NHL DFS Primer | Wednesday, May 26th, 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!
Tuesday night saw the Leafs pull out in front 3-1 in their series with the Habs, while Jordan Staal lit the lamp for the OT winner for the Canes, who jumped ahead 3-2 in their series with the Preds. Tonight, we have three games on the schedule as the Isles, Lightning and Golden Knights all try to punch their ticket to the second round with all of them up 3-2 in their respective series. Let’s have a look at each game tonight and some ways that you can approach the NHL DFS slate on DraftKings for May 26th!
Pittsburgh @ NY Islanders (-110), Total: 5.5
The series shifts back to New York for game six in what has been a fantastic series. My thoughts on tonight are pretty similar to the games where the Isles have been at home – which gives a bump down to PIT1 as the Isles will be able to match them up against their choice of lines to try and keep them in check. On a short slate, I don’t think I’d go as far as to say to completely fade them in MME formats – but I do like other stacks on the board tonight more than I like PIT1, especially in the high spend range. With the Isles focused on PIT1, it puts PIT2 in an interesting spot. Malkin lit the lamp last game out and the line is very afforadable with him priced at a fraction of his historical levels, while Kapanen and Zucker check in at sub $4k on the wings. They make for an interesting pivot off of NYI2 and VGK2, both of which will be more popular tonight. PIT3 can be sprinkled in – especially two man stacks of Carter/McCann, though I have cooled on them a bit.
As for the Isles, nothing has changed in terms of my approach to them. NYI2 are arguably dollar for dollar my favourite option on the slate. Nelson has been fairly quiet – but Beauvillier has been outstanding and added a goal to his playoff total in game 5. I like the two man stack of Pageau-Palmieri as well on the third line, while I continue to not be a big fan of NYI1 (especially Komorov) from a DFS standpoint. On the back-end, Mayfield continues to be an excellent option, though his price is creeping up – while Dobson is in play as a value option on the point and Pulock is worth keeping in your player pool. Sorokin is a great option between the pipes tonight. He has been outstanding in his last two games, picking up a pair of wins while turning aside 77 of 80 shots.
Florida @ Tampa Bay (-140), Total: 6
This game will be a popular one to go stacking with on both sides – not shocking as the game checks in with a projected total of six goals. Tampa was held in check in game 5 as the Panthers picked up a solid 4-1 win to push the series to six games and shift it back to Tampa tonight. I really like the spot for Tampa, and won’t be alone as I expect them to be the most popular stacking option on the slate. For them, nothing has really changed here. TB1 is arguably the top stacking option on the slate, and their second line will garner a fair share of attention too – mainly Stamkos and Killorn, who skate on the top PP unit along with Kucherov and Point. Hedman will be among the highest owned defencemen – he has seven points in the series so far – but has been pretty quiet in the last two games.
For the Panthers, I think there can be an interesting case to consider fading them tonight. While I don’t think they will be the chalk of the slate, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them kept in check tonight in Tampa. If you do want to stack any of their top two lines, or top PP unit – those would be the ways that I would approach exposure to them tonight – but I do think they are in tough against the former cup champs. For FLA1 – keep an eye on the pre-game line rushes to see if Marchment skates alongside Barkov and Verhaeghe – or if they go back to Duclair in that spot. On the back-end, Mackenzie Weegar had a great game 5, and remains my favourite way to play them on the back-end. He’s worth keeping in your player pool regardless of what your approach is with Florida up front tonight in my books.
Vegas (-120) @ Minnesota, Total: 5.5
The final game of the slate sees Vegas travel to Minnesota tonight to try and finish off the series. VGK1 remains a line that I like, though I am curious what Minnesota’s approach will be in terms of line matching tonight to see if they focus on trying to shut down VGK1 or VGK2. VGK2 remains a line that you can make a strong case to go with a game theory fade on. They remain popular and really have only been large field GPP relevant in game 3. While I do like the price point to stack them, as has been the case for most of the second half – I think you can make a compelling case to fade them tonight, given that they should be quite popular on a short slate. I like VGK1 better – I’ve always really liked Alex Tuch, and while they have yet to have a big breakout game, I do like what I have seen from VGK1. Keep an eye on the status of Max Pacioretty – though I would be pretty shocked if he laced them up tonight. Alec Martinez remains arguably the top dollar for dollar option that has a high floor on the back-end for the slate, while Alex Pietrangelo may have leapfrogged Shea Theodore in my books in terms of the pecking order for Vegas defencemen tonight…something I honestly thought I would never say. Fleury was not sharp in game 5 – but I am willing to give him a mulligan as he has been outstanding leading up to that game. He’s my favourite option as a high floor play between the pipes tonight, though I think that Sorokin and Vasilevskiy likely have higher ceilings.
As for the Wild, they got scoring up and down the line-up in Game 5’s 4-2 win, and I continue to not really like them for DFS. I think you can consider a game theory fade here, especially due to the fact that I do like this spot for Vegas on the road to finish off the series. If you do want MIN exposure, – my favourite way to play it is through the top PP unit, specifically focused on Kaprizov, Fiala and Spurgeon on the back-end. I also like Dumba as a mid-priced option on the point to mix in for a reasonable price. Outside of those 4 – I don’t have too much interest in them.
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!