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NHL DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: Tuesday (12/27)

NHL DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: Tuesday (12/27)

We’ve got a massive 12-game NHL slate on tap for Tuesday night, offering a ton of opportunity to construct various DFS lineups with nearly all of the league’s best players available to roster. Buffalo and Columbus have already postponed their matchup in Columbus due to the snowy conditions shutting down the Sabres’ airport, so technically we have 11 games, but it’s still a fantastic time to obtain value on DraftKings or FanDuel. We’re well past a third of the 2022-23 NHL season and trends are developing that we need to address. Boston, New Jersey, Toronto, Dallas, and Vegas all sit atop or near the top of their respective divisions due to a plus-20 goal differential or more. Meanwhile, several teams, such as Anaheim, Chicago, and Columbus all have at least a -46 goal differential or worse, signaling that they are in dire need of a winning streak or a roster rebuild.

My recommended pick’s from the previous edition of the NHL DFS Primer fared pretty well in total. Connor McDavid (C – Oilers) had a quiet night by his standards but the star winger still netted a goal in a losing effort. Rasmus Andersson (D – Flames) scored a goal for Calgary and Tyler Toffoli (LW – Flames) notched an assist in a 3-2 overtime win over Anaheim, while Jack Hughes (C – Devils) lit the lamp in a tough 4-3 loss to Boston. Only Johnny Gaudreau (LW – Blue Jackets) and Dmitry Orlov (D – Capitals) failed to generate a point, while Pyotr Kochetkov (G – Hurricanes) wound up sitting out in a 6-5 win over Philadelphia. Lastly, Juuse Saros (G – Predators) recorded 43 saves but couldn’t get Nashville over the hump in a 3-2 overtime loss against Colorado, ultimately failing to return value with a loss. It was still a good slate with multiple goal-scorers, but we’re trying to cash out at the top of every DFS contest on Tuesday night!

Let’s take a closer look at the eight players I’ve identified as assets on DraftKings and FanDuel, meaning your lineups will benefit from their presence ahead of a busy night in the NHL. Let’s keep the good vibes going and continue to enjoy the holiday season with some big wins on an even bigger slate!

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Recommended Plays: DraftKings

DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000

Patrice Bergeron (C – Bruins): $7,100
It’s a good thing that Boston wound up keeping its veteran center. Patrice Bergeron may be long in the tooth but he’s capable of delivering monster performances in his 19th year with the Bruins. Bergeron just scored his 13th goal of the season against New Jersey and will land a plus-matchup against Ottawa, who allows 3.2 goals per game and 32.4 shots on goal per game. Bergeron is among the cheaper blue-chip prospects on Tuesday’s slate, so fire him up with expectations of a low floor with a huge ceiling.

Andrei Svechnikov (LW – Hurricanes): $6,200
Andrei Svechnikov tends to disappear from Carolina’s attack lines at times, but he’s amassed 18 goals and 13 assists for the Hurricanes in his fifth season with the franchise. The 22-year-old winger has two multi-point games in two of his previous five matchups played and will face the woeful Chicago Blackhawks, who allow the fourth-most goals per game with a 3.8 average. Don’t overthink this one and get Svechnikov into as many lineups as possible in a plus-matchup fresh off of a strong showing against Philadelphia.

Kris Letang (D – Penguins): $5,300
This is more of a floor play than a ceiling play, but Kris Letang has four points, including a goal, in his last four games played. Pittsburgh’s veteran defenseman also racks up a couple of shots on goal and blocked shots per game, making him a high-floor player with the ability to deliver a fairly big ceiling against the New York Islanders, who are +110 home underdogs against a talented Penguins roster. Letang is among the cheaper top defenseman options, so plug him in if you’re looking to obtain a high floor while also saving your salary.

Alexandar Georgiev (G – Avalanche): $8,200
The departure of Darcy Kuemper (G – Capitals) was initially tough to stomach as an Avs fan but Colorado has benefitted from Alexandar Georgiev as their primary netminder this season. The 26-year-old is 15-6 as a starter with two shutouts, averaging 2.36 GAA and a .925 save percentage while logging four straight wins as a starter in the crease. He’ll face Arizona, who is capable of scoring a fair number of goals, but oddsmakers have the Avalanche favored to win outright at -240 on the moneyline, so it’s a good matchup to invest in Georgiev’s upside.

Recommended Plays: FanDuel

FanDuel maximum salary is set at $55,000

Bo Horvat (C – Canucks): $9,000
Vancouver might be behind in a competitive Pacific Division right now, but Bo Horvat is making sure that the Canucks continue their mini-winning streak ahead of a home matchup against the San Jose Sharks. They are essentially the same teams, but Horvat just netted four points, including two goals, in a dominant 5-2 win over Edmonton on Friday night. He leads the Canucks in goals (24) and earns over 20 minutes ATOI, so Horvat is worth paying up for, despite the increased salary from his herculean performance against the Oilers a few days ago. The Sharks have allowed 3.6 goals per game this season, which is sixth-most in the league, so feel good about inserting Horvat into FanDuel lineups at $9,000.

Artemi Panarin (LW – Rangers): $7,700
New York has something special in Artemi Panarin, who has consistently lit the lamp and notched multi-point outings in his last five games played. The 31-year-old winger only has nine goals this season but has close to a 4:1 assist-to-goal ratio. Panarin also has scored three of his nine goals in the last four games that he’s played, so he’s also beginning to scratch his ceiling. It’s a good time to buy low on a star player who lands a good matchup against Washington on Tuesday night. The Capitals only allow 2.8 goals per game, but they are 19th in save percentage at .902, meaning all it takes is a couple of shots on goal for Panarin to start cooking and flooding DFS lineups with points.

Rasmus Andersson (D – Flames): $6,400
I was big on Rasmus Andersson this past Friday and he delivered a goal, so I’m going right back to the well and drinking from it again with Calgary landing a plus-matchup at home against a top-heavy Edmonton team. The goal total line is favoring over 6.5 goals, so there should be plenty of production to go around in this high-scoring affair. Andersson has logged a point in four straight games entering Tuesday night and he also provides a decent floor via blocked shots, so I’m willing to pay up a bit for him in my FanDuel lineups at $6,400.

Pyotr Kochetkov (G – Hurricanes): $8,500
OK, let’s try this one again. Carolina is once again expected to deploy Pyotr Kochetkov into the crease against Chicago on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks are ranked 31st in goals scored (2.3/game) and 31st in shots on goal (26.8/game) so the Hurricanes’ young goaltending prodigy should have an easy path to victory in between the pipes, making him worth every penny of his elevated $8.5K salary on FanDuel.

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