DFS NHL Optimal Lineups: March 15
Christopher Morais provides you with example lineups for today's NHL DFS main slate.
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M. Tkachuk - F
Matthew Tkachuk posted a goal with two assists in Sunday's 6-1 home game against the Ottawa Senators.
Tkachuk got the best of his brother's team, the Senators. Brady Tkachuk went scoreless with six shots and a minor penalty, while Matthew finished with a plus-2 rating, four shots on goal and a minor penalty with two hits in 17:35 of ice time across 19 shifts. It was his first three-point game since March 4 when he rattled off three assists, also against the Senators. He and the Flames are back in action Thursday night against the Vancouver Canucks in a make-up game.
Added Yesterday 11:53 pm (EST)
J. Gaudreau - F
Johnny Gaudreau scored a goal while adding two assists in Sunday's 6-1 rout of the Ottawa Senators.
Gaudreau opened the scoring with his 19th goal of the season, and he closed the scoring with a primary assist on Mark Giordano's power-play goal in the third period to make it 6-1. He also chipped in with an apple on Matthew Tkachuk's goal in the second period, while adding a plus-2 rating with two shots on goal in 18:21 of ice time across 19 shifts. He and the Flames are back at it Thursday night against the visiting Vancouver Canucks in a make-up game.
Added Yesterday 11:50 pm (EST)
J. Markstrom - G
Jacob Markstrom allowed just one goal on 20 shots in Sunday's 6-1 home win against the Ottawa Senators.
Markstrom was staked to a 4-0 lead before the Senators finally got a goal midway through the second period from Josh Norris. But it wasn't nearly enough, as the Flames kept their bleak postseason hopes alive. They must win out, while the Canadiens must lose out. Markstrom improved to 19-19-22 with a 2.66 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. The Flames are back at it Thursday night against the Vancouver Canucks.
Added Yesterday 11:32 pm (EST)
A. Forsberg - G
Anton Forsberg allowed four goals on 23 shots in Sunday's 6-1 loss against the Calgary Flames.
Forsberg was yanked midway through the second period, as Filip Gustavsson was called upon in the second end of a back-to-back situation to come on in relief rather than getting a full day of rest. He'll have plenty of time to recover with the Senators not heading for the playoffs. They did enter the day 8-1-1 across the past 10, so the Flames did cool them off a little bit. The Senators are back at it Wednesday night at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Added Yesterday 11:27 pm (EST)
M. Entwistle - F
MacKenzie Entwistle scored his first NHL goal in Sunday's 4-2 win against the Dallas Stars.
Entwistle opened the scoring at 6:23 of the first period, beating Anton Khudobin. Mike Hardman had the primary assist, while Patrick Kane added his 50th assist on the season on the goal. The former third-round pick of the Arizona Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft is not someone worth pursuing in DFS on the final day on Monday, but he is a name to remember heading into the 2021-22 NHL season.
Added Yesterday 11:22 pm (EST)
Added Yesterday 11:22 pm (EST)
A. DeBrincat - LW
Alex DeBrincat posted two goals in Sunday's 4-2 win against the Dallas Stars.
DeBrincat ended up with a plus-1 rating, four shots and four hits in his 19:23 of ice time across 23 shifts while winning his only faceoff attempt. His first goal came on the power play, and was his 30th of the season, making it 3-1 at the time. As it stands, it was the game-winning tally. He also added a goal at 16:48 of the third period for insurance, as the Blackhawks won their penultimate game of the regular season. The teams are back at it on Monday night in the finale. It has been a super successful year for DeBrincat, even if the team will miss the playoffs, as he has 31 goals and 54 points in just 51 games.
Added Yesterday 11:15 pm (EST)
K. Lankinen - G
Kevin Lankinen allowed two goals on 39 shots in Sunday's 4-2 win against the Dallas Stars.
Lankinen entered the game with an 0-3-1 skid dating back to his most recent win on April 12 against the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets. He hasn't beaten a playoff-bound team since March 30, when he stopped the Carolina Hurricanes. He improved to 17-14-5 with a 3.01 goals-against average and .909 save percentage, and that's likely how his rookie season will end. With a back-to-back situation ending Monday against the Stars it will be Collin Delia in net for the season finale.
Added Yesterday 10:40 pm (EST)
D. Gurianov - F
Denis Gurianov posted his 12th goal of the season in Sunday's 4-2 road loss against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Gurianov was helped out by Jamie Benn, who managed his 22nd assist. It was 1-1 at that point, but the Blackhawks bagged two more goals in the first period to pull away. Gurianov picked up a plus-1 rating with four shots on goal and a hit in 17:04 of ice time across 23 shifts. It was Gurianov's first goal since April 26 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He has three goals and five points with an even rating across the past 11 games dating back to April 17, which was the date of his most recent multi-point performance.
Added Yesterday 10:35 pm (EST)