FanDuel NHL Picks – December 19th

We had a real good showing from our Colorado three-man stack with a combined three goals and two assists, however there were far too many duds elsewhere. Amazingly Kyle Palmieri and Will Butcher didn’t record a point in a five-goal effort from the Devils and Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary were also held off the scoresheet in Colorado. We did get a win from Cam Talbot in goal. Let’s move on to Tuesday’s nine-game main slate!

C – Tyler Seguin (DAL) – $7,800 vs. WAS

The Capitals and Braden Holtby have quietly been horrendous on the road this season so let’s go with some high octane Stars exposure tonight in Dallas. The Capitals yield the most goals per game on the road at 3.73 while Holtby owns just an .890 Sv% on the road. Keeping in the splits spirit, Seguin averages 1.21 points per game at home compared to just 0.60 points per game on the road. He is back on a line with Jamie Benn so let’s look for a big night from the dynamic duo.

C – Mathew Barzal (NYI) – $5,200 vs. DET

The Islanders lead the NHL with 4.29 goals per game at home this season and take on a weak Red Wings road defense tonight, so let’s fire up the Isles exposure. Barzal is having quite the rookie season with 21 assists and 29 points in 33 games. Three of his eight goals this season have come on the power play where he has a spot on the top unit with the big boys. It’s risky to fade the red-hot Tavares line, but for GPP lineups we will go with a somewhat contrarian Islanders stack tonight.

W – Jamie Benn (DAL) – $7,500 vs. WAS

As mentioned, the Seguin/Benn duo is back in business tonight and I’m loving the upside. He enters play tonight with 13 goals, 29 points, 104 shots and four power play goals for the season. He doesn’t sport the same drastic home/road splits as Seguin, but as his linemate at 5v5 and on the power play he can certainly benefit from them. The Stars rank ninth with 3.43 goals per game at home so it’s a good night for some top-notch Dallas exposure.

W – Devin Shore (DAL) – $3,600 vs. WAS

Shore is a value play, but one with plenty of upside against the visiting Capitals. The upside derives from his spot on the top line next to Seguin and Benn as well as his spot on the top power play alongside the same dynamic duo. Shore has tallied 14 points in 34 games on the season to go along with 56 shots on goal. I would like to see some more production out of him given the favorable spots he’s been in this year, but I thought it was a good night to utilize his near-minimum price in a nice matchup.

W – Jordan Eberle (NYI) – $5,300 vs. DET

It’s been mentioned before in this piece that Eberle and Barzal have developed some nice chemistry. After going four games without a goal, Eberle got back on the scoresheet with a tally in his most recent game against the Kings, a goal which came in overtime. He’s up to 13 goals for the season, two of which have come on the power play, with 71 shots to boot. He’s a nice player to use if you are fading first line wingers Anders Lee and Josh Bailey.

W – Viktor Arvidsson (NSH) – $6,300 vs. WPG

Nashville is a high octane offense on home ice and the Jets aren’t as good defensively on the road, so some Predators exposure is a nice option tonight. Arvidsson has potted 11 goals, owns 23 points for the season and has been a shot on goal machine with 107 of them on the campaign. He’s a first line winger as well as a winger on the Preds’ top power play unit. That power play unit is the league’s best on home ice at 35.6%. Arvidsson has four points over his last four games with 17 shots to boot, or 4.25 per game.

D – Nick Leddy (NYI) – $5,400 vs. DET

Leddy will definitely see some elevated ownership tonight, but we will take him in the stack. He’s having an excellent year with 24 points in 33 games to go along with two power play goals and 79 shots on goal. He’s been held pointless over his last five games, but a home date against a Red Wings team that yields 3.21 goals per game on the road should cure what ails him.

D – P.K. Subban (NSH) – $5,700 vs. WPG

Arvidsson and Subban form a very high upside mini-stack tonight. Subban resides as the lone defenseman on that lethal power play unit and has tallied four points over his last three contests. The three-game point streak has come on the heels of a seven-game pointless drought, so it appears we are catching the veteran rear guard while he is hot.

G – Craig Anderson (OTT) – $7,400 vs. MIN

He isn’t a safe bet, but Anderson offers some solid bang for your buck tonight against the visiting Wild. After losing 11 of 12, Anderson and the Senators have won back-to-back games and yielded just two goals in the process. Anderson shut out the Canadiens in his last start, something to build off of for the veteran. He is catching the Wild while they’re cold as they have dropped two in a row and have not scored more than two goals over their last four games. Roll the dice on Anderson tonight as he holds plenty of value upside.

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