Welcome to Saturday’s 8-game NHL Slate. This slate has some solid games with lots of decent value and top-salary options. The biggest favorites on the board are the Washington Capitals who host the Chicago Blackhawks. 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 March 9th

Recommended DFS Starting Goalies

Top Options for Saves

Sam Montembeault Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

James Reimer  Vs. Vegas Golden Knights

Petr Mrazek Vs. Washington Capitals


Best Odds for a Win

Charlie Lindgren Vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Igor Shesterkin  Vs. St. Louis Blues

Ilya Samsonov  Vs. Montreal Canadiens


Favorite Goalies to Use for DFS Lineups

Igor Shesterkin, G, New York Rangers

Igor Shesterkin has had some rocky starts this season, but those seem to be behind him at this point. Over his last 10 games, he’s 7-2-1 while holding an impressive .935 SV% and 2.21 GAA. He’s on home ice for this game against the St. Louis Blues who rank 26th in goals per game. Shesterkin did drop his only start against the Blues this year, but that was 2 months ago and he’s playing on another level right now. They are one of those teams that can surprise you with offensive bursts but Shesterkin is my favorite goalie on the slate.

Thatcher Demko, G, Vancouver Canucks

I am a little hesitant to roster any goalie matched up against Connor Hellebuyck, but Thatcher Demko has the home ice and has been great this season. He holds a .916 SV% and 2.49 GAA and is coming off two straight games allowing only 1 goal. Scoring in this game should be on the lower side and you can probably get away with using either goalie, but favoring the home team usually works, and Demko’s .920 SV% and 2.42 GAA at home is hard to argue with.

Adin Hill, G, Vegas Golden Knights

Adin Hill has cooled off following an amazing start and multiple injury stints, but he’s interesting in this spot. He’s given up five goals in two of his last three starts but he still holds a .920 SV% and 2.51 GAA on the year. Detroit is a good team, don’t get me wrong, but they are on their third straight road game and back-to-back. The Red Wings are without Dylan Larkin and have been shut out in two of their last three games.

Recommended DFS Skaters

Highest Expected Goal Totals  

Toronto Maple Leafs Vs Sam Montembeault (3.9)

Ottawa Senators Vs. Magnus Chrona (3.9)

Vegas Golden Knights Vs. James Reimer (3.8)


Favorite Skaters to Use for DFS Lineups

Auston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs

If Auston Matthews is on the slate, you should play him. He has 54 goals through 62 games and threatens to pick up the shot bonus on a nightly basis. We already saw Auston put up a hat trick against Montreal on opening night and I’m not saying he will repeat that, but I don’t think it would surprise anyone if he has another multi-goal game here.

Shane Pinto, C, Ottawa Senators

Down in the mid-tier, Shane Pinto is in an interesting spot against the San Jose Sharks. I am not a huge fan of Ottawa as they constantly let me down, but the Sharks allow the most shots and goals per game in the league so there’s instant value in the Senators. Pinto is skating the top line and power play with Brady Tkachuk and has points in three of his last five games, while also hitting the shot bonus three times.

Brady Tkachuk, W, Ottawa Senators

Just like Shane Pinto, Brady Tkachuk draws immediate interest while matched up against the awful San Jose Sharks. He’s scored two goals over his last five games and the Sharks are expected to start Magnus Chrona in net, who has an abysmal .830 SV% in his four appearances this season. Tkachuk is at his lowest price of the season which is very appealing in a potential ceiling game.

Tyler Bertuzzi, W, Toronto Maple Leafs

With Mitch Marner out of the lineup for Toronto, Tyler Bertuzzi is expected to skate the top line and power play alongside Auston Matthews. Bertuzzi has largely had a quiet and disappointing season for the Leafs, but he has five goals in his last 10 games and has ceiling potential when skating on that top line. His price tag also allows us to get away with a Toronto stack while still having decent salary options at other positions.

Morgan Rielly, D, Toronto Maple Leafs

Morgan Rielly will give you a handful of shots and blocks in a soft matchup against Montreal. He’s recorded an assist in three of his last four games and can easily be stacked with Auston Matthews. He will share a lot of ice time with Toronto’s offensive weapons but we will likely need him to at least grab an assist in this game to pay off the price tag.

Cam York, D, Philadelphia Flyers

Cam York is in a great spot here against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He’s skating on the top pair, power play, and penalty kill, and has recorded double-digit fantasy points in four of his last five games. Over his last five games, he has blocked an insane 20 shots and Tampa loves to shoot so he could be in line to pick up that block bonus again, at a very fair price tag.


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