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Daily Fantasy Hockey Strategy: December 13, 2016

Below we’ve got a discussion of the best matchups and potential stacks of the day followed by player rankings for Tuesday’s 10-game evening slate of NHL contests on DraftKings and FanDuel.

As always, make sure to check Twitter for any injury news, and check LeftWingLock for starting goalies and line combos.

Game Breakdowns

Carolina Hurricanes v. Vancouver Canucks

Carolina has the highest implied goal total in Vegas as of this early morning writing. That makes plenty of sense given that the Canucks are tied for the fifth most goals allowed this season and have the seventh lowest save percentage. Vancouver doesn’t present any individual matchups you have to avoid, so the play here is Carolina’s best possession line, which is their top line of Teuvo Teravainen, Sebastian Aho and Lee Stempniak. The trio sticks together on the power play, and all three are priced well on both sites. Teravainen is the best option if you’re just looking for one guy to play, and Teravainen/Aho is the best option for a mini-stack. Also in play is defenseman Justin Faulk who joins the line on the power play. None of these guys will cost you too much, so Canes should be staples of your lineups tonight.

Anaheim Ducks @ Dallas Stars

Dallas allows the sixth most shot attempts against per 60, they rank third worst on the PK, and they have the league’s lowest save percentage. Add all that up and you have the team tied for the most goals allowed in the league, which is why Anaheim has the second highest implied total tonight. As far as individual matchups go, Dallas’ second line centered by Radek Faksa is a tough possession matchup. Dallas likely matches lines up evenly so long as they stick with the configuration where Benn/Spezza/Seguin are playing together on the top line. If that holds, Faksa’s line should matchup with Ryan Kesler’s line, so avoid Kesler and company. Anaheim’s depth lines aren’t appealing, so Anaheim’s top line is they play tonight. As much as I hate to say it, Corey Perry is a good option at reasonable price points. Ryan Getzlaf isn’t priced so reasonably, but he’s close enough to affordable on DK. Cam Fowler joins Perry/Getzlaf on the top PP unit and is also an option.

Behind the paywall you’ll find the rest of today’s NHL DFS game breakdowns and player rankings.

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Whether Edmonton is a good option tonight is debatable given that the Jackets are tied for the fewest goals allowed so far and given that Edmonton ranks fourth in goals scored. Vegas believes in the Oil tonight as they have the third highest implied total. On an individual matchup level, Columbus’ second line is a weak possession trio, so whoever gets that matchup for Edmonton could do some damage. Edmonton tends to let their second line take on the opposing top line in home games, while Connor McDavid’s line usually sees the opposing second line. That means McDavid should get that nice matchup with Columbus’ second line tonight. McDavid is joined by Milan Lucic on the top line and top PP unit. Defenseman Andrej Sekera joins them on the top PP unit. Drake Caggiula is getting to skate on the top line at the moment, and he’s a salary relief option on DK if you need one.

San Jose Sharks @ Toronto Maple Leafs

Both of these teams have above average implied totals tonight, and each team presents a decent individual matchup for the other. Auston Matthews’ line for Toronto is a good possession unit, and they tend to draw opposing second lines in home games. That means Logan Couture’s line is not in consideration tonight, but Couture’s line isn’t a great possession line, so Matthews’ line is in play. Zach Hyman will be alongside Matthews for sure and he’s not all that appealing as he doesn’t see PP time. But if William Nylander is back alongside Matthews, he’s definitely worth a look as he joins Matthews on the top PP unit.

The best matchup to pick on from Toronto is Nazem Kadri’s line. In their last two home games the Kadri line has spent one game matched up with the opposing top line and the other matched up with the opposing third line. If they see the top line tonight, like they did in their most recent home game, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau are options. Ignore Joe Thornton because he simply doesn’t shoot the puck enough. But even if San Jose’s top line ends up drawing Toronto’s Tyler Bozak line, it’s not a terrible matchup that would keep Pavelski and Marleau from being options.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Arizona Coyotes

The Yotes gave up seven goals last night in Pittsburgh and have to head right back on to the ice tonight. No team allows more shot attempts at even strength per 60 than Arizona, and only three teams have allowed more goals this season. The play from Detroit is their top line of Henrik Zetterberg, Anthony Mantha and Tomas Tatar, who all stay together on the power play.

Player Rankings

Centers

  1. Henrik Zetterberg
  2. Connor McDavid
  3. Teuvo Teravainen
  4. Ryan Getzlaf
  5. Auston Matthews
  6. Brandon Pirri

Defensemen

  1. Roman Josi
  2. Cam Fowler
  3. John Carlson
  4. Brent Burns
  5. Andrej Sekera
  6. Justin Faulk

Wingers

  1. Corey Perry
  2. Anthony Mantha
  3. Tomas Tatar
  4. William Nylander
  5. Justin Williams
  6. Sebastian Aho
  7. Antoine Roussel
  8. Patrick Marleau
  9. Trevor Lewis
  10. Drake Caggiula

Goalies

  1. Devan Dubnyk
  2. Jimmy Howard (FD only)
  3. Roberto Luongo (DK GPP option)
  4. Robin Lehner (FD GPP option)

Goalies with an asterisk next to their name are not expected to start tonight but haven’t been ruled out, so don’t count on them playing. Any players in bold have been confirmed as the starter for the day. Make sure you always check LeftWingLock for starting goalie updates in case I am unable to update the list throughout the day.

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