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NHL Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper: Thursday 3/21/24

Nicholas Vazquez
Nicholas Vazquez@nickvaz
NHL Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper: Thursday 3/21/24

NHL DFS is similar to MLB in terms of how you build lineups, how you view stacking, and how to value players.

Two main points to always focus on in NHL DFS are what lines the players are on and making sure the goalies you are rostering are confirmed as the starters.

Two of the best resources for that are LeftWingLock.com and DailyFaceOff.com. That is where you can find updated forward and power-play lines for each team, along with which goalies are confirmed as the starters.

Using our projections -- which are powered by numberFire -- as a guide, let's take a look at today's slate to find a goalie, some stacks, and value plays for your NHL DFS lineups on FanDuel.

NHL DFS Picks

Goalie to Target

Logan Thompson, Vegas Golden Knights ($7,900)

Logan Thompson ($7,900) may be the backup goalie for the Vegas Golden Knights, but he has a case to be a starter for most teams.

This season, Thompson has saved 1.6 goals above expected. That's a better mark than former Vezina Trophy contenders like Juuse Saros, Ilya Sorokin and Andrei Vasilevskiy.

His Golden Knights get a good matchup against the Seattle Kraken tonight. Seattle has scored the fourth-fewest goals per 60 minutes and averaged the fifth-fewest expected goals (xG) per 60.

The Kraken have a miniscule implied team total of just 2.38 goals tonight. It's nice to be able to get a goalie for under $8,000 who will face a team this weak offensively.

Stacks

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have erupted offensively of late. They've scored at least five goals in each of their last four games. Tonight's matchup could easily see them continue that streak.

Tampa has put recently-acquired Anthony Duclair ($5,300) on the top line. He's slotting in with the league's leading scorer, Nikita Kucherov ($10,400), and Brayden Point ($8,800), who has scored 38 goals this season.

Duclair will face the team that just traded him in the San Jose Sharks. San Jose continues to be the worst team in the NHL. They've lost five games in a row and have allowed the most goals and xG per 60 minutes.

Tampa Bay's implied team total is all the way up at 4.16 goals tonight, so I'm doing whatever I can to get this stack into my lineups tonight.

Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks were the highest-scoring team in the league fairly recently, but they've slipped to fifth. They have a chance to climb back towards the top spot with their matchup tonight.

It's been tricky to stack the Canucks this season, but we finally have three players who play on the power play together. Although J.T. Miller ($9,100) has perhaps flown under the radar this season, he's their leading scorer and ninth in the NHL in points. He's been playing with Brock Boeser($7,600) all season, who has the most goals on the team with 36.

Pius Suter ($4,800) is now their winger, and will also play with them on the first power play. This gives us some nice salary relief and makes a dangerous line easier to fit into lineups.

Vancouver will host the Montreal Canadiens tonight. Montreal allows the third-most expected goals per 60 minutes this season.

With the Canucks' implied team total slotting in just behind Tampa's, this line is definitely a good target on this slate.

Value Skaters

Brayden Schenn, C, Blues ($4,600)

It hasn't been the best season for Brayden Schenn ($4,600). He has just 34 points in 69 games after having 65 in 82 last season.

Schenn still gets a nice role on the top line and top power play for the St. Louis Blues. The Blues' PP greatly improved when Craig Bannister became head coach, going from just 2.88 goals per 60 to 8.71.

St. Louis will face an Ottawa Senators team that allows the fifth-most goals per 60 minutes and also has the second-worst penalty kill in the NHL. I like the Blues' chances of scoring on the PP tonight, and Schenn could easily be involved.

Olen Zellweger, D, Ducks ($3,600)

You'd be forgiven for never having heard of Olen Zellweger ($3,600) before. He's played just 14 NHL games in his career.

Zellweger has a high offensive prospect pedigree for a defenseman. Last season in major junior hockey, he scored 32 goals and 80 points in 55 games. This season in the American Hockey League, he has 37 points in 44 games.

He's now getting his chance on the first power play for the Anaheim Ducks. They will face the Chicago Blackhawks tonight, who are the second-worst team in the NHL and allow the fourth-most goals per game.

You can take a shot on a talented player like Zellweger, who nearly has the minimum salary for a defenseman.


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