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Fantasy Pick'Em: Penguins stacks cover all bases against Flyers

Kessel-Brassard, Guentzel-Hornqvist duos provide even-strength, power-play exposure; more DraftKings targets

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

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: Phil Kessel, PIT (at PHI) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins right wing had two assists in their 4-3 overtime win against the Calgary Flames on Monday, marking his third-straight two-point game. Kessel has six points (one goal, five assists), eight shots on goal and one block over the span (5.8 DraftKings points per game). Kessel has been skating on the third line with newly acquired center Derick Brassard (Tier 5), who makes a nice stacking option against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, NHL.TV). Kessel has three points (one goal, two assists), eight SOG and two blocks in three games against the Flyers (6.0 DraftKings points per game).

Tweet from @NHLReese: Who do you like tonight in #PITvsPHI? @NHLJensen is going Simmonds & #LetsGoFlyers, I'm taking Kessel & #LetsGoPens in #DFS: https://t.co/l7mTA61fPE

Video: PIT@BOS: Kessel banks shot in off Rask from goal line

Sneaky upside: Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (at BUF) -- The Flames left wing has no goals, one assist and 15 SOG over his past five games, which could deter most DFS players from picking him. Gaudreau had 14 points (four goals, 10 assists), five power-play points, 31 SOG and three blocks in 10 games prior to his five-game cold streak. His potential low ownership makes him an intriguing pick against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN, MSG-B, NHL.TV). Flames forward Micheal Ferland (Tier 5), who plays on the first line with Gaudreau and center Sean Monahan (Tier 2), returned to their lineup after missing four games with an upper-body injury. Gaudreau plays on the Flames' first power-play unit with Matthew Tkachuk (Tier 3), who is tied for first in the League in power-play goals (nine) since Dec. 15. Tkachuk had one goal and six SOG (6.0 DraftKings points) against the Sabres on Jan. 22.

 

TIER 4

Safest pick: Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF (vs. CGY) -- The Sabres defenseman had two assists, one SOG and five blocks (7.0 DraftKings points) in their 5-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. Ristolainen has eight points (two goals, six assists), 28 SOG and 23 blocks in his past 10 games (4.0 DraftKings points per game). He has seven points (four goals, three assists) and 12 SOG in eight career games against the Flames. Ristolainen is stackable with Sabres forward Sam Reinhart (Tier 5), who has five points (three goals, two assists), 17 SOG and two blocks in his past five games (4.5 DraftKings points per game).

Video: BUF@DET: Ristolainen scores on deflected point shot

Sneaky upside: Jake Guentzel, PIT (at PHI) -- The Penguins forward has three points (two goals, one assist), seven SOG and one block in two games against the Flyers (6.0 DraftKings points per game). He is skating on the first line with elite center Sidney Crosby (Tier 1) and wing Patric Hornqvist (Tier 2). Stacking Guentzel with Hornqvist would provide exposure to Crosby at even strength and also the top-ranked power play (26.4 percent), which Hornqvist plays on. The Penguins have a favorable matchup against the Flyers, who have the third-worst penalty kill percentage (75.1).

 

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