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Fantasy picks: Maple Leafs worth targeting against Canadiens

Marner, Bozak look to extend point streaks; more DFS targets for March 17

by James Harding / NHL.com Fantasy Correspondent

All season long, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. These targets at each position can be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.

 

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PICK'EM CONTEST TARGETS

 

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Top pick: Evander Kane, SJS (at VAN): The San Jose Sharks left wing scored four goals and had seven shots on goal in their 7-4 win against the Calgary Flames on Friday. Kane has 10 points (five goals, five assists) and 32 SOG in eight games with the Sharks and has a favorable matchup against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, NBCSCA, NHL.TV), who allow the fourth-most DraftKings points per game to wings.

Video: SJS@CGY: Kane leads Sharks with four-goal game

 

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Top pick: Mitch Marner, TOR (vs. MTL): The Toronto Maple Leafs forward had one power-play assist and four SOG in their 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, extending his point streak to four games. Marner has six points and five power-play points in that span and has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) and 23 SOG in his past nine games. He has two assists and four SOG in two games against the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, CBC, TVAS, SN, NHL.TV).

Video: PIT@TOR: Marner nets PPG off defender to pad lead

 

CLASSIC CONTEST TARGETS

 

CENTER

Value pick: Tyler Bozak, TOR ($4,200 vs MTL): The Toronto Maple Leafs center scored a power-play goal with six SOG on goal in their 5-2 win against the Sabres. Bozak has a three-game point streak totaling one goal, three assists, eight SOG and three blocks. He is centering their third line between James van Riemsdyk ($6,100) and Connor Brown ($3,100) and has two assists in two games against the Canadiens.

Video: TOR@BUF: Bozak pots van Riemsdyk's nice feed for PPG

 

WING

Value pick: Charlie Coyle, MIN ($4,900 at ARI): The Minnesota Wild forward scored his 11th goal of the season in their 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday, extending his point streak to five games. Coyle has six points (three goals, three assists) and 11 SOG over the five game span. He has a favorable road matchup against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, FS-N, NHL.TV), who give up the sixth-most goals per game in the League (3.14). Coyle has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) and is averaging 2.9 DraftKings points per game in 28 road games.

 
 
DEFENSE

Value pick: Neal Pionk, NYR ($3,500 at STL): The New York Rangers defenseman had three assists, including two on the power play and two SOG in their 4-3 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. Pionk has five assists, five blocked shots and four SOG in his past three games. He is skating on the first pair with Marc Staal and is running the point on their first power-play unit with forwards Chris Kreider, Vladislav Namestnikov, Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich.

 
GOALTENDER

Value pick: Alexandar Georgiev, NYR ($6,900 at STL): The New York Rangers goaltender stopped 37 of 40 shots faced in their 4-3 OT win against the Penguins. Georgiev has won back-to-back games and is 3-0-0 with a 2.59 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in his past four games (three starts).

Video: PIT@NYR: Georgiev denies Guentzel, Crosby in tight

 
TOP GAME TO TARGET FOR DFS

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET; SUN, NESN, NHL.TV): The Lightning are averaging the most goals per game in the League (3.59) and Boston ranks third (3.32). Both Andrei Vasilevskiy (3.42 goals-against average) and Tuukka Rask (3.30 GAA) have struggled in their past 10 games, and the Lightning (4.50 goals scored per game) and Bruins (4.13) are the two highest-scoring teams in the NHL in March.

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