NHL DFS Picks – 12/31/16

We are back with another NHL DFS Breakdown. While Wednesday gave us a small five game slate, Thursday will roar back with a 12 game slate of NHL action that should be very fun for all of us to play. There are a lot of strong matchups here for us to exploit, and we should find no issue tonight putting together lineups that will win us money.

Prices listed are FD/DK.

Centers:

Kevin Hayes (5300/5700) – I wrote up Hayes last time out, and he was a monster, putting together three assists which is amazing at this price. I’m going back to the well tonight in another plus matchup on the road against Colorado. The upside is obviously there, and with how the Rangers can score, he can end up being a huge play tonight.

Sidney Crosby (9400/8500) – OK, I’m cheating a little bit here, but Sidney Crosby is an excellent option tonight. He’s been money all year, and there is no reason he won’t be tonight, even against a strong goalie for Montreal. I think the floor and upside are good and he’s a great option to build your teams around.

Connor McDavid (8700/8100) – If you want to save some money coming down off of Crosby, I think McDavid is a nice way to go. He’s pretty affordable given the matchup and I think I’ll try to get as much exposure to him as I can.

Victor Rask (5900/5800) – I’d be lying if I didn’t say that Rask was one of my favorite fantasy players along with Jeff Skinner. I think most of it is because I always seem to time them correctly. I think that Tampa Bay will give up some goals here and it is highly likely that Carolina puts a few in the net. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Rask on the score sheet.

Wings –

Patrik Laine (7400/6700) – The Islanders are a sad sack this year, and it is always a good idea to target them. Laine is one of the top goal scorers in all of the league, and this has translated well for the team. I think he is likely to produce tonight and makes for a great play.

Johnny Gaudreau (7500/7000) – I always like to play Gaudreau when he is on home ice, and tonight we will get that chance. Arizona is awful, especially on the road, and I think that he will get a ton of opportunities to get the puck in the net tonight. The price is fair, and he’s my favorite play at any position today.

Loui Eriksson (5500/4200) – It does feel weird to suggest someone from the Canucks, but I’m actually fine with rolling out Eriksson at this price and in this matchup. It’s never going to make you feel comfortable, but he will let you put an extra stud into your lineup.

Jason Spezza (6600/6200) – Spezza is a great way to get exposure to Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, which is something that is usually a good idea when they are in a plus situation. I think I consider this game tonight against the Panthers a plus situation. He’s priced very fairly and he should be able to put up some good numbers tonight.

Defensemen –

Dustin Byfuglien (6500/5700) – I really like the upside tonight for Byfuglien, as he should be able to put together a nice game against the pathetic New York Islanders defensemen. I think he’s in for a multi point outing, and he should more than justify his price tonight.

Ryan McDonagh (5600/5200) – I love the price on McDonagh tonight as the team takes on the Avalanche. Even though the game is on the road, I fully expect the Rangers to dominate tonight, and if they do, I think that McDonagh will have a big game.

Dougie Hamilton (6000/5500) – It’s always a challenge to decide which defensemen I choose when talking about the choices from Calgary. Hamilton is the cheaper and has been the more consistent option of them and that is going to cause me to go this route tonight.

Jacob Slavin (4100/4200) – If looking to save some money, I like the idea of using Slavin. With Justin Faulk out, I think Slavin is in line to see more focus on the offensive side of things, and thus, he makes an excellent play tonight.

Goalies –

Edmonton Goalie – Cam Talbot has been pretty decent lately, and the matchup is right to use him. The price is also right, which makes me highly interested tonight. I never like using Talbot, but I’ll do it tonight.

Calgary Goalie – It’s been tough sledding for Chad Johnson as of late, so maybe it will be Brian Elliot who gets rolled out, but whichever way things go, I want to at least take a look at whoever is in the net tonight.