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FanDuel NHL Picks – January 17th

Last night’s FanDuel lineup was a real solid one as we got contributions up and down the lineup. All three of our Sharks got on the scoresheet while Aaron Dell grabbed a 30-save victory. Taylor Hall scored a goal and we got two assists from Tyler Bertuzzi who easily eclipsed value. Let’s build on a strong lineup last night on tonight’s tiny two-game slate.

C – Patrice Bergeron (BOS) – $7,700 vs. MON

There is a good ole fashioned Original Six rivalry game in Boston tonight as the Bruins host the Canadiens. Not only is Montreal one of the worst offensive teams in the NHL, but also the 24th-ranked team defense as well. Bergeron enters play tonight with 16 goals and 33 points in 37 games and has also fired a whopping 137 shots on goal as well, providing a solid floor as a result. He should figure prominently in tonight’s contest.

C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $8,600 vs. ANH

The Ducks aren’t the best team to target, but Malkin is on fire right now, so some small Pittsburgh exposure is warranted. Malkin has five goals and three assists over his last four contests and 13 shots on goal in that span as well. He is also part of a Penguins’ power play that has been absolutely lethal this season. Their 26.5% clip with the man advantage ranks first in the NHL, so it can’t hurt to use Malkin while he is hot this evening.

W – David Pastrnak (BOS) – $7,400 vs. MON

Lining up next to Bergeron in all situations is the young and super talented David Pastrnak. Pastrnak is having another fantastic campaign with 17 goals and 39 points in 42 games while taking 113 shots on goal as well. Six of those 17 tallies have come on the power play as Boston ranks 11th with a 20.7% clip with the man advantage. Look for the duo to get plenty of opportunities tonight against a real weak Canadiens’ back end.

W – Carl Hagelin (PIT) – $3,600 vs. ANH

Hagelin doesn’t get power play time with Malkin, but he is set to skate on his left wing at even strength, a spot that has been very productive for him as of late. Hagelin has a goal and three helpers across his last three games, which accounts for 40% of his production for the entire season. Mike Sullivan was looking to get him going by moving him onto a line with Malkin, and it appears that has worked as he is set to face his former team tonight in Anaheim.

W – Jakob Silfverberg (ANH) – $5,800 vs. PIT

The Penguins’ road defense has been atrocious this season, so let’s grab some Ducks’ exposure as well. Pittsburgh enters play tonight yielding 3.30 goals per game on the road, good for 24th overall. Silfverberg skates on the Ducks’ second line and second power play unit which has him sitting with 11 goals and 11 assists on 109 shots across 40 games.

W – Jacob De La Rose (MON) – $3,000 vs. BOS

The move that Jonathan Drouin has made to the wing has opened up a big opportunity for De La Rose. De La Rose will skate in between Drouin and Alex Galchenyuk at even strength tonight, certainly an opportunistic spot for the young speedster. He has just four points in 25 games this season, but at the minimum price and with his offensively gifted linemates, he could provide big-time value tonight.

D – Torey Krug (BOS) – $5,300 vs. MON

Completing a three-man Bruins’ stack here is Krug. Krug is the anchor of the Bruins’ productive top power play unit, but interestingly he has just five of his 22 points with the man advantage this season. That’s actually good news as it’s nice to roster guys with nice five-on-five production and Krug clearly has that with 22 points on the season. Very high upside for this stack tonight.

D – Brandon Montour (ANH) – $3,900 vs. PIT

Here is a guy that is quietly having a real nice season for the Ducks. Montour has six goals and 20 points for the season, with three of those goals coming on the power play. He also has taken 92 shots on goal and will form a second unit power play mini-stack with the aforementioned Silfverberg. He is a budding young offensive blueliner who could very well have himself a night against the poor Penguins’ back end.

G – Tuukka Rask (BOS) – $9,100 vs. MON

Although we have one Canadien in this lineup, let’s go ahead and use Rask. After all, as mentioned, the Habs have a poor offense and Rask has been excellent since a poor start to the season. He has given up nine goals over his last two starts, but prior to that he went on a streak where he allowed one goal or less in five straight starts. The Bruins’ overall team defense ranks third with just 2.52 goals against per game, so this is a fairly easy call tonight on home ice.

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