DraftKings & FanDuel NHL DFS Lineups & Picks for December 21, 2017

Written By Jordan Tomiyama on December 21, 2017

December 21, 2017 NHL DFS Lineup Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel

For the 12/21 NHL DFS slate tonight, and for the rest of the season, we’ll be writing up the best picks for centers, wingers, defensemen, and goalies we’re considering for our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel.

Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to the matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster at the various daily fantasy sites.

You know the super studs. We’re going to give you some guys to consider to round out your roster.

12/21/17 NHL DFS Tournaments:

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DraftKings Two-Man Advantage: $8 buy-in, $40k Guaranteed
DraftKings Sniper: $3 buy-in, $13k Guaranteed
FanDuel Breakaway: $4 buy-in, $30k Guaranteed
FanDuel Goal: $33 buy-in, $15k Guaranteed
FanDuel Crossbar: $7 buy-in, $5K Guaranteed

Players Ruled Out:
Dion Phaneuf (personal)
Logan Couture (concussion)
Bo Horvat (ankle)
Oscar Klefbom (upper body)

Injury News To Monitor:
David Krejci (upper body)
Zach Werenski (undisclosed)
Jesper Bratt (foot)
Shane Prince (ankle)

Best NHL DFS Picks for December 21 2017

NHL DFS Centers

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins vs. STL (5k DraftKings, 5.7k FanDuel)
The Oilers have a ton of talent in their center positions, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is producing points. He’s scored in two straight games and has tallied three goals and one assist in the last five contests. Hopkins has recorded 14 goals and 11 assists this season. Plus, he’s scored 10 of his goals at home. The last time the Oilers played the Blues, he collected three helpers. 

Tomas Hertl vs. VAN (5k DraftKings, 4.9k FanDuel)
Tomas Hertl’s potted three goals in the last five contests and has eight goals total this year. The 24-year-old has recorded three goals and three assists on the power play this season. In two games against the Canucks this year, Hertl’s produced one goal and two assists. He’s even tallied two assists when his Sharks were a man down.

Ryan Johansen vs. CAR (5.6k DraftKings, 5.8k FanDuel)
Ryan Johansen must love some home-cooking because he’s dominated there. He’s totaled 13 of his 21 points at home, and three of his four goals have come at Bridgestone Arena. He’s the first-line center for the Nashville Predators and has seven assists on the power play. Johansen’s collected four points in the last five games.

Others to consider: Tyler Seguin, Ryan Getzlaf, Adam Henrique

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NHL DFS Wingers

Nick Schmaltz vs. DAL (4.6k DraftKings, 5k FanDuel)
The Chicago Blackhawks have some relatively new faces on their team, and Nick Schmaltz is chief among them. He’s produced two goals and two assists in the last five games. In two games against Dallas, Schmaltz’s recorded two helpers. The 21-year-old has tallied six goals and 14 assists this year. Finally, five of his helpers have come on the power play.

Patrik Laine @ BOS (6.1k DraftKings, 7.3k FanDuel)
You know your team is talented when Patrik Laine is on the second line. The Finnish sniper’s recorded 17 goals and 11 assists this season. Ten of his goals have come when the Jets had the man advantage. He’s scored in two straight games and has fired 13 shots on net in the last five contests. Nine of Laine’s 17 goals have come away from the MTS Centre.

Ondrej Palat vs. OTT (5k DraftKings, 5.1k FanDuel)
The Tampa Bay Lightning are first in the league in goals per game at 3.79, and they have threats on every line. Ondrej Palat’s been consistent, tallying seven goals and 14 assists this season. He’s recorded three assists and seven shots on net in the last five games. Palat’s potted two goals on the power play and one shorthanded this year.

Others to consider: Alex Steen, Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash

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NHL DFS Defensemen

Josh Manson vs. NYI (3.1k DraftKings, 3.8k FanDuel)
Josh Manson leads the Anaheim Ducks defensemen in points with three goals and 13 assists. He’s collected four assists in the last five games. Last time he squared off against the Islanders, Manson was able to tally two assists. The 26-year-old has fired 59 shots on net while blocking 43 shots. Manson has one shorthanded assist to his name this season.

Seth Jones @ PIT (5k DraftKings, 5.1k FanDuel)
Seth Jones has been a beast for the Columbus Blue Jackets this year, producing five goals and 12 assists. He’s tallied two goals in the last three games, and three of his five goals this year have come at home. Jones has tallied one goal and two assists on the power play this year. He’s fired 16 shots on net in the last five games.

Will Butcher @ COL (3.8k DraftKings, 4.3k FanDuel)
The rookie defenseman is proving he belongs with the big boys. Will Butcher has put two past opposing goaltenders while handing out 19 helpers. Butcher quarterbacks the power play and has produced 12 assists this year. In the last five games, he’s recorded three assists and nine shots on net.

Others to consider: Torey Krug, Jake Muzzin, Alexander Edler 

NHL DFS Goalies

Jonathan Quick vs. COL (8.3k DraftKings, 8.8k FanDuel)
Jonathan Quick is 7-3-0 in his last 10 games, and he’s coming off a dominant 36-save performance against the Flyers. Quick’s save percentage is .927, and his goals-against average is 2.28. He’s collected two shutouts this year, and his GAA at home is a stellar 2.22. The Colorado Avalanche are 16-15-2; this should be a great game for the Kings to win at home.

Martin Jones vs. VAN (8.1K DraftKings, 8.3k FanDuel)
Anytime a goalie goes up against his hometown team, it’s a big game. Martin Jones struggled against the Canucks last game, but he is back at the Shark Tank tonight and is due for a bounce-back game. Jones is 11-8-3 this year with a 2.67 goals against average. He’s picked up two shutouts, and anyone can see the Canucks are riddled with injuries. This should be an easy win for the Sharks.

Others to consider: Pekka Rinne, Henrik Lundqvist, Tuukka Rask

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