I would like to begin this week's article by wishing a happy Thanksgiving to everyone reading whether you celebrated yesterday or back in October. The holiday has shifted the schedule around a bit as usually Thursdays are heavy days and Fridays are light, but with all teams having Thursday off we ended up with 13 games on Friday instead. That in turn has led to a bit of a smaller slate on Saturday than we've seen the past couple weeks with just eight games. However, eight games is plenty and falls right in the sweet spot of slate size, in my humble opinion.
To me, the real story of the slate is the back to backs. Of the 16 teams in play on Saturday's slate, ten of them will be on a back-to-back, which is something you just don't see very often. And with nearly all teams having been in action on Wednesday as well, we're seeing several three games in four-day stretches for teams with a holiday sandwiched in the middle. Since this article is published Saturday morning, you'll really want to make sure to double check your lineups Saturday for any injuries that could have popped up from Friday's games as well as your starting goalies as it's likely we'll see plenty of backups.
With the holiday fresh in our minds, let's try and build a lineup tonight we can really be thankful for. Here are the spots I'm looking to target on this eight-game slate. All prices are from DraftKings but plays can be applied to any site.
Los Angeles – This is just a brutal stretch for Ottawa here, as they are one of those teams who will be playing their third game in four days on Saturday. On top of that, the team is just getting over a Covid outbreak and all of these games are part of a west coast road trip. Saturday's game against the Kings is the final one before a few days off and a trip back to Ottawa so there's a chance by this point the Senators minds will already be on the plane ride home. Los Angeles, on the other hand, will be well rested having only played once in the previous six days entering Saturday. On home ice, look at the top line of Anze Kopitar ($7,200), Viktor Arvidsson ($5,600), and Adrian Kempe ($4,100) who are fully correlated on the power play which is always nice to see for stacking purposes. The spot is so good I think the second line of Phillip Danault ($4,200), Alex Iafallo ($5,200), and Dustin Brown ($4,000) is firmly in play as a stack as well.
Detroit – Another mismatch in terms of rest will be Detroit and Buffalo. The Sabres will be in the final leg of that three-games-in-four-days stretch, while Detroit will have played just one game in a week that has required zero travel. Detroit has won four of their last five at home with some impressive wins over St. Louis, Edmonton, and Vegas during that stretch. Regardless of who Buffalo trots out between the pipes in this one, likely Aaron Dell and his .862 save percentage, I think Detroit can take advantage. Look for the first line trio of Dylan Larkin ($6,500),