Welcome to NHL DFS Man Advantage for Thursday night December 27th! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday break from the NHL and is refreshed and ready to get back at it tonight!
Tonight is the biggest NHL DFS slate so far on the season with 13 games on the schedule. There are so many huge games on the schedule that I won’t even try to break them down here like I usually do and instead I will just get right into my picks.
NHL DFS Goalies:
My top goalies tonight are the top two priced goalies, Andrei Vasilevskiy ($8,400) and Braden Holtby ($8,300). It is kind of hard to separate these two tonight because of their similar prices and the fact they both have seemingly easy games against mediocre reams. Both teams are playing at home as well which is usually something I would use to determine a tie breaker when I have two goalies ranked the same. Both Holtby and Vas have won 3 of their last 4 starts as well. Either way you can’t really go wrong if you are looking to pay up in net tonight, which on a such a large slate like tonight isn’t a bad idea.
If you are looking to save a few bucks in net my top under $8k goalie is Jonathan Quick ($7,700) in a matchup with the Arizona Coyotes. Quick has now won consecutive starts for the first time this season, stopping 56 of 59 shots, and while the Kings are at the bottom of the NHL standings, Quick has shown in the past he can carry his team for long stretches when he’s locked in.
Another goaltender under $8K who is severely under priced in my opinion is John Gibson ($7,100) as Anaheim travels to San Jose tonight. Gibson stopped 30 shots in his last game, a 3-0 loss to Buffalo. So it’s like this,In Gibson’s last 4 games, Anaheim has scored seven goals. But four came in a single game. That means Gibson has received almost no support in his last 4, so it’s hard to put it on him. Anaheim’s offense has been anemic of late and Gibson’s stats have been strong he just gets no help. In his last 4 starts he’s only allowed 8 goals.
My last goaltending pick is who ever ends up in between the pipes for Boston. Both Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak are priced at $8,000 tonight and have a very winnable matchup with a Devil team that has lost 6 of their last 8 games and finds themselves at the bottom of the standings in the Eastern Conference.
NHL DFS Top Individual Plays
Patrice Bergeron ($7,700) – Bergeron returned from a month-long injury sabbatical on 12/22 and had 2 goals and 2 assists in his return scoring 11.5 DKFP. He did not have similar results the next night when he was held pointless and only scored 2.5 DKFP. Bergeron and Brad Marchand ($7,100) are now joined by Danton Heinen ($3,900) on the top line making this line a viable line stack now with the savings Heinen offers.
Artemi Panarin ($6,800) – The holiday break came at a bad time for Panarin as he picked up 2 goals and 3 assists along with wth 14.5 DKFP in his last 2 games prior to the break. In a matchup with the Rangers on Thursday night Panarin looks to keep his hot streak going.
Patrick Kane ($6,700) – Kane and the Blackhawks host the Wild on Thursday who come in losers of 4 straight allowing 10 goals in the 4 losses. Kane has 13 points in his last ten games and comes in riding a 5 game point streak as well. After spending some time on the Hawks top line Kane is now back on the teams 2nd line with Artem Anisimov ($3,900) and Dylan Strome ($3,300) which makes for a decent low owned and low-priced line stack.
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Kevin Hayes ($5,800) – Hayes comes into the Ranger game against the Blue Jackets on a 7 game point streak of which 5 of the games he has scored multiple points. Over his 7 game point streak Hayes has scored 5 goals and 8 assists. Hayes is currently centering the Ranger 2nd line (with Mats Zuccarello ($4K) and Chris Kreider ($5.5K) ) and also the teams 1st PP unit.
Victor Hedman ($5,700) – Hedman is my top choice on the point tonight. While there are some higher priced options none of them seem to be playing as well as consistently as Hedman has been. Hedman is averaging over 3 FPPG in his last 4 games and is seeing over 23 mins of TOI. Another D option I am interested in using in this price range is Drew Doughty ($4,800)
Dustin Brown ($5,100) – Dustin Brown has been the model of consistency of late for Los Angeles. Since Thanksgiving Brown has only scored under 2.5 DKFP once (12/8 vs Vegas) and is averaging 3.1 FPPG. While he hasn’t been lighting up the score board Brown will put of fantasy points with his peripherals and in a matchup with a bad team like the Coyotes it’s entirely possible Brown has a goal or an assist to go with his SOG and BS.
Alex Killorn ($4,400) – Killorn has 7 points in 8 games for Tampa (4 goals and 3 assists). Killorn plays on the Lightning’s 3rd line along side Anthony Cirelli and Yanni Gourde as well on the teasm 2nd PP unit
Charlie McAvoy/Brady Skjei/Jake Muzzin ($4,200) – All three of the Dmen are good options tonight and all have been playing similarly well of late as well. I like to pay down for defense and look for value and any of the these three guys fit that mold. You can also look at Alex Goligoski ($4,100) as well.
Alex Chiasson ($3,700) – Chiasson has been moved from the top line with Connor McDavid to the Oilers second line with Leon Draisaitl and Tobias Rieder but has not seen his production suffer. Chiasson has 4 goals in his last 5 games and has 16 goals in just 30 games on the season as well.
I have one more real deep value option to give for tonight.
Lawrence Pilut ($2,600) – Pilut is playing alongside Rasmus Ristolainen on the Sabres top D pair and also playing on the teams 2nd PP unit as well. He has not produced a ton yet, only 3 assists in his first 8 games, but playing with Ristolainen and on the PP means Buffalo thinks highly of him and the opportunities will be there for him
NHL DFS Line Stacks:
Colorado 1 – Colorado is playing so of course they are the top line stack
Pittsburgh 1 – These guys were red-hot heading into the break
Vegas 2 – Especially of Grubauer starts
Unfortunately there isn’t too much value in the line stack area for me tonight.
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