NHL DFS Primer | Saturday, May 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!
Saturday gives us a two game slate as the Habs scored early in OT against the Leafs in game 5 to force a sixth game tonight back in Montreal, while the Isles and Bruins drop the puck on the start of their second round series. We’ll have coverage of the two gamer tonight with the Primer and the Cheat Sheet, having a look at some ways to approach the main slate!
Toronto (-170) @ Montreal, Total: 5.5
The Leafs get their second chance to punch their ticket into the second round against Winnipeg as the series shifts back to Montreal tonight. For Toronto – they have been led over the past three games by the Nylander-Kerfoot-Galchenyuk line offensively (and Jake Muzzin in game 5), with Matthews and company taking a bit of a back seat. Matthews has been quiet since game 2, which was a dominant effort – but he did find his way onto the scoresheet with a helper in Game 5’s loss. TOR1 is an elite option tonight – but if you like what you’ve seen from Montreal in terms of keeping him in check (particularly with the last change), you can make an interesting case to opt for an under-weight position on them in MME formats and a fade in single entry….though personally, I think he has a strong night and Marner and Hyman would likely be along for the ride if he does produce. TOR2 is worth mixing in and is an interesting pivot off of BOS2 or NYI2, both of which will probably be the popular low-mid priced stacks. Spezza could be mixed in as a one off punt with upside. He has had a strong series. On the back-end, keep an eye on the pre-game line rushes to see if Rasmus Sandin suits up. He only played 6 minutes in game 5 after being a healthy scratch for game 4 (after having a strong game 2) – with most of that time being with the man advanatage. Rielly is a solid mid-priced option, even if he doesn’t play on PP1 tonight.
As for the Habs, they continue to juggle their lines, but I like what I have seen from the Suzuki-Toffoli-Caufield line. Caufield picked off an errant Galchenyuk pass in OT, going in on a two man breakaway before a nifty passing play saw Nick Suzuki bang home the winner to keep the series alive. They are a strong option to consider for a low-mid priced spend and while they won’t have rock bottom ownership levels tonight – I do think they’ll check in lower owned than they should be. Personally, outside of them – while you can mix in either MTL1 or MTL3 into your player pools for MME formats – I don’t have too much interest in any of the lines other than MTL2. On the back-end, Petry and Chairot are worth keeping in your player pools and Price arguably has the highest potential ceiling of any goalie on the slate – though for me, I do prefer Campbell and the Leafs in this game.
NY Islanders @ Boston (-185), Total: 5
The total is lower on this one – but I was surprised to see it with a projected total of 5. While both of these teams are very strong in their own zones, they both have some firepower across their top six. I’m not 100% sure what line Bergeron’s will be going up against the Isles. At first, it could be assumed that they will go up against NYI1, but I do think you can make an argument that the second line for the Isles is the one to focus on right now. All in all, I have tempered expectations for NYI tonight, but I do like the second line until we get more clarity about who Boston is going to try and limit. I’ve been a big fan of that line from a stacking standpoint, and they were outstanding in game 6 against Pittsburgh, breaking the slate. Aside from NYI2 and Mayfield and Dobson as value options on the back-end, I don’t have too much interest in the Isles tonight as pretty one-sided dogs on the road.
As for Boston, BOS1 and BOS2 will be popular as high-spend and mid-priced stacks tonight. They both were very strong in round 1 and even though the Isles are strong defensively – on a two game slate it’s hard to argue with lines that are as good as the top six that Boston has. Pastrnak sent 29 pucks on net in the 5 games and continues to be one of the best DFS options on any slate. On the back-end, McAvoy is an elite option – I love that he’s playing on the top PP unit. He posted at least 9.5 DKP in each of the five games against the Caps as Boston beat them four games to one.
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 today!