Saturday Night Special: NHL DFS Picks – December 30

Chris Wassel


Top Budget Plays



Sam Gagner $3500 – The center is a decent play at the least. However, playing against the Los Angeles team with the best penalty kill is not the most optimal on the surface. At the same time, Gagner has points in four straight and five of his last six games. It is sometimes tough to say “chase the points” but the forward is playing well. His shot output, six shots in the last five, is troubling for a floor. Points are needed to hit value.




Thomas Vanek $3600 – Keep in mind that riding the hot hand is okay (ten points in the previous four contests) on a short slate like this. This Saturday is highly unusual. Vanek has two huge games in the last four (10+ DraftKings points). Regression is an unkind beast and could come at any time, but the forward now has 28 points in 38 games so far. The production keeps rolling and the price is still low enough for now to take advantage. Also, Los Angeles may get drawn out of their shell a bit in this one.




Cody Ceci $3300 –There may be better plays like Jaccob Slavin even, but Ceci could be a nice punt play for a low price. His floor is high (shots and blocked shots combined). Risk always exists with value plays, but Boston attempts the sixth most shots on the road. It is a night where taking advantage of match-ups is vital. One of these floor type of plays is bound to fare well. Keep in mind of back to back fatigue as well when deciding on value defensemen.




James Reimer $7300 – This is a dangerous GPP play but this is an Florida team that allows lots of shots on net (more than 34 per 60 overall). The goalie has been excellent since Roberto Luongo went down to injury. Reimer has four straight wins allowing just six goals in that span on 141 shots faced (yes over 35 a game). Montreal can easily generate over 30 shots and has a higher expected goals for combined with high scoring chance output. This is a high event game where getting the goalie right is great for GPP success.                



Since we saved some money on the budget plays let’s look at the few of the pricey options that are worth paying up for today.


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