Daily Fantasy Saturday: An Avalanche of Pucks

Stephen Dotzel

2022-01-22

I'm hesitant to say it, but I feel like the NHL season is really starting to hit its stride. Covid cases are starting to decline and the news this week that asymptomatic players will no longer be tested following the All-Star break should help in keeping those numbers down. That should benefit us both in season long and daily fantasy in terms of rosters, as the surprise scratches should decrease. Now if guys are sick, they won't play, and if they're not sick, they will play. Makes sense to me. 

On the schedule front, after what felt like weeks of alternating days of many games/few games this past Thursday marked the first of 14 consecutive days of at least four games scheduled leading up to the break. I for one am really looking forward to this stretch and getting back into a more normal routine.

With a nice nine game slate on tap for Saturday, let's check out some spots to target. All prices are from DraftKings but plays can be applied to any site.

Primary Stacks

Colorado – When you take a quick glance at Saturday's schedule, two spots immediately jump out. The Avalanche at home is the first and while it will by no means be sneaky, it's hard to see a team playing this well completely failing here. Winners of 15 of their last 17, Colorado is in the midst of one of the best stretches in team history and Montreal is well, not. The Canadiens have allowed 104 shots on goal over the last two games. Read that again. 104. If Cayden Primeau sees that type of volume on Saturday, he's not going to have a very good time.

Nathan MacKinnon ($9,500) is the obvious play here but it sure is tough to stack him with Mikko Rantanen ($8,300) or Gabriel Landeskog ($6,400) given the price tags. Try mixing in someone like Erik Johnson ($3,400) or Samuel Girard ($4,100) for some salary relief and/or dropping to the second line of Nazem Kadri ($7,500), Andre Burakovsky ($4,900), and Logan O'Connor ($3,000) for a discount in the same plum matchup.

Washington – The other spot I referenced above belongs to the Capitals with the Senators in town. Outside of Alex Ovechkin ($8,500) they don't come with the steep price tags that Colorado does making them easier to stack. In fact with the absence of John Carlson (Covid) and Dmitry Orlov (suspension) the two defenseman for the Caps taking their spots on the power play – Justin Schultz ($3,200) PP1 and Trevor van