Daily Fantasy Hockey: DFS DraftKings Values – December 20

The teams that played last night that are also playing tonight are Ottawa, New Jersey, the New York Islanders, and Tampa Bay. Those last two teams face each other, while Ottawa going into Montreal seems to be a good matchup for the Canadiens.

The biggest favorite on the board is Pittsburgh, and it does look like they are indeed getting Chris Kunitz back. That said, Florida is a lot better than being massive underdogs to anyone in the NHL, so I wouldn’t go crazy on Pens tonight. The next two biggest favorites (via Covers Experts) are Montreal and Vancouver, so I would look there for cash game goalies.

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As always, check Left Wing Lock for goalie confirmations.

Players will be in order of perceived value, by position, and there should be enough to mix-and-match for each type of game available on Draft Kings. Some positions might only have a few plays, some might have several. It all depends on the day, the matchups, and the price.

Remember: players are in order of value, not necessarily in cost. Just because Sidney Crosby is $8000 one day doesn’t mean he’s a better value than Andrew Shaw at $4000.

Cash Games

Centre Wing Defense Goalie
Sedin (VAN) – $3800 Drouin (TBL) – $3800 Barrie (COL) – $4100 Price (MTL) – $8600
MacKinnon (COL) – $5900 Hornqvist (PIT) – $6000 Boyle (NYR) – $3300 Miller (VAN) – $7600
Galchenyuk (MTL) – $4900 Voracek (PHI) – $6900 Streit (PHI) – $4600 Pickard (COL) – $7600
Toews (CHI) – $6000 Pacioretty (MTL) – $6800 Subban (MTL) – $5800
Crosby (PIT) – $7900 O’Reilly (COL) – $4600 Rielly (TOR) – $3700
Bozak (TOR) – $5300 Saad (CHI) – $4400
Tavares (NYI) – $6700 St. Louis (NYR) – $5100
Backstrom (WSH) – $6400 Sedin (VAN) – $5100


  • Jonathan Drouin is a must-play in cash games, and Henrik Sedin isn’t very far behind.
  • Montreal has a good matchup tonight, so even taking a couple guys from the top line isn’t a bad idea. Max Pacioretty’s price has dropped quite a bit over the last few weeks, and he is shooting just 7.7 percent over the last month (he was 12.4 percent from 2010 to November 20). I don’t like playing the “he’s due” game, but he’s due.
  • Colorado has new lines, with Duchene-MacKinnon-Talbot on the top line and O’Reilly-Landeskog-Briere on the second line.
  • There are good values on the blue line tonight, so it’s not really necessary to spend more than $7000-$8000 on defensemen.

Guaranteed Prize Pools/Tournaments

Centre Wing Defense Goalie
Galchenyuk (MTL) – $4900 Pacioretty (MTL) – $6900 Subban (MTL) – $5800 Ward (CAR) – $6600
Giroux (PHI) – $8300 Gallagher (MTL) – $4800 Streit (PHI) – $4600 Kuemper (MIN) – $6600
Sedin (VAN) – $3800 Voracek (PHI) – $6900 Edler (VAN) – $4500
Filppula (TBL) – $4500 Raffl (PHI) – $3000 Hedman (VAN) – $5100
Toews (CHI) – $6000 Vrbata (VAN) – $6000 Barrie (COL) – $4100
Sedin (VAN) – $5100
Drouin (TBL) – $3800
Hossa (CHI) – $5200
Saad (CHI) – $4400


  • Montreal has a very good matchup with the Senators tonight, and their top line is extremely stackable because of their price.
  • I like either side in Toronto/Philadelphia because it should be a fairly wide-open game. I’ll stack Philly’s top line just because Raffl makes them cheaper by about $2000.
  • Vancouver has a very good matchup with Calgary, as does Tampa’s power play against the Islanders penalty kill. Using Tampa’s cheap options on the top PP is a good way to save money with high-upside plays.
  • Because it’s relatively inexpensive in net tonight, and the forwards are fairly cheap as well, it’s viable to spend a bit more on the blue line than normal (even more so than cash games).

Slim’s Pickins (bargain plays)

Joakim Lindstrom (STL-C, $2500) – Lindstrom is playing on the top line with David Backes after the deck chairs were shuffled due to Jaden Schwartz’s injury.

Alex Tanguay (COL-W, $2800) – Moved to the third line, but a good line with Mitchell-Iginla. Should get favorable secondary matchups against Buffalo.

Anton Stralman (TBL-D, $2900) – He’s an auto-play as long as he stays at this price.

Good luck!

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