Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Best DraftKings NHL DFS Choices, Values, and Programming Strategy for December 6


Monday features a main list of six NHL games that begins at 7 p.m. ET on DraftKings. In this article, you will find DFS tips for DraftKings queues, plus a few DraftKings Sportsbook bets to target.

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Pittsburgh Penguins -130 silver line

The Penguins rebounded from a few losses to post a dominant 4-1 win over Vancouver in their final game. The Penguins are more and more synchronized up front now that Sidney Crosby ($ 7,400) is back and they have a keeper Tristan Jarry ($ 7,900) who has three shutouts and a .941 save percentage in his last 10 games. Jarry is also 6-2-2 on the road with a .938 save percentage. Seattle just doesn’t have a ton of firepower to challenge a good defensive club with that hot goalie, which makes the Penguins’ silver line very appealing here at just -130.

Ottawa Senators vs. New Jersey Devils over 6.5 goals (+100)

You might have to go into the alternate goal tally line to find 6.5 for this game, but it’s probably worth it given the bigger odds we’ll get. They are two of hockey’s worst defensive teams, with both teams ranking in the bottom 12 in goals against and shorthanded efficiency. These teams can both score goals and have solid talent on their first two lines. Ottawa just finished a six-goal game against Colorado while New Jersey is finally healthy up front and has scored four or more goals in two of its last four. Expect plenty of pucks to find the back of the net here.


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Top row stack

Ottawa Senators vs. New Jersey Devils

Josh Norris ($ 5,600) – Drake Batherson ($ 5,300) – Brady Tkachuk ($ 5,700)

The Senators’ top three have started to solidify lately, and that’s mainly due to improving the form of their top forward, Tkachuk. While contract issues hampered his departure, Tkachuk has now scored three goals in his last three games and has 10 points in his last 10. His production also helped his teammates on the Senators’ best power play line which provides a great correlation with the winger.

Batherson and Norris are both averaging around 3.0 shots per game and Batherson himself has kept pace with Tkachuk in that he has also averaged one point per game in his last three outings. . These two have combined for 11 points between them in their last three games and have shown great chemistry since Batherson joined the roster. The Devils have the 11th worst penalty kill in the league and have a few weaker goalies with save percentages well below .910 that year.

This line gives you great correlation, has a top 10 match, and offers great potential, all for a price that will allow you to insert studs at other positions if needed.


Superstar to target

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals vs. Anaheim Ducks ($ 9,600)

The Capitals have an implied grand team total of 3.3 in this one, so targeting their top player is certainly not a bad idea here. The Ducks offense has been a gangbuster in 2021, but their defense still leaves a lot to be desired. Anaheim has now allowed four or more goals in five of its last six games and allows 33.1 shots against per game (ninth-most in the league). The Ducks also gave up the 13th most scoring chances against this year as well.

It all screams “juicy place” for Ovechkin, who has cooled off just a bit over the past two weeks but is still capable of a multi-goal game against weaker defensive opponents on any given night. With his price close to his season high, Ovechkin could even become slightly under-possessed on that six-game list. This is the player you should be trying to build tonight.


Value in case of violation

Alex Iafallo, Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks ($ 4,700)

The Kings have a good matchup against the Canucks, who remain one of hockey’s worst defensive teams. Iafallo has scored three goals in his last four games and has also averaged over 4.0 shots on goal during that span. The increased aggression comes in handy for a player who has averaged 18.5 minutes per game over his last 10 starts. He gives you good exposure to Los Angeles’ offense against Vancouver and is a great clearing game to complete the rosters given his increased number of goals and shot production lately.

Valeri Nichushkin, Colorado Avalanche vs. Philadelphia Flyers ($ 4,000)

Nichushkin has moved on to a bigger role for the Avalanche this season, taking regular quarterbacks on their second row in recent times. The move next to a red Nazem Kadri ($ 7,000) has paid big dividends to the former Dallas Star who comes into the game with nine points in his last 10 starts. Nuchushkin has played an important role in Colorado’s special teams this year and has even scored two shorthanded goals in his last 10 games. With the failing Flyers – who occupy ninth place in goals against and authorized scoring chances – to the key. Nuchushkin is a great way to get a cheap slice of Colorado’s explosive offense.


Goalkeeper

Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins at Seattle Kraken ($ 7,900)

The Penguins, who come into this game as a -130 road favorites against the Kraken, have really been held together by some terrific play this year from Jarry. The 26-year-old goaltender posted a 6-2-2 road record in 2021 and actually has a higher save percentage and GAA on the road as well. Seattle remains an average to below average offense and Jarry, at under $ 8,000, is currently a good target in DFS, regardless of his opponent. It’s a good way to save money and save the head for the big fields tonight.

Anton Forsberg, Ottawa Senators vs. New Jersey Devils ($ 7,300)

I mentioned that I expected a lot of shots and goals in this game above, but sometimes this recipe can lead to some big games for the goalkeepers involved as well. Forsberg has stopped 46 of 48 shots he faced two games ago and comes into that game on a two-game winning streak. The Senators aren’t huge underdogs here at just +140 and they’ll certainly have a shot at beating New Jersey, who are almost as bad as they are defensively. The cheap price here is where I landed if you want to save as much money as possible and go with some pure boom-or-bust game in net tonight.


Value on defense

Jamie Drysdale, Anaheim Ducks at the Washington Capitals ($ 3,500)

The Ducks offense has developed well all season and comes into this game with the third best power play in the league. Drysdale continued to be the Ducks PP1 quarterback for most of the season and comes into this game averaging better than a 0.5 point per game clip over the year. It also catches over 3.0 blocked shots + shots on goal per game, which makes it a pretty attractive target here, when you add its use on the power play, regardless of the opponent. Washington has been roughly in the middle of the road in terms of a penalty kill this year and Anaheim’s power play has yet to be held up by anything. Continue to support Drysdale and the cheaper Anaheim forwards at these prices for DFS.


Power Advantage Defenders

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks ($ 6,200)

There are few more important players for his team than Drew Doughty for the LA Kings. As soon as Doughty returned, he stepped straight into a 25+ minute per game role that saw him play great even-handed and power-play minutes. The veteran had two power play points last night against Edmonton and gets a much worse shorthand unit to attack here at the Canucks. Vancouver not only has the worst penalty kill in the league, but also the eighth most penalties per game. Doughty looks relatively inexpensive given the match and is a good higher level value to target whether or not you want to stack the Kings’ PP1.

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