DraftKings NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday 12/5
The Maple Leafs have lost three of their last four, dropping back to .500 again. The Penguins picked up an impressive 3-0 victory over the Blues last night, despite all of their injuries. Boston has won eight straight, and the Red Wings have lost ten straight. We have a full nine-game slate in the NHL tonight; let’s take a look at some DFS options.
Kevin Hayes (PHI): $3,900 vs. ARI
The 7.14 million dollar man is starting to heat up. He has seven points in his last eight games, in which the Flyers have won six of those contests. He is playing on a line with Scott Laughton and the young Joel Farabee. Hayes began the year slowly, but he is starting to come on. I’m willing to take a shot at this price that he will keep this hot streak going.
Jason Zucker (MIN): $4,400 at TB
Zucker put himself out there earlier this season when he called out his team and coach for not being good enough. Minnesota has played some very good hockey of late, recording a point in each of their last ten games (7-0-3). Zucker has been involved with eight points over that span. He is playing on the top line with Eric Staal and Mats Zuccarello, as well as the top power-play unit. He’s got a tough matchup in Tampa, but the Lightning are surprisingly in the bottom third of the league in goals-against per game.
Artemi Panarin (NYR): $8,100 at CBJ
Panarin has been everything the Rangers could have asked for this season. He already has 33 points over 26 games. Tonight he returns to Columbus for the first time since exiting as a free agent this past summer. He has gone two straight games without a point, but he has not gone three straight games without one all season. I expect Panarin to be on the board tonight. It’s a high price, but it should pay off.
Tony DeAngelo (NYR): $4,400 at CBJ
I’m going to stack the Rangers here with Panarin and DeAngelo. New York has been experimenting with its top power-play unit of late. Jacob Trouba and Adam Fox have both taken a crack at quarterbacking the top group, but it’s Tony DeAngelo who has received the latest promotion. DeAngelo has four points in his last five games. He should chip in with shots on goal as well. Tonight in Columbus, I want the guy feeding Panarin the one-time shots on the power play.
David Rittich (CGY): $7,900 vs. BUF
Rittich is putting together a solid season with a 2.68 GAA and .915 SV%, along with 12 wins. He has won three of his last four starts, and tonight the Calgary Flames are a considerable betting favorite home to the Buffalo Sabres (-160). Calgary surrenders 31.8 shots per game, so finding saves shouldn’t be an issue. This is the start to the tough Western Canadian swing for the Sabres, and I expect “Big Save Dave” to close the door tonight. Watch for the lineups as Rittich has not been confirmed as the starter yet. He has started six straight, but if the Flames turn to Cam Talbot tonight, I would look elsewhere in goal.