Daily Fantasy Saturday: Note the Blues

Stephen Dotzel

2021-12-11

By the time you are reading this, I'll be en route to Pittsburgh for the Penguins-Ducks game tonight. While I'm not particularly a fan of either team, I'm not going to pass up a chance to spectate and sightsee around the city of Pittsburgh for the weekend. Unfortunately with Jake Guentzel, Bryan Rust, and Evgeni Malkin on the shelf, it'll be more like the AHL version of the Penguins but perhaps the Ducks could hook up for another alley-oop goal like they did on Friday. If you missed it, here's a link. Either way, it should be a good time.

As far as daily fantasy, some exciting news here at Dobber Hockey as a new Frozen Tool launched this week – the DraftKings DFS Player Evaluator. In its current state, this tool helps you find some top plays on the day, both in terms of overall and points per dollar. The latter really helps you identify some good value plays on the slate. Be sure to give it a look before building lineups and feel free to share some feedback on it.

A pretty hefty 11-game slate on tap for tonight so let's get to it. All prices are from DraftKings but plays can be applied to any site.

Primary Stacks

Toronto – After a slow start Auston Matthews ($9,200) has returned to the form that we saw for much of last season when he won the Rocket Richard Trophy. Matthews just saw his seven-game goal scoring streak come to an end, but that wasn't until after racking up ten goals during that stretch. He's a player you could play on his own but adding in Michael Bunting ($3,900) and/or Morgan Rielly ($6,200) gives you some correlation and that duo has combined for 16 assists over the Leafs' last seven games. Per Friday's practice Ondrej Kase ($3,800) looks to be sliding up to the top line as well and with already seeing PP1 time gives you another cheap stacking option. The matchup on home ice with the Blackhawks is certainly not one to fear which puts the second line of John Tavares ($7,200) and William Nylander ($7,300) firmly in play as well.

St. Louis – Montreal continues to struggle and enters Saturday's contest on a five-game losing skid. The Canadiens lead all teams in terms of shots allowed on the road, with an average of 36.6 per game. This combination leads me to believe the Blues should see a few extra scoring opportunities and be able to take advantage. St. Louis has played their last few games a bit shorthanded, rolling 11 forwards and seven defenseman which has led to their lines being all over the place. This continued at Friday's practice with a new set of lines and power-play units, which isn't ideal for our stacks. With this being the case I'm going to focus on the new line of Jordan Kyrou ($5,000), Brandon Saad ($