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Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, Lineup Strategy for April 10

Geoff Ulrich gives his top NHL picks and lineup advice for Saturday’s fantasy hockey slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

NHL: APR 07 Avalanche at Wild Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Saturday features an eight-game main NHL slate starting at 7:00 p.m. ET on DraftKings. In this article, you will find DFS advice for DraftKings lineups, plus some DraftKings Sportsbook bets to target.

Set your DraftKings fantasy hockey lineups here: NHL $40K Sticks [$10K to 1st]


DraftKings Sportsbook

Detroit Red Wings at Carolina Hurricanes under 5.5 goals (-108)

The Red Wings enter this game second-to-last in goals per game and have scored more than two goals just once in their past six outings. Overall, Red Wings games have seen five or fewer goals scored in six of their eight most recent contests. The Hurricanes are also trending more toward the under as of late, with four of their past six games featuring five goals or fewer, as they are starting to benefit from getting a healthy Petr Mrazek ($8,500) back in net. The under here is available at decent odds and it’s definitely the bet I like targeting the most in this game.

Cam Atkinson over 2.5 SOG (-125)

The Blackhawks make for a great opponent it you’re targeting the over on a player’s SOG prop, as they’ve allowed the second-most SOG per game this year. Atkinson enters this game averaging 2.9 SOG this season and has managed to grab three or more SOG in four of his past five outings. The over prop here is good value at -125 as Atkinson continues to play solid minutes — including time on the power play — for the Blue Jackets.


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Top Line Stacks

Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets

Kirby Dach ($4,000) — Patrick Kane ($7,800) — Alex DeBrincat ($7,400)

The Blackhawks finally got some much needed help back at center with the return of Dach to the lineup. Dach enters this game with just three points over his first seven games of the year, but the youngster has seen his minutes rise of late, as he’s played 19 minutes or more in each of his past three games. He’s managed nine SOG and a goal scored over that span and looks like great value here at $4K flat. One reason he’s such a great target is that he’s once again playing alongside Kane, both at even strength and on the power play. Kane enters this game in a bit of a mini slump (just two points in his past four games), but is still averaging 13.1 DKFP on the year and is generally a great target when priced below $8K, especially against the likes of Columbus.

The Blue Jackets have been a great target for opposing forwards all season and enter this game having allowed the seventh-most scoring chances on the season and the fifth-most SOG against per game as well. This line has great upside in this spot, especially for a high-volume shooter like DeBrincat, who is right on a point-per-game pace now after a slow start. Use the value with Dach to stack and attack this weak Columbus squad.


Superstar to Target

Kevin Fiala, Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues ($6,100)

On a night when paying up for the likes of Connor McDavid ($9,200) or Auston Matthews ($9,300) is likely to be a popular move, going with a more balanced approach may be the key to building some solid contrarian lineups in GPPs. Fiala enters this game with 11 points and is averaging 15.1 DKFP over his past 10 games. After a slow start, the winger has found his groove in a big way of late and notched a hat trick just two starts ago against the formidable Avalanche.

Minnesota got waxed last night against the Blues, who remain a great opponent for opposing skaters. The Blues enter this game having allowed the 10th-most goals against per game and have the eighth-worst penalty kill in the league. Fiala gives you good exposure to the Wild’s PP1 and a player who is averaging 3.8 SOG per game over his past 10 starts. Even with his price back in the $6K range, he’s a great core value to build around tonight.


Value on Offense

Calle Jarnkrok, Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning ($3,800)

The Predators are playing great hockey right now and are coming off a 7-1 win over mighty Detroit. The Preds’ forwards all make for interesting value targets right now, as a result, and Jarnkrok has been seeing solid minutes on the Preds’ top line and PP1. He comes in averaging 19 minutes of ice time over his past four games and is averaging 2.4 SOG over his past 10 games. The matchup with Tampa here isn’t ideal, but big opportunities like this should trump any concerns in that department. Jarnkork is going to continue to see vital minutes and solid offensive opportunities for the foreseeable future, so targeting him at under $4K here continues to make sense.

Jesse Puljujarvi, Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames ($4,100)

The Oilers continue to move their main offensive pieces around on a nightly basis, and with injury concerns to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (upper body), it seems likely that we’ll again see an Oilers’ super line, with Connor McDavid ($9,200) and Leon Draisaitl ($8,700) paired together. The last time out, we saw Puljujarvi get to ride shotgun with this pair and it resulted in a goal and 4.0 SOG for Puljujarvi. Expect him to see a few more minutes, regardless, as a result of RNH’s injury, which makes targeting him in this above-average matchup a great idea on this slate.


Stud Goalies

Mike Smith, Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames ($7,900)

Smith comes in rocking a nice 7-1-2 record over his past 10 starts and is coming off a 39-save performance against Ottawa where he allowed just a single goal. He gets another good matchup here against a weak Calgary squad that is just seventh in goals scored per game. Calgary’s scored two goals or fewer in seven of its past nine games and now face a hot goalie here in Smith. This game is about even in the betting odds but Smith makes for a nice upside target tonight, regardless.

Kevin Lankinen, Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets ($7,500)

The Blue Jackets are generally a great opponent for your goalie in DFS, as they possess one of the worst special teams in the league but still average right around 30.0 SOG per night. In short, they’re terrible at burying their chances, which is a good thing here as the Blackhawks allow a ton of shots on goal themselves (second most in the NHL). This all makes for a good upside spot for Lankinen, who has cooled off after a hot start to his rookie season but still carries a solid .916 save percentage into this game. The Hawks actually sit as small -118 favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook, as of writing, so Lankinen represents solid value here at just $7.5K, considering he’s the favorite to grab the win bonus as well.


Value on Defense

Mike Reilly, Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs ($3,100)

Reilly’s the epitome of a diamond in the rough in terms of value at his position goes. He plays for a terrible team in the Senators, but manages to produce some good stats for fantasy purposes, regardless. The 27-year-old enters this game having picked up assists in five straight games now and does see some regular power-play time as well. While he’s not a prolific blocked shot gainer, he is averaging 2.0 SOG over his past 10 games and around 8.0 DKFP over that span as well. The main attraction here of course is the price, which has him set just above the min and gives you loads of salary flexibility on a night when you’ll likely want to target at least one of McDavid, Draisaitl or Matthews. Reilly isn’t going to break the slate, but he’s a good fantasy soldier and been consistently out-performing this salary of late.


Power-Play Defensemen

Jared Spurgeon, Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues ($5,000)

The Wild have a great matchup tonight against the Blues, who have the seventh-worst penalty kill in the league, and Minnesota should be up for some good old-fashioned revenge after getting shellacked, 9-1, last night. As the Wild captain, we should hope that Spurgeon chooses to lead by example and his place on the team’s PP1 should also help his fantasy upside here. Spurgeon has picked up his production after a slow start and enters this game with nine points over his past 10 starts, seven of which have come on the power play. As you can see from above, I really like targeting Minnesota’s core players tonight and Spurgeon gives you extra exposure to the team’s PP1, which has finally started to produce of late and is in a great spot tonight for fantasy.

Darnell Nurse, Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames ($6,700)

The Oilers take on the Flames tonight, and, given the nature of the rivalry between these two teams, it seems likely Edmonton will be looking to play their top all-around defenseman big minutes here. Nurse enters this game averaging 13.5 DKFP over his past 10 starts, and while he has just one point over his past five games, any point production here from him could mean a big night given his ice time, which is the fourth-most per game in the league. The Flames have really slipped of late in terms of pretty much everything and make for a good opponent, making Nurse a top pay-up option (if you have the space) on defense for Saturday.

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