Well despite what appeared to be a successful week of hockey on the fantasy sites, with larger than normal contests filling often times well in advance of lock, the return of the NBA has the NHL contest sizing right back to "normal". That shouldn't be a surprise as the fantasy sites always put hockey on the back burner, but it's still frustrating for the daily player.
While the contest entry sizes are down, the size of the player pool is not as we have seven games on the slate, the most on a Saturday since before the All-Star break. However, it will be a rough one for those on the east coast like me, with four of the seven games not starting until 10 pm EST or later. Maybe that makes up for those on the west coast watching hockey with their cereal last weekend.
In addition to this article, be sure to give a look to the DraftKings DFS Player Evaluator over in the Frozen Tools for another perspective. Here are some spots I'll be targeting; all prices are from DraftKings but plays can be applied to any site.
Colorado – This will be a matchup between two teams on a back-to-back that I expect Vegas will have a harder time handling. With Robin Lehner having been moved to IR, you can expect to see Logan Thompson in net here. Despite playing fairly well in his previous starts this season, he hasn't seen a team like Colorado. The top line for Colorado with Nathan MacKinnon ($8,700), Mikko Rantanen ($7,300), and Gabriel Landeskog ($6,400) is always the preferred option but to save some salary and have the ability to fit in other pricier stacks, I like looking at Nazem Kadri ($7,200) and one of Andre Burakovsky ($4,000) or Valeri Nichushkin ($4,300) stacked with Devon Toews ($5,300). This gives you access to the top line via Kadri and Toews while coming in at a fraction of the cost.
Calgary – We're stuck in one of those cycles where Calgary just seems to be in play in every Saturday so they find their way into the article once again. This will be a team eager to get back out on the ice after the embarrassment that was Thursday, where they lost to the Canucks 7-1. Back at home, I'm expecting a much better effort tonight against a Wild team that has allowed 26 goals over their last six games. Look at the lethal top line of Elias Lindholm ($6,800), Johnny Gaudreau ($7,200), and Matthew Tkachuk ($6,300) with