Last night’s FanDuel NHL picks were solid, but avoiding the Red Wings really hurt. It’s really hard to argue with last night’s picks as every single player in the lineup recorded at least one point and goalie John Gibson made 40 saves in a win over the Bruins. Hopefully these picks were enough to get you into the cash as we look forward to tonight massive 12-game slate!
C – Bryan Little (WPG) – $4,600 vs. PHI
We took Little to get of his schnide earlier in the week and it paid off as he scored just his second goal of the season in a win over the Coyotes. As mentioned in the earlier piece, Little has scored 0.73 points per game in his six-year Jets’ tenure, so there is plenty more positive regression to be had here as he still has just seven points in 17 games on the season. The Jets score a whopping 3.75 goals per game at home so let’s look for Little to get hot tonight against the Flyers.
C – Logan Couture (SJ) – $6,700 vs. FLA
Couture is in a very favorable spot tonight as the Panthers enter play tonight ranking 30th with 3.76 goals against per game on the season. Couture is having another fantastic season as the Sharks’ top forward this year with ten goals and 15 points including three power play goals, a shorthanded goal and 44 shots to boot. He consistently logs close to 20 minutes of ice time per game which of course his spot on the team’s top power play unit as well.
W – Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG) – $5,600 vs. PHI
Ehlers’ price has slipped as his production as cooled since his red-hot October, but he continually receives a solid amount of ice time and forms a nice mini-stack tonight with Little against the visiting Flyers. Ehlers still has eight goals, two power play goals and 47 shots across 17 games on the season. The Jets rank 8th with a 22.8% power play mark and Ehlers has recorded multiple shots on goal in each of his last seven games.
W – Max Pacioretty (MON) – $7,200 vs. ARI
I don’t think the Habs are a good offensive team but Pacioretty is a fantastic play tonight considering his opponent and how much this guy shoots the puck. It’s been well documented that Arizona is the league’s worst defense as they give up 3.90 goals per game, and when you throw in the fact Pacioretty leads the NHL with 92 shots on goal you have to think that one or more of those shots will go in tonight. He has fired an enormous 23 shots on goal over his last three games so make sure you get this guy into your lineup tonight.
W – Patrick Maroon (EDM) – $5,800 vs. STL
The Oilers broke out with an eight-goal thumping of the Golden Knights on Tuesday and given the breakout it’s a good idea to get some Oilers exposure tonight. With Maroon we get exposure to Connor McDavid at both five on five and on the power play which is never a bad thing. The big man has five goals, 12 points and 47 shots in 18 games this season and could take advantage of a Blues’ team that has been very poor defensively as of late.
W – Sven Baertschi (VAN) – $4,200 vs. VGK
Unbelieveably, the Golden Knights will see their fifth string goaltender start tonight’s game against the Canucks so it’s also a good idea to grab some Vancouver exposure as well. With junior-turned-pro goaltender Dylan Ferguson making his first NHL start tonight, Baertschi appears to be in a good spot. He has quietly put up six goals, three power play goals and 13 points in 18 games on the season. He plays on the Canucks’ top line and top power play unit with Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser so let’s go with the lower owned Baertschi tonight.
D – Brent Burns (SJ) – $6,900 vs. FLA
Burns has some serious positive regression coming his way. Despite throwing a whopping 65 shots on goal in 16 games, Burns has yet to find the back of the net. Those 65 shots are the most by a defenseman this season and aside from Burns the player who has the most shots on goal without a goal this season is Oilers’ defenseman Darnell Nurse with 47. The Panthers are a very poor defensive team with weak goaltending as well, so tonight a perfect night for the veteran to get his first goal of the campaign.
D – Shea Weber (MON) – $5,200 vs. ARI
Weber and Pacioretty could form a very nice mini stack tonight for the Habs. He has recorded three goals, two power play goals, 12 points, 51 shots and 45 blocked shots across 18 games this season. This is very solid cross-category production, especially for a team that has struggled to score this season. I don’t see those troubles happening tonight though so let’s get the Canadiens’ captain into our lineup.
G – Jonathan Quick (LA) – $8,700 vs. BOS
Quick is my top goalie of the night for a couple of reasons. First, he is playing in front of the league’s second best defense and secondly the Bruins are playing on back-to-back nights and are without Brad Marchand and rookie Anders Bjork once again tonight. Quick is tied for 2nd with a .930 save percentage this season and the Kings also boast the NHL’s top penalty kill at 89.2%. Fairly easy decision here to go with one of the most reliable netminders the NHL has to offer.