Daily Fantasy Saturday: The Blackhawks Are Back

Stephen Dotzel


Staying on top of injury and Covid news is a big part of the DFS game, and is something I wanted to touch on briefly after it was pointed out to me last week by a reader, and I'm glad it was, that I had made an incorrect assumption on a player's availability for the Saturday slate.

The player in the example I'm talking about was Sidney Crosby, as Penguins GM Ron Hextall was quoted earlier in the week saying Crosby would be out of Covid protocol on Saturday. I assumed that meant he would be playing on Saturday, but he actually wasn't quite ready to go and ended up making his return on Sunday instead. If you just read my article on Saturday blindly without following up on anything, there's a chance you rostered Crosby and took a goose egg, thus killing any chance you had at winning your DFS tournament. But if you saw the pre-game rushes, you could have easily swapped Crosby to Jeff Carter and been good to go.

I bring this up because first off, this Saturday article is always written in advance of Saturday, so things can change. Secondly, and more importantly, injury and especially Covid news can be unpredictable and sometimes we don't know who exactly is going to be on the ice until pre-game rushes. While this can be frustrating, as long as you're aware of this and are able to take a few minutes to double check your lineups before lock, most of the time you can fix any problems.

Thankfully, Twitter is an amazing tool at our disposal for not just NHL DFS but for all DFS and I highly suggest utilizing it if you don't already. You can't replace its speed of delivering news when you're in a time crunch a few minutes before lock, and being able to get line rushes and injury updates straight from beat writers physically in the arenas themselves. As I mention at the end of every article, I have a Twitter list you can follow or go view at any time from my profile that is filled with 81, and always growing, Twitter accounts that provide relevant information for your NHL DFS lineups. If you don't see what you're looking for in regards to a specific player, the Twitter search bar with tweets sorted by most recent should do the trick.

All said, if you want to give yourself the best chance with your lineups on a daily basis be sure to allocate a small block of time not long before lock, to just make sure there isn't any late news or surprises you missed. Take it from me, there's nothing worse than having a good lineup going only to see you rostered a scratched player or a goalie who didn't actually get the start.

Enough Twitter talk, we've got nine games on the slate so let's take a look at a few spots to target. All prices are from DraftKings but plays can be applied to any site.

Primary Stacks

Chicago – I'm going against the grain here as I expect Edmonton to carry the heaviest ownership on the slate, but Chicago has been playing pretty well as of late and Edmonton is allowing the most shots per game in the entire NHL. A nice thing about Chicago is when they do have big games you can be fairly certain Patrick Kane ($8,100) and