NHL DFS Primer | Sunday, May 30th, 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!
Sunday’s slate starts up at 5pm today as two series get underway in round two. Last night the Habs forced a seventh game against the Leafs as Kotkaniemi sent the series back to Toronto, while Boston got their first win of the second round over the Islanders. Tonight, we have another short two game series – so let’s have a look at some ways to approach the slate today!
Tampa Bay @ Carolina (-110), Total: 5.5
The line in this one is pretty neutral and I think you could make a strong case to just set exposure to 30-35% on both TB and CAR in this one. For the Bolts, my favourite way to stack with them is TB1 by a pretty wide margin over TB2, while for the Canes, I like the idea of getting exposure to CAR1.
Kucherov’s return was just what Tampa needed. He had an outstanding series – 3 goals and 8 assists in the six games, and if I were to lean one way in this one – it would be towards Tampa….though I do think they’ll probably be higher owned than the key cogs in the Canes attack will be. On the back-end, the three defencemen that I think are the ones to keep in your player pool are Hedman, Sergachev and Cernak. For large field MME GPP formats, you can sprinkle in ~5% exposure on TB3 to get exposure to Gourde-Coleman….who could be an interesting pivot off some of the more chalky value lines on the slate.
For the Canes, I don’t like that they removed Svechnikov from the top PP unit – but my favourite line to stack for them would be the Aho-Svechnikov-Teravainen trio. Hamilton on the back-end is an elite high spend option while Pesce is worth keeping in your player pool at $4k. Nedeljkovic is worth getting some line-ups in with…..he has the potential to get peppered with shots and while it’s a tough match-up, we saw what the Columbus goalies were able to do from a DFS standpoint in the Jackets/Lightning match-up in round 1 last season. CAR2 is also worth mixing in. Trocheck and Necas gives you two pieces of the top PP unit and Trocheck’s price point will likely keep their ownership levels in check.
Vegas @ Colorado (-180), Total: 5.5
The Avs are going to be popular tonight as they check in as the larger of the two favourites by a pretty wide margin. This series should be extremely entertaining with two of the best teams in hockey lacing them up. For the Avs, it’s pretty straight forward – COL1/COL PP1 will be the chalk stack of the slate, and for good reason. They are one of the best lines in hockey and at home with the last change, they’ll be able to match them up in good spots tonight. Makar can be bolted on the back-end if you want a fourth piece, and if you want to focus on the top PP unit, you can roll with Donskoi over one of the wingers. He was quiet in games three and four – but we’ve seen him break a few slates over time and the price point is outstanding at $3,200 on him. Outside of that, I don’t have too much interest here, but for MME GPP’s, the second line which has Compher and Burakovsky is worth keeping in your player pool along with Toews and Graves on the back-end.
For Vegas, they rode the return of W Max Pacioretty to a game seven win over Minneosta and come into this one as underdogs in this one. For Vegas, you can get some exposure in MME formats to each of their top two lines – but with the price point for VGK1, I am not expecting them to be too popular. I’m curious to see the popularity for VGK2 tonight…quite often they have been disappointing chalk this year – but as big underdogs tonight, I could see them flying under the radar potentially in terms of ownership levels. On the back-end, I think that Alec Martinez is an elite high floor high spend, while Pietrangelo is worth keeping in your player pool as is Whitecloud as a punt with upside. Fleury is worth getting some exposure to in case he gets peppered with shots and steals a game.
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!