We have a nice clean slate and a fresh week of NHL DFS action ahead of us! There are six games this Monday night, with plenty of looks on both the cash and GPP sides. Let’s combine the two for a quality optimal lineup this evening. Let’s go!
C – Sean Monahan (CGY) – $6,800 vs. BUF
Monahan and the Flames have arguably the best matchup on the slate. The Flames welcome the lowly Sabres to town tonight, a team that sits tied in points with the Coyotes for last place in the NHL. They also have the NHL’s 30th-ranked defense, so let’s stack the Flames. Monahan enters play tonight with 21 goals and 21 assists in on the season, and 10 points over his last seven games. Look for the Flames to have plenty of opportunities tonight on home ice.
C – Max Domi (ARI) – $3,600 vs. NYI
I don’t believe Domi and the Coyotes have been in a better offensive spot this season than they are tonight against the visiting Islanders. New York owns the NHL’s worst defense overall as well as the worst road defense at 3.72 goals against per game. While Domi has just three goals on the season, he’s taken a healthy 102 shots, which equates to a 2.9% shooting percentage. I expect that number to regress towards the mean as the season marches on, and coming off a two-assist effort his last time out, tonight could be the night for that to start taking place.
W – Johnny Gaudreau (CGY) – $7,600 vs. BUF
Of course with Monahan comes Gaudreau. Gaudreau had racked up 13 points over a seven-game point streak before being held scoreless Saturday against the Jets. However, the start of another point streak could happen imminently tonight against the Sabres. Not only does Buffalo have the NHL’s 30th-ranked defense, but also the 28th-ranked road penalty kill. The Flames should be in line for a bounce back offensive effort tonight against Buffalo.
W – Christian Fischer (ARI) – $3,400 vs. NYI
I believe we are getting a big-time value opportunity here by using Domi and Fischer. Fischer has quietly scored 13 goals in his rookie season as he skates alongside Domi at both 5v5 and on the Coyotes’ top power play unit. He had a goal and an assist in his most recent game against the Blues and has taken 16 shots on goal over his last five games. Shots shouldn’t be hard to come by tonight against the worst road defense in the league.
W – Jesper Bratt (NJ) – $4,900 vs. DET
The Devils are another team in a nice spot tonight against the Red Wings. For his part, Bratt has been a consistent point producer as of late with six points over his last seven games and at least one point in five of those seven contests. He skates on the Devils’ top line with Taylor Hall as well as on the top power play unit with Hall. Bratt isn’t the shooter of the group, but still has 12 goals for the season as he continues to play second fiddle to Hall for the Devils.
D – Mark Giordano (CGY) – $5,700 vs. BUF
Giordano completes a three-man Flames power play stack tonight against the Sabres. As the lone defenseman on the top unit, he certainly is in a nice spot for production. Not only does the veteran produce points with 21 of them on the season, he also contributes elsewhere with 117 shots and 94 blocked shots on the season. With that high floor and high ceiling, we will certainly not hesitate to roster the Flames’ captain tonight.
D – Jakob Chychrun (ARI) – $4,100 vs. NYI
We have a second three-man stack here with the addition of Chychrun. Most ownership on the Coyotes’ blueline will go to Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and he is a fine play too, but Chychrun is more of a contrarian GPP option tonight. He is also producing at solid clip with seven assists over his last 11 games. He’s also taken 44 shots in 18 games as he lines up next to Ekman Larsson on the Coyotes’ top power play unit, also alongside Domi and Fischer. High hopes for this lower owned stack tonight.
G – Mike Smith (CGY) – $8,400 vs. BUF
Smith’s matchup provides a ton of safety on paper here so let’s go with the veteran netminder this evening. After all, Smith is playing lights out at the moment with just one goal allowed in each of his last three starts and no more than two goals allowed over his last five starts. He carries a real nice .925 Sv% with him into action tonight and will take on the NHL’s worst offense at just 2.24 goals per game. Combined with his expected goal support, Smith’s chances for a win are very high this evening.
UTIL – Mitch Marner (TOR) – $5,200 vs. COL
The Avalanche are rolling with nine straight wins entering play tonight, but they are a poor defensive team on the road at 3.32 goals against per game, good for 25th overall. Enter Marner who scored a beauty goal Saturday against Ottawa and leads the Maple Leafs with 26 assists for the season. He has the puck on his stick a ton on the power play, which always has him threatening to get on the board, something I expect tonight at home against Colorado.