Tonight the NHL has gifted the DFS community with six games on a Friday slate, which we thoroughly appreciate. To help you get started on your lineups I’ve highlighted my top stacks at each price range. Best of luck!
Jamie Benn ($7,100)-Tyler Seguin ($7,700)-Alexander Radulov ($6,800)
Another failed attempt to balance out their lines has resulted in Ken Hitchcock reluctantly reuniting the Stars’ top line, in what has been an ongoing trend for the Stars this season. Seguin, Radulov, and Benn have played over 500 minutes at 5v5 together, and it’s no secret they’ve been one of the more dominant trios in the league this year. Dallas 1 boasts 61.22 GF% and averages 34 scoring chances per 60. The price is steep, but that’s the kind of consistency and production you want to pay for.
The Stars face-off against the Senators tonight, a routine target of the DFS community in the second half of this season. They’re likely to be close to chalk in such an obvious matchup, but the price of playing all three will scare more than a few players away from playing the full stack. The Sens’ have the advantage of last change tonight, which Guy Boucher will most likely use to match his abysmal third line against Dallas 1 in an effort to free up his top line. In its present build of Magnus Paajarvi, Zack Smith, and Tom Pyatt, Ottawa 3 is allowing 37 scoring chances per 60, and currently sports a hilariously-bad 30.51 CF%. If the matchup plays true tonight, expect Dallas 1 to roam free in the offensive zone.
Given the steep price of this build you’ll be hard-pressed to find a way to squeeze John Klingberg ($5,700) into your lineup, but it’s recommended you at least try to experiment and find a way to make it work.
Andrew Ladd ($3,000)-Mathew Barzal ($6,000)-Jordan Eberle ($5,200)
Part of the reason the Islanders second line has been as productive as it has been this year is that their top line routinely draws the tougher matchups. That should be the case again tonight, as the Capitals will stick the more defensively-apt Backstrom line against NYI 1, while Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Tom Wilson will be left to deal with Barzal and company. Obviously, Ovechkin and Kuznetsov are premier offensive talents, but they’ve been known to give up their fair share of chances as well, averaging over 30 scoring chances against per 60. While both sides of this matchup are capable of producing tonight, the edge has to go to Barzal, Eberle, and Ladd, who average 33 scoring chances for per 60.
There’s a lot of potential value here to capitalize on tonight. The Isles’ second line is capable of elite production, finding a build like that in a winning matchup for less than $15,000 on DraftKings is almost unheard of. On top of that, the Capitals walked all over the Islanders last night, which is sure to draw the attention away from NYI 2 for the second half of the home and home. If you want to add a defenceman to the stack, Nick Leddy ($4,800) offers the most compatibility.
Andre Burakovsky ($3,300)-Nicklas Backstrom ($5,500)-T.J. Oshie ($4,700)
Same game, different matchup. As I mentioned above, it’s the Backstrom line that should see the majority of the minutes against John Tavares, Anders Lee, and Josh Bailey. As strong as their numbers are this year, the Islanders’ top line has done most of their damage with the man advantage, and generally struggle to maintain their opponents at 5v5. They’ve posted just a 48.30 CF% at 5v5 and surrender over 35 scoring chances per 60.
On the flip side, Backstrom, Oshie, and Burakovsky boast a 63.64 GF% on the year, and average 32 scoring chances for per 60 while allowing just 25 scoring chances against per 60. Not only do they hold their own defensively, but they’re more than capable of producing chances themselves. You can expect the puck to be in the Islanders’ end more often than not when these two lines are matched up against one another, a trend that rang true last night when Washington 2 combined for eight points in this exact matchup. Try to take advantage of the incredible value this line offers tonight and add the always-expensive John Carlson ($6,100) to your build.