NHL DFS Picks – 11/19/16

After a day off of covering hockey, we are back with a nice 9 game slate of DFS hockey to hold us over while we lament the fact that college football is coming to an end [and lament the fact that neither major site covered it this year]. There are some pretty clear matchups here and we should be able to find some strong plays.

Prices listed are FD/DK.

Centers:

Tyler Seguin (8300/8000) – The matchup isn’t perfect for Seguin, but I have no issues rolling him out now that he has been move back up to the top line against Edmonton. The last time the team played, Seguin was on the second unit with Patrick Eaves, but this time projects to be back with Jamie Benn and possible Patrick Sharp. This line should be able to take advantage of the holes that Edmonton has on defense, and even though it will cost you, he makes a nice starting point for your lineups.

Artem Ansimov (5600/6800) – Prior to having an assist in his last game, Ansimov has been absolutely brutal over the last few games, TOTALING just two shots on goal, as well as a blocked shot. I refuse to believe that this will last, and a matchup against Vancouver and their Swiss cheese defense could very well be what gets him back on track. He’s an easy play for me on FanDuel, but the price is prohibitive on DraftKings.

Sam Reinhart (4900/4500) – Pittsburgh has been playing some pretty loose hockey, and if you are brave enough tonight in tournaments, I don’t hate the idea of doing the Reinhart route, as Ryan O’Reilly looks doubtful. That would put Reinhart on the top line at even strength and give him power play time, and at this price isn’t a bad tournament option.

Alex Galchenyuk (6600/7000) – I’m really looking forward to this Toronto/Montreal game, as I could very well see a lot of goals being scored in it. Galchenyuk is off to a nice start this year, averaging a point a game, and his price, again especially on FanDuel, makes him an excellent play in either format tonight.

Wings:

Patrick Maroon (5100/5000) – Another game I am really looking forward to is Edmonton visiting Dallas. Both teams don’t really play the best defense, so goals should abound. Even though we do look to target the second line of visiting teams, Edmonton’s hasn’t done much of anything, and Dallas is bad enough that the top line should see plenty of chances to score. Additionally, Maroon headlines the second power play unit, so I think he’ll come through tonight and deliver for us.

Maxi Domi (5400/4700) – Typically, we look to target players against the Coyotes, but today against the Sharks at home, I think we could look into using some of them. Domi started off the 2014-2015 campaign red hot, and while we haven’t seen that this year, he hasn’t been that bad. I think this sets up well for him tonight, and in tournaments, he makes an excellent target with a low price tonight. I could see Arizona putting up a fight against the Sharks, so we could see some goals scored here.

Kevin Labanc (3100/2900) – And no more than one pick later, we have finally landed on a Shark. However, this isn’t a Shark that we are used to. Labanc was very good at getting the puck in the net in junior hockey, and could very well benefit from the injury to Tomas Hertl. Left Wing Lock has him slate to skate with the top line, and while he is unlikely to see any power play time, you don’t exactly need it to score against the Coyotes. I think he could be useful in either format, as he really opens your salary up.

Charlie Coyle (4800/5200) – Coyle has certainly been in a rut over the last few games, but that can just as easily describe the entire Wild team. A visit from the Avalanche could be what is needed for this team, as they have been giving up points left and right. Cohyle carries a considerable discount for someone with his upside, so I’ll gladly use it tonight in a plus matchup.

Defensemen –

Andrei Markov (4800/4300) – I don’t think you can go wrong with Shea Weber here, but Markov has been the far better point per dollar play over the past few games. As a result, I will gladly take the savings he brings to the table, and put him in my lineup tonight. I prefer him in cash over tournaments though as I don’t see his ceiling being that high.

Rasmus Ristolainen (4800/5200) – Twice in one article, with no mention of any Penguins, we have targeted them. This is definitely a smart move in tournaments, as the Penguins have been lacking in certain areas and I think they can be taken advantage of. I’ll gladly use Rasmus in a few spots to differentiate my lineups.

Morgan Reilly (4800/4500) – Toronto has certainly been doing some damage over the course of the last few weeks, so it makes sense to try to find some exposure. I think Reilly makes an excellent option on either site, and in either format. We’ve seen extreme highs and lows from him, but that is all a part of a tournament play.

Brent Burns (8200/8300) – I think it’s safe to say that we’ve provided enough option at value for just about all the positions, so I don’t feel bad about hyping Brent Burns right now. He has been dangerously quiet over the last few games, but this is a prime situation for him to get on track. His price usually keeps me from using him a lot, but I think tonight he will make it into a lot of my lineups.

Goalies –

Boston Goalie – It looks like the goalie will be Tuuka Rask tonight, and I’ll gladly go that route on home ice against the Jets. It’s nothing against the Jets, but Rask has been playing very, very good hockey lately, and I don’t really trust too many other options. He’ll be my go to in cash games tonight.

Pittsburgh Goalie – If Matthew Murray is in the crease, I could make a case with rolling him out in cash games, if for no other reason than price. He played last night, so it looks like Marc-Andre Fleury will play, and I have nothing but utter disdain for him. I know he is an above average goalie, but he never comes through for me, and has been pretty unreliable this year in whole, unless his teammates bail him out with goals. That said, this is a weakened Buffalo team, but they are the visitors. It could pay off in tournaments. I am fine with letting it pay off for you though.