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Fantasy picks: Lightning offer appealing stack

Jonathan Drouin, Victor Hedman, Andrei Vasilevskiy among April 1 DFS options

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

DraftKings Daily Picks: Saturday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Saturday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Saturday including Brad Marchand and Auston Matthews

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Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This article includes expensive and value plays and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.

Note: This contest does not include the 1 p.m. ET game between the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins and the 2 p.m. ET game between the Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators.

 

TOP CENTER: Ryan Getzlaf, ANA ($6,700)

The Anaheim Ducks are 9-2-1 in their past 12 games largely in part because of the play of goalie Jonathan Bernier but also because of Getzlaf. He leads the Ducks in assists (52) and points (66), and has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in his past 10 games (4.7 DraftKings points per game). Getzlaf had four assists against the New York Rangers on Sunday and three assists against the Edmonton Oilers on March 22. The three centers ahead of him in the contest are Connor McDavid ($8,100), Auston Matthews ($7,600) and Tyler Seguin ($6,800), and he's on the same if not better point pace in the past 10 games. Getzlaf has six assists against the Oilers in four games this season.

Video: NYR@ANA: Kesler tallies PPG on tip-in from the slot

 

VALUE CENTER: Valtteri Filppula, PHI ($3,800)

At this price, Filppula is an absolute steal. He has 40 points (10 goals, 30 assists) this season, including a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win against the New York Islanders on Thursday. He also has two goals in his past three games. Filppula isn't the first or second name that comes to mind when you think of offensive catalysts for the Philadelphia Flyers, but he is capable of chipping in every now and then, and has a good matchup against the New Jersey Devils, who enter Friday with a minus-50 goal differential.

Video: PHI@PIT: Filppula slides puck home from doorstep

 

TOP WING: Leon Draisaitl, EDM ($6,600)

What has somewhat gotten lost in the great season by McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers is how well Draisaitl has played. He ranks second on the Oilers in goals (27), assists (45) and points (72) behind McDavid and leads Edmonton with 25 power-play points. Draisaitl is on a nine-game point streak (four goals, 12 assists), which includes a streak of six straight games with at least two points. He's averaging 4.8 DraftKings points in his past 10 games, and has five goals in four games against the Ducks this season.

Video: COL@EDM: Draisaitl hammers home Caggiula's feed

 

VALUE WING: Jonathan Drouin, TBL ($5,300)

Drouin has 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists) in 67 games this season and has helped the offense in the absence of Steven Stamkos, who could return Saturday for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Drouin has four goals in his past four games and 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 10 games (3.6 DraftKings points). He is a mainstay on the power play and is a good pick for the Lightning against the Montreal Canadiens. Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators ($5,400) is also another value pick at wing.

Video: DET@TBL: Drouin cuts through defense, nets a PPG

 

TOP DEFENSEMAN: Victor Hedman, TBL ($6,700)

Speaking of Lightning players who have excelled lately, how about Hedman? He has 66 points (15 goals, 51 assists) in 73 games this season and is one reason Tampa Bay has closed the gap on the Boston Bruins for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The triple-digit numbers in SOG (157) and blocked shots (121) are a huge boon to his DraftKings totals (3.9 points per game), and he also has six assists in the past four games. Hedman dominates at home with more than a point per game (39 points in 38 games) where Tampa Bay will play Saturday.

Video: ARI@TBL: Hedman hustles to net breakaway chance

 

VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI ($4,900)

A year ago at this time, Gostisbehere would not be considered a value pick and wouldn't be available at this price. But his struggles this season (35 points in 71 games) have led to his DFS fall. Although he hasn't helped owners much, Gostisbehere is on a three-game point streak (one goal, three assists) and has nine SOG in that span. He is averaging 2.9 DraftKings points per game this season, but it's up to 3.2 in his past 10. Gostisbehere is almost up to 200 SOG (180) and also has 88 blocks. At under $5,000 against the struggling Devils, there's a good chance Gostisbehere will provide positive returns.

Video: PHI@PIT: Gostisbehere cranks home a sweet one-timer

 

GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL ($7,400)

The Lightning need all the points they can get and after a poor stretch allowing at least four goals in three straight games, Vasilevskiy has rebounded. He made 29 saves in a 2-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on March 24 and followed that up with two straight wins despite allowing at least three goals in each. Vasilevskiy is averaging 4.4 DraftKings points per game this season and has six wins in his past 10 games. He also made 19 saves (5.8 DraftKings points) in a win against the Canadiens on Dec. 28.

Video: DET@TBL: Vasilevskiy turns aside Kronwall's chance

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