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Fantasy Pick'Em: Kane has prominent role with Sharks

High-floor left wing brings exposure to Pavelski, Burns against Blackhawks; more DraftKings targets

by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese @NHLFantasy / Fantasy Editors covers DraftKings NHL Pick'Em contests by providing advice within certain player tiers. These targets can be used as a basis for your roster decision-making. NOTE: These picks are for six-game DraftKings NHL Pick'Em contests beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.



Jensen's safe pick: Anze Kopitar, LAK (vs. CBJ) -- The Los Angeles Kings center has had a bounce-back season alongside resurgent wing Dustin Brown and is a high-end option at home (33 points in 29 games). He faces the Columbus Blue Jackets (10:30 p.m. ET; SN1, FS-W, FS-O, NHL.TV), whom he scored 9.5 DraftKings points (two goals, one assist, three shots on goal) against Oct. 21. Kopitar is stackable with center Jeff Carter (Tier 5), whose return from injury has sparked the Kings offense and first power-play unit. Kopitar has six points (two goals, four assists), three power-play points and eight SOG in three games since Carter's return.

Video: LAK@VGK: Kopitar beats Lagace after slick move

Reese's sneaky pick: Evander Kane, SJS (vs. CHI) -- The San Jose Sharks wing had two assists, two SOG and a block in his debut against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday (5.5 DraftKings points) skating on the top line with center Joe Pavelski (also in Tier 3) and Joonas Donskoi. The Sharks have a favorable matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, WGN, NHL.TV), who are 3-9-1 (seven points; tied for fewest with New York Rangers) since Feb. 1. Kane, who has at least 4.5 DraftKings points in five out of his past eight games, faces goaltender J.F. Berube, who has a 2.97 goals-against average in 23 career NHL games. Kane and defenseman Brent Burns (Tier 1) play together on the Sharks power play, presenting a high-upside Pick'Em stack. 



Jensen's safe pick: Alexander Radulov, DAL (vs. TBL) -- The Dallas Stars wing provides late-Tier exposure to a high-powered home offense against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are on the second of a back-to-back. Radulov has 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in 33 home games and usually plays with Tyler Seguin (Tier 2) and/or Jamie Benn (Tier 4) at even strength and/or on the first power-play unit. Radulov has 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) and 76 SOG in 35 games played on one day of rest and a juicy matchup against Lightning backup Louis Domingue.

Video: MIN@DAL: Radulov cashes in after forcing turnover

Reese's sneaky pick: Craig Smith, NSH (at EDM) -- The Nashville Predators wing is on an eight-game point streak. He has nine points (four goals, five assists), 22 SOG and four blocks over the span (4.4 DraftKings points per game) and is in his usual spot on the second line with center Kyle Turris and wing Kevin Fiala. Smith gains additional value because he skates on a power-play unit with wings Filip Forsberg (Tier 4), Viktor Arvidsson (Tier 4), center Ryan Johansen and defenseman P.K. Subban. The Predators have a favorable matchup against the Edmonton Oilers (9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-TN, NHL.TV), who have given up the third-most goals (208) in the League. Smith has two points (one goal, one assist) and seven SOG in two games against the Oilers (4.8 DraftKings points per game).



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