Welcome to Saturday’s three-game NHL Slate. The NHL playoffs have started and it’s been fantastic. So many high-scoring games and action that never ends. We have a couple of teams that we need to target, but remember; playoff hockey is different. This is where legends are born. You can build daily fantasy hockey lineups on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo Fantasy for Saturday, April 27th, but before you build those NHL daily fantasy lineups, don’t forget to check out our NHL DFS projections, the NHL Value Finder, and the NHL DFS lineup generator. Let's look closer at the daily fantasy hockey top plays for tonight's NHL DFS slate.


NHL DFS Playbook April 27th

DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

Make sure you don't overlook our impressive selection of 3 games, showcasing top-notch players in advantageous matchups. While you can't resist the likes of Auston Matthews and Nikita Kucherov, there are also incredible value options worth considering.

Goalies play a vital role in determining our lineups, so make your choices wisely. Whether you decide to go for a high-end goalie or a more affordable one, keep in mind that goalies can be quite unpredictable.


Best Odds for a Win

Ilya Samsonov Vs. Boston Bruins

Sergei Bobrovsky Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Logan Thompson Vs. Dallas Stars


Favorite Goalies to Use for DFS Lineups

Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning

It’s do-or-die for Tampa Bay and I expect Vezina Andrei Vasilevskiy to show up for this one. He hasn’t been elite in this series and that’s been the problem. Tampa is a very good hockey team on home ice and I expect them to come out and play their best game of the series. Getting Vasilevskiy at $7200 on DraftKings is a bargain.

Jeremy Swayman, G, Boston Bruins

At some point, Jim Montgomery is going to have to commit to letting Jeremy Swayman start every remaining playoff game. He’s been nothing short of excellent in this series and is the main reason why his team leads the series. Linus Ullmark hasn’t been bad, but Swayman has allowed just three goals on 66 shots, so how can you not let him keep rolling? If he starts, he’s in my lineup.

Logan Thompson, G, Vegas Golden Knights

The Golden Knights return home up 2-0 and are looking to take a stranglehold on the series. Logan Thompson hasn’t been elite in this series, but he hasn’t seen a ton of action. Dallas has totalled just 50 shots on goal in two games, which just doesn’t cut it at this point of the year. Thompson is going to have a hard time hitting value with that kind of volume, but I do think he has the best chance of any goalie starting to pick up a win.

Ilya Samsonov, G, Toronto Maple Leafs

Of all the things wrong with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ilya Samsonov has not been one of them. He was a trash can in Game 1 but has since bounced back. Toronto is expected to get William Nylander back for this game, which would be a huge boost to their offence. Boston hasn’t been dominant in this series, they’ve just been able to capitalize on their chances. There’s enough value to trust Samsonov in a GPP and you should get him at low ownership.


Highest Expected Goal Totals 

Tampa Bay Lightning Vs Sergei Bobrovsky (3.1)

Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. A Boston Goalie (3.1)

Vegas Golden Knights Vs. Jake Oettinger (2.9)


Favorite Skaters to Use for DFS Lineups

Auston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs

If you’re going to pay up for an elite skater, you can’t go wrong with Auston Matthews. He’s a shooting machine and can find the back of the net on any given night. He needs a goal and five shots on goal to be able to hit value, which isn’t asking him too much. I know it’s a lot to spend on one player, but we both know he’s worth every dollar.

Jack Eichel, C, Vegas Golden Knights

Jack Eichel has been very good so far this series and I don’t expect that to change tonight. He’s getting a healthy amount of shots on goal and is racking up points. Considering how poor Jake Oettinger has been in this series, look for Eichel to add a few more points to his total before the end of the night.

Nikita Kucherov, W, Tampa Bay Lightning

I love that we are getting Nikita Kucherov at $9100 on DK. That price tag is too low for a player of his calibre. I know he hasn’t scored a goal in this series, but he does have three assists. The shot volume is down, but I think we see Kucherov shoot the puck a lot more in this game. He’s regularly been over 10K during the season, so a discount this big is too good to pass up.

Matthew Tkachuk, W, Florida Panthers

Matthew Tkachuk is built for moments like this. He has three goals and two assists in this series and is shooting the puck a ton. Despite those numbers, his price tag hasn’t moved. You know he just loves showing up for big moments and I expect nothing less from him in this one. 

Charlie McAvoy, D, Boston Bruins

We are going full bargain on the blue line tonight. There are so many players blocking shots, so we have a ton of options to choose from. Charlie McAvoy has seven blocked shots in the last two games but also has six shots on goal. He finished with five last game, hitting the double bonus. We need a defenceman with a high floor and McAvoy is one of the best options on this slate.

Alec Martinez, D, Vegas Golden Knights

If you’re a regular here you know exactly how I feel about Alec Martinez. He is the king when it comes to blocking shots and I expect no different tonight. He was as high as $5100 during the regular season, so to get him for $3800 feels like robbery. He played just 15 minutes last game, so that is concerning, but even in the limited ice time, he blocked four shots. I have no issue with him being in all my lineups.


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