Nine games this Saturday and for once they’re all on the night slate. Here are my top stacks of the night to help you get started.
Brad Marchand ($7,600)-Patrice Bergeron ($7,900)-David Pastrnak ($7,100)
This will likely be one of the more popular stacks in play tonight, and for good reason. Arguably the most consistent line in DFS hockey will go up against the Buffalo Sabres tonight, who have given up the fourth most goals in the league and posted the league’s fourth worst CF% at 5v5 this year. Boston’s top line has been a marvel this season, boasting a 60.34 CF% together on the year with a ridiculous 88.46 GF%. With the last change at his disposal tonight, expect Bruce Cassidy to match them up with the Jack Eichel line for the Sabres. Eichel and the top line have performed admirably of late, but matching up against Boston 1 is an entirely different kind of challenge. Look for Bergeron and company to roll over the inexperienced top line of the Sabres.
Making this matchup especially difficult to fade tonight is Chad Johnson, who makes his 15th start of the season. Johnson has an ugly .884 SV% on the season, and with the volume of shots that Boston 1 is certain to produce, they seem destined to break through for at least one goal tonight. If you’re looking for a full stack, Zdeno Chara ($4,400) is moderately priced and has seen his usage rise as of late.
Zach Hyman ($4,500)-Auston Matthews ($7,500)-William Nylander ($6,000)
The Leafs’ top line has another attractive matchup tonight against the Ottawa Senators. Toronto 1 has been very productive of late, combining for 15 points and 36 shots over their last five games. That trend is set to continue tonight against a Senators team that has given up the sixth-most shots in the league. In recent weeks, Mike Babcock has opted to match the Matthews line against the opposition’s best when afforded the luxury to do so. With the Leafs’ possessing the last change tonight, expect Toronto 1 to match up against Ottawa’s top line of Mike Hoffman-Matt Duchene-Colin White. The three have posted just a 41.03 CF% at 5v5 together this season, a dream matchup for Matthews, Nylander, and Hyman, who have posted a 52.40 CF% and a 74.42 GF% at 5v5. You can expect the ice to be tilting Toronto’s way whenever these two lines are on the ice tonight.
The Senators will be in tough on special teams tonight as their penalty-kill currently sits fourth-last in the league. Matthews and Nylander have both been getting powerplay 1 time as of late, so they should have plenty of opportunities with the man advantage as well as at even strength. With Craig Anderson and his .904 SV% manning the crease for the Senators, Toronto’s top line could be in for a huge night. If you want to make it a full stack, I suggest Jake Gardiner ($4,900).
Timo Meier ($4,100)-Joe Pavelski ($6,100)-Joonas Donskoi ($3,600)
The rationale here is pretty simple; the Sharks’ second line is set to take on the second and third lines of the Oilers, who are travelling on a back-to-back. It’s no secret that Edmonton is potentially the most top-heavy team in hockey right now, and with the Sharks’ top line expected to match up against the likes of Connor McDavid, the second line will be left to feast on the fatigued and inept depth of the Oilers. Since Joe Thornton’s injury, Peter DeBoer has been forced to experiment with his lines more, and in the process, he’s stumbled across an extremely productive second line. Pavelski, Donskoi, and Meier have been dominant in their short time at 5v5 together, boasting an outrageous 64.38 CF%. They could be in for a big night tonight if they can sustain that kind of possession against a tired Oilers team.
Al Montoya is a bit of a wild card in net for the Oilers tonight. He’s posted an impressive .921 SV% in four games since being traded to the Oilers, but registered an .863 SV% in eight games with the Canadiens before that. Regardless of whether you want to buy in to his numbers with Edmonton, I still feel much more comfortable stacking against him than Cam Talbot. Unless you can afford to fit Brent Burns ($7,300) in your budget, I wouldn’t bother adding a defenseman to this stack.