DraftKings NHL Picks – December 19th

Apologies for not getting a DraftKings lineup out yesterday. We will kick off our week with a lineup for tonight’s nine-game main slate instead. Let’s go!

C – Tyler Seguin (DAL) – $7,300 vs. WAS

Seguin does his best work on home ice while the Capitals do their worst work on the road, so this appears to be a real nice matchup for the superstar pivot. Seguin has tallied 17 points in 14 home games this season compared to only 12 points across 20 road contests. The Capitals rank dead least in the NHL with 3.73 goals against per game on the road while Braden Holtby owns just an .890 Sv% on the road as well. Let’s lock in Seguin as well as his high floor and ceiling tonight against the visiting Capitals.

C – Ryan Johansen (NSH) – $5,400 vs. WPG

Johansen isn’t a big-time goal scorer with just four goals on the season, but he’s surrounded by talent which means he racks up plenty of assists. He has 16 assists in 29 games on the season and is the Predators’ top pivot at 5v5 and on the power play. They welcome the Winnipeg Jets to Nashville tonight, and the Predators play their best offensive hockey at home. They rank fourth with 3.73 goals per game at home this season and own the league’s top home power play at 35.6%

W – Jamie Benn (DAL) – $7,000 vs. WAS

Benn and Seguin are back together on the Stars’ top line so let’s go ahead and lock in this dynamic duo. He has racked up 13 goals and 29 points for the season while also tallying 104 shots on goal. The Stars are the NHL’s ninth ranked offense at home with 3.43 goals per game for the season and I expect the dynamic duo to add to that total tonight.

W – Viktor Arvidsson (NSH) – $6,200 vs. WPG

As mentioned, the Predators are a dynamite offense on home ice so let’s continue with the Nashville exposure here with Arvidsson. He has tallied 11 goals and 23 points for the season, but also brings a real solid floor with him in the form of 107 shots on goal. Arvidsson skates with Johansen at both 5v5 and on that lethal Predators home power play, a group that will take on Winnipeg and their 21st ranked road penalty kill tonight.

W – Jordan Eberle (NYI) – $5,000 vs. DET

The Islanders rank first in the NHL with 4.29 goals per game at home this season so it’s likely a good idea to get some exposure to that tonight as they host the Red Wings. Detroit isn’t a great road defense either, ranking 20th with 3.21 goals against per game away from home. In the spirit of GPPs, we will utilize a contrarian Islanders stack tonight and fade the red-hot John Tavares line. Eberle has racked up 13 goals and 71 shots on the season, so he’s enjoying his first season in Brooklyn.

D – P.K. Subban (NSH) – $5,200 vs. WPG

Like his team, P.K. Subban is hot. The veteran defenseman has four points over his last three games after going seven straight without a point. He is the lone defenseman on the Predators’ top power play unit, therefore he forms a real nice three-man stack alongside Johansen and Arvidsson. The Jets and goalie Connor Hellebuyck are a much better defensive team at home, so let’s target them with a strong Predators offense tonight.

D – Ryan Pulock (NYI) – $3,000 vs. DET

Pulock is best used in GPPs, but if the Islanders’ second power play unit can notch a goal tonight we could be in good shape here. Pulock is the lone defenseman on that unit, a unit that also includes Jordan Eberle and our utility player tonight. He has just five points in 20 games, but recorded 15 goals and 46 points in 55 AHL games last season, so we know he has offense in his game. Let’s look for some low owned production out of Pulock tonight.

G – Craig Anderson (OTT) – $7,500 vs. MIN

Anderson is far from a lock tonight, but offers plenty of value at his price. He is coming off of a shutout over the Canadiens in the outdoor game on Saturday night and has now allowed just two goals over his last two games after a rough stretch. He isn’t exactly facing a red-hot offense either as the Wild have lost back-to-back games and haven’t score more than two goals over their last four. With the Senators on a modest two-game win streak after a brutal stretch perhaps we are catching them on the uptick tonight.

UTIL – Andrew Ladd (NYI) – $3,300 vs. DET

Ladd will go down as a lower owned player tonight, but he fits our contrarian Islanders stack perfectly. He’s having a decent season with eight goals and 15 points and lines up on the second line with Eberle and rookie sensation Mathew Barzal. He also plays on the second power play grouping with Eberle and Pulock, so a surprise effort from that unit could go a long way for this lineup.

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