Why you should consider playing NHL DFS this season.

This is my first blog and I do not fancy myself to be much of a writer so bare with me.

I am constantly trying to come up with ways to help the growth of the NHL DFS community. This season we may be in for an increase in volume across the industry, or we may not. I’ve heard both DK and FD representatives mention that they intend on trying to push NHL hard to start the season. There are new sites like Victiv and FantasyAces that sound like they are going to try and get the NHL community that was so loyal to DraftStreet on their side for some NHL volume. FantasyFeud is another site that while smaller, has always had NHL loyalists. DraftDay has already opened up their NHL Preaseason, but judging by their Thursday October 9th GPP’s (the NHL starts the night before by the way), I am already starting to be discouraged about this upcoming season.

In this blog, I am pushing for all of you MLB and NFL enthusiasts to consider making the switch to NHL DFS, or at least giving it a try.

For all of you high-volume MLB players, the similarities between MLB and NHL in DFS are uncanny.

1) Pitchers and Goaltenders are very similar.

Like pitchers, goaltenders are the position that will score you the most consistent points and will also likely be your highest scorer on any given night. Finding the winning goaltender is always going to put you ahead of the crowd. However, whiffing on your goalie will not automatically kill your lineup.

2) The scoring is event based.

Goals, assists, shots on goal, penalty minutes, plus/minus and blocked shots (both site-dependent) can be treated much like HR, Hits, RBI’s, Runs and BBs. For goaltenders, Saves can be treated much like K’s and IP while goals against can be treated like hits and ER. Your score is not constantly going up like in NBA, and less than in NFL too.

3) Stacking is very useful.

In MLB, stacking can see you boost points very quickly if your player gets a 2 RBI double and both players on base are also owned by you. It is the same in NHL. If you stack 2 or 3 players on a line on FD and one scores and the other gets an assist, not only do you get those points, you’ll get the plus/minus as well. If you have the LW and RW on a line, but the centre scores an unassisted goal, you’ll still get the advantage of a “+” for being on the ice for the goal. Again, a very usefull strategy.

4) Lineups are available early.

The information is readily available and you can “set it and forget it” in the afternoon, rather than sitting on Twitter for 2 hours trying to find late scratches like in NBA. Lineups are very consistent from game to game in the NHL, especially the Top 6 forwards and Top 4 defencemen which you will get most of your scoring from. Sure, line changes occur, but simply checking Twitter after the morning skate will give you a very good idea of who is playing with who. The only thing you need to follow is starting goaltenders. Unlike pitchers, you do not know who is starting the night before. However, you do find out early in the day who the start will be based on the morning skate. Some coaches are notorious for keeping it hidden, but those are few and far between. Also, once you get to know the coaches tendencies, you can make very logical predictions. Or, just avoid those goalies all together if you are worried.

I’ll look to write some strategy blogs to help the NHL DFS noob get more acquainted with the sport and scoring in general.


About the Author

  • Ryan Sheppard (donkshow)

  • Ryan Sheppard aka “donkshow” was born and raised just outside of Toronto and has been a diehard Leafs fan since day one. He has his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, but is currently working as a Graphic Designer. In 2013 he started playing daily fantasy sports – exclusively NHL. Since then he has branched out into MLB, NFL, NBA and PGA.


  • wahnd

    I love NHL. The best part is you can play every night!

  • agendaman


    nice prelim nhl. blog -tx i learned last season that stacking at times is v.i.p. in nhl. DFS e.g. the plus-minus as you mentioned gotta nail the goalie tho finally be interested to know what exactly you disliked about the draftday nhl gpp’s for oct.9

  • donkshow

    Re: Draft Day, nothing specific. I’m just always hoping for bigger and better and they were rather small is all. I’m just greedy.

  • cbesch41

    I played NHL last year and loved it, makes watching the late night games more fun! Good article

  • bpoltak

    Nice article. I played a lot of NHL last season on FD and loved it. Looking forward to playing on DK this season for the first time.

  • waltj

    ive been on the fence about playing NHL DFS…..this article might have pushed me over the edge.

    thanks for the insight

  • donkshow

    I’ll probably do a blog (deciding on what I want the content to be) at least at the start of the season to help some new people get accustomed to the sport.

  • deactivated95162

    Thinking of playing NHL DFS this year.. still looking into it. Solid info.

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