I hate to admit it but the NHL schedule the past few weeks has really been a turn off for me. It started with the Covid postponements and holiday break but even now we have been in a rut of alternating between a day with only one or two games followed by eight or more followed again by just one or two.
One of my favorite aspects of NHL DFS under normal conditions is that no matter how bad you might do one night, you can quickly move on as there's always another slate tomorrow to dive into. This daily routine of playing DFS also helps me keep tabs on lines, power play units, and just hot/cold streaks for both players and teams. However, when you get into a situation like we have been lately with some teams being completely shut down and a few days each week with barely any games at all, I find it harder to stay in the flow of things.
I'm beginning to sound like a broken record but with how crazy everything is now with players testing positive and games being postponed, it is extremely important you don't just build a lineup Saturday morning and forget it. I typically write this article about 20 hours in advance of puck drop and while normally that is fine, in this day and age much can change. So be sure to double check your team(s) before lock for any late breaking news.
With all that said, that is just the climate of things right now and given the Covid cases it is probably something that I/we will just have to get used to. Despite having just two games on the schedule for Friday and Sunday, we are fortunate to at least have a robust Saturday with 10 games on the slate at the time of this writing. So let's get into it, all prices are from DraftKings but plays can be applied to any site.
Nashville – The Predators are quietly one of the hottest teams in the league with wins in 10 of their last 12 games, a streak they should be able to extend with a matchup against the lowly Coyotes. Karel Vejmelka, who I'd expect to see in net here, has been a bright spot for Arizona at times but even still he's allowed four, five, and seven goals in three of his last four starts. The Coyotes just allow a lot of scoring chances which Nashville will look to take advantage of. I'm looking at the top line for the Predators of Filip Forsberg ($6,700), Matt Duchene ($5,800), and Mikael Granlund ($5,200) here. Roman Josi ($7,400) is another solid option, but his price tag makes it tough to fit. You'll likely have to leave off one of the three to if adding in Josi. For a mini value stack, consider Yakov Trenin ($2,500) and Tanner Jeannot ($3,100) who have racked up 18 goals between the two of them and should get some looks while the Coyotes likely try to slow down the top line.
San Jose – The Flyers were a team struggling plenty enough to begin with but are now also dealing with a Covid outbreak as well. In their last game on Thursday, the team was with