With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, surprise your loved one by winning a GPP tonight! Here are the best stacks to make it happen on this 12-game slate.
Rickard Rakell ($6,700)-Ryan Getzlaf ($6,600)-Corey Perry ($5,800)
Over the last few seasons in the NHL we’ve seen the majority of coaches move away from the traditional strategy of matching your checking line, most often your third line, against the opposing team’s best. Most coaches now recognize the defensive side of the game has become less about physical play and more about utilizing your skill and speed effectively. One guy who seemingly missed this memo is Detroit’s Jeff Blashill. With the last change at his disposal, Blashill more often than not opts to match his checking line, currently made up of Darren Helm-Frans Nielsen-Justin Abdelkader, against the first line of the visiting team. This creates a huge mismatch for the Getzlaf line tonight.
Getzlaf, Rakell, and Perry have been as effective as any line in the league this year at sustaining pressure and producing high danger scoring chances. In just under three hours of ice time at 5v5 together this season, the Ducks’ top line has registered a 53.61 CF% and a 65.00 HDCF%. The Wings’ third line is not as defensively-sound as a traditional checking line, with a 37.04 HDCF%, making them particularly underqualified for this assignment. The lack of an offensive threat on the line means the Getzlaf line shouldn’t have to spend a whole lot of time in their own end tonight.
Sweetening the matchup even more for Anaheim 1 is Jimmy Howard, who is expected to bring his mediocre .910 SV% into the Red Wings’ starters’ crease tonight. If all plays out as it should, the Ducks’ top line should have several high-danger chances to convert on against a sub-par goaltender. If you’re looking to make to a full stack, Cam Fowler ($5,200) is the recommended play.
Alex Killorn ($4,600)-Brayden Point ($5,800)-Nikita Kucherov ($7,800)
This a fairly obvious choice in what should be a lopsided matchup for the Lightning. The Sabres without Jack Eichel will once again be a regular target of the DFS community. While Kucherov is, rightfully so, priced high tonight at $7,800, the prices of his linemates make this a relatively affordable stack. In their short time together, this iteration of the Bolts’ second line boasts a 63.74 CF% and a 65.38 HDCF%. Alex Killorn has especially thrived on this line, registering five points (3G/2A) and 11 shots in his last four games. He’s on the first powerplay unit and has seen over 20 minutes of ice time in back-to-back games, giving him tremendous value at just $4,600.
Playing on the back-to-back will thankfully discourage some DFS players from stacking the Lightning tonight. But as far as travelling on a back-to-back goes, the tail-end doesn’t get much easier than making the short drive from Toronto to take on the Eichel-less Sabres. Chad Johnson gets the nod for Buffalo tonight in a nightmare matchup. His abysmal .886 SV% is sure to be exposed by the offensive prowess of the Lightning. If you want to make it a full stack, Victor Hedman is expensive at $6,400, but he’s always the top option on Tampa Bay’s blueline.
Timo Meier ($4,600)-Joe Pavelski ($6,400)-Joonas Donskoi ($4,200)
I pegged Pavelski to go off Saturday in Edmonton and he certainly delivered, registering four points (2G/2A) and six shots on goal. His line draws an equally enticing matchup tonight against the Coyotes. Arizona is on the road-end of a back-to-back tonight, but are coming off one of their biggest wins of the season in the form of a 6-1 victory over Chicago. As admirable as that performance was, the fatigued Coyotes are now in between a rock and a hard place in having to choose a starter for tonight’s game. They’ll be forced to either turn to Antti Raanta on back-to-back nights, an especially egregious task given the workload associated with goaltending for the Coyotes, or hand the reigns over to Scott Wedgewood and his .889 SV%. Either decision is bound to result in some less than stellar goaltending in the Coyotes’ crease this evening.
The Sharks have been a reliable DFS play in fortuitous matchups this season, as Saturday’s showing in Edmonton can attest to. That should ring especially true for the second line tonight, as Pavelski, Meier, and Donskoi have posted a 64.29 CF% and a 66.67 HDCF% at 5v5 this season. That kind of sustained shot production and pressure is almost certain to result in goals against what goaltending the Coyotes have to offer tonight, making the Sharks’ second line as sure of a lock as there is on tonight’s slate. If you want to make it a full stack, the price of this line should give you plenty of room to fit Brent Burns ($7,300) into your budget.