Welcome to Friday’s two-game NHL Slate. There are only four teams to choose from, but that doesn’t mean you can’t build a killer lineup. We need to find the most amount of value possible to be able to pay up for some superstars, but it can be done. You can build daily fantasy hockey lineups on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo Fantasy for Friday, January 12th, 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 now take a closer look at the daily fantasy hockey top plays for tonight's NHL DFS Showdown slate.


Highest Expected Goal Totals 

Dallas Stars Vs Juuse Saros(3.9)

Minnesota Wild Vs. Carter Hart (3.2)

Philadelphia Flyers Vs. Marc-Andre Fleury(3.0)

Nashville Predators Vs. Scott Wedgewood (2.9)


Nashville Predators Vs Dallas Stars

Players to target: Ryan O’Reilly, Gustav Nyqvist, Dante Fabbro, Roman Josi, Wyatt Johnston, Jason Robertson, Tyler Seguin, Mason Marchment, Scott Wedgewood

The Dallas Stars are one of the best teams on home ice and they have a very good matchup against the Nashville Predators. There are good options on both sides to consider, but make no mistake, the Stars are going to be the better team and that’s who we should be focusing the majority of our attention on.

There is nothing wrong with paying up for players like Jason Robertson Joe Pavelski, but if I had to pick just one, it would be Robertson. There is a ton of value in players like Wyatt Johnston, Tyler Seguin and Mason Marchment. The last two are players who should definitely be in your lineup. Seguin has scored a goal in his last six games, while Marchment has 11 points in the last ten games. There is no reason to be avoiding both players on such a short slate.

I don’t really love Scott Wedgewood, but it’s hard to not consider him on such a short slate. His 3.11 GAA and .895 SV% are just not good, but he’s 12-4-3 on the season and 8-3-1 on home ice. Of the four starting goalies tonight, he has the best chance of picking up a win.

On the flip side, Nashville has some options to consider, but it’s maybe a handful. Roman Josi is going to be popular but it’s hard to get behind a player that is $7000 and doesn’t have a great matchup. We know he can shoot the puck and block shots, but he needs at least a point and to hit a bonus to return value. If you’re looking for a mini stack to consider, Ryan O’Reilly and Gustav Nyqvist are the way to go. If you need a cheap defenceman who can block shots, Dante Fabbro is your man. Tyson Barrie is out of the lineup and Fabbro has blocked 11 shots in the last three games. He’s a great option if you need to save some salary.

Philadelphia Flyers vs Minnesota Wild

Players to target: Sean Couturier, Owen Tippett, Cam Atkinson, Travis Konecny, Jamie Drysdale, Carter Hart, Frederik Gaudreau, Matt Boldy, Brock Faber

I’m having an extremely hard time wrapping my mind around how the Minnesota Wild are going to score over three goals tonight. This is a team averaging just over 1.50 goals per game since Kirill Kaprizov went down due to injury and you want them to BEAT the Philadelphia Flyers? This just feels like a mistake. There were a ton of players who were at practice today that are working their way back, but none of them are going to play tonight. This is going to be a mismatch on paper and I am here for it.

Let’s start with the Flyers and their best players. Owen Tippett, Travis Konecny and Sean Couturier are all excellent options tonight. I have no issue with paying up for Konecny because he is averaging over 4 shots per game in his last ten. If you want to go all out, Jamie Drysdale had a really strong first game with his new club and will continue to see time on the second power play unit. You can stack all four in a GPP and still have salary left over to build a very good hockey team. In goal, Carter Hart is the way to go. I cannot believe that DK is pricing him at $7600 tonight. Look for his ownership to be well north of 50%.

On the Minnesota side, there is one forward I really trust and it’s Matt Boldy. He has been red hot since Kaprizov went down and I expect him to continue to play a major part in whatever offence the Wild can generate. He may not register a point, but he will have a decent amount of shots on goal. If you need to save some salary, Frederik Gaudreau has moved to the top line and is only $3000. He’s a cheap option, but I don’t love his upside.

On the back end, Brock Faber is by far the best option. The Wild have so many injuries on the blueline that Faber has been seeing a crazy amount of minutes. He played over 30 minutes in a game last week against Columbus. I’m not saying he will play that much again, but the volume is certainly encouraging. He’s shooting the puck a ton and has blocked three or more shots in four straight games. I can’t see a reason to fade him tonight considering just how high his floor is.