NHL DFS Primer | Thursday, April 29th, 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!
The NHL has decided that tonight is a good night to have 10 games on the schedule, going up against the NFL draft. Good choice. Regardless, for those looking to dive in to a deep slate, there is no shortage of options to choose from when it comes to building line-ups, and the deep slate will help keep ownership levels in check, minimizing the chalk in MME formats – though we do have three large favourites on the board. For tonight’s 10 gamer, I’m going to share 9 thoughts for tonight’s slate – so let’s dive in and look at some things to consider when building line-ups on DraftKings tonight!
- I don’t think we need to spend a lot of time on it, but with three teams greater than -300 favourites, I do think that there will be a fair amount of ownership on TOR1, CAR1/CAR PP1 and BOS1. Boston and Carolina are my two favourites out of this group as they go up against the Sabres and Red Wings respectively, while the Leafs take on Vancouver, who gave them a bit of trouble last week. It’ll be tough to fade this group, and if you go under-weight the field in terms of ownership levels, there is risk – but on such a deep slate, there are plenty of teams in great spots tonight.
- One of those is TB1/TB PP1, which have the potential to check in lower owned than they should be as -170 favourites tonight. Barre-Boulet really opens things up from a salary standpoint, meaning you can combine him with Point and Palat for an affordable 3-man stack that would check in as moderately priced. Barre-Boulet has goals in two straight and has sent six pucks on net in both games. At $3,400 – he is a steal, and the whole line is under-priced.
- I liked the top line for Jersey last time out, and they didn’t disappoint, with Jack Hughes having a big night in a 6-4 win for the Devils over the Flyers, who continue to struggle in their own zone. Given that I liked them last time out, I see no reason not to go back to well and tout them again tonight. They’ll fly under the radar tonight in a game with a close line and a total of 6 goals tonight. NJ1/NJ PP1 are both very affordable as value stack options.
- I haven’t touched on the Oilers yet – but as -135 favourites in a game with a total of six, you can make an argument that they should be in the chalk conversation. Based on the lines, I do think that will put a bit of a ceiling on EDM1/EDM PP1 tonight – but you could make a strong argument that their ownership levels could challenge the likes of the big three mentioned right off the top. I usually don’t like to target CGY, so I don’t mind the idea of a fade here, especially at the price points for McDavid and company.
- I’ve been high on NYR1/NYR PP1 for a good ~6 weeks now, but I don’t like targeting the Islanders with opposing stacks – which makes me think that you can probably find better opportunities tonight than going stacking with the Zibanejad and company from the Rangers.
- I think another game that I can probably safely remove from your player pool tonight is STL/MIN. I’d be highly surprised if a stack here was relevant in a large field GPP on Thursday night.
- Don’t sleep on TB2 tonight. I love what I have seen from Gourde-Coleman-Goodrow, who are an affordable stack and who lit the lamp a couple of times last time out. They won’t be popular tonight and are definitely worth mixing into your builds as a low cost contrarian stacking option tonight.
- They let me down the other night, but I don’t mind the idea of getting some exposure to PIT1/PIT PP1 for around 10% tonight. They shouldn’t be too popular and could get lost on such a deep slate of action tonight.
- They are big dogs tonight, so I’m not expecting them to be too popular tonight – but I have loved what I have seen from the Horvat line for Vancouver in match-ups against the Leafs this season. The trio of Horvat-Pearson-Hoglander have some solid advanced metrics, and have looked good previously in many match-ups with the Leafs. I don’t mind the idea of mixing them into builds tonight, and with the Leafs at -300 tonight, they won’t be too popular, making them an interesting contrarian stacking option tonight.
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!