Friday's 4-game NHL slate is loaded with top-tier scorers featuring a great matchup as Artemi Panarin and the New York Rangers face Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. We should expect lots of tight games with some great matchups out there, but expect some of the top scorers to shine through still. So, be sure to check in with our NHL DFS Tools, with the daily NHL projections, and our NHL lineup generator when building those lineups today to help you decide which players you should be targeting!


NHL DFS Playbook December 22nd

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With there being just four games today we have some interesting matchups. Namely the Edmonton Oilers in New York to face the Rangers, and the Montreal Canadiens in Chicago to face the Blackhawks. We all know about Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. They will have a solid matchup today as the Rangers goalies have played far worse at home than they have on the road. This isn't to say that you should avoid the Rangers. They are a capable scoring team. Artemi Panarin continues to have a stellar season, and Mika Zibanejad has finally started to find his goal-scoring touch as well. I draw attention to Chicago and Montreal, as both teams are in the bottom third of the league in goals against on the season, and they have some capable scorers. In particular, I would look at Nick Suzuki of the Canadiens and Connor Bedard of the Blackhawks.

Recommended DFS Starting Goalies,

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Jonathan Quick vs Edmonton Oilers

Petr Mrazek vs Montreal Canadiens

Stuart Skinner vs New York Rangers

Best Odds for a Win

Jonathan Quick vs Edmonton Oilers

James Reimer vs Montreal Canadiens

Jeremy Swayman vs Winnipeg Jets

Favorite Goalies to Use for DFS Lineups

Carter Hart, G, Philidelphia Flyers

The Flyers continue to surprise this season, and they have been a really good road team so far. Hart has a 0.921 save percentage on the road and I wouldn't be surprised if they went into Detroit today and got the win.

Connor Hellebuyck, G, Winnipeg Jets

Hellebuyck hasn't lost in regulation in any of his last five games. The Bruins are not an easy matchup, but Hellebuyck has played well all season, and he likely won't see a lot of ownership in this matchup.

Jonathan Quick G, New York Rangers

It is hard to deny that Quck has the most upside today playing at home. He is likely to face a lot of shots as the Oilers put more shots on goal than any other team in the league. I don't like that DK has him as the most expensive goalie as there is a lot of risk, but it will keep his ownership numbers low.

Recommended DFS Skaters

Highest Expected Goal Totals 

New York Rangers vs Stuart Skinner (3.6)

Detroit Red Wings vs Carter Hart (3.3)

Chicago Blackhawks vs Cayden Primeau (3.1)

Favorite Skaters to Use for DFS Lineups

Connor Bedard, C, Chicago Blackhawks

Bedard has established himself as a volume shooter early in his career. He has five shots or more in two straight games and three of his last five. He has also proven he can score goals and rack up points as well. This is a great matchup for him against Montreal so look for him to have a big game today.

Nick Suzuki, C, Montreal Canadiens

Coming into today, Suzuki has points in four straight games, and he is coming off a magical two-point, six shot and three-blocked shot night which is also known as DFS gold.

Artemi Panarin, W, New York Rangers

So far Panarin has enjoyed a career year and his increased number of shots is a big part of it. In 30 games this season, he already has more than 50 percent of the shots he took all of last season in a full 82 games. I would look for him to continue to play well at home against an Oilers team that is well-known for having issues in their own end.

Mattias Ekholm D, Edmonton Oilers

it seems that something in the New York water system seems to have compelled Ekholm to shoot the puck more. He has 9 shots in his last two games and three points. If he continues to shoot the puck he should be able to exceed his value today, especially if he blocks some shots as well.

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