DraftKings NHL Picks – December 1st

After just a trio of games last night the NHL slate explodes with 12 games happening this evening. With more games come more options and tonight’s DraftKings board is loaded with top-end talent. With that in mind let’s take a look at tonight’s DraftKings NHL picks.

C – Artem Anisimov ($6,400)

With Jonathan Toews out of the lineup for tonight’s game against the Devils Anisimov becomes the top pivot for the Blackhawks. That means he gets the cushy job of centering reigning Art Ross winner Patrick Kane and reigning Calder Trophy winner Artemi Panarin. Anisimov came out of the gates strong to begin the season but was injured and hasn’t quite found his stroke since. However, he does have 20 points in 23 games while playing over 18 minutes a night so his return opportunities remain plentiful.

C – Leon Draisaitl ($5,200)

Draisaitl is listed as a center, however he will play the wing tonight alongside Connor McDavid on the Oilers’ top line in Winnipeg. Needless to say, that is a huge boost to his fantasy outlook. Not that he wasn’t producing in the first place as he has 17 points in 24 games this season but obviously playing next to the league’s top scorer won’t hurt. He has six points over his last five games, thus earning a promotion to the team’s top line and top power play unit.

W – Alex Ovechkin ($8,600)

Although his ownership will be high tonight, it’s tough not to like Ovi in this matchup. Washington takes on the Islanders tonight who are playing in the second half of back-to-back games after defeating the Penguins last night on home ice. Washington should be able to pounce on a tired Isles club and Ovechkin should be able to do plenty of the damage. He now ranks second in the league 86 shots on goal and his 12 goals are tied for third. The Islanders rank 24th with 2.95 goals against per game. Ovi is a must-have tonight.

W – Artemi Panarin ($7,000)

After bursting onto the NHL scene last year with 77 points as a rookie, Panarin hasn’t disappointed in his sophomore campaign thanks to 21 points in 24 games this time around. He also has 63 shots on goal while playing over 19 minutes a night. He plays with Patrick Kane most of the time and that in itself is a huge boost to his fantasy outlook. With Jonathan Toews sidelined the Anisimov/Kane/Panarin line is set for a heavy workload again tonight versus the Devils.

W – Mikhail Grigorenko ($4,000)

After failing to score a goal in 15 straight games to open the season, Grigorenko has found twine in three of the last five contests including two in a row. As a result his ice time has almost doubled in recent games and he now has a spot on one of the top two lines for the Avalanche. Increased power play minutes have also accompanied his hot streak and he sets up as a nice value play at home against the Blue jackets.

D – Cody Ceci ($3,800)

Ceci has disappointed many fantasy owners this season with just two assists on the year, however his ice time and off the scoresheet production remain strong. He is averaging over 22 minutes on the Sens blueline including power play time while recording 40 shots on goals and 47 blocked shots as well. Ottawa isn’t a strong offensive team but the Flyers rank 29th with 3.25 goals against per game and 21st with an 80.8% penalty kill.

D – Ryan Sproul ($3,400)

Sproul has been a solid producer at the AHL level over the last couple of years and he has done a decent job of carrying that over to the NHL level so far. The rookie rear guard has five points in 12 games to go along with 24 shots on goal. His real value comes from playing the point on Detroit’s power play as three of his five points have come with the man advantage.

G – **LATE EDIT – Rask is not starting anymore, don’t start him!**

Rask has simply been remarkable this season in the Bruins’ crease. He already has three shutouts and a minuscule 1.64 goals against average and a .938 save percentage in 17 starts (12 wins). The Hurricanes rank 22nd with just 2.43 goals per game while the Bruins rank 6th with 2.26 goals against per game. This should be a very good opportunity for Rask to get win number 13 on the season.

UTIL – Austin Czarnik ($3,500)

Czarnik has now gone five straight games without a point but that could change this evening. The rookie out of Detroit, MI is a diminutive forward who is one of the craftier players on the Bruins roster. That craftiness has earned him a spot on the Bruins power play where he can be found up front or on the point. Either way Claude Julien continues to give the youngster an opportunity and he could be a real good value plays if he can get back on the scoresheet tonight.

Brenton Kemp / Author

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