NHL DFS Primer for Thursday, February 25th on DraftKings

NHL DFS Primer | Thursday, February 25th, 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 is a 10 game slate, with no shortage of options to choose from when it comes to building line-ups.  We have a few games with projected totals of 6.5 goals and to me, outside of McDavid and company, I’m expecting ownership levels to be pretty spread out.  I’m going to share 10 thoughts that I have for tonight’s action on DraftKings below!

  1. Edmonton’s top line/PP unit was kept somewhat in check last time out against Vancouver (McDavid did get a goal, but only 12.8 DKP).  Tonight, in a repeat match-up, I like the idea of going overweight exposure on them in a plus match-up.  The Canucks have really struggled at defending most of the season, and I think they are in tough tonight against the high powered Oilers.
  2. I also continue to like the Horvat line for VAN, and the price point on them is outstanding.
  3. WAS1 remains one of my favourite stacks in what should be a high scoring game against the Pens tonight.  I prefer them slightly to the top unit for the Pens, who are a little bit more expensive (though they are worth keeping in your MME player pools as well, along with Letang on the back-end).
  4. I am put to the test when BOS1 goes up against the Islanders.  I love touting heavy BOS1 expsoure and I also love touting fade (or under-weight stacks against the Isles).  Tonight, for me, fade or under-weight exposure on the Isles wins out.  I expect the big line for Boston to be popular off of the Pastrnak hat trick last time out and I think it makes for an interesting spot to fade them.  Of course, if you like them, they are one of the best lines in hockey….
  5. I’ve been heavy on the Habs – but I’m out until further notice.  We’ll see if the coaching change lights a fire under them – but I have no problem taking a wait and see approach them for a little bit, they’ve been dismal lately.  I also don’t have too much interest in Winnipeg.  I’m expecting this to get a tight, ‘responsible’ defensive game from the Habs – which to me means boring and non-eventful.  No thanks, I’m out.
  6. Nashville/Detroit is a game that I think you can just ignore the forwards in.  Neither of these teams score goals.  I do think the Nashville defencemen are in option as they have high floors and are key cogs in the offensive attack for the Preds….but I think you can avoid going heavy on the options up front.  NAS1 is decent, but even them at what should be moderate ownership levels are worth considering opting for a game theory fade on.
  7. I like the idea in MME formats of getting exposure to both of New Jersey’s top two lines against the lowly Sabres.  It’s New Jersey – so don’t go nuts here, but a ~5-8% weighting on each of the lines should put you over-weight relative to the field in a large field GPP MME contest.  Assuming he gets the start, even though he’ll be a chalk option tonight, I love this spot for Mackenzie Blackwood between the pipes.
  8. Florida’s top PP unit remains a great option and going up against a Dallas team that has been struggling of late, I like the idea of getting some expsoure to each of the top two lines along with the top PP unit.  My favourite two man combo would be Barkov and Huberdeau.
  9. Tampa’s new top line of Point-Palat-Coleman intrigues me more than their second unit.  Both, along with the top PP unit are worth mixing into MME builds, but I do prefer the top line for the Bolts in this one as moderate favourites at home against Carolina in a game with a projected total of 6 goals.
  10. I don’t mind taking a shot on Aho-Svechnikov-Trocheck as a 3 man CAR stack going up against Tampa.  They were shut out last night, but I like the upside with this trio from the top PP unit going up against the Bolts, who will likely be sitting Vasilevskiy tonight.  You can probably go over-weight vs. the field with 8-10% on them.

If you are looking for my favourite one off plays, check out The NHL Daily Cheat Sheet as this piece focuses more on stacking!

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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