NHL DFS April 19th Slate Breakdown
. Read on for NHL DFS cash plays, GPP plays, and more. We are covering the main slate on both Draftkings and Fanduel.
Initial Slate and Betting Odds
Winnipeg Jets vs New York Rangers, Comrie vs Shesterkin.
Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning, Greiss vs Vasilevskiy.
Minnesota Wild vs Montreal Canadiens, Talbot vs Montembeault.
Philadelphia Flyers vs Toronto Maple Leafs, Jones vs Campbell.
Florida Panthers vs New York Islanders, Bobrovsky vs Sorokin.
Boston Bruins vs St. Louis Blues, Swayman vs Husso.
Calgary Flames vs Nashville Predators, Vladar vs Saros.
Los Angeles Kings vs Anaheim Ducks, Quick vs Gibson.
Ottawa Senators vs Vancouver Canucks, Gustavsson vs Halak.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs San Jose Sharks, Merzlikins vs Kahkonen.
Storylines to Watch
- The NHL still has a huge problem with COVID. At any point today, one or more of these games could get cancelled.
- The NHL is like the NBA now. You need to constantly be monitoring the news.
- Ottawa and Calgary are playing back-to-back games.
NHL DFS Cash Plays
NHL cash is difficult. This is because hockey is an extremely volatile sport, so it is harder to ascertain a player’s floor and ceiling. A bad day for a high owned NBA player may still produce at least 20 points. In hockey, it is not uncommon for top tier forwards to have an off night and score 2 points. I myself index more heavily into GPPs.
If you do decide to play cash: Have some pieces of the chalkiest stack on the slate in your lineup. It is highly, highly recommended that you check out our leverage cheat sheet to see industry standard ownership projections in order to help with this.
General lineup construction would begin with both a goaltender who is a betting favorite and the aforementioned chalk stack. Fill in with cheaper pieces. Look for forwards who fire multiple shots on goal and defenseman who block a lot of shots, as these are two scoring methods that can rack up points without a goal being scored.
Chalk: Toronto, Florida, Calgary.
Favored Goaltenders: Shesterkin, Vasilevskiy, Talbot, Campbell, Bobrovsky, Husso, Vladar, Quick, Halak, Kahkonen.
NHL DFS GPP Plays
Your lineup construction should be based around the size of the contest that you are playing. There is no need to play long shot underdog goaltenders and third line stacks in smaller contests of under 200 people. You do need to get more contrarian as the contest size increases. If you are attempting to take down a huge GPP, then you have to get very unique.
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Small GPPS and Satellites
You can build around the standard stacks of high scoring, favored teams. Look to start your lineups with these chalkier, “safer” builds.
Toronto 1 (Bunting-Matthews-Marner)
Florida 1 (Verhaeghe-Barkov-Duclair)
Medium Sized GPPS
Consider using second lines, low owned favorites, and players from underdogs to differentiate your lineup. Underdog goaltenders are also now in play.
Calgary 1 (Gaudreau-Lindholm-Tkachuck)
Los Angeles 1 (Iafallo-Kopitar-Kempe)
You will need many low owned pieces to take down a large GPP. Underdog goalies are an excellent place to gain leverage. Using two low owned forward lines, generally from underdogs, is another strategy. Remember, these contests present the highest degree of difficulty in all of DFS.
In addition to these stacks: Almost every player on the third line and above is viable in large field contests.
Montreal 1 (Caulfield-Suzuki-Anderson)
Ottawa 1 (Tkachuck-Norris-Brown)
When it comes to sports betting, it is extremely important to practice proper bankroll management. Do not go all in on one particular play because you think it is a lock or bet more than you can reasonably afford to lose. The NHL season is 82 games long and sees heavy variance throughout the year. Favorites lose outright or fail to cover. Games with a goal total of 6.5 end 1-0. In addition, resist the urge to chase your losses if your plays are not working out. Doubling up on the late games to try and cover your earlier losses is strongly discouraged. All plays are one unit unless specified otherwise.
Our best bet for today is that there will be a fighting major in Boston vs St. Louis. This is a rematch of the 2019 Finals, and the bad blood that those two teams had re-surfaced. There will be a fight in this game.
Best Bet: YES to fighting major in Boston vs St. Louis.
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