Thursday's 9-game NHL slate is loaded with top-tier scorers featuring a great matchup as David Pastrnak and the Boston Bruins face Brady Tkachuk and the Ottawa Senators. We should expect lots of tight games with some great matchups out there, but expect some of the top scorers to shine through still. So, be sure to check in with our NHL DFS Tools, with the daily NHL projections, and our NHL lineup generator when building those lineups today to help you decide which players you should be targeting!


NHL DFS Playbook January 25th

DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

Cash games today should be made with heavy doses of Edmonton and Dallas. Both have great matchups against a couple of the worst teams in the league (Anaheim and Chicago). In a GPP though I think Boston has a great matchup against Ottawa, who is known to give up plenty of goals (they are bottom top in goals against per game over the last two weeks), and Calgary and Nashville also get matchups against Columbus and Nashville respectively who are also teams that give up close to four goals per game. This could be a wild night with high scores if all of these teams get to five goals or more.

Recommended DFS Starting Goalies,

Top Options for Saves

Alex Lyon vs Philadelphia Flyers

Petr Mrazek vs Edmonton Oilers

Jeremy Swayman vs Ottawa Senators

Best Odds for a Win

Calvin Pickard vs Chicago Blackhawks

Jake Oettinger vs Anaheim Ducks

Andrei Vasilevskiy vs Arizona Coyotes

Favorite Goalies to Use for DFS Lineups

Jeremy Swayman G, Boston Bruins

This is a great matchup for DFS. Boston is a clear favorite in this game which gives you a good change to get the win, and Ottawa is also a team that shoots in volume (34.7 per game over the last two weeks). With this you have the floor and the upside…what more can you ask for?

John Gibson G, Anaheim Ducks

As a GPP play, Gibson is one that can work for you. He is inexpensive, and facing a team that could put 40 shots on him today. No risk, no reward…just remember the risk is definitely there though.

Sam Montembeault G, Montreal Canadiens

If we look past the shelling that Montembeault got at the hands of the Bruins, he has played well in his last five games. He will face an Islanders team that has scored just over two goals in recent weeks, which helps reduce his risk.

Recommended DFS Skaters

Highest Expected Goal Totals 

Edmonton Oilers vs Petr Mrazek (4.7)

Dallas Stars vs John Gibson (4.3)

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Connor Ingram (4.0)

Favorite Skaters to Use for DFS Lineups

Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers

We haven't seen a big McDavid game in a while now, but tonight could be the night. He has five shots on goal in three of his last four games, and you would struggle to find a better matchup on the calendar.

David Pastrnak W, Boston Bruins

Pasta just keeps on rolling. He has five goals in his last five games and three shots or more in three of his last four games. This is a wonderful matchup against the Ottawa Senators who continue to struggle to keep the puck out of their own net.

Cam Atkinson, W, Philadelphia Flyers

There is a lot to like about Atkinson's value today. He has points in six straight games and goals in three of his last four games. Detroit is a solid matchup for him to keep his streak going, and he always has the upside of a player who will put more than five shots on goal.

Brock Faber, D, Minnesota Wild

With Connor Bedard hurt, Faber has placed himself firmly into the Calder trophy conversation. He has points in five straight games, and he is also a player who will block shots. His price is on the rise, but he could still be a value today.


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