NHL DFS Primer for Thursday, April 22nd on DraftKings

NHL DFS Primer | Thursday, April 22nd, 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!

Thursday night gets us back to a full slate of action with ten games on the docket, which should help spread out ownership levels a fair bit when it comes to contests on DraftKings.  For today’s write-up, I will touch on the teams that I think will be the chalk stacks at the end, but will highlight some spots to consider mixing into your builds that don’t leap off the page when looking at the slate.  Let’s dive in and look at some ways to approach line-up construction on Thursday night!

Who are some stacks in good spots tonight?

  • They won’t be low owned tonight, but I do like the spot for the top line for the Canucks in a plus match-up against the Sens.  They check in as -140 favourites in a game with a projected total of six, and they looked great last time out against the Leafs (granted, Rittich may have just looked that bad – but that’s another story…).  The top line for the Canucks is a great low-mid priced stack option tonight in a plus match-up, and I think they have the potential to check in with lower ownership levels than they should have tonight.  Quinn Hughes banked in a goal off a defender’s stick, and added a helper to make me eat my words on Tuesday – he’s ok to tack on as a correlation play tonight as it is a good spot.  I’d only use him with a stack though, I wouldn’t have him as an isolated option on the back-end.
  • I don’t say this often – but it may not be a bad night to go light on TOR1 and COL1.  The Avs are without Rantanen, and have been sidelined due to Covid concerns for most of the week, and they check in as moderate -140 favourites on home ice going up against the Blues.  On a night where Colorado eases back into things missing a few key cogs in their attack, I don’t mind the idea of opting for a fade on them on such a deep slate.  As for the Leafs, it’s a bit of a game theory fade here on such a deep slate with Matthews likely to continue to garner heavy ownership levels.  There’s risk here for sure – they are two of the best lines in hockey, but there’s no shortage of great spots tonight and this could be an edge worth pushing (or at least strongly considering it).
  • The Leafs have been getting brutal goaltending of late – and have yet to announce a starter for tonight’s contest, but I do assume that Jack Campbell should be back between the pipes for the buds tonight.  I do like this spot for the Jets line of Scheifele-Conner-Dubois, assuming they skate together in the pre-game warm-ups tonight.  The line is stacked, and even though they have only skated together 24 mins this season together – they are a very intriguing trio for tonight’s contest against a team that struggles to defend.  Dubois’ price point helps to keep things in check for the stack cost, which is a nice bonus.  Either way, I like this spot for them.
  • I don’t mind the spot for the Isles tonight at home against the Caps in a game that will probably fly under the radar in terms of it’s popularity.  For the Isles, they have a great value stack available with the trio of Pageau-Beauvillier-Bailey.  While it may seem like chasing points here with Beauvillier coming in off of a 4 point game, I’ve been touting him pretty strong for the past month and really like what I’ve seen from him.  Pageau and the 3rd line for the Isles was always worth keeping in MME builds, even when he had worse wingers than this pair – and they dominated last time out, not just with the surface stats, but also in advanced metrics with 86% xGoals%…while that is unsustainably high, I like what I saw from them and think they are worth mixing into your builds tonight.

Who do I expect to be the highest owned stacks tonight?

  • PIT1/PIT PP1
  • BOS1
  • TB1/TB PP1
  • NYR1 + Fox

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 morning!

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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