I hope everyone took advantage of the three-day NHL break and got to spend some quality time with friends and family over the holidays. But let’s be honest, by now you’re probably ready to sneak away and watch some hockey. Luckily, we’ve got nine games on tap for Saturday coming off an 11-game slate from Friday. For cash or tournament lineup strategy, be sure to go back and check out some of my previous articles. I had my best Saturday of the season last week, so let’s get right into this week in hopes of duplicating that success. All players and prices are from DraftKings’s 7 p.m. EST main slate but can be applied to FanDuel as well.
C – Auston Matthews ($7,500)
Matthews was one of the top targets on last week’s slate and he retains that status for tonight. He continues to thrive on home ice where he has scored 18 of his 24 goals. As a whole, Matthews has reached double-digit DraftKings points in 10 of his past 11 games. In Friday’s morning skate Matthews was joined on the top line with Zach Hyman and Mitch Marner. The latter is particularly intriguing, as Marner represents an upgrade as a linemate for Matthews as he has been on a tear with nine points in his last three games. The Maple Leafs opponent, the New York Rangers, have allowed the second most shot attempts per game. All of this signals plenty of opportunity for the Leafs tonight and it can be expected Matthews will be heavily involved as he almost always is.
Stacking Options: Mitch Marner ($6,400)
C – Erik Haula ($4,100)
Paying up for both centers is likely the preferred cash build on this slate, but if looking for some salary relief, Haula can provide it. Haula just recently returned from injury, but he picked up where he left off by scoring two goals and adding an assist in Monday’s game vs Toronto. In the two games before the break Haula averaged four shot attempts and 20.0 D