We’re back for another Friday of WinDaily NHL content! Although we have a smaller slate tonight, all three games are packed with action! For tonight’s 12/2 NHL slate, we have a small-sized three-gamer, and the slate begins at 7:00 pm ET. Don’t forget to lock your lines and check the discord for any updates! Let’s get right into it!
12/2 NHL Stack Report
1. Winnipeg Jets 1 (Perfetti-Scheifele-Wheeler)
— The Jets have the best odds and the highest implied total of this small three game slate with -245 and 4.1 xG respectively. This is because this matchup pits one of the best all-around teams in the league against one of the worst all around teams in the league this season. Not only that but going into this matchup the Jets are coming into this game on a three-game winning streak, while the Blue Jackets are coming into tonight’s game on a two game losing streak. The Jets have relied heavily on their top two lines for the majority of their scoring throughout the season and I am slightly leaning towards the Jets’ top line as they have been a little more consistent as of late. In their last game alone, Winnipeg’s top line put up four goals and six assists amongst themselves! On top of that, the goalie they’re going up against tonight, Joonas Korpisalo, holds a 3-4-1 record, a 3.76 goals against average and a save percentage below .900. Simply abysmal but not surprising given the season the Jackets have had to this point. One final note on this game is that the game will be taking place in Winnipeg and the Jets currently hold a home ice record of 8-2-0, whereas the Blue Jackets are a measly 1-4-1 on the road, talk about a home ice advantage!
Ideal Defensive Partner(s): Josh Morrissey
2. New York Rangers 1 (Kreider-Zibanejad-Vesey)
— Although not as lopsided as the Jets and Blue Jackets game, the Rangers vs Sens game also has a clear favourite with a high implied total at 3.8 xG. These two teams actually just played each other two days ago in Ottawa and the Rangers were able to snap a three game losing streak and walk away with a 3-1 win with the Rangers top line contributing in two of the three goals scored. Tonight, these two teams will meet up again at MSG with all the momentum on the Rangers side of the ice. Although these two teams have similar offensive stats this season, their defensive stats show a stark difference. The Rangers are near the top of the league in goals allowed and shots allowed with 2.79 and 29.2 respectively, whereas the Sens give up 3.36 goals per game and nearly 34 shots against respectively. These are stats that you can’t give up against any team, let alone the Rangers. The Rangers will rely heavily on their top line tonight and I think they will walk away with the win here, comfortably.
Ideal Defensive Partner(s): Adam Fox (value option Ryan Lindgren)
Honorable Mention(s): New York Islanders 2 (Lee-Nelson-Beauvilier), Ottawa Senators 1 (B. Tkachuk-Stüzle-Giroux)
12/2 NHL Goalie Tracker
Best (Goalies to Roster)
Ilya Sorokin Honorable Mention(s): David Rittich
Worst (Goalies to Target)
1. Joonas Korpisalo Honorable Mention(s): Kevin Lankinen
12/2 NHL Wild Card Targets
Morgan Barron – The late 2017 draft pick has successfully secured a spot on the Jets roster and thus far he has not disappointed. He’s put up five points over his last six games (1 goal, 4 assists) and is steadily seeing more ice time with each passing game. In his last game, he saw 16 minutes of ice time and was on the second line alongside Kyle Connor and Pierre-Luc Dubois. It’s been amazing to see his steady rise and I don’t think he’s done yet, Barron still has a lot to prove if he wants to keep his spot in the top six down the line. Honorable Mention(s): Zach Parise, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Lindgren
As an avid hockey fan since 2007, I suffered through the worst moments in Toronto Maple Leafs history and persevered to tell the story. I picked up NHL DFS in 2017 after being introduced to FanDuel by a family member and began writing NHL articles for Daily Play Action since 2018. Since my introduction to DFS, I've surpassed the initial bumps in the road and have continually sought to hone my game season after season. Today, I have solely focused on improving as an NHL and UFC DFS player in order to maximize my output in those sports. This is truly a win-win as I also love the sport itself. In 2019, I notably recommended Sean Kuraly in the NHL Winter Classic, where he went on to be the most valuable player of the slate with a goal and 5 shots. I was also in on Mantha when he had a whopping 12.9x value, Perlini when he posted a 10x value and Ennis, who was my top value play of the year at 14.9x value. My most notable NHL takedown was the NHL 4.44 Breakaway where I won $5,000. You can find me on Twitter @AFabrykant and FanDuel as InAustonWeTrust.