DFS Army – NHL Breakaway Advice and Strategy for FanDuel and DraftKings – April 13th

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NHL DFS At A Glance

The first thing I do when starting my research is to look for strong teams facing weak defenses.  I want the best odds I can find to score goals.  I like the old Corsi number, as it denotes any shot attempt directed towards the net.  It doesn’t matter if this shot attempt goes wide, gets blocked, or finds the back of the twine.  You can’t score if you don’t shoot.  I also love the “High Danger” metrics.  These shots come from the slot (between the dots) and off quick passes or rebounds.  They are what they say they are, and teams allowing a lot of high danger chances also tend to give up goals in bunches….perfect for the DFS player to attack.

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Carolina Hurricanes @ Washington Capitals


Odds:  WAS -160, 5.5 o/u


Carolina Hurricanes: If the Hurricanes can limit the penalties and not leave Ovechkin wide open when they do draw them, this is very much still a series. Washington only had 18 shots on goal and blocked almost double the number of shots than Carolina at 17 to 9, so the Hurricanes clearly gave Washington some work. The value of CAR1 makes it hard to look away from them, Niederreiter-Aho-Faulk stack is where I would go.


5 star plays – Niederreiter, Aho


4 star plays – Slavin, Teravainen, Faulk,


Cash viable – Niederreiter


GPP Sleeper – Svechnikov-Hamilton-Slavin PP2 stack


Washington Capitals: To expect Washington to have under 20 shots again is just foolish, while I like Carolina, I also like Washington, the total of this game is just too low. Backstrom, Ovechkin, Wilson stand out once again, them with Carlson makes for a great 4 man stack. For GPPs a pivot down to WAS2 stands to give you leverage and save salary, but WAS1 is viable in all formats.


5 star plays – Ovechkin, Backstrom


4 star plays – Carlson, Hagelin, Kuznetsov, Oshie


Cash viable – Hagelin, Ovechkin, Wilson, Backstrom


GPP Sleeper –  Vrana


Dallas Stars @ Nashville Predators


Odds:  NSH -155, 5.0 o/u


Dallas Stars: I am looking to Seguin and Radulov again as I respect the total set for this game, so I am not looking outside of the studs here. Heiskanen just scored 2 goals and has been averaging over 2 shots a game over his last 10, at only $4200 on DK, he looks like a stud to me tonight.


5 star plays –  Seguin, Radulov


4 star plays – Heiskanen, Klingberg


Cash viable – none


GPP Sleeper – none


Nashville Predators: With Bishop in great form and Dallas playing sound hockey, it is hard to love Nashville tonight. Outside of Josi and Subban, I want nothing here.


5 star plays – none


4 star plays – Josi, Subban


Cash viable – none


GPP Sleeper – none


Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins


Odds:  BOS -145, 5.5 o/u


Toronto Maple Leafs:  To what became a surprise to far too many, the Maple Leafs took a 1-0 lead in this series. The whole top 6 looks to be in play again, Tavares and Marner are coming off a hot game but with the value that comes with TOR2 you should be able to get TOR1 at low(er) ownership tonight.


5 star plays – Tavares, Marner


4 star plays – Matthews, Muzzin, Reilly, Kapanen


Cash viable – Matthews, Kapanen, Reilly


GPP Sleeper – Kadri, Nylander


Boston Bruins: DeBrusk looks to be in danger of missing this one which would be a decent hit to Boston’s top 6. This team lives and dies by its first line and that is as far as I like to look when rostering them tonight.


5 star plays – Bergeron, Pastrnak


4 star plays – Marchand, Krug


Cash viable – Bergeron, Marchand, Krug


GPP Sleeper – none


Colorado Avalanche @ Calgary Flames


Odds:  CGY -230, 6.0 o/u


Colorado Avalanche:  I am not letting one Mike Smith shut out take me off of MacKinnon. For GPPs you stand to gain a lot of leverage while rostering COL1 as most people will be off of Colorado entirely after putting up a goose egg. Outside of COL1, I am not looking to stack any other line here.


5 star plays –  MacKinnon


4 star plays – Landeskog, Barrie


Cash viable – none


GPP Sleeper – none


Calgary Flames: The forward depth we knew this team had, came out to play in game 1 and I do not expect them to stop here. Tkachuk had a great performance and his linemates Backlund and Frolik remain cheap, letting you get exposure to the heavy favorites without breaking the bank.


5 star plays – Tkachuk, Gaudreau, Giordano


4 star plays – Monahan, Backlund, Frolik, Lindholm


Cash viable – Tkachuk, Frolik, Monahan, Gaudreau, Lindholm


GPP Sleeper – Bennett, Neal


Quick Read:  NHL Cash Game Basics – Get The Fundamentals First

DFS NHL Goalies for Today:

Mike Smith (BOTH): Following a shutout and a great performance by the boys in front of him, he is the safest grab at a W on this slate.


Ben Bishop (GPP): Nashville offensive production just hasn’t been there lately and the goal total reflects that. Grabbing the road goalie on a game with an implied total of 5.0 is a sound GPP move.