Welcome to Thursday’s 4-game NHL Slate. We have a massive slate with a ton of good options to choose from. If you’re rocking with just one lineup, you’ll have to make some choices. You can build daily fantasy hockey lineups on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo Fantasy for Thursday, December 28th, 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 December 28th


Recommended DFS Starting Goalies

Top Options for Saves

Cayden Primeau vs Carolina Hurricanes

Kaapo Kahkonen vs Edmonton Oilers

Carter Hart/Philadelphia Flyers vs Vancouver Canucks


Best Odds for a Win

Stuart Skinner vs San Jose Sharks

Antti Raanta vs Montreal Canadiens

Thatcher Demko vs Philadelphia Flyers


Favorite Goalies to Use for DFS Lineups

Thatcher Demko, G, Vancouver Canucks

The odds to win this one are very good for the Canucks as they get a Flyers team that is shooting the puck over 33 times per game over the last month. That makes the floor higher than normal for a heavy chalk money line goaltender and he's no slouch either with a 2.46 GAA and 17 wins on the season. 

Cam Talbot, G, Los Angeles Kings

The matchup between the Kings and Golden Knights is the prime matchup of the night in the NHL tonight and one that should be tight and competitive. I do see it being lower scoring though and that's big for the goalies, Cam Talbot especially. I will lean on his 2.06 GAA and 14 wins on the season as he is a stud. 


Recommended DFS Skaters

Highest Implied Goal Totals 

Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks (4.2)

Carolina Hurricanes vs Montreal Canadiens (3.82)

Vegas Golden Knights vs Los Angeles Kings (3.64)


Favorite Skaters to Use for DFS Lineups

Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers

I feel like an explanation isn't fully needed here as the Oilers take on the Sharks. Sharks allow the 4th most DFS point to centers this season and McDavid has 16 points over the last 10 games. Sharks defense has been better lately but the Oilers offense is fully back, beware fading them. 

Sebastian Aho, C, Carolina Hurricanes

He is a roller coaster kind of player in DFS but the highs are oh so high this season and he has potential to drop 25+ at anytime with a multipoint game and a myriad of shots on goal. The matchup tonight is a good one too as the Habs allow the 5th most DFS points to centers this season. 

Zach Hyman, W, Edmonton Oilers

More Oilers love here as the matchup is a massive one and the Sharks allow the MOST DFS points per game to right wingers on the season. Hyman has 19 goals already this season, I would bet he adds to that total tonight. 

Andrei Kuzmenko, W, Vancouver Canucks

The price on some of these Canucks wingers always has them in play for me and while the Flyers play good defense the Vancouver offense pushes the agenda every game. Kuz is coming off of a 2 goal game, let's keep him hot. 

Jaccob Slavin, D, Carolina Hurricanes

The Canadiens and Hurricanes play the blueliners pretty well this season but I think there's going to be goals aplenty and those points will trickle down to the defenseman tonight. Slavin is interchangeable with many others but I like his big minutes this season and a nice game tonight. 


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