Welcome to Thursday’s seven-game NHL Slate. We have some elite options to choose from tonight, but we also have some under-the-radar players who can really provide us with some value. As always, picking the right goalie is going to be key. 

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There are a few games with a total sitting at 5.5, so that’s a good place to start when looking at goalies. Jack Hughes is expected to make his return tonight thus giving the Devils a nice boost up front. Colorado is once again in action, so Nathan MacKinnon is another player to consider. The value players that we target are going to be important because they provide us with the salary relief needed to pay up for the elite skaters. Let’s take a look at which players we need to keep an eye out for.

Recommended DFS Starting Goalies

Top Options for Saves

Thatcher Demko Vs. Boston Bruins

Ilya Sorokin Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Alexandar Georgiev Vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Best Odds for a Win

Sergei Bobrovsky Vs. Washington Capitals

Ilya Sorokin Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Vitek Vanecek Vs. Calgary Flames

Favorite Goalies to Use for DFS Lineups

Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Florida Panthers

There’s only one really good goalie option on the slate and it’s Sergei Bobrovsky. The Washington Capitals don’t score many goals and they are even worse on the road. Bobrovsky is expensive, but he’s a no-brainer for cash games.

Laurent Brossoit, G, Winnipeg Jets

Laurent Brossaoit is 2-2-2 on the road this season but has a 1.97 GAA and a .934 SV%. Those are some pretty elite numbers even in a small sample size. The Flyers are 27th in goals per game on home ice, so this is a great spot for Brossoit and the Jets.

Ilya Sorokin, G, New York Islanders

Even with a new head coach, the New York Islanders are still giving up a ton of shots on goal. Ilya Sorokin is probably going to be busy, but we know that the Tampa Bay Lightning are a mess on the road. If he can keep the goals to a minimum, Sorokin can hit value without having to pick up the win.

Connor Ingram, G, Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes have a tough matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights, but they are getting two players back-- Barrett Hayton and Matt Dumba-- and Connor Ingram has an 11-4-0 record on home ice. At $7100 on DraftKings, that’s good value for a GPP goalie. 

Jacob Markstrom, G, Calgary Flames

I don’t feel comfortable playing Jacob Markstrom, but he has been lights out in his last two starts, allowing just a single goal. His numbers on the road are also very good, so it’s not an impossible task for him to come out and have a strong performance against the Devils. He should only be considered as a GPP option.


Recommended DFS Skaters

Highest Expected Goal Totals 

Florida Panthers vs Darcy Kuemper (3.4)

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Alexandar Georgiev (3.5)

New Jersey Devils vs. Jacob Markstrom (3.5)

Favorite Skaters to Use for DFS Lineups

Jack Hughes, C, New Jersey Devils

Jack Hughes is making his return to the lineup and is in a very good spot tonight. The Flames have been good in their last two games, but I’m not ready to buy that success. Hughes is elite and is going to get back to racking up points and shooting the puck a ton. He’s worth spending up for in all formats. 

Yegor Sharangovich, C, Calgary Flames

Yegor Sharangovich is making his return to New Jersey, and you know he’s going to be fired up to show his former team that they made a mistake letting him go. He has eight goals in the last ten games and is playing over 18 minutes in the last ten games. His shot volume isn’t great, but it’s hard to ignore a player who is shooting 40% in his last ten contests.

Sam Reinhart, W, Florida Panthers

Sam Reinhart really let us down on Tuesday, but we are going back to him tonight. He’s not a volume shooter, but when he does fire the puck, it tends to end up in the back of the net. Darcy Kuemper is a terrible goalie and Florida has a 3.4 team total. I get being scared to pay up for him, but Reinhart has been elite this season and he can rebound in this game.

Seth Jarvis, W, Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes have the highest team total on the slate so there is value to exploit here. Andrei Svechnikov is a game-time decision, but even if he does play, Seth Jarvis is a player to consider. He has 11 points and is seeing over 19 minutes in the last 10 games. Alexandar Georgiev may be winning games, but his .898 SV% doesn’t inspire confidence. 

Noah Dobson, D, New York Islanders

At this point of the season, if you aren’t playing Noah Dobson it’s because you don’t recognize that he is elite. He has 14 points in the last 10 games and continues to rack up blocks and shots on goal. He tends to shoot the puck a lot more on home ice, so this is just an elite spot for him. It’s wild that we can get him at only $7200 on DK.

Alec Martinez, D, Vegas Golden Knights

If you’ve been here for a minute, you know how much I love Alec Martinez and his ability to block shots. His $5100 price tag is steep, but the veteran defenseman has also been seeing time on the top power play unit and is playing over 22 minutes per night. He’s getting a chance to produce offensively, which can only help him. You know he’s going to continue to block shots, but it’s the extra offensive opportunities that make him a steal at his price point.


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