NHL DFS Primer for Saturday, April 3rd on DraftKings

NHL DFS Primer | Saturday, April 3rd, 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!

Saturday night gives us an eight game slate, with three teams checking in as -220 favourites or greater.  As a result, I am expecting a few teams to be pretty popular from an ownership standpoint, but there are some options that aren’t quite as obvious that I think are in a good spot for tonight’s NHL DFS action on DraftKings as well!  Let’s have a look at 8 thoughts on stacking for tonight’s action!

  1. The Rangers are -220 favourites and with how well the top line for them has been playing of late, it’s hard not to love the spot for NYR1 tonight as they go up against the worst team in hockey, the Buffalo Sabres.  Mike Zibanejad comes into this one with nine goals in his past 9 games, has been shooting the puck at an elite clip – and all in all, the spot here for them is outstanding tonight.  If you wanted a lower owned option you could opt for a NYR2 or NYR PP1 stack vs. the straight trio on the top line.
  2. The Panthers have the potential to slip under the radar in terms of ownership levels tonight.  For them, I continue to like the Huberdeau line, and you could probably get an over-weight position on them for around 10% exposure.  With Ekblad out on the back-end, Yandle is the only one worth keeping in your player pool IMO.  While he never blocks shots, he has sent multiple pucks on net in five straight, helping form a little bit of a base as his floor.
  3. The top line for the Isles broke the slate last time out against Washington, picking up a 8-4 win.  Tonight, they are large favourites at home, and to me, I like this spot for their second line, a line that I like to target.  I wouldn’t blame anyone that wanted to use the top line here, but I like Beauvillier/Nelson/Bailey as a twist off of them, and 6-8% should get you overweight on all of them, except maybe Beauvillier, who will be used in some NYI PP1 stacks too.
  4. The top line for Colorado – or the top PP unit, will be among the highest owned stacks – and for good reason tonight as they are arguably the best stack.  Last game out against the Blues, MacKinnon lit the lamp twice, and the game before, Donskoi (line 3, but PP1) netted a hat trick the game before in a 9-3 win.  At this point in the season, everyone has seen that the top line for Colorado is arguably the top line in hockey and they are a great option for a high spend stack tonight.
  5. We’ve got to point 5 without mentioning the Habs, who play Ottawa and are -230 favourites tonight in a game with a total of 6.  For the Habs, they continue to spread out their firepower up front across three lines, making them ideal to target in large field MME formats for me – but not too interesting for single entry.  I usually don’t love stacking MTL1, but Danault has been showing some signs of life lately and is skating along with Suzuki’s line with the man advantage, making MTL1 an intriguing stack in this match-up.
  6. If you are looking to narrow down your player pool a little bit, I don’t mind the idea of boxing out MIN/VGK and/or SJ/LAK from your builds tonight to help narrow down the field.
  7. I don’t mind the idea of mixing in a little bit of exposure to 2 man BUF1 stacks (Hall/Middlestadt) or two man BUF PP1 stacks tonight against the Rangers.  I think that the price point on some of the Buffalo options is quite attractive tonight.  If you went with a PP1 two man stack up front, you could bolt on Rasmus Dahlin for another value option, getting exposure to a very affordable trio from Buffalo….and they won’t be popular, in fact far from it.
  8. The Canes check in as -160 favourites going up against the Stars tonight on home ice, and I like the idea of mixing in some CAR1 two man stacks (Aho/Necas) and some CAR2 stacks (Trocheck/Svechnikov, and to a lesser extent, Fast).  Going up against the Stars tonight with the last change, I really like this spot for the Canes tonight and it shouldn’t be hard to get to a point where you are over-weight the field in terms of your CAR exposure.  Dougie Hamilton is an elite option to bolt on to the back-end for a high spend and Pesce as a mid-priced option.

This article focuses mainly on stacking – if you want to see my favourite one off plays, please look out for the NHL Daily Cheat Sheet that will be out a little later on this afternoon!

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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