Daily Fantasy Saturday: Flames on Fire

Stephen Dotzel


With the All-Star break complete, the Olympic break no longer a thing, and Covid seemingly on the decline – it's pedal to the metal for the rest of the NHL season. That's all good news for both season-long and daily fantasy. Despite that though, we've got a light slate in store for today with only five games on the docket thanks to a handful of early afternoon games.

With a small three-game slate at 12:30 p.m. EST, the five-game main slate at 7 p.m. EST, and another small four-game slate on Sunday, it sets up as a good time to take a look and experiment with our DraftKings DFS Player Evaluator over in the Frozen Tools. In addition to three formulas providing you with a projected fantasy point output, it also gives you each player's price, time on ice, last even-strength line, and last power-play unit – helping to give you a one-stop shop for building fantasy lineups.

Each of the fantasy point formulas have produced a small tournament – 100 entries or so – winning output over the past few weeks, so it's definitely worth a look. I still recommend working some correlation, or stacks, into your lineups, but the Player Evaluator can be a good tool to lead you in the right direction so be sure to check it out if you haven't already.

As for my own picks for Saturday's main slate, here is what I'm looking at. All prices are from DraftKings but plays can be applied to any site.

Primary Stacks

Calgary – My favorite spots to target in all of daily fantasy are against teams who are on a road-road back-to-back. It seems the combination of having just played the night before plus the travel plus also getting the backup goalie is too much to overcome many times, and the home team stands to benefit. A team in that spot tonight is the Flames, as the Isles just spent Friday night chasing around Connor McDavid and company. The Flames are red hot anyway, having won seven of eight by a combined score of 34-13, so I see little reason to not load them up here. The top line of Elias Lindholm ($6,600), Johnny Gaudreau ($7,600), and Matthew Tkachuk ($6,400) has been stellar and the emergence of Oliver Kylington ($3,700) offers you another affordable piece for a stack.

Nashville – Another team set to benefit from an opponent on a road back-to-back are the Preds. Winnipeg just played in Dallas on Friday and now travel to Nashville for tonight's tilt. The Preds have only played one game since February 1, so they should be well-rested here. I'm again looking at the top line with Filip Forsberg ($6,100), Matt Duchene ($5,300), and Mikael Granlund ($4,100). It's tough to fit Roman Josi ($7,400) in as well, who is certainly worth playing, so in some cases I will leave off one of the first line trio to help