Last night’s lineup was a decent one with some excellent performances, however those performances were likely outweighed by very minimal contributions from others in the lineup. Jake Guentzel had two goals and an assist, Pat Kane had three assists, Artem Anisimov scored a goal and Carey Price had 37 saves in a winning effort. However, Riley Sheahan, Taylor Hall, Will Butcher and Cody Franson weren’t able to deliver and most likely knocked this lineup out of the money in most tournaments and cash games. Keep in mind this will be my last NHL DFS piece until Dec. 8! Let’s move on to tonight’s ten-game slate!
C – Connor McDavid (EDM) – $9,400 vs. ARI
The most expensive player on the slate tonight, there is little denying just how great of a spot McDavid is in tonight against the visiting Coyotes. The Oilers have yet to grab some momentum and keep it this season, but McDavid keeps chugging along with 30 points on 67 shots in just 24 games on the season despite his team’s overall scoring woes. Those woes could possibly be put aside tonight against the league-worst Coyotes who are also the league’s worst defense to boot.
C – Kevin Hayes (NYR) – $4,800 vs. FLA
Mika Zibanejad has easily been the go-to pivot for the Rangers this season, but a nice, cheaper, lower owned contrarian option for the Rangers tonight is Hayes. Hayes plays in all situations for the blueshirts including second line center duties as well as second line power play duties. Although he has just 11 points in 24 games, Hayes and the Rangers get a Panthers team tonight who rank 28th with 3.39 goals against per game. They will also get backup James Reimer, so Hayes has a real nice opportunity to exceed value tonight.
W – Milan Lucic (EDM) – $5,200 vs. ARI
His 15 points and 39 shots in 24 games may not seem like outrageous numbers, but Lucic is producing as consistently as ever for the Oilers. Over his last 13 games, Lucic has 10 points and has not went two straight games without a point during that stretch either. Of course, playing with McDavid at even strength and on the power play helps as Lucic is back with 97 is both situations in order to shake things up. Look for the duo to be all over the shoresheet tonight in a very favorable matchup.
W – Rick Nash (NYR) – $6,300 vs. FLA
Nash and Hayes are a solid mini-stack for tonight’s contest against the Panthers. Nash is a shot on goal machine with 75 of them in 24 games this season, but the veteran still only has seven goals and 13 points in 24 games. Nash has arguably been the Rangers most consistent scoring threat on the wing this season but for some reason the pucks haven’t consistently been going in. That should change tonight against Reimer and the Panthers who will be in tough against Nash and co.
W – Chris Kreider (NYR) – $5,400 vs. FLA
I didn’t include Kreider in a Rangers ‘stack’ as he doesn’t skate with Nash or Hayes at even strength or on the power play, but he does skate on the top line and top power play unit, so still in an excellent spot. Kreider has eight goals on the season, four of which have come on the power play, and has taken 63 shots on goal to boot. He should get plenty of opportunities tonight in a favorable matchup.
W – Anders Lee (NYI) – $6,300 vs. VAN
The Islanders are the NHL’s highest scoring team on home ice, so it’s likely a good idea to grab some exposure to that, beginning here with Lee. Lee is having a huge season with 12 goals and 23 points in as many games this season with four power play goals and 54 shots on goal as well. With Lee we get exposure to John Tavares as he skates with him at even strength and on the Islanders’ top power play unit, both of which should be able to generate some offense tonight against the visiting Canucks.
D – Oscar Klefbom (EDM) – $4,800 vs. ARI
I believe we are getting excellent value here with Klefbom. The Oilers’ top offensive defenseman is in an excellent spot tonight against the visiting Coyotes and provides a solid floor with his counting stats. On the season, Klefbom has just two goals and four assists, but he has also taken 70 shots on goal and blocked 46 shots as well. He will see a scoring increase in short order as that 2.9% shooting percentage is due for a raise. Take his high floor and higher ceiling tonight against the Coyotes.
D – Nick Leddy (NYI) – $5,400 vs. VAN
Leddy has quietly been one of the NHL’s top offensive defenseman this season. He has scored six goals, two power play goals, and has 20 points in 23 games for the season. He takes plenty of shots with 58 of them and has blocked 28 shots to boot. Leddy quarterbacks the team’s top power play unit and is most certainly in a nice spot tonight considering how the Islanders score a whopping 4.56 goals per game on home ice this season.
G – Jaroslav Halak (NYI) – $7,300 vs. VAN
Halak is a little bit of a GPP play tonight as he isn’t the most consistent netminder around, but he has nice win probability tonight at home against the Canucks. The Canucks rank 24th with 2.75 goals per game for the season and Halak is coming off of one of his better performances of the campaign with a 31-save victory over the Senators his last time out. That said, he has just a .903 Sv% for the season so use him with caution, but if you are looking for a low cost goaltending option tonight Halak is a good bet to get a victory this evening.