Welcome to Saturday’s 12-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 21st, 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 January 13th

DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

These 12-game slates can be intimidating with the massive pool of players we have to choose from. We need to identify who we are willing to pay up for and who to fade. It’s important to find solid value plays to help us jam as many studs as possible. The worst part, and maybe the most important, is picking the right goalie. There are so many options on the board and taking the wrong one can greatly diminish our chances of cashing.


Recommended DFS Starting Goalies

Top Options for Saves

Lukas Dostal Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Sam Montembeault Vs. Edmonton Oilers

Tristan Jarry Vs. Carolina Hurricanes


Best Odds for a Win

Stuart Skinner Vs. Montreal Canadiens

Scott Wedgewood Vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Andrei Vasilevskiy Vs. Anaheim Ducks


Favorite Goalies to Use for DFS Lineups

Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning

Andrei Vasilevskiy is in a great spot here as he draws a start at home against a struggling Ducks team. Anaheim will be playing their third straight road game and I have little confidence in them grabbing a win while going into Tampa. The Ducks are 2-7-1 over their last ten games while the Lightning have won three of their last four. Vasilevskiy hasn’t been overly impressive over his last 10 games, holding a .895 SV% and 2.88 GAA, but the Ducks are a few tiers below the teams he faced over that stretch.

Stuart Skinner, G, Edmonton Oilers

After a miserable start to the season, I think it’s safe to say the Oilers are back. Edmonton has won nine straight games and Stuart Skinner has only two losses dating back to November 24th. Over his last 10 games, he holds an 8-2 record with an impressive .921 SV% and 2.11 GAA, showing the league why he was second in Calder voting last season. This will be a road start for Skinner but with the way the Oilers are playing and how bad the Canadiens are, this is a no-brainer.

Joey Daccord, G, Seattle Kraken

Are the Kraken for real? For a team that really struggled offensively, they are currently on an eight-game win streak and now find themselves playing the lowly Blue Jackets. Joey Daccord, seemingly out of nowhere, is having a terrific season and is a huge reason the Kraken are winning. Over his last 10 games, he holds an 8-2 record with an absolutely insane .954 SV% and 1.48 GAA. These numbers are in no way sustainable, but at the same time, I won’t leave it up to the 28th-place Blue Jackets to bring him back down to Earth.

Ilya Sorokin, G, New York Islanders

Nashville is a pretty good team, but Sorokin is a very good goalie. He hasn’t quite been as good as I was expecting this season, but he’s coming off a win over Toronto and will always draw rostership in DFS. It’s always risky picking a goalie on the road, but given his price, he’s worth some roster consideration with the salary relief he will provide for other positions. He holds a 5-4-1 record over his last 10 games with a .900 SV% and 3.29 GAA, not exactly Vezina numbers but I believe in Sorokin.


Recommended DFS Skaters

Highest Expected Goal Totals  

Tampa Bay Lightning Vs Lukas Dostal (4.2)

Edmonton Oilers Vs. Sam Montembeault (4.1)

Dallas Stars Vs. Petr Mrazek (4.0)


Favorite Skaters to Use for DFS Lineups

Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers

I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the three between Nathan MacKinnon, Auston Matthews, and Connor McDavid, but I am favoring Connor here. The Oilers have been rolling teams and Connor has three goals over his last four games. He has the softest matchup among the three top centers here against Montreal and he’s the best hockey player on the planet. He is also the cheapest option of the three and it shouldn’t take a whole lot of data to put him in your lineup. 

Brayden Point, C, Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning were doing a lot of line shuffling between their top players, but they are finally running a top line of Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, and Steve Stamkos. Combine this with the fact they are all correlated on the power play and have the highest implied team total tonight at 4.2 goals and you have the perfect setting to play Point. He has three goals over his last three games and 43 points through 43 games this season. Point has also seen his salary considerably reduced from where it was at the start of the year, making him an easy C2.

Jason Robertson, W, Dallas Stars

Jason Robertson appears to have finally woken up, scoring a goal in three of his last four games with points in four straight. Robertson is coming off back-to-back 40+ goal seasons so you know the talent is there, and Chicago presents one of the most favorable matchups you could ask for. The Blackhawks allow the third most goals at 3.67 per game and have the 6th worst penalty kill at 75.6%. The Stars have an implied team total of 4 goals and with Robertson on the first line and power play unit, I expect him to be involved in the scoring.

Andrei Svechnikov, W, Carolina Hurricanes

Andrei Svechnikov is rolling right now. He’s collected four goals over his last four games and 16 points over his last 10. The Penguins may only allow 2.73 goals per game as a team on the season but I think the Hurricanes are going to give Tristan Jarry a lot of trouble. Svechnikov skates on the top line and power play with a very forgiving price tag, making him an easy play on this slate.

Victor Hedman, D, Tampa Bay Lightning

Victor Hedman hasn’t scored a point in his last three games, but this is a great matchup and he’s been seeing at least 27 minutes of ice time in six straight games. He can block shots and put pucks on net while sharing a lot of ice time with NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov. Hedman is a staple of the Lightning power play and the Ducks have incurred nearly 100 more penalty minutes than the next team.

Vince Dunn, D, Seattle Kraken

To me, Vince Dunn is one of the most underrated defensemen in the league. I’ll chalk it up to the fact he plays for an expansion team, but Dunn leads the Kraken with 34 points and has been especially productive of late. He’s collected three goals and two assists over his last five games and is in a great spot against a Columbus team that allows the 3rd most goals in the league at 3.67 per game. Dunn is listed on the 2nd power play line, but with Oliver Bjorkstand and Jared McCann also on the unit, it can hardly be considered Seattle’s second option. 


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