 22nd on the penalty kill. This is the top unit in the league, so of course we need to consider them.
Montreal Canadiens 2 – Kirby Dach/Denis Gurianov/Jonathan Drouin: We are going to go back to the well with Montreal’s second line tonight, as they face a Sabres team who could be without Tage Thompson. Generally, they use Thompson’s line against the second line, which is a great setup to begin with, but with Thompson being out, it should open up some better chances for this line.
Ottawa Senators 3 – Dylan Gambrell/Julien Gauthier/Derick Brassard: One of the tougher parts about playing this slate is finding value. The top plays are all expensive, and not a lot of value looks ‘good’. This line should have some chances, but are the riskiest play on the board tonight.
NHL DFS Honorable Mentions: BUFPP, OTT1, FLA3
Value Options – DraftKings
Consider these NHL DFS plays to help save you some salary in your lineups on DraftKings. Be sure to stack!
Center: Eric Staal ($3200) – Florida Panthers
Wing: Denis Gurianov ($3200) – Montreal Canadiens
Defense: JJ Moser ($3300) – Arizona Coyotes
Value Options – FanDuel
Consider these NHL DFS plays to help save you some salary in your lineups on FanDuel. Be sure to stack!
Center: Eric Staal ($3800) – Florida Panthers
Wing: Denis Gurianov ($4100) – Montreal Canadiens
Defense: JJ Moser ($4500) – Arizona Coyotes
Cash Considerations – DraftKings and FanDuel
Center: Nathan MacKinnon – Colorado Avalanche
Wing: Matthew Tkachuk – Florida Panthers
Defense: Dougie Hamilton – New Jersey Devils
Goalie: Jonas Johansson – Colorado Avalanche
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