NHL DFS Primer | Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 on DraftKings
Looking for help building line-ups for NHL DFS on DraftKings or FanDuel tonight? Let’s take a look at some of the best plays on the board for tonight’s action!
We have a four game slate on Saturday – which is a little bit odd and I don’t quite understand the scheduling here – but here we are. As a result, I’ll do a quick dive into each game, highlighting my thoughts on that game and some ways to approach players in each game for tonight’s slate!
Montreal (-130) @ Vancouver, Total: 6.5
The Habs and Canucks are set to play their third game in their three game set tonight as Montreal wraps up a very successful trip to Western Canada. They check in at 3-0-2 on the season and have been one of the best teams in hockey so far this season. The last two games saw 11 and 10 goals scored respectively – so it shouldn’t be too surprising to see the total as the highest on the board tonight.
The first thing you’ll have to decide on tonight is what to do with W Tyler Toffoli ($5,100). Now – if you think I’m a chump who is point chasing for even just mentioning that – you’re decision is made and you can opt for a fade on him as he’ll be popular after potting 5 goals and a helper in the previous two games against Vancouver. He does see time on the PP unit and plays along with Kotkaniemi and Armia (edit – Armia is out with a concussion, I’d feel worse if it didn’t happen around 12:30pm EST in the last game! Corey Perry is a suitable 3rd option for this stack) at even strength if you want to use a full line stack here and the group has been outstanding with a CF north of 60% on the young season. The other two lines (Danault-Gallagher-Tatar & Suzuki-Anderson-Drouin) are both in play here as well and worth including in your player pool for tonight’s slate. If I had to rank the three lines in my order it would be the Kotkaniemi line first, followed closely by Suzuki’s unit and then a distant third being the Danault group (even though they do outpace the Suzuki line in terms of CF%). Jeff Petry is worth mixing into your builds even though he is the most expensive option on the back-end….but even as a multi-year Petry truther here – he shouldn’t be the most expensive option at D on any night. Weber & Romanov are also worth including in your player pool here.
As for the Canucks, I continue to be under-weight in terms of the Petterson line – they have been pretty poor this season. Most of their success has come with the man advantage, so that remains a viable stacking option and way to get exposure to Vancouver’s shooters up front along with Hughes on the back-end. If you were looking for a line, for me it would be the Horvat group, who at least have neutral metrics in terms of puck possession and attack time. Big Bo Horvat guy here – you can use him alone, a part of a PP1 stack, or as part of a VAN2 two or three man stack.
Philadelphia @ Boston (-155), Total: 5.5
These two teams are set to face off again tonight in what should be one of the better games on the four game slate with two entertaining teams. For Boston, they have yet to break out from a DFS perspective, and while Philly is stout defensively – it’s hard to ignore some of the metrics that we’ve seen from their top unit so far this season. Debrusk is skating along side Bergeron and Marchand and all three of them check in better than 62% in CF% with the two big guns north of 65% – an elite number. If they keep playing like that, it’s only a matter of time before we see better DFS production from them. Even though I don’t love the match-up here – on a short slate they are arguably the top stack on the board. Krejci sees time on the top PP unit and I’ve often written in the past about how one of my favourite ways to play Boston is with him and two members of the top line. Grzelyck got injured again last game so this time for real…I promise….Charlie McAvoy will be on the top PP unit tonight. I think. In my defence, Grzelyck was questionable for the last game – I just didn’t think he’d play.
For the Flyers, as decent dogs in a game with a low projected total against a stout defensive club, I don’t have too much interest here. They have really spread out their best options up front making it tough to fathom a scenario where we’d see a line stack from the Flyers be a part of a GPP winning line-up tonight. I do like a couple of their options individually – such as C Kevin Hayes, and he could be paired with Voracek and Farabee if you did want a stack that should be low-owned and affordable tonight.
LA Kings @ St. Louis (-200), Total: 5.5
The Kings pulled off a shocking win on Thursday night over the Avs – but even in that one, there wasn’t too much DFS appeal – despite the fact they scored four times in the win. Tonight, I don’t really have interest in them either as they travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues tonight.
The Blues – on the other hand will be one of, if not the most owned team tonight as large home favourites. The price point on each of their top two lines is outstanding and the top PP unit doesn’t break the bank either. If I had to pick one line that I prefer – it would be the Schenn-Schwartz-Kyrou line, though I do like the idea of getting significant exposure in MME formats to the options on each of the top two lines that see time on the first PP unit (O’Reilly-Perron from line 1 and Schenn-Schwartz from the second line). Parayko is my favourite option on the back-end for St. Louis, though if you wanted another piece of the top PP unit, Torey Krug is your man.
Ottawa @ Winnipeg (-140) Total: 6
The value stack vs. the expensive high ceiling stack. This game is intriguing, however – it probably depends who else you want to pair them with as I don’t think DFS players will be chomping at the bit to go stacking with a line from either team as their top priority tonight. I do, however, think goals will go up on the board in this one – in fact, I do like the over here. The price point isn’t as intriguing as it used to be for the top line for the Sens – but the trio of Norris-Batherson-Tkachuk remains a very solid stack, and the fact that all three of them play on the top PP unit helps from a correlation standpoint a great deal. Chabot is an elite option on the point tonight.
As for the Jets, they shipped on Laine in a big deal for Pierre-Luc Dubois, and while he won’t be suiting up in this one for them – it looks like they are set to re-unite the trio of Scheifele-Wheeler-Conner in this one, and I think they are an amazing stack tonight as well. The biggest drawback here is the price point on them – but if you like value plays on the board tonight to compliment them – they are on a small list of potential stacks that can be considered the best. Josh Morrisey is seeing top PP unit time with them – but to be honest, I still prefer Pionk….though I don’t think you need either of them tonight for significant exposure in your builds.
Make sure to check out the NHL Cheat Sheet which will be coming out a little later on today!