With only five days until Christmas, we try to bring you some Christmas tidings on “The Playbook”. There are lots of games to choose from so pickings are certainly not slim. We will focus on the late games since there are eleven crazy tilts. Let’s get to work.

Note: The Arizona-Los Angeles game is not on here. We may have some advice on Twitter though.

Goalie

This is a slate that has a features some intrigue. Let’s discuss!

Marc-Andre Fleury ($9,200) – It is hard to believe that Marc-Andre Fleury has six shutouts already but here we are. Florida is a strange team as no one ever quite knows when they are going to have a road offensive outburst. They will give up lots of shots on the road. However, Pittsburgh does not at home most of the time. Even the high event game against Colorado the other night, the shot radio was about five to three for the Penguins. Fleury did face some quality chances but right near 30 shots is not so bad.

Henrik Lundqvist ($8,500) – We may be pushing this since Lundqvist has won four straight and is almost due for a clunker but we are anyway. Carolina has only 21 points and has been woeful since an early November spike. Injuries have derailed them and they have very little depth. This may be one of the safer plays of the night but yes it will cost you a bit. There is some good value to go around and Lundqvist at least does not set one back the max goalie amount.

Others to consider: Jonathan Bernier ($8,100), Kari Lehtonen ($7,200). — those last three games on the schedule could be weird goaltending wise.

Center

Sidney Crosby ($7,900) – This is value you may never see again and though Roberto Luongo has it in him to keep Florida close, if Pittsburgh fires nearly 50 shots on a goalie then some are going to go in the net. His numbers today on DraftKings may not be there again this season so draft him while you can. After all, Crosby had several quality chances against Colorado but they just did not go in. He easily could have two or more points tonight against a team he normally feasts against.

Tyler Bozak ($5,300) – When you look at Bozak, he just screams not a first line center and yet the center continues to produce like one with 27 points in 32 games. His goals and assists are pretty even and defensive ability along with possession can be rather lacking but again it is about production, production, production. Just when you think he is invisible is when the shifty Toronto forward pops in an assist or goal to save your night. Philadelphia’s defense will offer quite a few chances and Ray Emery in net should make the Maple Leafs salivate.

Derrick Brassard ($5,100) – Before Sidney Crosby started the second or was that the third wave of mumps, Brassard was having a pretty hot stretch. Ten points in his last ten games certainly qualifies. He has eight power play points on the season and his power play point potential would be pretty good against a Carolina team that has grown quite weak the last few weeks. Even though this is his first game back, we still give a hearty nod and recommendation.

Others I like: Evgeni Malkin ($9,000), John Tavares ($6,700), Jori Lehtera ($4,100).

Value: Peter Holland ($2,700), Joe Colborne ($2,600).

Winger

Alex Ovechkin ($9,300) – The Russian has only six points in his last ten games. However, he is due for a big game and New Jersey has not fared very well at times against Ovechkin and the Capitals. The Devils are on a back end of a back to back and won an emotional game in a shootout last night against Tampa Bay. Set your draft card here and get a hold of number eight. He is going to fire lots of pucks at Cory Schneider tonight and there’s a good chance at least one will go in.

Rick Nash ($8,700) – He has a goal scorer’s mentality and this year Rick Nash is just potting them like it’s easy. Also, his linemate, Derrick Brassard is back and that means even better news for Nash owners. They play Carolina and often the Rangers play well against them even on the road. All signs point toward that Nash line having a pretty good night against one of the bottom teams in the league. Expect to see lots of Nashty tweets on Twitter tonight.

Jakub Voracek ($6,900) – With Vladimir Tarasenko shooting up to nearly $8,000 on DraftKings, Voracek is a slightly cheaper alternative on a night where Toronto should win but will give up a few goals. This is again about value as how many points does a player have to get to justify said value. Voracek’s got a little too high but now he is in the affordable range again which means snatch him up. You may even want to consider Claude Giroux as a ride along.

Ryan Callahan ($5,100) – We are going to sneak this play in because of the values and nods down below this space. Most people do not realize that despite some of his issues, Callahan just produces at nearly a point a game where the Rangers never saw this for this long of a span. As long as he see copious power play time, the numbers should continue. Tampa will be angry after losing last night and they did dominate New Jersey in the last 45 minutes of action. Callahan is the type of player that will give the New York Islanders fits.

Others I like: Filip Forsberg ($5,800), Nikita Kucherov ($5,200), Marian Hossa($5,420).

Value: Alex Tanguay ($2,800), Tom Wilson ($2,700), Lance Bouma ($2,500).

Defence

Alex Pietrangelo ($6,000) – If you paired Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban on Friday night then congratulations. There will be a temptation to play Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk together in your DFS pools. If you have the money to do so then go ahead but it is likely to be a bit more risky. San Jose can be a bit shaky at home and since you never have to worry about +/- on DraftKings, if you have some extra money then this pairing could prove to be an interesting one late on a Saturday night.

Brent Burns ($6,000) – His defense can be a considerable adventure but his propensity for points makes him a wookie good play! Burns provides better value than most of your top line defensemen on the board because +/- is not a worry and he shoots near three times on net a game. He is facing a St. Louis team that can give up goals in bunches. This could set up to be another high or relatively high scoring game so you may want to get Burns in your lineup as fast as you can.

John Carlson ($5,700) – The kid who skated with me as I went through the ranks fared a little better than I did. Needless to say, the Colonia, NJ native has had a good offensive season on defense for Washington. His booming shot and passing skills have improved though yes his turnovers can be plenty at times. High risk/high reward may be the way to go here especially since New Jersey who cannot put winning streaks together. He has four to five point potential tonight and maybe more. I would find a place for him in your lineup.

Others I like: Cody Franson ($4,600), Alex Edler ($4,500), Mike Green ($4,500).

Value: Ian Cole ($2,600), Tim Erixon ($2,500).

Thanks for reading guys and hopefully the picks help you out. If you have any questions, fire them away at me on twitter @ChrisWasselTHW and i’ll do my best to answer them. We will also have a few adds and subtractions as well.

Good luck today!