NHL DFS Primer for Thursday, February 18th on DraftKings

NHL DFS Primer | Thursday, February 18th, 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!

Tonight, we have a nine game slate – so today’s piece will be focused on identifying where we’re likely to see chalk as well as some ways to approach that, followed by a few options that shouldn’t be too popular with the masses as potential stacking ideas.  Let’s have a look at some ways to build line-ups for tonight’s NHL action!

Who are the most popular stacks likely to be?

  • TOR1 – Matthews scored…again last night – but outside of his goal, people who went stacking with Toronto were disappointed as the Leafs won 2-1 in a low scoring game against Ottawa.  They check in as -310 favourites yet again tonight in the only game with a total of 6.5, and while I think we’ll see Marner/Thornton ownership levels take a hit, I still expect them to be popular.
    • One interesting way to approach Toronto would be loading up on the top PP unit.  Since Wayne Simmonds got hurt, the Leafs have stacked their PP unit, taking the approach that they did for most of last season.  Tavares and/or Nylander, though I don’t personally like TOR2, I can at least see the appeal to using them alongside Matthews in a stack of the top PP unit for a bit of a twist vs. much of the field.
  • BOS1 – Arguably the best line in hockey, in a plus match-up at home against the Devils, I love this spot for BOS1, and they are my favourite stack of the night, especially with some of the value options being attractive on the board tonight.
  • Washington1 – The Caps look to have juggled their lines, and the trio of Ovie-Kuznetsov-Oshie is going to be a popular one tonight as those three look set to skate together.  I think they’ll be owned in the teens and I like the idea of going roughly market weight to them in MME formats.  Ovie is going to be hard to ignore in single entry formats in a plus match-up against a struggling Sabres team that has looked dismal in two games off of their Covid sideline period.
  • STL PP1 and the big guns for the Blues are going to be popular tonight.  First, they are affordable, second – they are playing the Sharks who are pretty atrocious at keeping pucks out of the net.  Personally, while I don’t mind the idea of using 1-2 of them in single entry, for MME large field GPP’s, I like the idea of going under-weight or even opting for a fade here.  The spot is solid, but personally I find them hard to stack at even strength, and on a nine game slate, I do prefer some other pivots off of them on the board.

Where are some other stacks that look good tonight?

  • ARI1 – I’ve been touting them pretty hard in the past week or so, and a match-up at home against the Kings isn’t going to stop me.  The raise in salary for Garland is starting to get a little aggressive, but that will help keep ownership levels in check.  I like that the trio is now skating together with the man advantage, and I also really like the spot tonight for Chychrun on the back-end and Keumper between the pipes tonight, assuming he gets the call.
  • OTT PP1 – Michael Hutchinson is likely going to start tonight for the Leafs, and maybe I’m just scarred as a Leafs fan – but given how well Freddie played last night in their win, unless the Leafs really tighten up in their own end, they will give up a few more tonight if they play as poor as they did in the first 40 minutes last night.  I like the idea of sprinkling in a few combinations of 2-3 options from the top PP unit for the Sens, who are quite affordable in this spot tonight against the Leafs.
  • Oh yea, as a final note – I’m going to keep fading the Rangers.  It’ll burn me eventually – but until next time….

Good luck in your contests tonight, and if you want to see some of my favourite one offs for tonight’s slate – make sure to check out the Cheat Sheet, which is focused more to that vs. this piece, which focuses on stacking (primarily with options up front at C/W)!

About Brad

Brad hates the term fantasy sports expert, so instead he is someone who specializes in NFL, NHL and MLB DFS notes and analysis. He had a 68.2% win rate in 2015 NFL cash games to go along with a 83.5% win rate for the 2014 season. For NHL he had a 58.7% win rate in the 2015-16 season for cash games and a 66.2% win rate for the 2014-15 season. You can follow him on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.

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