DraftKings Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: April 20th

Updated: April 20, 2016 at 3:09 pm by Brock Seguin


There are four more playoff games on tonight’s slate, with two of the more predictable series going and two of the most unpredictable series playing as well.


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Here’s a quick explanation on how to build your lineup an play! You have $50,000 in Salary space, to build a team that consists of 2C, 3W, 2D, 1G and 1 Util. Below you will find how skaters and goalies scoring works!

• Players will accumulate points as follows:

  • Goal = +3 PTS
  • Assist = +2 PTS
  • Shot on Goal = +0.5 PTS
  • Blocked Shot = +0.5 PTS
  • Short Handed Point Bonus (Goal/Assist) = +1 PTS
  • Shootout Goal = +0.2 PTS
  • Hat Trick Bonus = +1.5 PTS

• Goalies only will accumulate points as follows:

  • Win = +3 PTS
  • Save = +0.2 PTS
  • Goal Against = -1 PTS
  • Shutout Bonus = +2 PTS

• Goalie Scoring Notes:

  • Goalies WILL receive points for all stats they accrue, including goals and assists.
  • The Goalie Shutout Bonus is credited to goalies if they complete the entire game with 0 goals allowed in regulation + overtime. Shootout goals will not prevent a shutout. Goalie must complete the entire game to get credit for a shutout.

Below I’ve listed my top DFS line stacks, defensemen and goalies as well as a few sample DraftKings lineup for tonight


Aleksander Barkov – @ NYI – $7,000

The Panthers first line was expected to do the majority of the damage in this series, but they have struggled through the firs three games of the series. Barkov has one goal and one assist while averaging 22:13 TOI per game and it is only a matter of time before they start producing like they did in the regular season.

Nicklas Backstrom – @ PHI – $6,600

The Capitals have walked all over the Flyers in the first round and tonight they’ll try and complete the sweep. Backstrom leads the team in points with one goal and five assists (six points) through the first three games. The Flyers havent been able to slow the Capitals down at even-strength or on the power-play, making Backstrom and the top-end Capitals excellent options tonight.

Jason Spezza – @ MIN – $6,200

Spezza was held off of the scoresheet in Game 3, meaning he has one goal and one assist through the first three games of the series. He is averaging just under four goals per game and the Stars should come out with a much better effort in Game 4 after being sloppy in Game 3.


Alex Ovechkin – @ PHI – $9,100

Ovechkin slapped home two goals with one assist in game three and now has three goals and an assist in three games to start the playoffs. He has averaged just under five shots per game, providing a steady floor that we’ve been accustom to seeing from Ovechkin in recent years.

Jonathan Huberdeau – @ NYI – $6,200

Huberdeau has picked up an assist in the last two games and has fired seven shots on goal in each of those contests as well. As I mentioned, the first line is getting it’s chances and eating monster minutes, but the production hasn’t quite been there through the first three games of the series.

Reilly Smith – @ NYI – $5,400

If it weren’t for Smith, the Panthers could find themselves down 3-0. He has scored in each of the first three games of the series and has tallied a total of eight points (4G / 4A) so far. He has been red-hot and is averaging over 20 minutes a night and five shots on goal per game.


Brent Burns – @ LA – $8,600

Burns has one goal, two assists, 13 shots and 5.5 DraftKings points per game to kick-off the playoffs. He continues to shoot the puck at an elite rate and if you can afford to plug him in on the back-end, you probably won’t regret it at the end of the evening.

John Carlson – @ PHI – $6,100

Carlson has been the cream of the crop on DraftKings’ bluelines since the playoffs started. He has scored a goal in the first three playoff games as well as adding three assists, 10 blocked shots, 11 shots and 8.5 DraftKings points per game. The Flyers have no answer for him, so keep rolling him out there, but be prepared for a high owned percentage.

Aaron Ekblad – @ NYI – $5,300

Ekblad has yet to record a point in the playoffs—had a goal called back in Game 3—but has seven shots, two blocks and just 1.5 FPPG, but he is the Panthers’ top blueliner and top power-play weapon, so don’t be afraid to take a chance on him this evening.


Braden Holtby – @ PHI – $8,700

Holtby turned aside 31 of 32 shots in the Capitals 6-1 win over the Flyers in Game 3 and tonight he looks to wrap the series up. He has posted an ridiculously good 0.67 GAA and .978 SV%  through the first three games of the series—average 9.3 DraftKings points per game. He has been the best goaltending option though the first three games and that will likely continue tonight.

Roberto Luongo – @ NYI – $8,400

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Luongo so far. He lost the first one in tough fashion, bounced back in a big way in Game 2 and let in a squeaker to lost Game 3 in overtime. He has finally gotten some rest after playing the first three games in four days and that will definitely help the ageing netminder.

Antti Niemi – @ MIN – $7,400

Kari Lehtonen started the first three games of the series, but they’ll turn to Niemi tonight for Game 4. Niemi was 25-13-7 with a  2.67 GAA and .905 SV% this season, which isn’t ideal, but the Stars have one of the best matchups available, making Niemi an viable daily fantasy option.

Aaron Ekblad, Aleksander Barkov, Alex Ovechkin, Antti Niemi, Braden Holtby, Brent Burns, Jason Spezza, John Carlson, Jonathan Huberdeau, Nicklas Backstrom, Reilly Smith, Roberto Luongo