I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and the mini-hockey break that came along with it. It seems the break somewhat helped the Covid situation that was crippling the league in the days leading up, and while there are still some postponements it's nowhere near the amount we were seeing ten or so days ago. At the time of this writing, the Saturday schedule looks to be unaffected, which gives us nine games on the docket for New Year's Day. However instead of one big slate, DraftKings has decided to split it into a five-game slate for the early games and a four-game slate for the late ones. Let's run through some suggestions for each, quickly, since you could be reading this hung over.
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Saturday – 1:00 PM EST – 5 Game Slate
Stacks to Consider
Boston – Not much to elaborate on here, the Sabres have been plagued by goaltending problems much of the season and are allowing plenty of goals. The Bruins are mostly back to full strength, which means their top line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, and Brad Marchand will be together and should have plenty of chances to find the back of the net. You can look at Craig Smith and Taylor Hall as a cheap mini stack in lineups that forgo the top line.
Florida – The Panthers unloaded Thursday with nine goals and get what is probably an even better matchup Saturday with the Canadiens in town. Sam Montembeault figures to be in net for Montreal, which is good news for Florida since he's allowed four, five, and four goals in his last three starts. I'll be targeting the top line with Aleksander Barkov, Carter Verhaeghe, and Anthony Duclair. The second line of Sam Reinhart and Jonathan Huberdeau is in an equally as good of a spot, so be sure to use that line as well. Aaron Ekblad is the premier defenseman option to pair with either line.
Nashville – Chicago looks to be without both of their top goalie options on Saturday, which means Collin Delia likely gets the call in this one. With Chicago's defensive struggles to begin with, look for the Predators to get some good looks in thi