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NHL Building Blocks – April 13

NHL Building Blocks – April 13

Great size for a slate with seven games and a couple of teams possibly clinching playoff spots tonight.  Let’s dive in!

The premise of each article in this series is to feature starting spots (building blocks) for your lines.  These are plays that are cash-viable as well as GPP-worthy and can be considered in all contest formats.

Starting Lineup – April 13
The Goalie:
 Juuse Saros ($8200 DK / $8400 FD)
Should have a good chance for a strong result tonight as the Predators are fighting to stay in the sixth spot in the West (they’ve already clinched a playoff berth) and are facing an awful Columbus offense (26th in goals per game and 30th in power play).  Saros has played a lot this season, but he can win a game at any point, and he should be popular tonight.  (If Saros rests, I feel comfortable with whoever they roll out in net.)

The Center:  Auston Matthews ($10100 DK/ $10400 FD)
Two goals away from 70 and the Wings’ defense is just not good.  Six goals (20 shots) and two assists in his last five games.

The Wing:  Filip Forsberg ($8400 DK/ $9500 FD)
Home and in a great matchup; hat trick last night and has five goals (29 shots) and three assists in his last five games.

The Defenseman:  Quinn Hughes ($6400 DK / $7900 FD)
Four goals and five assists in his last five games and is continuing to play at an elite level.  Canucks need the win to stay in the second spot in the West.

The Value:  Luke Evangelista ($3400 DK / $4500 FD)
Seeing time on PP1 for cheap; the Blue Jackets are not good defensively.  Goal and an assist but also 20 shots in his last five games.

The Stack: LAK1 (Kopitar-Kempe-Byfield)
Close to a win-and-you’re-in scenario, the Kings are at home against the Ducks who played last night and are 30th in GAA at 3.58 and 31st in penalty killing at 72.6%.  Los Angeles has won four of its last five games and is starting to grab some momentum at just the right time.  Mix in Fiala and Arvidson as secondary/power play pieces.

The Builder:  LAK/NSH ML parlay

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Feb 7, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports