THE DAILY PUCK DROP – 01/06/2022 – NHL DFS MAIN SLATE

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We have a beautiful but enormous 11 game slate on tap tonight for this Thursday’s free article night! I will do my best to give you guys the best potential plays on paper and may we have a great night in the green!

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PIT1 Cash Stack: Guentzel – Crosby – Rust (3.7 goals implied total)

Fanduel: $23,500 (43% of salary) / DraftKings: $21,000 (42% of salary)

PIT1 is playing on a back-to-back tonight and while that usually sucks, this line has been top tier all season long and they have been playing at a whole new level as of late. The Pens are hot and the scoring has been coming mainly from PP1 and PIT1 which is exactly what we want. Fun fact, Crosby owns the Flyers with 115 points in 77 games against them! The Flyers will be without Couturier, Giroux, Provorov, Ellis, and much more. Their lineup looks extremely weak defensively and I want to take advantage of that! The Pens owns a 3.22 GF/games and a 17.2 PP% as well. They will face the Flyers lineup without a lot of their starters and their 3.24 GA/games and an 80.2 PK%.

In terms of line matchups, it looks like PIT1 and their 29SCF, 11HDCF, 53CF%, and 2.51xGF will face the 24SCA, 10HDCA, and 2.38xGA of PHI1.

Other viable stacks: NJ1 (Tatar, Hughes, and Bratt); COL1 (Landeskog, MacKinnon, and Rantanen); TB1 (Palat, Point, and Kucherov)

FLA2 GPP Stack: Huberdeau – Lundell – Duclair (3.5 goals implied total)

Fanduel: $19,800 (36% of salary) / DraftKings: $16,300 (33% of salary)

FLA2 has been a top GPP line for me all season long and they haven’t disappointed me yet. Florida is an elite offense with their 3.85 GF/games and their 18.5 PP%. Their matchup today won’t be easy since Dallas owns a respectable 2.90 GA/games and a 79.6 PK%. Florida is pretty much matchup-proof though!

The main reason I love FLA2 is that they’re cheap for the upside that they have been providing. Also, their line owns (small sample size) a ridiculous 56SCF, 29HDCF, 72CF%, and a 5.45xGF. These numbers are not sustainable but it just shows how outstanding this line has been! They will face DAL3 and their solid 25SCA, 9HDCA, and a 1.89xGA.

Other viable stacks: WPG1 (Stastny (GTD), Scheifele, and Ehlers); BOS1 (Marchand, Bergeron, and Smith); DAL1 (Roberston, Hintz, and Pavelski)

Favorite plays

Centers

Sidney Crosby | $7700 (FD) | $8200 (DK)

Crosby owns the Flyers and with everyone they are missing, it is a no-doubter to have him tonight. He should keep dominating the Flyers like he has done his whole career.

Jack Hughes | $7800 (FD) | $5800 (DK)

Hughes has been looking promising this season and this Columbus lineup will be without their stud defenseman Zach Werenski and their solid goaltender named Elvis Merzlikins. Last game, they faced Tampa Bay and they allowed 7 goals. I mentioned to the DPA team how bad Columbus is whenever their #1 goalie is out. Expect a big game from New Jersey and their superstar!

Honorable Mentions: MacKinnon, Kadri, Barkov, Bergeron, Point, Larkin, Zibanejad, Hartman, Scheifele, Hertl, Rodrigues, Dubois, Hischier, Thompson, Lundell, Karlsson, Toews, Dahlen, Foligno, and Rossi

Wingers

Bryan Rust | $6300 (FD) | $5500 (DK)

Despite the 11 games tonight, I believe so much in PIT1 that I want at least 2 players from that line tonight! Rust has been arguably the best player on that line as of late with 5 goals in his last 2 games!!!

Jesper Bratt | $6100 (FD) | $5200 (DK)

Bratt has been excellent this season and the duo of him and Hughes has been extremely deadly. CBJ has looked rough defensively as of late. He will crush them!

Honorable Mentions: Meier, Guentzel, Rantanen, Marchand, Landeskog, Huberdeau, Kaprizov, Forsberg, Ehlers, Kucherov, Kane, Pastrnak, Marchessault, Kreider, Terry, Robertson, Zucarello, Bertuzzi, Keller, Duclair, Pavelski, Killorn, Smith, Raymond, Olofsson, Skinner, Rakell, Verhaeghe, Kempe, Milano, Stastny (GTD), Smith, Frk, Tatar, Kakko, and Comtois

Defenseman

Damon Severson | $4800 (FD) | $3900 (DK)

Since Dougie Hamilton is out, Severson is getting an increase in ice time and he is on PP1! In his 2 games without Dougie, he scored 2 goals!

Matt Grzelcyk | $4200 (FD) | $3200 (DK)

Grzelcyk will have more ice time tonight and be on PP1 since Charlie McAvoy is out for tonight’s game! Take advantage of it! As a Bruins fan, I can assure you that Grzelcyk is very good on the PP. He is not scared to shoot the puck and he is a decent playmaker. Whenever he was PP1 in the past, he often did well for his price!

Honorable Mentions: Josi, Makar, Doughty, Hedman, Fox, Ekblad, Letang, Burns, Seider, Gostibehere, Goligovski, Andersson, Pionk, Klingberg, and Drysdale

Goaltenders

Marc-Andre Fleury | $6500 (FD) | $8200 (DK)

The Hawks aren’t that great but they are better than the Coyotes and 6500$ is a damn joke, Fleury. Let’s take advantage of that discount

Tristan Jarry | $8400 (FD) | $8600 (DK)

The Flyers are missing a lot of their players tonight. Pens may genuinely win 5-0 tonight!

Honorable Mentions: Shersterkin, and Blackwood

Recap

Finally, I will target PIT1, NJ1, FLA2, WPG1, COL1, NYR1, DAL1, BOS1, MIN1, TB1, BUF1, SJ1, CHI1, CHI2, VGK1, and NSH1! Good luck tonight!

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