NHL DFS Primer for Friday May 21st on DraftKings

NHL DFS Primer | Friday, May 21st, 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 slate really became an afterthought for many after the scary site in Toronto with the injury to John Tavares.  It looks like he has been released from hospital – so that is a good sign for him and his family.  Tonight, we have a four gamer as we get a repeat of Wednesday night’s slate – highlighted by what should be another great game between the Bruins and Caps!  Let’s dive in and look at each of the games and some ways to approach Friday night’s slate on DraftKings for May 21st!

Washington @ Boston (-165), Total: 5.5

The Caps and Bruins will lace them up for the fourth game tonight, with Boston sitting in front 2-1.  For me, in this one – it comes down to three lines that I like – the top two for the Bruins, and then the top line for the Caps (Ovie-Backstrom-Mantha), which I like a lot less than I do Boston due to the fact that Boston will be able to get the match-up they want against the Ovie line.

All three lines are worth keeping in your player pool tonight – and on a short four game slate, you’ll probably want double digit ownership levels on each of them (bump up for BOS2, and perhaps BOS1).  For the Caps, I don’t have much interest in going into the bottom 9, unless you were looking at getting exposure to some of the other key cogs on the top PP unit (subbing them in for Backstrom is something that I have liked doing a fair bit over the years).

On the back-end, McAvoy is skating with the top PP unit for the Bruins and is an excellent mid-priced option, while Grzelcyk is worth keeping in your player pool – while for the Caps, I like Orlov as a sub $4k option with a high floor for his blocked shots.  Carlson is fine if you want to tack him onto a Washington stack – but he has really been struggling compared to historical levels and I’d rather wait and see him produce at least once before loading up on him.

I think that both netminders are worth mixing into builds, with Rask being my preferred option out of the two goalies.

Carolina (-130) @ Nashville, Total: 5

This series shifts to Nashville tonight, and I honestly have the exact same thoughts on it that I have so far – so I’ll keep it short and sweet:

  • CAR1 is an elite stack that should see a fraction of the ownership levels of EDM/COL
  • CAR PP1 and CAR2 are worth keeping in your builds for modest ownership levels
  • Dougie Hamilton is an elite option on the back-end for a high spend
  • Nedeljkovic is a fantastic high floor option between the pipes
  • I don’t have interest in Nashville’s forwards.  If you wanted a piece here, you could go ~5% on NAS3 for a deep, contrarian approach.
  • I don’t mind sprinkling in some exposure to Josi, Ellis & Ekholm on the back-end…but I probably like them less after two games given how effective Carolina has been at shutting down the Preds offensively.

Winnipeg @ Edmonton (-170), Total: 5.5

The big guns for the Oilers were held in check quite effectively in Game 1, but I’m not expecting it to cause too many people to waver away from them on the slate tonight.  They have been the best DFS option for a couple of years now, and in what should be a high scoring game tonight – they’ll be right up there with COL1 in terms of popularity, likely with McDavid leading the way.  Personally, I think it’s a good spot to double down on them tonight and I think you can make an argument on a slate that I don’t expect to be too high scoring that you could go significantly over-weight the field here on EDM PP1/EDM1 as it’ll be tough to hold them down for a second straight game.  I continue to like Nurse over Barrie on the back-end for a high spend on the point here.

As for the Jets, the top line looked sharp and ended up having a productive day, thanks to a late goal that put WPG1 on the scoresheet twice in game 1.  I think they’ll be a little more popular tonight, and while I do like the spot for them again tonight in what I think will be a high scoring game, I think that going over-weight the field has some risk here.  Keep an eye on the status for both Ehlers and Dubois, who are probably unlikely to suit up for this one – but could end up being GTD’s.  If they suit up and play together on WPG2, I think it’s worth keeping them in your player pool….but if they do sit out tonight, I don’t think you need to spend too many of your line-ups having exposure to the bottom 9 forwards up front for the Jets.  Hellebuyck remains a high ceiling option between the pipes.  He was fantastic in game 1 and is one of the league’s best netminders that can steal a few games.  There’s risk going up against the Oilers, but for MME formats – he’s a great option to get into some line-ups.  Pionk is a good bolt on to WPG1 if you wanted to use a 4-man stack, or if you wanted to rotate through combos of two forwards up front with Pionk bolted on to the back-end.

Colorado (-200) @ St. Louis, Total: 5.5

The Avs have dominated through two games in this series – and despite another playoff suspension for Nazem Kadri, they are in a great spot tonight.  I continue to love the match-up for COL1/COL PP1.  We saw Donskoi lead the way last time out and he remains a great way to pivot off of a straight COL1 stack to put a bit of a twist on things.  I don’t have too much interest in the 2-4th lines for the Avs, but the usual suspects will be popular choices for the heavily favoured Avs tonight as the series shifts to St. Louis.

The Blues have been outclassed in this one, and while there is a contrarian angle here to go stacking with STL1 – it is just that – contrarian at best.  If they have any shot at punching their ticket to round 2, they’ll need to pick up a win tonight, so while I still like the Avs, it may not be the worst idea in the world to bump up your exposure to STL1 by a few percentage points tonight as it could give you an edge on the field if it plays out.  You could focus on the even strength line of O’Reilly-Schenn-Kyrou, or you could opt for the top PP unit, which lets you add Tarasenko to the mix.  Krug is the bolt on to either option on the back-end if you go down that path.  Binnington should get the start again tonight and will likely get peppered with shots, making him an interesting option as a value option between the pipes if he gets hot.

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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