FanDuel NHL Picks – December 18th

Monday night means we have a fresh week of NHL DFS ahead of us! After another wild weekend, Monday night brings us a five-game slate to sink our teeth into. Let’s get started!

C – Sidney Crosby (PIT) – $9,100 vs. COL

I expect the Penguins/Avalanche game to be a high scoring one, so let’s get some solid exposure in here. After going a couple of games without a point, Crosby got back on the scoresheet with a goal in Arizona on the weekend and in all likelihood will find it again tonight. The Avalanche have yielded at least four goals in three of their last four games on home ice, so Crosby should be able to find the space required to put one in the back of the net tonight.

C – Nathan MacKinnon (COL) – $7,800 vs. PIT

Few players have been as good as MacKinnon over the last little while. MacKinnon has four goals and five points over his last two games and is a shot on goal machine. He has racked up 103 shots for the season and 33 over his last seven games where he has scored seven goals. The Avalanche are a higher scoring team on home ice than on the road, and the Penguins’ 3.61 goals against per game on the road ranks 28th in the NHL.

W – Conor Sheary (PIT) – $5,300 vs. COL

Sheary hasn’t had the best of seasons, but as long as he is riding shotgun with Crosby he is most certainly relevant. The speedy winger does have nine goals in 34 games for the season, but just one over his last 14 games. Sheary’s speed and agility make him a new fit on the top line with Crosby, so it’s of little surprise to see head coach Mike Sullivan keep him on the top line. So long as he remains there, Sheary is a solid play and should exceed value tonight.

W – Mikko Rantanen (COL) – $6,000 vs. PIT

For the same price you could have Gabriel Landeskog who also plays with MacKinnon at 5v5 and on the power play, but my gut feeling is Rantanen. The sophomore winger is having a fine season with 27 points in 32 games and six of his nine goals for the season have come on the power play. He has points in three straight and ten shots over that span, so here’s to Mikko staying hot against a suspect Penguins defense tonight.

W – Kyle Palmieri (NJ) – $5,400 vs. ANH

The Devils get Palmier back tonight after a lengthy absence and he should immediately make an impact upon his return. He will likely get first line minutes and first line power play minutes right of the gates. Since it’s his first game back from injury, perhaps we will him at some lower ownership too. The Devils will also dodge John Gibson tonight and face Ducks’ backup Ryan Miller on home ice.

W – Boone Jenner (CLS) – $4,000 vs. BOS

A one off play, Jenner has a decent matchup tonight in Boston. Before the weekend I would have avoid targeting the Bruins and Tuukka Rask, but after a red-hot stretch was snapped for both the team and goalie, perhaps we can catch them in a little bit of a skid tonight. Jenner shoots the puck plenty with 63 shots in 26 games, but hasn’t had much luck with just three goals over that stretch. He plays on the third line but should get first line power play minutes tonight in Boston.

D – Tyson Barrie (COL) – $5,100 vs. PIT

As mentioned, the Avalanche are a high scoring home team as their 3.56 goals per game at home are the seventh most in the NHL. Let’s complete the three-man Avalanche stack here with Barrie who has a whopping 23 assists on the season as well as 72 shots on goal. He is the quarterback of the top power play unit, a group that could give this lineup a big time boost if they can have a big night.

D – Will Butcher (NJ) – $4,300 vs. ANH

We have a nice mini-stack here with Butcher and Palmieri tonight in their matchup against the Ducks. The Ducks are a sound defensive team, but a team that is on an eastern road swing and could have a tough time with a speedy Devils group. Butcher is exceeding expectations in his rookie season with 19 assists and 21 points in 32 games. 12 of those 21 points have come on the power play so let’s see the Butcher/Palmieri team up tonight on that top power play grouping.

G – Cam Talbot (EDM) – $8,000 vs. SJ

After a three-week absence Cam Talbot was rock-solid in his return to the Oilers’ lineup. He turned aside 29 of 31 shots in a 3-2 Oilers’ win over the Wild on Saturday. Tonight, he takes on a Sharks team that ranks 24th with just 2.71 goals per game and will be missing their leading scorer in Logan Couture due to a concussion. The Oilers outshoot their opponents by an average of 6.4 shots per game at home, the second highest mark in the NHL. Let’s roll with Talbot tonight in a game the Oilers need to have.

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