NHL DFS

There are 10 games on the main NHL DFS slate tonight, Thursday, 12/6/18, with some great daily fantasy hockey contests over at DraftKings and FanDuel.

If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter at @chrismeaney. I’ll be updating throughout the day as we hear about morning skates and get confirmation in goal.

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NHL DFS Centers

Auston Matthews vs. DET ($8.3 DK / $8.6 FD)

Auston Matthews has 15 goals and 23 points in 14 games this season. He’s averaging more fantasy points than anyone else on the slate, and it’s a big night in the NHL. In tournaments, you could consider fading him, but he’s hard to ignore in cash. Matthews has six multi-goal games and nine multi-point games. He also has at least two shots on goal in every game this season and 50 total. It doesn’t help that the Detroit Red Wings are allowing the third-most shots and 11th-most goals per game, plus the sixth-most high danger chances at 5 on 5.

Max Domi @ OTT ($6.5 DK / $6.5 FD)

I suggested Jonathan Drouin and his center Max Domi on Tuesday against the Senators, and I’m going back to them tonight against the Senators. Ottawa has allowed the most shots and goals per game while giving up the fifth-most high danger chances at 5 on 5. Montreal scored five goals against them in the first half of the doubleheader, with Domi and Drouin combining for six points. The Canadiens are generating the fifth-most high danger chances at 5 on 5, so you could look at Brendan Gallagher or Tomas Tatar as well.

Others to consider: Nathan MacKinnon, Brayden Point, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Duchene, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Pierre-Luc Dubois, William Karlsson, Cody Eakin, Colin White

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NHL DFS Wingers

Jonathan Marchessault vs. CHI ($5.6 DK / $7.0 FD)

The entire top six in Vegas is in play, especially on DraftKings where they are underpriced. They rank seventh in high danger chances for per 50 minutes at 5 on 5 while the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing the most high-danger chances. Chicago’s 3.68 goals against per game are the second-highest mark in the league. Max Pacioretty is a strong play too, if he plays, but take a look at Jonathan Marchessault. It’s been nine games since he’s scored, so he could come with a low ownership in tournaments. His 108 shots on goal rank fourth in the league. Chicago has allowed the sixth-most shots per game.

Josh Leivo vs. NSH ($2.8 DK / $3.0 FD)

Josh Leivo scored a goal in his Canucks’ debut on Tuesday while playing with Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser. Leivo came over from the Maple Leafs last week and moved into a top-six role right away. He played 16 minutes and registered three shots on Tuesday.

Ryan Hartman @ VAN ($4.2 DK / $3.6 FD)

Ryan Hartman is the latest Predator forward to get his shot on the top line with Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala. Hartman played 18:28 in his last game and has played at least 17 minutes in each of his past three games. There are a lot of injuries in Nashville, meaning many cheap plays are getting more ice time than normal. The Canucks are allowing the 10th-most high danger chances against at 5 on 5.

Others to consider: Alex Ovechkin, Cam Atkinson, Nikita Kucherov, Mitch Marner, Mark Stone, Patric Hornqvist, Jonathan Huberdeau, Jonathan Drouin, Tomas Tatar, Artemi Panarin, Max Pacioretty, Reilly Smith

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NHL DFS Defensemen

Seth Jones @ PHI ($6.2 DK / $5.5 FD)

Seth Jones is starting to get into a groove after missing the first few weeks of the season due to a knee injury. Jones has played at least 26 minutes in six straight games and seven of his past eight contests. He has a goal and five points over a current four-game streak. Jones has 23 shots in his past seven games with tons of time on the power play.

Nate Schmidt vs. CHI ($4.1 DK / $3.8 FD)

Nate Schmidt leads Vegas in ice time per game (22:13) over the last two weeks by more than two minutes. He’s played at least 23 minutes in each of the past three games and is coming off a three-point night. Schmidt scored a power-play goal, and Vegas is 7-2 since he returned to the lineup. Shea Theodore is worth a look as well due to the nice matchup, but Schmidt is easier on the wallet.

Others to consider: Morgan Rielly, John Carlson, Thomas Chabot, Shea Weber, Matt Dumba, Victor Hedman, Shea Theodore, Roman Josi 

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NHL DFS Goalies

Carey Price vs. OTT ($7.6 DK / $8.6 FD)

Carey Price was one of the most expensive goalies on the board Tuesday against Ottawa, but he’s much cheaper tonight in the same matchup. Price turned aside 28 of the 30 shots he faced for the 5-2 win Tuesday. He’s allowed two or fewer in three of his past four games, plus three or fewer in seven of his last nine. Ottawa is definitely much better at home, but Price has won nine of his last 13 games against the Senators. In fact, Price is 23-9-5, with a 2.32 GAA and .922 save percentage in his career against Ottawa.

Others to consider: Pekka Rinne, Frederik Andersen, Braden Holtby, Marc-Andre Fleury

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