Welcome to Tuesday’s nine-game NHL Slate. We have a ton of good options to choose from, including Connor McDavid against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Artemi Panarin against the San Jose Sharks. Those may be obvious choices, but we also need to find some value and pick the correct goalie.  You can build daily fantasy hockey lineups on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo Fantasy for Tuesday, January 23rd, 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 23rd

DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

A nine-game slate means we have a healthy amount of options to pick from. We also have some games with a goal total of 5.5, so that is a good place to start when picking goalies. We still need to make sure that we find players in elite matchups because Connor McDavid can’t win us a GPP alone. Let’s take a look at which players we need to keep tabs on.


Recommended DFS Starting Goalies

Top Options for Saves

Jake Allen Vs. Ottawa Senators

Elvis Merzlikins Vs. Edmonton Oilers

John Gibson Vs. Buffalo Sabres


Best Odds for a Win

Igor Shesterkin Vs. San Jose Sharks

Stuart Skinner Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Filip Gustavsson Vs. Washington Capitals


Favorite Goalies to Use for DFS Lineups

Stuart Skinner, G, Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have won 13 games in a row and Stuart Skinner is one of the main reasons for that success. His matchup on paper is elite and he’s just been so good. It’s fair to want to fade him in GPPs, but for cash games, it’s hard to look the other way. He hasn’t allowed more than two goals in any of his last five starts.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, G, Buffalo Sabres

Don’t look now, but Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been elite in his last three starts. He’s allowed a total of two goals in three games, including two shutouts. Anaheim isn’t a very good team and the Sabres score more goals on the road. I understand not wanting to pay $82oo for him on DraftKings, but don’t let the high price tag scare you away.

Ilya Sorokin, G, New York Islanders

Ilya Sorokin continues to do his best despite seeing a crazy amount of shots. Patrick Roy is in town and he is certainly someone who knows a thing or two about playing the goaltender position, but those changes won’t be instant. Sorokin stopped 41 shots last game and could be in for another high workload. Vegas is missing some key pieces up front and they just haven’t looked great over the last couple of weeks. Nothing wrong with Sorokin in all formats.

Filip Gustavsson, G, Minnesota Wild

Filip Gustavsson is 7-3-1 on home ice but has a 3.24 GAA and a .902 SV%. It’s not great, but it’s a lot better than his numbers on the road. Washington just can score goals so this is a good spot for Gustavsson to take his winning streak to three games. His price tag is more than I’d like to pay but he has a good chance of picking up the win and hitting value.

Samuel Ersson, G, Philadelphia Flyers

The Tampa Bay Lightning are horrendous on the road. They are allowing the 5th most goals and rank 23rd in goals. For whatever reason, things just don’t work when they aren’t at home. Samuel Ersson is confirmed to get the start, and while his numbers aren’t that great, his team can provide him with enough goal support to pick up the win. He’s a good GPP option to consider.


Recommended DFS Skaters

Highest Expected Goal Totals 

Edmonton Oilers Vs Elvis Merzlikins(4.8)

New York Rangers Vs. MacKenzie Blackwood (4.0)

Ottawa Senators Vs. Jake Allen (3.6)


Favorite Skaters to Use for DFS Lineups

Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers are going to be very dangerous tonight. McDavid is coming off a poor performance against Calgary, but we know what the greatest player in the world can do. He’s worth every dollar tonight and you shouldn’t think twice. 

Sean Monahan, C, Montreal Canadiens

Sean Monahan has seven assists in the last four games and continues to push his trade value even higher. He’s been a big reason why the Canadiens are scoring goals of late. Montreal can’t defend so it’s likely they’ll be playing catchup hockey, which means more ice time for Monahan.

Brady Tkachuk, W, Ottawa Senators

Jake Allen is confirmed to start tonight and he has just not been good this season. The Canadiens have allowed 15 goals in the last two games, including six to the Sens less than a week ago. Tkachuk loves to shoot the puck and go to the net. I can’t imagine him not hitting value tonight.

Chris Kreider, W, New York Rangers

Chris Kreider has points in his last four games and goals in his last two. We know he can score goals, but his shot volume remains inconsistent. Things might be different tonight because San Jose can’t suppress anything, but we know that Kreider earns his money by scoring goals and that’s what we are hoping to see.

Ivan Provorov, D, Columbus Blue Jackets

I don’t think I’ve mentioned Ivan Provorov this season and there’s probably a good reason for that. He does have 23 points on the season, but we are more interested in his ability to block shots. He’s in a great spot to do that against a high-flying Edmonton team and he’s reasonably priced at $3900. 

Henry Thrun, D, San Jose Sharks

We are really going to the button of the barrel for value. Mario Ferraro is unlikely to play tonight and we know just how many minutes he can eat. Someone also has to step up and block shots and Henry Thrun has done just that. He’s blocked three or more shots in two of the last five games, but more importantly, he played 24 minutes against Los Angeles yesterday. That game did go to overtime, but that is still a very good sign. I expect the Sharks to be defending a lot this game and for Thrun to return value on $2900.


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