DraftKings NHL Picks – December 6th

While not the largest of Tuesday slates we’ve seen, there are still nine games on tonight’s NHL schedule. Before I even begin to hesitate, let’s get into tonight’s NHL DraftKings picks!

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C – Artem Anisimov ($6,500)

As Jonathan Toews remains sidelined with an injury, Anisimov continues to be the largest fantasy beneficiary of them all. He has 22 points in 26 games on the season and is once again set to center a pair of superstars in Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin. Anisimov doesn’t shoot the puck a ton with 43 shots in 26 games, but he has played over 20 minutes in five of his last seven games. He is the top dog up the middle for the Blackhawks at the moment and that could prove beneficial against a Coyotes team that ranks 29th with 3.13 goals against per game.

C – Connor McDavid ($8,400)

While his ownership is going to be high like usual, there is no fading McDavid for me tonight. It usually isn’t a good idea to begin with, but after going two games without a point McDavid should be back on the scoresheet this evening. He has opened up a five-point cushion on Nikita Kucherov for the league lead in points and is well on his way to one of many Art Ross Trophies. While the Sabres rank 8th with 2.48 goals against per game, that number is 3.25 over their last four contests.

W – Patrick Kane ($8,100)

Another must-have tonight is the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner. Kane’s 106 points last season was easily the best mark in the league and it’s not crazy to think he has an outside shot at repeating that performance this season as he has 26 points, good for 9th in the league. However, Kane is a must-have tonight because of the favorable matchup he receives by facing the Coyotes tonight. Not only are they the 29th ranked defense in the league, they are dead-last by a wide margin with 35.4 shots against per game. Kane’s 83 shots on goal this season ranks 9th.

W – Mathieu Perreault ($3,900)

Perreault missed significant time this season with injury but has now played three games since returning. While he has been held pointless in those three contests, he has averaged almost 16 minutes of ice time including power play ice time. He has been held to three points on the season in 14 games, but he has eclipsed 41 points in three straight seasons and that 0.50 points per game average will catch up soon in the form of a hot streak.

W – Tobias Rieder ($3,700)

Rieder enters play tonight with 11 points in 22 games, exactly a 0.50 points per game pace. Should that pace continue he will increase his point total for the second straight season as he becomes one of the top forwards on this Coyotes team. He will skate on the first line tonight against the Blackhawks while seeing strong power play minutes as well. The latter point is especially important as he faces a Blackhawks team tonight who boast the league’s worst penalty kill by far at 70.7%.

D – Nick Holden ($3,400)

Holden has been one of the most pleasant surprises on a Rangers team that has easily surpassed preseason expectations. He has totaled 12 points in 26 games while playing around 20 minutes a night. Holden had 25 points in 54 games as a rookie for the Avalanche in the ’13/’14 season and it appears he is regaining his offensive stroke on Broadway this season.

D – Duncan Keith ($5,300)

Keith is enjoying another nice offensive season with 17 points in 27 games, however he has yet to find the back of the net as all 17 points are in the assist column. That is about to change. Keith has 60 shots on the season which is 18th among defenseman. Only Colton Parayko of the Blues has more shots among defensemen while also searching for his first goal of the season. Keith is bound to find twine any game now and tonight would be a good night to start. If not, his 26+ minutes/game should keep him productive in other categories.

G – Cory Schneider ($8,000)

This is a tricky one. My thinking is Schneider’s ownership won’t be too high tonight given the fact that he has allowed 3 or more goals in six straight starts. However, a visit from the Vancouver Canucks could cure what ails him. The Canucks rank 28th with 2.20 goals per game and that number dips slightly to 2.1 on the road. Keep in mind Schneider has been one of the league’s best goaltenders for a few seasons now and if there is ever a chance for a bounce back tonight is the night.

UTIL – Tomas Jurco ($2,600)

Welcome to tonight’s value play. Jurco will play in just his 5th game of the season tonight in Winnipeg after missing most of the season with a back injury. His ice time has increased from nine minutes in his first game to 13 in his most recent action. He will move to Detroit’s second line tonight next to Frans Nielsen and will get a chance to produce with Detroit in need of offense thanks to a plethora of injuries.

Brenton Kemp / Author

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