It’s another busy night of DFS with 12 games on the slate. Here are some decent stacks across all price ranges to help you get started.
Reilly Smith ($5,600)-William Karlsson ($6,600)-Jonathan Marchessault ($7,100)
Normally I like to avoid playing Vegas on the road like the plague, but with the Jets set to match best on best tonight, Vegas 1 could be in for a huge night. Rolling along this season with a 56.22 CF% and a 66.0 GF%, this line feasts against opponents with less than stellar possession numbers, allowing them to pile up shots and scoring chances until a goal finally bleeds through.
Blake Wheeler has struggled to maintain positive possession in the absence of Mark Scheifele, and now with Jack Roslovic and Patrik Laine on his wings, the Jets top line has become a defensive liability. Vegas 1 will force them to play in their own end all night long, and this line is not defensively sound enough to sustain that type of pressure. The Jets are also still trying to figure out how to play without Jacob Trouba, one of their stronger defenders at 5v5. They should have a hard time breaking out of their own end against the forecheck of the Golden Knights, which could lead to some extra chances. You can expect this line to rack up a decent amount of shots either way, and if they can find the back of the net at all it could make for a huge night in DFS. If you want to make it a full stack, Shea Theodore ($4,400) is your best bet.
Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,500)-Vincent Trochek ($6,900)-Denis Malgin ($3,600)
The Panthers have one of more the attractive matchups on the slate in the form of the Buffalo Sabres. Jack Eichel has been a force to be reckoned with as of late, but luckily for Florida’s second line, Phil Housley and the Sabres tend to match best on best when they have the last change. That leaves the depth of the Sabres to handle the likes of Huberdeau and Trochek.
Malgin has done an admirable job since joining the top six, amassing three points and eight shots over the past three games. While his skill set perils in comparison to his linemates, he should help you fight the ownership on them, and at this price he adds a lot of potential value to the stack.
Florida has struggled on the powerplay this year but they’re facing the league’s eighth-worst penalty kill tonight, and all three of these guys will see some time with the man advantage. On top of it all, Robin Lehner gets the night off, which means Chad Johnson and his comically bad .884 SV% will be in net for Buffalo. If you’re looking for a full stack, I suggest Aaron Ekblad ($4,600).
Alex DeBrincat ($4,700)-Jonathan Toews ($5,600)-Anthony Duclair ($4,200)
The top line of Chicago draws a cushy matchup tonight in Vancouver. Travis Green is not one to match lines, but the Canucks don’t really have a line defensively sound enough to handle the top six of the Blackhawks. I like either of Chicago’s top two lines tonight, but this one simply has more value.
This line has been effective since its genesis a few games ago. They’ve sustained solid possession and haven’t yet conceded a goal at 5v5 while potting three for themselves. Duclair has had his ups and downs since coming over from Arizona, but he had a breakout three-point performance in Detroit before the All-Star break. He was rewarded with 17 minutes against the Predators on Tuesday, and while he failed to produce, the uptick in minutes bodes well heading into tonight’s matchup. Toews and DeBrincat have been solid together this season, posting a 54.11 CF% and an absurd 81.82 GF%. I’m expecting much of the same tonight regardless of who they’re matched up against. Jordan Oesterle ($3,800) is a strong play tonight if you’re looking to make it a full stack.