NHL DFS Tournament Breakdown For DraftKings and FanDuel – 12/15/2021

NHL DFS Tournament Breakdown For DraftKings and FanDuel - 12/15/2021

Tonight’s NHL DFS slate starts later than usual at 8 PM EST. If you play both NBA and NHL DFS, this is welcomed as it can get pretty hectic leading up to simultaneous lock time. We do, however, only have 3 games on the docket. There is money to be made just the same. Let’s see how we can make it.

Top Stacks – Overall

Washington 1 – DraftKings: $20,500 – FanDuel: $23,300

Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Aliaksei Protas

The trio of Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, and Protas is back in our lives, with Tom Wilson very likely to miss tonight’s matchup with Chicago. This makes the line considerably cheaper, which is a net positive. We are playing this line primarily for Ovechkin and his massive upside anyway. This is a decent matchup with the Blackhawks and the top spot on the slate.

Chicago 1 – DraftKings: $16,800 – FanDuel: $18,200

Patrick Kane – Alex DeBrincat – Dylan Strome

Our second-best stack of the night plays on the other side of the best stack as Chicago gets the home ice against Washington. The Capitals are a tougher defensive matchup, but whenever you put Kane and DeBrincat together, Chicago’s top line is potent enough to handle the competition. They are also fully correlated on the power play. This is a considerable price discount on a very high success probability stack. Mainly since this is only a three-game slate, there’s nothing wrong with playing skaters from both sides of this game, either.

Top Stacks – Value

Arizona 1 – DraftKings: $10,600 – FanDuel: $13,800

Clayton Keller – Phil Kessel – Travis Boyd

Let’s get it out of the way: this is not a particularly good line, far from it. Still, we need savings on this slate, and they are simply too cheap. They do play at home, although the matchup with the Rangers is far from ideal. New York did, however, play just yesterday in a challenging game against the Avalanche, and the back-to-back could benefit the Coyotes.

Top Plays – Forwards


Alex Ovechkin – DraftKings: $9,700 – FanDuel: $9,500

Patrick Kane – DraftKings: $7,600 – FanDuel: $7,300

Artemi Panarin – DraftKings: $7,300 – FanDuel: $8,400

Mika Zibanejad – DraftKings: $6,800 – FanDuel: $6,800

DraftKings Value:

Clayton Keller: $4,000

Phil Kessel: $3,300

Jakob Silfverberg: $2,800

Lawson Crouse: $2,600

FanDuel Value:

Phil Kessel: $4,600

Nick Schmaltz: $4,000

Jakob Silfverberg: $3,900

Filip Chytil: $3,800

Top Plays – Defenseman


John Carlson – DraftKings: $7,500 – FanDuel: $6,400

Adam Fox – DraftKings: $7,400 – FanDuel: $7,200

Seth Jones – DraftKings: $7,200 – FanDuel: $6,500

Shayne Gostisbehere – DraftKings: $5,600 – FanDuel: $5,100

DraftKings Value:

Shayne Gostisbehere: $5,600 (ceiling and value!)

Cam Fowler: $3,700

Adam Larsson: $3,300

Connor Murphy: $3,200

FanDuel Value:

Shayne Gostisbehere: $5,100 (ceiling and value!)

Cam Fowler: $4,200

Dmitry Orlov: $4,000

Connor Murphy: $3,600

Top Plays – Goalie

Keith Kinkaid: DraftKings: $8,100 – FanDuel: $6,500

Anthony Stolarz: DraftKings: $7,900 – FanDuel: $7,600

Ilya Samsonov: DraftKings: $7,800 – FanDuel: $7,400

Philipp Grubauer: DraftKings: $7,500 – FanDuel: $7,400

Tournament Stack Pivots: DraftKings

I would look to Anaheim 1, Arizona 2, and Chicago 2 if trying to get different with your stacks. We don’t have a ton of options here on this three-gamer. ANH1 should be somewhat popular, but you get a bit of an ownership discount on a pretty high success likelihood stack. ARI2 and CHI2 should be very low-owned, and both have some viability on this slate.

Tournament Stack Pivots: FanDuel

I would mostly look to Anaheim 1 and Anaheim 3 if trying to get different on FanDuel. Ultimately since this is such a small slate, the most viable stacks will get a good bit of ownership. A good option for differentiation is uniqueness with your roster construction rather than standard 4-3 and 3-3 builds with a correlated goalie. That and/or using very low-owned defensemen. Power-play stacking rather than full even-strength line stacking may be another differentiator to consider. This applies to FanDuel and DraftKings alike.

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