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NHL DraftKings & FanDuel DFS Primer: Tuesday (11/28)

NHL DraftKings & FanDuel DFS Primer: Tuesday (11/28)

The NHL season churns ahead, and tonight’s action offers us a 10-game slate to analyze. There are a ton of different ways to get skin in the game, including building a DFS lineup. Below I’ve listed the roster that I’m playing in the classic DraftKings $50,000 salary format. I’ve also listed prices for each player at FanDuel. Let’s dive into who I believe will have a big night on the ice!

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Today’s NHL DFS Picks & Analysis

Lineup below is based on DraftKings, but FanDuel prices are also listed.

C1: William Karlsson ($5,500 DK, $6,700 FD)

One of the marquee matchups tonight features a battle between the Golden Knights and Oilers in Alberta. The oddsmakers are expecting a barnburner with the total at 6.5 goals. It’s one of eight games with a total that high. I agree that we’ll see a ton of goals, and I’ll be playing two players from this game.

The first player is William Karlsson, who’s on a tear this season. The centerman has racked up a team-leading 21 points on 10 goals and 11 helpers. He’s third on the team in shots on goal (53) and has five power-play points (2G, 3A). I think Wild Bill makes his way onto the scoresheet against this Edmonton bunch that’s 30th in goals against (3.50 GAA) and 20th on the penalty kill (77.22%).

C2: Jason Dickinson ($4,200 DK, $5,000 FD)

The expectations weren’t very high entering the season for the Blackhawks, and things aren’t looking great as they’re just 6-13-0 to start the year. They also will be without Taylor Hall and Corey Perry for the foreseeable future. Someone will have the step up in their absences, and that man could be Jason Dickinson. The centerman registered a hat trick against the Maple Leafs on Friday and he has seen nine of his 11 points (6G, 5A) come in November. Chicago may get some offense tonight against a visiting Seattle team that’s 22nd in goals against per game (3.23).

W1: Zach Hyman ($6,100 DK, $8,800 FD)

The other skater I’ll play in the VGK/EDM game tonight is Zach Hyman. Since Nov. 11, Edmonton has had three of the league’s top seven scorers in Connor McDavid (15 points), Leon Draisaitl (13) and Zach Hyman (12). Rather than splurge on one of the superstars, I’ll take a shot with Hyman to have a productive night. While Vegas is a solid team overall, they have allowed the sixth-most high-danger shots against this season (83). That won’t bode well against this skilled Edmonton roster. They’re finally ramping things up offensively, and I expect a ton of scoring tonight at Rogers Place.

W2: Pavel Buchnevich ($6,000 DK, $6,400 FD)

I mentioned above about Edmonton having three players in the top seven in terms of scoring since Nov. 11. Well, Pavel Buchnevich is tied with Hyman for seventh in the league with seven goals and five assists. The winger trails only Robert Thomas (8G, 14A) for scoring on the Blues, amassing 16 points (8G, 8A) so far.

St. Louis makes the trip to St. Paul to take on Minnesota, who’s bringing in a new coach. It’ll be intriguing to see how they fare under the new regime. I don’t expect the Wild to magically turn things around overnight. They’re 31st in goals against per game (3.74) and dead last on the PK (66.67%). I think the Blues notch a couple of goals tonight, and I like Buchnevich to have his hand in a goal.

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W3: Oliver Bjorkstrand ($4,100 DK, $5,700 FD)

The Blackhawks are in shambles right now. They haven’t been great on either end of the ice, and I’d like to take advantage of their defensive woes tonight.

Oliver Bjorkstrand has been hot recently, climbing to a share of the point lead for the Kraken with 19 (7G, 12A). Despite playing just 16:38 per game, he’s still making the most of his TOI, where he’s third on the team in SOG (49). Look for Bjorkstrand to get in on the action tonight against this Chicago side that’s 29th in goals against per game (3.47).

D1: Vince Dunn ($4,200 DK, $6,300 FD)

Keeping it in the same game, I’ll lock in Seattle’s top defenseman, Vince Dunn. At just $4,200, it seems like a steal to play Dunn, who shares the lead in scoring (3G, 16A) with Bjorkstrand. Eight of his points (1G, 7A) have come on the power play and they should find success against Chicago’s 22nd-ranked PK (76.67%). Good things happen when you’re on the ice, and Dunn is playing a team-leading 23:36 per game. I think he’ll have a productive night in this Western Conference matchup.

D2: Cam Fowler ($4,000 DK, $4,900 FD)

The nightcap out west features a Pacific Division showdown between the Ducks and Canucks. Vancouver got out to a great start defensively, but they’ve regressed a bit recently, allowing 20 goals in their last six games (3.33 GAA). I think there will be a ton of scoring chances tonight in Vancouver, so Cam Fowler makes a decent depth option to round out our defensive pair. The veteran leads Anaheim in TOI/G at 23:41 and he has 11 points (2G, 9A) out of the gate this year. Six of those apples have come on the power play, which will go against a Canucks PK that’s just 21st overall (76.81%).

G: Pyotr Kochetkov/Antti Raanta ($8,200 DK, $6,800 FD)

As for goaltenders, I’m going to ride with whoever gets the start in the Hurricanes vs. Flyers game. Interestingly, the numbers haven’t been great for the Canes defensively this season. Their three-headed goaltending beast has a combined SV% of just .873.

However, this should be a good matchup for them to regroup and find some success. The Flyers have managed just three goals in their last three games, which includes a 1-0 winner where they went scoreless into a shootout against the Islanders on Saturday. Philadelphia’s power play is 29th in the league (10.14%), so look for Carolina’s backend to find its footing and turn in a solid outing.

UTIL: Brock Boeser ($7,000 DK, $7,900 FD)

The Ducks were one of the surprise teams to start the season, but it appears that reality has kicked in as they’ve dropped their last six games overall. That includes their recent loss where they were shellacked 8-2 by the Oilers.

Well, I don’t think they’ll turn things around tonight against the NHL’s best offense. Vancouver enters this game in first in both scoring (4.0 GPG) and shooting percentage (13.54%) and they’re also fourth on the power play (30.00%). Let’s lock in Brock Boeser, who has put up 24 points (15G, 9A) this season. Seven of his team-leading 15 goals have come on the man-advantage, and he’s also second on the team with 62 SOG.

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