Welcome to fresh week of NHL DFS! After another solid weekend in the NHL we have five games coming our way on this Monday night slate. This will be the second-to-last day before I head out on vacation for a week so there may not be any NHL DFS articles until my return on December 7th. Let’s go!
C – Artem Anisimov (CHI) – $5,600 vs. ANH
The way this line is going right now they are a very tough fade. Anisimov has racked up five goals and an assist over his last five games and had a four-game point streak snapped his last time out against the Panthers. The Ducks are a solid defensive team and rank 10th with just 2.78 goals against per game on the season, but Chicago ranks 10th in the NHL with 3.50 goals per game at home. Centering Patrick Kane on the second line and one of the two power play units is never a bad thing either so let’s go with Anisimov to kick off this lineup.
C – Riley Sheahan (PIT) – $3,400 vs. PHI
I am going a little contrarian tonight with the Penguins beginning here with Sheahan. The obvious move tonight for Penguins exposure is to go to the Sidney Crosby line, but Sheahan finds himself in a nice spot with Evgeni Malkin sidelined. He will be on the Penguins’ second line, centering Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel. Sheahan has just one goal and five assists on the season, but one goal and four of those assists have all come within his last six games. He also has 12 shots over his last six games, a much higher clip than the 27 over his 24 games this season.
W – Patrick Kane (CHI) – $7,600 vs. ANH
As Kane goes, so does this offense. Chicago’s top offensive player enters play tonight riding a six-game point streak with four goals, two power play goals, four assists and 25 shots over that span. He has 22 points in as many games for the season with 75 shots to boot. When this guy is hot there isn’t another player in the league more dangerous and it certainly appears he is hot given his recent production. It’s likely a good idea to ride Kane while he is producing, especially on home ice.
W – Phil Kessel (PIT) – $7,200 vs. PHI
Kessel has been Pittsburgh’s best offensive player and most consistent scoring threat this season so he is a must for tonight’s lineup. Kessel is also a very productive player at home. Last season, he scored 43 points at home with 133 shots compared to 28 points and 99 shots on the road. This season, he has 15 points in ten home games with 43 shots compared to 16 points in 15 road games with 52 shots. He has seven points over his last three games and with Kessel we get a stack with Sheahan as well as first unit power play exposure.
W – Patrik Laine (WPG) – $6,400 vs. MIN
The Jets score 3.70 goals per game at home, so it’s probably a good idea to get some Winnipeg exposure into this lineup as well. Laine has scored 11 goals on the season to go along with 63 shots on goal. He is certainly capable of putting up a large numbers of shots in a single game, but he hasn’t recorded more than two shots on goal in any single game over his last five. That trend should change very soon so let’s get the Finnish sniper into our lineup for a home tilt against the Wild.
D – Cody Franson (CHI) – $3,400 vs. ANH
While his playing time continues to fluctuate, Franson is a nice low-cost player with some upside tonight against the Ducks. I expect offense from the Blackhawks tonight as the Ducks rank 31st with 36.6 shots against per game. Furthermore, Franson skates on the same power play unit as Kane and Anisimov, so we have a three-man power play stack with him here as well. He has taken 11 shots over his last four games and has three assists in that span as well.
D – Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) – $4,800 vs. MIN
There aren’t too many players in the league more due than Byfuglien. Despite taking 54 shots on goal this season, Byfuglien enters play tonight with zero goals on the season. He has ten helpers, but has been held without a point over his last eight games. Despite the lull, he has taken 24 shots over that span, or three per game. He continues to log plenty of ice time and it’s only a matter of time before he scores so perhaps him and Laine can team up on a goal tonight, possibly on that top Jets’ power play unit.
G – Carey Price (MON) – $7,600 vs. CLS
Carey Price returned from an extended absence to blank the Sabres 3-0 on Saturday night, and will be back in action tonight against the visiting Blue Jackets. After his 36-save shutout, perhaps Price is back into form after what as a horrendous start to his season. The Blue Jackets have won six straight, but they rank 18th in offense and somehow have just a 9.7% power play, easily the worst mark in the NHL. Let’s roll the dice here with Price in what should be a goalie showdown between him and Sergei Bobrovsky.
UTIL – Nolan Patrick (PHI) – $3,600 vs. PIT
Patrick doesn’t get a ton of ice time in his rookie season, but he skates as the team’s second line center with Wayne Simmonds and gets second unit power play time as well. Patrick and his Flyers take on the Penguins tonight, and games between these two rivals tend to be quite wide open, which would benefit the young center. He has five points through his first 14 career NHL games but should start to register points consistently if he can put his early season injuries behind him.