FanDuel NHL Picks – December 21st

Last night’s FanDuel lineup was a solid one. The three-man stack of Couturier, Simmonds and Gostisbehere produced two goals and two assists while Mitch Marner, William Nylander and James van Riemsdyk combined for a goal and an assist, but a whopping 15 shots on goal as well. We also got a win out of Mike Smith, albeit with just 21 saves. Hopefully you were able to use these picks to get into the cash! Let’s move on to tonight’s large ten-game slate!

C – Ryan Johansen (NSH) – $5,800 vs. CAR

The Hurricanes are coming off a brutal 8-1 loss to Toronto and things certainly don’t get any easier for them tonight in Nashville. The Predators rank fourth with 3.75 goals per game on home ice this season and own the NHL’s top power play at home at 35.5%. For his part, Johansen in the number one center at both even strength and on the man advantage and has points in back-to-back games. The power play is a big opportunity for the Preds tonight as the Hurricanes penalty kill has fallen off a cliff this season, all the way to 29th at just 75.6%.

C – Brayden Point (TB) – $5,700 vs. OTT

While the big boys in Tampa continue to produce, the second line has been just as productive as of late. Point enters play tonight with ten points over his last eight games. The Lightning welcome a very poor Ottawa defense to town tonight, one that has yielded 3.28 goals per game, ranked 28th league-wide. Tampa Bay scores an even four goals per game at home (3rd) and their home power play sits at 30%, good for third as well. Point is the second line center as well as the center of a rather productive second unit power play.

W – Filip Forsberg (NSH) – $7,600 vs. CAR

I mentioned the Predators’ power play would have a nice opportunity, so rostering Forsberg is a must. The Swede is in a second place tie with nine power play goals for the season and has tallied 15 goals and 18 helpers overall on the campaign. He fires plenty of shots on goal with 89 and hasn’t went more than two games without a point since November 4th. This is one of the most consistent scorers in the league in a real nice spot tonight.

W – Tyler Johnson (TB) – $5,500 vs. OTT

Johnson missed the last Tampa Bay game in Vegas with the flu, be he returns tonight for a home date against the Senators. It’s no coincidence that Point was held off the scoresheet in Vegas without Johnson as the two have developed some serious chemistry. Johnson enters play tonight with a seven-game point streak in tow with 12 points over that stretch. The second line winger is up to 23 points in 32 games, which is impressive considering he had just four points over 12 November contests.

W – Taylor Hall (NJ) – $7,300 vs. NYR

The Devils welcome the rival Rangers to the Prudential Center tonight, a team that has struggled defensively on the road. New York yields 3.50 goals per game on the road, tied for the 8th most overall. Hall brings a solid floor with him into play with 31 points in as many games to go along with 106 shots on goal as well. The Devils have scored five goals in three of their last four so let’s get some exposure to the red-hot offense with their best player.

W – Kevin Labanc (SJ) – $3,500 vs. VAN

There are plenty of value players to choose from tonight, but one that will have very low ownership is the Sharks’ Labanc. The reason he gets a spot in this lineup is because it appears he is the fortunate one to take the concussed Logan Couture’s spot on the Sharks’ top power play unit. San Jose owns the league’s 10th best power play and 9th best home power play as well. Labanc is having a solid season with 13 points and 57 shots across 27 games.

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

Given the power play theme with the Predators tonight it’s an obvious choice to use Subban, the lone defenseman on that top power play unit. Subban has been productive lately, racking up three goals and five points over his last four games. The four-game point streak has come after a seven-game pointless drought so let’s keep riding the star defender while he’s hot.

D – Mikhail Sergachev (TB) – $4,600 vs. OTT

Sergachev just continues to be underpriced. He doesn’t get a whole lot of ice time, but the rookie defenseman has still managed 23 points in 33 games with 68 shots on goal. Those 23 points are tied for the sixth most points among defenseman this season. He completes a three-man second power play unit stack for the Lightning where Sergachev has tallied 12 of his 23 points. Very nice value here once again with the young Russian.

G – Jonathan Quick (LA) – $8,800 vs. COL

Let’s go with a reliable option tonight in goal. Quick is as reliable as it gets as he enters play sporting a 2.28 GAA and a .927 Sv% for the season. Those numbers improve slightly to a 2.22 GAA and a .929 Sv% at home. Quick had a couple of tough road outings where he yielded eight goals over a two-game stretch, but most recently yielded just one in a 4-1 win in Philadelphia. He takes on a Colorado team who scores plenty of goals at home, but just 2.69 per game on the road.

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