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Scouting The NHL DFS - Wednesday, December 14

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If you followed my write-up yesterday, then you hopefully faired well. Eichel had himself a game and his line was pure gold. Today we move on to a nice four-game slate that features a lot of firepower. Instead of living in yesterday's success, time to make today even better. And I have a nice gift for you at the end of this write-up that you will love.

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Dr. Pucks' Picks

I was asked if these are three players people should use. What I suggest is building around at least one of my three choices. Let us take a look at my top three.

Sidney Crosby - Center - ($9300 FD / $8700 DK)

What can be said Crosby that hasn't been said already? He is the biggest star in the NHL and is on fire. Currently riding an eight-game scoring streak where he has seven goals and six assists, all while averaging three shots a game. He leads the NHL in goals with 21 and will add to that against the Bruins. In his career, he has 11 goals and 29 assists, in 30 games against the Bruins. He will add to both stats, getting a goal, two assists and four shots on net.

Claude Giroux - Center - ($8000 FD / $7300 DK)

Giroux and his Flyers head to Colorado to take on an Avalanche team that has given up 20 goals in their last five games. Quietly the Flyers have won their last nine games in a row. Giroux will feast on the Avalanche tonight. Claude has said he needs to step his goal scoring up (nine goals in 31 games), and this is the game to do it in. He does have six goals in eight career games against the Avalanche and will add two more to his resume tonight. Take note; this is coming from a Pens fan that hates everything Philly. So jump on this play and reap the rewards.

Mike Hoffman -Wing- ($6800 FD / $6400 DK)

Hoffman and the Senators have been up and down all season. One thing about Hoffman is he has two goals and two assists in the last five games that Mike Condon has started in net. Condon is confirmed starter for the Sens tonight, so Hoffman is a go. I think that he makes a statement tonight and leads the team in all offensive categories. He will get a goal and have at least four shots on net and add a power play assist to boot.

Dr. Pucks' Super Sleeper

Nick Cousins - Center - ($3200 FD / $3900 DK)

Yes, you are reading this correctly, two Flyers player in my top plays. I like Cousins gameplay and hockey sense. Sure he isn't the big goal scorer like a Giroux and Voracek, but what he is, is a big unmovable object. He is currently slated as a third line center, and he will feast tonight. He has three goals and five assists this season with 1.5 shots per game average. He will get a goal this evening, and two shots on net and three blocked shots to boot.

Games To Target

I will be listing the teams you want to target in this slate with a little info on each team.

Philadelphia Flyers - As I mentioned above, the Avalanche have given up 20 goals in their last five games. The Flyers will be chalk, but it's expected. The top line of Raffl-Giroux-Voracek will be the line to have but will cost you a lot. Don't overlook the third line of Leier-Cousins-Weise, as they will be cheap exposure in what could be a total blowout. Gostisbehere is an excellent play on defense and Gudas is a very cheap but high upside pivot.

Pittsburgh Penguins - It is a given that the line of Sheary-Crosby-Hornqvist will be chalk. I would even consider a powerplay stack of Malkin-Crosby-Letang. The Pens will have a bit of trouble to start the game, as the Bruins will hit hard and often. Once that is handled, I expect a six-goal night. Hagelin-Malkin-Kessel will be a pivot, albeit an expensive one. Letang is a beast on defense and always in play. Cole has cooled down as of late so I'd consider Schultz or Maata as a jump off of Tanger.

Tampa Bay Lightning - The Bolts have been playing some inspired hockey as of late, even if their goaltenders have not been. The top line of Palat-Johnson-Kucherov is almost a must play. These three where DFS gold last season and it took Cooper 1/4th of the season to put them back together. Their third line of Killorn-Pointe-Namestnikov will be overlooked by many, but are a sneaky GPP stack. Defensively Hedman is their most popular, but not for me. Living just outside of Tampa, I see a lot of games. Being that I am an Eye-Test guy, Nesterov and Sustr have impressed me all season.

Calgary Flames - I am one both sides of this game between the Flames and Lightning. I know I am a big Chad Johnson fan in net, but he is bound to flop. The Flames will overcome that by firing shots on net at a monstrous clip. Gaudreau-Bennett-Chaisson is the top line and will provide a bulk of the offense. I also really like the third line of Matthew(don't call me Keith) Tkachuk-Backlund-Frolik. As for defensive plays, Giordano is the man! Brodie will be the pivot play here, and if you're looking to punt one play, Jokipakka at only 3k on both sites.

Ottawa Senators - The Senators are a team that is hard to figure out. It is highly possible the face the Sharks rookie goalie in Aaron Dell and will take advantage. Hoffman-Brassard-Stone is the Sens most potent line and should provide a good amount of offense. The second line of Dzingle-Turris-Ryan would be the only other offense I would consider. Of Course Karlsson on defense is an obvious play. Ceci will be a nice pivot.

Goalies

**As always check before puck drop to see starting goalies, as things change**

I will list a few goalies and if you want them in cash, gpp, or both.

Murray - Cash/GPP (if he starts)

Fleury - GPP only if he starts

Condon - GPP

Mason - Cash/GPP

Johnson - GPP only

Dr. Pucks' FanDuel Cash Lineup

This lineup is better suited for 50/50 and double or triple ups. A little tinkering can make it viable to 5x

Center

Sidney Crosby (PIT) : $9,300 vs Boston

The Penguins come into this game riding a six-game winning streak. Crosby himself is on an eight-game scoring streak. In that span, he has seven goals and seven assists. The Penguins are one of the top teams at home with a 12-2-1 record. In 30 career games against Boston Sid has 11 goals and 29 assists. Tonight he adds to that total and his price doesn't scare me.

Claude Giroux (PHI) : $8,000 @ Colorado

Don't look now, but the Flyers have quietly won their last nine games in a row. In that span, Giroux has five goals and five assists. Giroux will feast on the Avalanche tonight. In their last ten games (five road and five home), the Avs have given up 40 goals. Claude has said he needs to step his goal scoring up (nine goals in 31 games), and this is the game to do it in. He does have six goals in eight career games against the Avalanche and will add two more to his resume tonight. Take note; this is coming from a Pens fan that hates everything Philly. So jump on this play and reap the rewards.

Wings

Patric Hornqvist  (PIT) : $7,300 vs Boston

Like Crosby above, Hornqvist is near a must have. He is a bit pricey as his production has slipped a bit, but he is Sid's linemate which will turn into gold tonight. Hornqvist averages near four shots per game at home this season and most all of his offense comes on home ice. In 13 home games, he has five goals and six assists with all five goals coming on the power play. Pairing him with Crosby gives you very high upside.

Jakub Voracek  (PHI) : $7,400 @ Colorado

Like Giroux above, Voracek is a big part of why the Flyers have won nine straight. In that span, he has four goals and 11 assists. Voracek is currently a point per game player and a tough person to move off the puck. He had a goal and three assists in two of his last three games, and tonight will make it three out of his last four.

Matthew Tkachuk (CGY) : $4,200 vs Tampa Bay

Some may look at this and think "Punt Play," well not so fast. First, for those that follow hockey, knows that he has the pedigree as his father Keith played 19 great NHL seasons. Matthew is just like his dad, but faster and stronger. In his last game, he had three assists and has five assists in his last five. It may be a bit of a punt play, but his upside is there.

Brayden Pointe (TBL) : $3,400 @ Calgary

Pointe is not on many people's radar, and for good reason. He only has two goals and nine assists on the season. The caveat to this pick is, Coach Cooper finally put him back to his natural position of center. With that said, get ready for him to produce. His price is very low, and his hockey sense and IQ is extremely high. He can get you a goal and an assist tonight. Plus his price allows you to get the higher guys on offense.

Defense

Nikita Nesterov  (TBL) : $3,600 @ Calgary

Nesterov is not a stay at home defensive player. He is a young talented player that is starting to find his way. I am pairing him with Pointe because the two are on the ice together for 78% of the time. Living just northwest of Tampa affords me the opportunity to watch a lot of their games, and he has passed my eye test many times over.

Deryk Engelland (CGY) : $3,500 vs Tampa Bay

As you can see, i'm playing both sides of this game. Either this will be a 5-4 style game or 2-1. I am banking on the bottom six players, like Engelland, to produce for us. Where he lacks in scoring (one goal / five assists), he more than makes up for on other stats. He is a shot blocker, and that is where he makes his money. Pairing him with Tkachuk should provide a nice boost to this lineup. I am looking for two blocked shots, one shot on goal and one assist.

Goalies

*Always check to make sure the goalie is confirmed to start.*

Steve Mason (PHI) : $8,300 @ Colorado

Remember that nine-game winning streak the Flyers are on? Well, Mason has won seven of those nine. He has won seven straight starts with a 2.28 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. I don't see why he can't make it eight in a row and extend the Flyers to 10 games in a row. The Avalanche are the third worst team in the NHL in scoring goals at 2.22 goals per game. Mason is one of my favorite cash and even gpp plays.


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