This article focuses on NHL DFS Picks for 12/19 NHL DFS slate on DraftKings and FanDuel. Both sites have fairly different scoring formats, particularly with the recent changes on DraftKings. We consider tournament tactics, statistics, pricing, and attempt to tackle this highly variable Daily Fantasy format so we can gain an edge on the field at large. BE SURE to double-check both regular, power-play lines and starting goalies at both morning skate and before lock as they can drastically change from the time of publication.
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Our top NHL DFS stack for the 12/19 NHL DFS slate is the Buffalo Sabres top line. In just their past three games, this trio has managed to record six goals and seven assists making them one of the hottest lines in hockey. All three play together on Buffalo’s top power-play unit and each average around 20 minutes of ice-time each. They will be going up against a shaky Carter Hart at 7 pm in Philadelphia.
Winnipeg has been lights out at home this season with their intimidating Whiteout fan-base. Their opponents, the Chicago Blackhawks, dropped a 4-1 home match-up against the Avalanche and will have less than 24 hrs rest before their match-up tonight against the Jets. Winnipeg’s top line has recorded seven goals and six assists among themselves in their past three games, this line also plays on Winnipeg’s top power-play unit and averages around 20 minutes of ice-time each per game. The goaltender they will face-off against, Robin Lehner, has let in at least three goals in his last five starts and Chicago’s defense is allowing the most shots on goal in the league averaging 36 shots against per game. Not to mention that Winnipeg holds the best odds of the monster 10-game 12/19 NHL DFS slate at -180 favorites with a 6.5 O/U at the time of writing.
Honorable Mention(s): Arizona Coyotes Two – Clayton Keller, Carl Soderberg, Nick Schmaltz
Marc-Andre Fleury – Over 26.5 Goaltending Saves – Vancouver is averaging 32.3 shots per game and Vegas has been allowing 31.2 shots per game. That should be plenty for Fleury to reach the 26.5 save threshold.
Clayton Keller – Over 2.5 Fantasy Points – Averaging over seven shots in his past three games with three points (2G, 1A) in that span, Keller is a prime choice to exceed the 2.5 fantasy points.
Honorable Mention (Eichel: Above 4.5 SOG + Blocks)
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A passionate hockey fan since 2007 and introduced to NHL DFS through FanDuel in 2017 by a family member, Allan ventured into the realm of NHL writing, contributing to Daily Play Action from 2018 onwards. Embracing the challenges of DFS, he relentlessly honed his skills season after season, with a singular focus on excelling as an NHL and UFC DFS player, passionately aligning with their love for the sports.
Notably, in 2019, Allan provided key recommendations, including Sean Kuraly in the NHL Winter Classic, where he emerged as the slate's most valuable player with a goal and 5 shots. The foresight extended to players like Mantha, Perlini, and Ennis, achieving impressive values of 12.9x, 10x, and 14.9x, respectively. Demonstrating prowess in NHL contests, his most remarkable triumph was securing a notable NHL 4.44 Breakaway victory, earning $5,000 in prize money. Follow Allan on Twitter @AFabrykant and on FanDuel under the username InAustonWeTrust.
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