NHL DFS Primer | Friday, February 19th, 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 four games on the schedule so I’ll be breaking down each of them, highlighting some ways to approach building line-ups on the short slate tonight!
Chicago @ Carolina (-185), Total: 6
The Hawks aren’t in Michigan anymore, and as such, check in as heavy dogs tonight on the road in Carolina. They, along with the aforementioned Wings will be the lowest owned options on the slate from a stacking standpoint – so aside from a contrarian CHI1 stack, I think they are a pretty easy fade in this one tonight. G Kevin Lankanin has some appeal as a punt with upside between the pipes at his price point.
As for the Canes, my favourite way to play them when they have Aho/Svechnikov split up at even strength is by rolling through combos of their top PP unit (which also includes Trocheck and upstart Jordan Staal up front). Staal has 5 goals in his last 4 games, and if you are looking to ride the hot hand, he’s in play and should be the lowest owned option up front). For what it’s worth, I won’t be in that camp, but I do think he’s worth including in your player pool in MME formats as he should largely be ignored at $6k. Dougie Hamilton is an elite option on the back-end tonight with a high floor. He hasn’t had too many games where he’s popped – but this is a great match-up for him and if you can afford him, he’s an excellent high spend option on the back end.
Florida (-160) @ Detroit, Total: 5.5
The Panthers will be popular tonight, coming into this one fresh off a big OT win over Carolina. I think that both of the top two lines and the top PP unit for the Panthers are all worth getting significant exposure to in this one. Barkov/Huberdeau/Hornqvist – in that order are my favourite three options up front, so I do like the idea of going heavy on the top PP unit, though for EV lines, I do slightly prefer the top unit for Florida, who check in with very reasonably priced wingers (Duclair and Verhaeghe – both of whom see time on the 2nd PP unit). Ekblad is a great option on the back-end who should be lower owned than Hamilton will be, and who saves a few bucks on his price point as well.
As for Detroit – I don’t have too much interest here. Dylan Larkin is always worth including in your builds – and you can run him alone or with a stack in MME formats, and he definitely won’t be popular – but he does come into this one without a point in four straight. As is the case most nights for the Wings, I think you can even go as far as to fade them. There’s very little DFS appeal here.
Edmonton @ Calgary (-115), Total: 6.5
The big three for Edmonton are arguably my favourite stack for tonight. I think there’s enough value on the board and even though Calgary can be a stout defensive team, it’s hard to keep McDavid and company off of the scoresheet. On nights where they are dogs, I generally like going to them as I find it usually knocks down their ownership levels lower than where I feel they should be, and tonight definitely fits that bill.
As for the Flames, the second line has some appeal as does the top PP unit. The Oilers struggle mightily to defend – however, I am thinking that they will probably be the chalk stack of the night (led by Gaudreau), and I think they make for an interesting game theory fade. It’s not to say they are in a bad spot tonight….they aren’t, playing the Oilers is always a good spot for opposing offensive players – but for me, I like teh idea of going heavy on EDM instead! If you like CGY, my preference for exposure to them would be 2 man stacks, focusing on Lindholm/Tkachuk and Monahan/Gaudreau.
Winnipeg @ Vancouver (-115), Total: 6
The Canucks looked great last time out, picking up a 5-1 win over the Flames on Wednesday night. Led by Bo Horvat, Vancouver looked great in this one picking up an easy win. My idea for this one for MME is to stick to EV stacks, and to rotate combos through each of the team’s top six. I do prefer the Horvat line for the Canucks if I was forced to pick one, while for the Jets – my favourite option would be the Conner-Ehlers (with Stastny being optional). On the back end, I feel like I’m beating a dead horse here, but I still prefer Pionk to Morrisey. The Petterson line has been playing better, and Elias is putting up points, but I still do prefer what I’ve seen from Horvat’s group from an advanced metrics standpoint.
If you are interested in seeing some of my favourite one off plays for tonight’s slate, make sure to check out The NHL Cheat Sheet, which will come out a little later on this afternoon!