NHL DFS Primer for Friday, April 2nd on DraftKings

NHL DFS Primer | Friday, April 2nd, 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!

Friday gives us a six game slate as we roll into the weekend and it’s an interesting set of games that includes one large favourite (Colorado) and three games with a projected total of six goals, and a couple that look like DFS duds, which will result in some consolidation in terms of ownership levels among a few teams.  Let’s have a look at some ways to approach building line-ups for Friday night!

Washington (-150) @ New Jersey, Total: 6

The Caps are pretty large favourites tonight in a game with a projected total of six.  I expect Ovie’s line to be popular tonight with Kuznetsov and Oshie joining him on the top line and PP unit.  Carlson on the back-end is an elite option for a high spend.  You can sprinkle in a little bit of exposure in MME formats to the second line, but I wouldn’t go nuts here, the top line is the spot to be in terms of stacking for the Caps.

As for the Devils, I don’t have too much interest here.  They are a low scoring team that spreads out most of their best players.  If you did want to go stacking here, it would be with the top PP unit.  I will say, after giving up eight goals last night, I am expecting Washington to tighten things up a considerable amount tonight in their own zone and I think you can likely completely fade the Devils safely on Saturday night.

Toronto (-120) @ Winnipeg, Total: 6

The Leafs are slight favourites playing on the road in Winnipeg tonight.  I haven’t loved this match-up for the Leafs so far this season, recommending a fade on the big guns up front for them – something that I think you can consider yet again tonight.  I don’t think they’ll have a dud offensively, but I would be somewhat surprised if they have the type of night needed to be large field GPP relevant.  I will say, however – that I will never argue with anyone that does want to go stacking with TOR1 and Matthews or TOR PP1 – they are among the best stacks in NHL DFS league-wide.

As for the Jets, they were held in check by Jack Campbell and the Leafs on Wednesday in a 3-1 loss.  I wouldn’t go nuts here with exposure – but I can see a path to success for either of the top two lines for the Jets, even though they check in as small dogs in this one.  Keep an eye on the status of Blake Wheeler for tonight.  It looks like he took part in the morning skate, but their lines were all jumbled.  Assuming Connor/Ehlers stick together, whatever line they are on is my favourite one here for the Jets, no matter who is playing down the middle for them.

Calgary @ Edmoton (-145), Total: 6

The Oilers, as per usual will be popular tonight, playing on home ice as favourites against the Flames.  The top line for the Oilers will be popular and you can safely lock and load them if you usually use them heavily.  I will say this – they have been very quiet for four straight games, and there is some game theory appeal to opt for a fade in this one.  Risky, but the Flames are a pretty stout defensive team and I’d be tempted to roll the dice here to focus on stacking elsewhere outside Edmonton.

I don’t mind this spot to sprinkle in some CGY exposure tonight.  Giordano has been a rock on the back-end and is a high floor, high ceiling option for a price that doesn’t completely break the bank for some boosted support from the defence position.  He has hit double digit DKP in 5 of his past 7 games.  Up front for the Flames, they have been rather lacklustre – but a match-up with the Oilers is about as good as it gets, and I don’t mind the idea of sprinkling in some exposure to the trio of Tkachuk/Lindholm/Mangiapane in a plus match-up.  They are affordable, and my favourite option for the Flames in this one.

St. Louis @ Colorado (-235), Total: 5.5

The Avs top line doesn’t need a whole lot of accolades at this point.  They are expensive, but are the best stacking option on this slate.  Donskoi lit the lamp 3x and added a helper last game out with six SOG and basically broke the slate.  He remains a viable option to bolt on top of COL1, or to use him as a substitute for either Landeskog or Rantanen if you opt to stack COL PP1.  Makar is the option on the back-end if you want a piece there.  Personally, I don’t have much interest in COL2 or COL3, though in large field GPP’s, you could sprinkle in a tiny bit of exposure to them.

As for the Blues, I don’t have much interest here in this match-up.  I find it tough to envision a path to a stack for the Blues having a reasonable probability of being a part of a large field GPP win.  If you did go stacking with them, my favourite way to do it would be to get 2-3 pieces from that top PP unit.

Arizona @ Anaheim (Even), Total: 5.5

I don’t have too much interest in this game, which should check in as a low scoring defensive game.  Both teams lack offensive firepower, and I don’t see too much DFS appeal in this one.  I’d go as far as to say that you could probably remove this game from the slate, including the options on the point and in net.  If you did want to go stacking with ARI – you could opt for some modest exposure to ARI1 with Garland’s line, or to use the wingers from ARI2 (Keller/Kessel).  I wouldn’t go into the double digits in terms of your exposure, but I could at least see the potential for a path for that to pay off tonight.  For Anaheim, I really don’t have any interest at all.

San Jose @ LA Kings (-125), Total: 5.5

Even though this game has a low total, I do really like this spot for the top line for the Kings.  Kopitar/Brown/Iafallo have been churning out a solid fantasy season and the correlation play here is nice as they play at even strength and with the man advantage together.  The match-up is as good as it gets, and given that they play on the Kings, they won’t be too popular of stack tonight, and I’d expect them to be sub 20% owned, even on a short slate.  They come into this one a little cold – but I like their chances of righting the ship.

As for the Sharks, on a short slate, getting some decent exposure to W Evander Kane is never a bad idea.  He’s pretty much match-up proof as he can send pucks on net with the best of them when he’s on – and he comes into this one fresh off a 7 SOG night, something that he does tend to rack up in bulk in short bursts.  The match-up with the Kings isn’t amazing – but there isn’t too much to love on this slate as a whole – so I don’t mind the idea of mixing in some SJ1/SJ PP1 stacks tonight – or even using Kane in a significant portion of line-ups on his own.  On the back-end, I like the idea of getting some exposure to both Karlsson (who is playing great in the past week) and Burns.  They are two of my favourite options on the back-end for this slate.

This article focuses more on stacking rather than one off plays….if you would like to see my favourite options on an individual level for tonight’s slate, make sure to check out the NHL Cheat Sheet – which will be out later on today!

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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