Welcome to Saturday’s 10-game NHL Slate. We have a massive slate with lots of high-scoring matchups to focus on. There is no shortage of value to exploit and there are some great top-tier options to consider. You can build daily fantasy hockey lineups on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo Fantasy for Saturday, March 30th, 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 Showdown slate.



NHL DFS Playbook March 30th

DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

We have a massive 10-game slate that includes some elite players in very good matchups.  We have the usual elite players to choose from like Auston Matthews and David Pastrnak, but we can also target some really good value plays. Goalies will once again be a key part of building our lineups. We can target a high-priced goalie, or look for one more affordable despite the difficult matchup. One thing is for sure-- goalies continue to be voodoo.


Recommended DFS Starting Goalies

Best Value Goalies

Tristan Jarry Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Andrei Vasilevskiy Vs. New York Islanders

Sam Montembeault Vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Best Odds for a Win

Frederik Andersen Vs. Montreal Canadiens

Samuel Ersson Vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Jordan Binnington Vs. San Jose Sharks


Favorite Goalies to Use for DFS Lineups

Jordan Binnington, G, St. Louis Blues

If you don’t want to break your head choosing a cash-game goalie, just pick whoever is going up against the San Jose Sharks when they are on the road. You’ll have to spend up, but you’ll rarely miss. Tonight it’s Jordan Binnington. He’s been good this season and I don’t expect that to change tonight.

Jake Oettinger, G, Dallas Stars

Jake Oettinger is in a great spot tonight. He’s won his last four starts and has better numbers on the road than he does at home. Seattle is a low-scoring team and they don’t generate a ton of scoring chances. It may be hard for him to hit value due to the shot volume, but he’s a solid cash game option if you want to save some salary.

Connor Hellebuyck, G, Winnipeg Jets

Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets have struggled over their last ten games, but maybe all they need is to play the Ottawa Senators. Hellebuyck has been good this season and he’s going to see a decent amount of shots tonight, which should keep his value high. The Jets need to put some wins together if they want to keep pace in the Central Division, so look for them to come out with some urgency.

Tristan Jarry, G, Pittsburgh Penguins

The definition of insanity is repeating an action over and over again and expecting a different result. I am insane because I continue to believe that the Penguins can be decent and win hockey games. Tristan Jarry is a good goalie, but the team in front of him is terrible. Still, $7700 on a large slate like this is quite the bargain. I’ll continue to torture myself by trusting the Penguins to be decent, but be ready for disappointment.

Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning

I know Andrei Vasilevskiy hasn’t been his usual elite self this season, but $7600 for him against the Islanders is not normal. He’s 7-1-2 in his last ten games and has played really well on home ice. The Islanders have a decent offence, but I can’t believe that they are going to go into Tampa and smack them around. Vasilevskiy has a ton of upside and I wouldn’t hesitate to use him in either format.


Highest Expected Goal Totals 

St. Louis Blues Vs MacKenzie Blackwood (4.0)

Philadelphia Flyers Vs. Arvid Soderblom (3.8)

Carolina Hurricanes Vs. Sam Montembeault (3.8)

Favorite Skaters to Use for DFS Lineups

Auston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews has 19(!!) shots on goal in the last two games and gets the Buffalo Sabres on the tail end of a back-to-back. He has finished with over 21 fantasy points on DraftKings in his last five games. I know he’s expensive, but fading him in cash games would be a mistake considering how good his floor has been.

Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

I hate having to trust the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Sidney Crosby is the one exception. He has 13 points in the last ten games and continues to be the most consistent player on his team. Nothing wrong with rolling him out in cash games.

Nikita Kucherov, W, Tampa Bay Lightning

Even if I wanted to fade Nikita Kucherov, I wouldn’t be able to. The man is built differently and is matchup-proof. He has 20 points in his last ten games and continues to see a healthy amount of minutes. The Lightning are still trying to hold onto a playoff spot, so they have something to play for down the stretch. Look for Kucherov to continue his dominance against a below-average defensive team.

Pavel Buchnevich, W, St. Louis Blues

Pavel Buchnevich has ten points in the last ten games and continues to see time on the top line and top power play unit. It’s wild that he is only $5400 on DK considering he is playing the Sharks, but his shot volume isn’t that great so it does limit his upside. Still, he’s worth considering in all formats.

Mike Matheson, D, Montreal Canadiens

Mike Matheson has since his price tag drop from $6500 down to $5600 on DK. In that time, he has racked up a point per game and continues to see a ton of ice time. With Kaiden Guhle out of the lineup, Matheson could see a bump in ice time. He’s already playing 25 minutes a nice, but a slight increase would only help his value. He can shoot the puck and block shots, so there are lots of ways he can hit value in this game.

Connor Timmins, D, Toronto Maple Leafs

We are shooting for the moon here with Connor Timmins. He is back in the lineup and is getting the first look on the top power play unit. He played 20 minutes last game and registered two shots. It’s not elite, but the ice time is encouraging and he's worth a gamble at $2700. If anything, the salary savings will allow you to pay up elsewhere. 

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