Saturday Fantasy Hockey Tips – NHL picks, matchups, and more

Saturday’s hectic, 14-game schedule includes a loner when the Flames visit the Stars in Dallas. Calgary faces a tough challenge trying to build on a decent recent drive through St. Louis against one of the league’s weakest net pros. Jake Oettinger has been more ruthless on his opponents lately, rocking a 5-1-1 record, 0.941 SV% and 1.70 GAA since Dec. 27. Highlights from the seven-game stalemate at 7 p.m. include the Islanders looking to launch their static offense against a porous Montreal defense, while the Capitals chase revenge after losing to the same Flyers on Wednesday.

North Carolina winners of their three previous meetings, winning each by one goal, conclude the Penguins and Hurricanes’ series of their four-game season in Raleigh. New Cane Max Pacioretty is already back on the injured rack after just three full contests. Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs – who are anticipating the loose return of Auston Matthews – are hoping to hand the Bruins their second home loss of the season.

Fast forward an hour, when predators host swordsmen. Loser of three in a row, Buffalo struggled to try to turn things around against miserly Juuse Saros. The amazing Kraken team visits Chicago, having outscored its opponents 33-11 – Everyone He competes with Seattle – during their seven-win streak. The Blackhawks’ Three-Game Heater – Without Patrick Kane! – Projects finish tonight. The Lightning also makes one stop only in St. Louis.

The day’s festivities come to an end when Connor McDavid and the Oilers visit Vegas, where the Golden Knights are forced to manage without having the best of themselves. Forward Mark Stone is listed as week to week with an upper body injury. After a mile on Friday in Anaheim, the Devils continue to overtake California at the Kings meet in Los Angeles

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Favorable scoring matches

7 p.m., Little Caesars Arena, watch live on ESPN+

The Red Wings wrap up their triple season with the Blue Jackets at home on Saturday after already scoring 10 goals through two wins. Given that Columbus is struggling as hard as ever, Dylan Larkin and his friends should wonderfully add to that total. Play Red Wings, including a healthy and well-coordinated Robby Fabbri.

7 p.m., FLA Live Arena, watch live on ESPN+

The Canucks — who appear to be the most unhappy team in the league right now — are giving up plenty of goals on their current road trip, including five to the Lightning, five to Pittsburgh, and seven to the Jets. This is an excellent opportunity for the Panthers to get back into the scoring gear. Forward Sam Bennett put the pair together in their most recent meeting, a 5-1 win in Florida in December.

Mid-level fantasy strikers

Riley Smith, Vegas Golden Knights (48.9%): With Stewart Skinner still awaiting the birth of his child, either Calvin Picard will make his NHL debut in 2022-23 or Jack Campbell will start in his seventh appearance in eight games and his second in as many nights. However the Oilers cookie is crumbling, Vegas forwards like Smith are solid scoring threats for the slickest legs on the strip.

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Deep League / Daily Value Attackers

Sam Steele, Minnesota Wild (3.5%): Centralizing midfield with Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccariello (in good health again), the 24-year-old has scored two goals and four assists in his past six matches. Steele also scored for the Coyotes in their last meeting in November.

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  • Robbie Fabry, Detroit Red Wings (3.0%)

  • Scott Lawton, Philadelphia Flyers (11.1%)

  • Seth Jarvis, Carolina Hurricane (7.0%)

  • Jason Zucker, Pittsburgh Penguins (14.9%)

  • Kali Garnekrok, Toronto Maple Leafs (3.4%)

  • Barrett Highton, Arizona Coyotes (1.3%)

  • Juuso Parssinen, Nashville Predators (1.2%)

  • Yanni Gord, Seattle Kraken (10.5%)

  • Eli Tolvanen, Seattle Kraken (5.4%)

  • Dylan Holloway, Edmonton Oilers (1.1%)

Mid-class fictional defensemen

Deep League/Daily Fantasy Defensive Value

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Martin Jones (expected), Seattle Kraken (41.6%): No. 1 seed Seattle just helped the Bruins hand their first home regulation loss of the season by pitching 27 saves at the TD Garden. He dumped the Canadians in Montreal three days earlier. It’s 6-0, with a 0.946 SV% and a 1.33 GAA since New Year’s. The Blackhawks offense ranks last in the National Hockey League. How can you not run with Jones here?

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