Daily Fantasy Saturday: Leafs Matchup Better Than Expected?

Stephen Dotzel


We've arrived at one of the best stretches of the season to play NHL DFS. Not necessarily because of the NHL schedule or the team's matchups, but it's the NBA All-Star break. While you might be wondering how that has any effect on NHL DFS, and rightfully so, the truth of the matter is that the fantasy sites typically jack up the NHL contests for this stretch assuming some of the NBA DFS players will trickle over to NHL to keep themselves busy.

This has already proved true as DraftKings' Friday NHL Forecheck Contest ($4 entry, 20 entries max) which is always $2,000 or less to 1st place, was up to $5,000 for 1st place on Friday. The same is again true for Saturday's contest. Granted the contest size is bigger, so theoretically it will be harder to win, however if those extra entries are people that typically focus on NBA and are out of their element in the NHL world, well maybe that's not so bad for us normal NHL grinders. Either way, the bottom line is more money is going to be paid out in NHL contests this week than a normal week and that is never a bad thing.

Now if you fall into the "NBA player trying their hand at NHL because there's nothing else to do" group and you just stumbled across this article, my "NHL for Dummies" advice is pretty simple:

Shots and correlation are king.

Roster players who shoot the puck often and build your lineups with correlation between players, so when a player scores you have the added potential of picking up points for assists. This would mean stacking your lineups with two, three, even four players from either the same team line or same team power play unit, or a combination of the two.

Now that you know how to build your lineups, that just leaves the hard part: landing on the right team and line/unit. There are two resources available here to help with that. The first are the suggestions I'm going to lay out in the rest of this article, and the second is our DraftKings DFS Player Evaluator over in the Frozen Tools. I'd consult both before building.

Enough talk – let's get into the plays. We've got a miniature slate once again for this Saturday with just five games but we have to play the hand we're dealt so we'll make the best of it. All prices are from DraftKings but plays can be applied to any site.

Primary Stacks

Calgary – The Flames are running on all cylinders right now and just added Tyler Toffoli to give them another scoring punch. Over their last eight games on home ice Calgary is a perfect 8-0-0 and have outscored their opponents 41-11. Individually, the top line of Johnny Gaudreau ($7,900), Matthew Tkachuk ($6,800), and Elias Lindholm ($7,400) have done the majority of the damage accounting for 15 of the 41 goals during this stretch and kicking in another 28 assists. The matchup against Seattle tonight is nothing to fear as they've allowed 5-6-3-5 goals over their last four games. Fire up that top