It’s another installment of DraftKings fantasy goodness at Todays Slapshot, where we try to help you set your line-up through strategic reasoning and developing a framework for your team. If you are looking for an article to delve into analytics and PDO, Corsi, Fenwick or any deep hockey analysis, this isn’t that guide.
Rather, here I want to walk you through my thought-process for my team’s construction for a cash game. Cash games are games that don’t have as high of payouts or as many entrants and usually involves playing only a single entry. For me, the first team I construct is usually the best team, 99 percent of the time, so I tend to stick with a single lineup. It is a smart, economical play to help you maximize you money without wasting any on unneccessary lineups.
Tonight, we have yet another mini-slate comprised of three game and I wanted to start in Philly as the Flyers welcome the Detroit Red Wings into town.
Detroit @ Flyers
C. Giroux $6,900
J. Voracek $6,700
F. Nielsen $4,900
A. Athanasiou $3,100
W. Simmonds $6,500
I. Provorov $4,300
B. Smith $3,200
The Red Wings are ranked tied for 24th with 8 goals scored in the last 4 games, while the Flyers have been assaulting visiting teams, tied for 4th with 16 goals and their power play operating at 28 percent.
Starting with the Flyers, I want to mix and match players on different lines, but that also operate on the same power play units, starting with the captain Claude Giroux who has points in 9 games with two goals in his last two games as well. On the same line I want to include Simmonds who is a beast to clear out in front of the net. Whether Simmonds is on the power play or 5-on-5, his size and deft hands are lethal.
Dropping down a line, I want to include Jacob Voracek and his top-notch vision. On the back end, I want to include Ivan Provorov who is a top-notch rookie, just getting better as the season.
From the Red Wings, we have the speedy Athanasiou, newcomer Frans Nielsen, and defenseman Brendan Smith. Given the Flyers are struggling on the penalty kill, I think this game could see a bunch of special team goals.
Vancouver @ Montreal
A. Radulov $5,800
C. Price $8,600
In the Montreal game, I am plugging in Brendan Gallagher and his linemate Radulov because together they good complements. The Canadiens are still undefeated in the NHL, and I think they are going to find a way to get it done against a sub-par Vancouver team that has the lowest team projected goal total tonight.
With the best goalie in the NHL in my eyes, I think is the strongest play for a goalie to see shots and get the win and maybe even a shutout.