NHL DFS Playbook: January 19
Andrew Dewhirst analyzes all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best NHL DFS players for today's contests.
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M. Smith - G
Mike Smith will play between the pipes on Saturday.
Smith will be going for his fifth straight win. He has a 6-0-0 record, 1.73 GAA, and .944 save percentage in seven starts this season.
Added 4:20 pm (EST)
Added 4:20 pm (EST)
D. Batherson - F
Drake Batherson scored a goal and registered an assist in Ottawa's 6-3 loss to Calgary on Saturday.
Batherson has seven goals and 15 points in 23 games this season. Brady Tkachuk and Colin White each found the back of the net. Thomas Chabot assisted on two of Ottawa's three goals.
Added 4:15 pm (EST)
M. Murray - G
Matt Murray stopped 27 of 33 shots in a 6-3 loss to Calgary Saturday night.
Murray was beaten three times in the first 11:05 minutes of the contest. He was fine for the rest of the period, but was beaten twice more in the second. Joey Daccord replaced him for the third period and stopped the five shots he faced.
Added 4:12 pm (EST)
D. Rittich - G
David Rittich saved 31 of 34 shots in a 6-3 win against Ottawa on Saturday.
All three of the goals Rittich surrendered were scored during Senators power plays. He faced at least 10 shots in each period.
Added 4:10 pm (EST)
M. Backlund - F
Mikael Backlund scored a goal and registered two assists in a 6-3 win against Ottawa on Saturday.
Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane each had a goal and an assist for Calgary. Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm, and Juuso Valimaki each found the back of the net. Johnny Gaudreau assisted on two of Calgary's six goals.
Added 4:05 pm (EST)
M. Blackwood - G
Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 19 of 23 shots in a 5-2 loss to Washington on Saturday.
Blackwood surrendered three goals on 14 shots in the first frame. He's allowed at least three goals in each of his last four games.
Added 4:02 pm (EST)
Nico Hischier scored a goal and registered an assist in a 5-2 loss to Washington Saturday afternoon.
That gives Hischier two goals and three points in five contests. Pavel Zacha scored the Devils' other goal. Jack Hughes, Ty Smith, and P.K. Subban each registered an assist for New Jersey.
Added 3:58 pm (EST)
Vitek Vanecek stopped 22 of 24 shots in a 5-2 victory against New Jersey on Saturday.
Vanecek surrendered a goal in each of the first and second periods. This was his second straight victory after beating Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Added 3:55 pm (EST)