DraftKings NHL Picks – December 21st

Last night was our best DraftKings lineup in some time! Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmons and Shayne Gostisbehere combined four two goals and two assists. Tyler Bozak, Mitch Marner, and James van Riemsdyk combined for a goal and an assist, but also 15 shots on goal. Our mini-stack of Boone Jenner and Seth Jones combined for a goal and two assists and we got a win from goaltender Mike Smith. A very nice night, so let’s follow it up with another on tonight’s ten-game slate!

C – Ryan Johansen (NSH) – $5,600 vs. CAR

Any time you can use one of the league’s best power plays against one of the league’s worst penalty kills you have to feel good about it. That is the cause tonight as Ryan Johansen’s Predators own the league’s top home power play and second ranked overall power play against the Hurricanes’ 29th ranked penalty kill. Johansen has points in back-to-back games and is the playmaker for a top unit loaded with shooters.

C – Nico Hischier (NJ) – $4,900 vs. NYR

There are a handful of stacks that will see a great deal of ownership tonight, but the Devils are a team that could fly under the radar with plenty of upside. The Devils’ offense is rolling, having scored five goals in three of their last four games while the Rangers are tied for 23rd with 3.50 goals against per game on the road. Hischier is having a nice rookie season with 20 points in 33 games to go along with 71 shots on goal and centers the top line next to superstar Taylor Hall.

W – Filip Forsberg (NSH) – $7,200 vs. CAR

Forsberg is in a real nice spot tonight considering how lethal he has been on the power play. I mentioned Johansen is surrounded by shooters, and Forsberg is certainly one of them as he has taken 89 shots this season, 15 of which have went in. Furthermore, nine of those 15 have come on the power play, so facing the 29th ranked penalty kill should help the Swedish sniper tonight.

W – Taylor Hall (NJ) – $6,900 vs. NYR

Hall and Hischier could very well team up for some points tonight while Hall himself brings a solid floor with him into play. He has taken 106 shots on the season and tallied 31 points in as many games. Hall is easily the top offensive weapon for the Devils, a team that appears to be picking up their scoring at home after a slow start to the season at the Prudential Center.

W – Jesse Puljujarvi (EDM) – $4,600 vs. STL

The Blues are playing on back-to-back nights tonight and the Oilers are rolling, so let’s get some exposure to oil country tonight. Besides, playing with arguably the world’s top player isn’t the worst thing as Puljujarvi has a spot on the Oilers’ top line next to Connor McDavid. While he isn’t on the same unit as McDavid, he’s also made his way onto the Oilers’ second power play unit, another boost to his upside. He also has six points over his last eight games.

D – P.K. Subban (NSH) – $5,300 vs. CAR

The three-man Predators power play stack is complete here with the lone defenseman on said unit. After a seven-game pointless skid, Subban has racked up three goals and five points over his last four games. He and his Predators take on a Hurricanes team that yielded eight goals in their last game and haven’t received any sort of goaltending from either Cam Ward or Scott Darling this season.

D – Will Butcher (NJ) – $3,800 vs. NYR

With Butcher we have our second three-man stack of the night, albeit with Hischier on the second unit it is not a power play stack. Regardless, we have both units covered in this lineup. Butcher has racked up 19 assists this season, which ranks him 8th among defenseman alongside Erik Karlsson. He’s only seeing 16:29 of average ice time per game, but for the price you aren’t going to find a more productive defenseman on this slate.

G – Jonathan Quick (LA) – $8,300 vs. COL

Quick just seems like a real reliable play on tonight’s slate. He owns a 2.22 GAA and a .929 Sv% on home ice this season and has allowed two goals or less in five consecutive starts at home. The Kings are the NHL’s best defensive team, allowing just 2.34 goals per game while their 86.6% penalty kill is also tops in the NHL. The Avalanche score just 2.69 goals per game on the road and have scored just six goals over their previous four games at the Staples Center.

UTIL – Alex Killorn (TB) – $3,300 vs. OTT

Killorn has real nice value again tonight as the Lightning take on the visiting Senators. While he skates on the team’s third line, Killorn lines up on that lethal Tampa Bay top power play unit. Tampa Bay’s power play ranks first overall at 28.1% while the Senators check in with a 76.9% penalty kill, good for 27th overall. Amazingly Killorn has just three goals on the season, but he should see an uptick in scoring moving forward as his 5.3% shooting percentage is well under his 9.7% career mark.

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