DraftKings NHL Picks – December 22nd

As is the norm, there is a busy slate of NHL games Thursday night. Tonight’s mouth-watering ten-game slate is sure to be intense so let’s get right at it and see who cracks my lineup tonight!

C – Jori Lehtera (STL – $4,000)

We will start off with somewhat of a value play here as Lehtera has just ten points on the season. However, he plays in between superstar Vladimir Tarasenko and budding star Robby Fabbri on what I believe is the Blues’ top line. The Blues take on a Lightning team tonight who are feeling the full effects of the injury bug, including number one goalie Ben Bishop. I expect the Blues to score some goals tonight and Lehtera should in involved if his linemates can score some goals.

C – Nathan MacKinnon (COL – $6,500)

The Avalanche are having a tough season. They are last in the league in both goals for per game and goals against per game, however MacKinnon has been one of the few bright spots for the club this season. He has managed 21 points in 31 games and ranks 11th in the NHL with 111 shots on goal this season. He and his teammates take on a Maple Leafs team who they beat just last week and give up 3.07 goals per game on the road.

W – Robby Fabbri (STL – $5,200)

As mentioned above, the Fabbri-Lehtera-Tarasenko trio are the best on the team and ripe for some scoring this evening. Fabbri has been a different player since being a healthy scratch earlier this month and he has ten points in 11 December games as a result. At just 20 years of age Fabbri has 20 points in 33 games and looks to be a long-term fixture next to Tarasenko, a duo that could become one of the NHL’s best, if they aren’t in that category already.

W – Brad Marchand (BOS – $6,600)

It seems like Marchand has cooled off after a torrid start to the season, but when you see he has 27 points in 34 games it seems like has been pretty consistent. He has seven points over his last ten games but I would like to see him breakout with a big game as all of those points were in separate contests. The best part about Marchand entering play tonight? He has 24 shots over his last four games and only one goal to show for it. That is a shooting percentage of just 4.1%. That number is bound to go up soon, and tonight could be the night against Panthers backup goalie James Reimer.

W – Vladimir Tarasenko (STL – $7,900)

You could see this one coming. Tarasenko’s 38 points are second-best in the NHL next to Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and his 16 goals are tied for fourth. His 122 shots on goal are third and his power play points are tied for third. Bottom line, this guy is one of the NHL’s very best and warrants draft consideration every single night he takes the ice.

D – Tyson Barrie (COL – $4,700)

Barrie, like most of the Avs, isn’t having his best season this year, but that’s not to say he’s been all that bad either. He has 13 points in 31 games on the season but also has 71 shots on goal and 30 blocked shots as well. His 71 shots on goal compares to the likes of Duncan Keith, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Drew Doughty, all of which come with a much steeper price tag. Barrie gets a favorable matchup against a shaky Leafs defense on home ice this evening.

D – Ben Lovejoy (NJ – $3,200)

Lovejoy is tonight’s value play and we will need some luck to come his way this evening. That’s because he has just three points this season, but he produces off the scoresheet as well. Despite not seeing any power play time, Lovejoy has managed 34 shots on goal and has also blocked 56 while playing on the Devils top defensive pairing. He takes on a Flyers team on the back end of back-to-back games with a backup goalie going in the form of rookie Anthony Stolarz.

G – Tuukka Rask (BOS – $7,800)

Rask comes into play tonight fresh off of being pulled in Tuesday’s loss to the Islanders. Don’t let that fool you as he remains a top fantasy option thanks to his .929 save percentage and 1.91 goals against average along with four shutouts this season. The Panthers rank 24th with 2.34 goals per game this season and as mentioned they have their backup playing this evening in James Reimer, so it’s quite possible the Bruins offense can carry Rask to victory tonight.

Brenton Kemp / Author

Brenton is a lifelong sports fan who resides in Ontario, Canada. Brenton is a fan of most all sports but specializes in hockey, baseball, football, basketball, and golf. He’s a fierce researcher with a strong appetite to deliver accurate and relevant facts that in turn have led to past success with picks and DFS advice across the board. Brenton’s biggest goal is to deliver readers with the picks and advice that can build their bankroll. He takes great pride in his success and loves nothing more than to share that success for the benefit of everyone involved.