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Saturday Slapshot 3/18 – NHL DFS Picks for DraftKings and FanDuel

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Welcome to the Saturday Slapshot! There are 7 games in the NHL tonight, making for a nice slate for us to dive into. Let’s find the best NHL DFS plays for DraftKings and FanDuel. Good luck!

Goalies

Brian Elliott – Tampa Bay Lightning: Tampa hosts Montreal tonight, and this should be a very solid matchup for Elliott. There is going to be limited upside here, so this can be reserved for cash/small SE GPPs.

Joonas Korpisalo – Los Angeles Kings: Korpi has a home date with the Canucks tonight, and looks like he is in a very solid spot.

Ilya Sorokin – New York Islanders: Sorokin and the Isles head to San Jose tonight to take on the Sharks, who have been struggling to score recently. This is a nice spot for Sorokin, and on the surface, seems like a low upside play. However, the Islanders give up a lot of chances and shots, so the upside here could be surprising.

High Risk Goalie Pick – Casey DeSmith – Pittsburgh Penguins: It’s hard to ignore the fact that the Rangers and Pens just played in New York the other night, and the Pens lost 4-2. There are a couple of differences, though. First is the goalie matchup. Last game out, Jarry was in for Pitt, and tonight, it appears that DeSmith may get the nod. DeSmith’s numbers look pretty good of late, and he should see a lot of shot volume. Expect Pittsburgh to make some adjustments in the way they play tonight, so this is an interesting risky pick.

Others to Consider: Igor Shesterkin (NYR)

Lines to Build Around

These NHL DFS lines are considered top plays for the night and can be considered the focal point of your builds. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play – Brayden Point/Steven Stamkos/Nikita Kucherov/Alex Killorn/Mikhail Sergachev: It is really, really hard to poke holes in this play tonight. The Lighting get to face the Canadiens tonight, in Tampa. Montreal sports the 30th ranked PK and takes the 9th most penalties in the league. This is going to be a popular play, but for very good reason. Killorn is a way to get different, and so are some of the risky lines you can pair them with.

Toronto Maple Leafs 1 – Auston Matthews/Mitch Marner/Calle Jarnkrok/Morgan Rielly: This matchup is a lot about the goalie matchup, but also about the team matchup. The Sens are bleeding chances like crazy, and a line like this should be able to capitalize on that, plus the fact that Sogaard has been very bad recently.

High Risk Lines

These are NHL DFS plays that carry significantly more risk, but could pay off at low ownership. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Los Angeles Kings 2 – Phillip Danault/Trevor Moore/Viktor Arvidsson: The Kings take on the Canucks tonight, and this line should see the second Canucks line in a very, very nice matchup.

New York Islanders 1 – Bo Horvat/Anders Lee/Simon Holmstrom: The Islanders’ top line should see a date with the depth of the Sharks in a plus matchup. Holmstrom provides a good bit of value, and this line could be sneaky since they are the late game.

Ottawa Senators 2 – Ridly Greig/Claude Giroux/Alex Debrincat: Ottawa’s second line should see a really, really nice matchup against the second line for the Leafs tonight. The Sens have been struggling recently, but there should be plenty of chances to light the lamp tonight in a high event matchup.

Arizona Coyotes 1 – Barrett Hayton/Brett Ritchie/Clayton Keller/Juuso Valimaki: This game should see little defense and tons of chances. The risk is that the scoring can come from anywhere on both sides of it. The top line for Arizona has generally been doing some damage, so we lean there.

Chicago Blackhawks 1 – Philipp Kurashev/Andreas Athanasiou/Lukas Reichel/Seth Jones: As mentioned above, there should be plenty of scoring opportunities tonight in this Chicago/Arizona game. Both teams struggle on defense, so both top lines should have chances to score tonight. This top line should see the first and third for Arizona, and that sets them up for an interesting look.

Dallas Stars 2 – Wyatt Johnson/Evgenii Dadonov/Jamie Benn: This is a nice spot for the second line for the Stars tonight, who should see a matchup against the top and third line for the Flames. This line has been performing well, and has a chance to do it again tonight.

NHL DFS Honorable Mentions: CGY2, NYI3, PIT1, NYR1

Value Options – DraftKings

Consider these NHL DFS plays to help save you some salary in your lineups on DraftKings. Be sure to stack!

Center: Ridly Greig ($2600) – Ottawa Senators

Wing: Calle Jarnkrok ($3200) – Toronto Maple Leafs

Defense: Patrik Nemeth ($2700) – Arizona Coyotes

Value Options – FanDuel

Consider these NHL DFS plays to help save you some salary in your lineups on FanDuel. Be sure to stack!

Center: Ridly Greig ($3700) – Ottawa Senators

Wing: Simon Holmstromg ($3700) – New York Islanders

Defense: Patrik Nemeth ($3700) – Arizona Coyotes

Cash Considerations – DraftKings and FanDuel

Center: Auston Matthews – Toronto Maple Leafs

Wing: Nikita Kucherov – Tampa Bay Lightning

Defense: Miro Heiskanen – Dallas Stars

Goalie: Brian Elliott – Tampa Bay Lightning

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What's up everyone, I am Jon Love and I am happy to be here writing hockey articles for Win Daily Sports! I love sports in general and am a die hard Philly sports fan. Hockey and football top my list as favorites. I have been playing DFS hockey for about six years now and while it is the most challenging and volatile of them, it is one of the most fun sports you can play from a DFS standpoint. Looking forward to bringing you hockey content all season long. Find me in our Win Daily Discord or on Twitter @jlove048 and let's talk about anything sports!

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