NHL DFS Picks – 12/17/16

We are back with another NHL DFS Breakdown. I can hardly believe it has been three straight days where we’ve had a nice size NHL slates, but it is. Saturday brings us eight games that are all highly attractive and should result in some fun NHL DFS action.

Prices listed are FD/DK.


Kyle Turris (5800/5800) – Ottawa at home against a bad road team in New Jersey is like solid gold to me. The Devils are almost lights out on home ice, but just can’t put it together on the road. Ottawa has been playing good hockey to start the year, and I could certainly see that continuing tonight against this poor Devils defense. I like the top line here a lot, and you get a nice discount on them.

Victor Rask (5800/5700) – Buffalo and Carolina are pretty similar teams in terms of record, and I think that both of them can give some goals up. I like the Rask/Skinner line tonight [and almost every night], and I think they will find a way to produce against. Carolina has a pretty good power play unit and Buffalo has a league worst penalty kill, so it is going to make sense to balance your lineups around some guys that will see good power play time.

Evgeny Kuznestov (6500/5700) – In tournaments, I think it is worth a look at putting some players up against Montreal, despite them being at the top of the Atlantic Division as we speak. Kuz is a good goal scorer and will see time at the man advantage, and his price is appealing enough to put him in your lineup. I don’t think I will have exposure to him in my cash games, but I do like taking a look in tournaments.

Henrik Zetterberg (6300/5700) – Zetterberg hasn’t been very good this year, but I am not giving up on him quite yet. The matchup is nice for him here as a beatable Anaheim Ducks team comes to town. I think this is a good spot for him to turn things around in, but ultimately I am not going to use him at all in my cash games. He’s a full go in tournaments though.

Wings –

Rick Nash (6700/6600) – Nash is having a decent year thus far, and I expect him to have a good night tonight. Nashville is giving up a lot of points to wings this year, and the benefit of being on the second line on the road will be beneficial as well. Again, this is a situation where a team with a good power play unit is going against a team with a poor penalty kill, so there should be some interest here.

James van Riemsdyk (7200/6600) – My assumption is that Marc-Andre Fleury will be in the net tonight, which makes me feel much better about playing JVR tonight. MAF isn’t as good as he once was, and I could see the Maple Leafs putting some goals on the board against him tonight. This is an excellent opportunity to get him at a lower ownership, and I really like his upside in tournaments tonight.

Leon Draisaitl (6200/6300) – I want some exposure to Edmonton tonight, as I am still not sold at all on the Lightning, but I don’t know exactly where I want to go. I settled on Draisaitl for a few reasons. First, I think most will focus on the first line, which I don’t necessarily hate, but that’s obviously what the Lightning will work at shutting down. Draisaitl could be a good play because people will be looking elsewhere, and I think there are goals to be had here.

Jonathan Drouin (5500/5700) – Drouin didn’t do bad for us last night, so we are going to go back to the well tonight. The second line of the Lightning is where I want to go, and we will get substantial savings by doing that. The price is excellent, and the upside is as well. I have no issues about using him in either format, and I believe it will pay off.

Defensemen –

Damon Severson (4300/4100) – Severson isn’t a guy who I love for cash games necessarily, because this team does have the potential to go flat on the road. However, the price is nice and the matchup is perfect. I would have to believe that the Devils will score at some point in this game, and if they do, Severson could end up being involved.

Erik Karlsson (7600/7100) – Karlsson is a guy I do love for my cash games because he possesses elite upside at the position, and on a night where I think there is enough value to build him in, he’s a no brainer. Not many defensemen are going to be able to rack up over 40 fantasy points, but Karlsson is one that definitely can.

Andrej Sekera (4300/4800) – Sekera started the year very, very slowly, but has come on very much lately. One thing that hasn’t is his price, and he’s locked into an excellent matchup at home with the Lightning. I prefer Sekera to Oscar Klefbom almost specifically based on power play usage, and I think he’ll work out for you tonight.

Mike Green (5100/5000) – Green is much like Severson in the fact that he really hasn’t been spot on this year, but a lot of that is just the team in general. The price is up there because we know what he is capable of from the past. Again, I would probably reserve Green for tournaments, and use the other two I’ve listed above him as cash game plays.

Goalies –

Ottawa Goalie – Against my better judgment, I think I will be rolling with what looks to be Mike Condon tonight. This is far more of a matchup decision as opposed to a Mike Condon having talent decision. The price is fair, and quite frankly, I just don’t love any of the other matchups tonight to buy in.

Edmonton Goalie – Yesterday, I went with the Canucks goalie as my maybe this could work option, and tonight it will be in Edmonton. Cam Talbot has been very much up and down, but so have the Lightning. I wouldn’t go this route in cash games, but I could stomach it in tournaments.