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Fantasy Pick'Em: Barkov stackable with Dadonov for Panthers

Elite forwards in different tiers for favorable matchup against Rangers; more DraftKings targets

by James Harding / NHL.com Fantasy Correspondent

NHL.com 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.

 

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TIER 1

Safest pick: Connor McDavid, EDM (vs. MIN) -- The Edmonton Oilers center scored his career-high 31st goal of the season and had nine shots on goal in their 2-1 shootout win against the New York Islanders on Thursday. He has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) and is averaging 6.6 DraftKings points per game in his past 10 games. The Oilers have a favorable matchup Saturday against the Minnesota Wild (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, FS-N, NHL.TV), who are on the second end of back-to-back road games. McDavid had one assist and three SOG against the Wild on Dec. 16.

Sneaky upside: Aleksander Barkov, FLA (vs. NYR) -- The Florida Panthers center extended his point streak to eight games with two assists, three SOG and a block in their 5-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. It was Barkov's third consecutive multipoint game and he has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and 27 SOG over the eight game point streak. Barkov has one goal and one assist in two games against the New York Rangers and has 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) and 106 SOG in 31 home games.

Video: PHI@FLA: Barkov makes nice move on breakaway for PPG

 

TIER 3

Safest pick: Mikael Granlund, MIN (at EDM) -- The Minnesota Wild forward had one assist, one SOG and one block in their 5-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday, extending his point streak to four games. He has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and is averaging 5.6 DraftKings points per game in his past nine games. Granlund is skating on their first line with forwards Eric Staal and Jason Zucker, who have combined for 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists) over the past ten games.

Sneaky upside: Evgenii Dadonov, FLA (vs. NYR) -- The Florida Panthers wing scored a goal and had a power-play assist in their 5-0 win against the Canadiens on Thursday. It was Dadonov's fifth consecutive multipoint game and he has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) and two power-play assists in his past 10 games. Dadonov has NHL career highs in goals (21), assists (30) and points (51) through 57 games this season.

Video: MTL@FLA: Dadonov nets one-timer off Yandle's feed

 

TIER 6

Safest pick: Ryan Johansen, NSH (vs. NJD) -- The Nashville Predators center had a multipoint game (one goal, one assist) in their 4-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. Johansen has eight points (three goals, five assists) and 20 SOG in his past 10 games and had one assist and 4.0 DraftKings points against the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 25.

Sneaky upside: Ryan Spooner, NYR (at FLA) -- The New York Rangers forward had one goal, two assists and two SOG in their 5-3 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. Spooner has four multipoint games with the Rangers, totaling two goals and eight assists in six games. He is skating on their second line with forwards Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello and is on their second power-play unit with Hayes, forwards Vladislav Namestnikov and Jimmy Vesey and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo.

 

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