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Fantasy picks: Panthers offense should stay hot

Jonathan Huberdeau among DFS targets for Feb. 20

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

DraftKings Daily Picks: Monday

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The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Monday night including Jaromir Jagr and Andrew Cogliano

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Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This list of targets includes expensive and value options at each position to help you build a winning roster.

 

C - Martin Hanzal, ARI ($4,700)

Hanzal has been one of the hottest players in the League over the past week; he has five goals in five games, including three 5.0 or more DraftKings points in three of five games. The Arizona Coyotes have played better recently with seven wins in 12 games (7-4-1). Hanzal has 10 goals and 18 points in 24 home games and will face the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena on Monday. He can also pile up the shots; he had eight SOG and no points (4.0 DraftKings points) in a 3-2 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 4.

 

C - Rickard Rakell, ANA ($5,900)

Rakell leads the Ducks with 22 goals this season, although he's had one in the past seven games. He's lost the scoring touch he had earlier in the season but still remains a threat playing on a line with Nick Ritchie and Corey Perry. Rakell has taken nine SOG in two games and has fared well against the Coyotes this season; he has two goals, three points and five SOG (3.5 DraftKings points per game) in three games.

Video: ANA@BUF: Rakell one-times Perry's feed past Lehner

 

W - Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA ($6,100)

Huberdeau has four goals and eight points in six games since he made his season debut on Feb. 3, including goals in three of the past four. The Florida Panthers have won seven of eight and have scored 20 goals in the past four games. If that continues, it's fair to expect Huberdeau to produce against the St. Louis Blues.

 

W - Shane Doan, ARI ($3,400)

Doan has five goals and 19 points in 57 games this season; he hasn't had fewer than 10 goals and 25 points since 1998-99. The 40-year old may not provide much these days, but he's cheap enough that he is a low-risk, high-reward play and allows flexibility to construct a better roster.

Video: ARI@SJS: Doan goes five-hole for power-play goal

 

W - Jakob Silfverberg, ANA ($6,000)

Even when he goes scoreless, Silfverberg can pile up the DraftKings points. He had five SOG and a block in a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday (3.0 DraftKings points). With 17 goals and 19 assists (including four goals and seven points in the past 10 games entering play Sunday), the Ducks' top-six wing can strike at any time. He's had success on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Ondrej Kase.

 

D - Kevin Shattenkirk, STL ($5,200)

There may be rumors swirling about where Shattenkirk will be following the NHL Trade Deadline on March 1 at 3 p.m. ET, but he hasn't let it affect his play. Shattenkirk has nine assists in 10 games and has scored at least 4.0 DraftKings points in three of his past four games. The Blues are clicking right now, and Shattenkirk has been a main reason why; he has 14 SOG and 14 blocks in 10 games. Even if he doesn't get any points, the SOG and blocks add up. Shattenkirk has 43 points in 52 games and has excelled in all situations this season.

Video: STL@WPG: Shattenkirk, Stastny combine for nifty PPG

 

D - Aaron Ekblad, FLA ($4,200)

The 2015 Calder Trophy winner has eight goals and 10 assists in 57 games and is minus-18, not nearly as effective as the past two seasons, which included 15 goals and 21 assists in 78 games last season. Because of the offensive decline, Ekblad can be had for cheaper than normal. He has a point in each of his past three games (at least 3.5 DraftKings points in each game) and has fared better on the road (five goals, eight assists).

 

G - Jake Allen ($7,900), STL

Prior to allowing three goals on 28 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Allen won five of six games, including one shutout. He's allowed 13 goals in his past seven starts for the Blues, who have locked down defensively; they're 7-2-0 since Mike Yeo took over as coach and have allowed 14 goals.

UTIL - Ryan Kesler, ANA ($6,500)

Kesler is having a resurgent season for the Ducks and leads them in scoring prior to play Sunday. His 19 goals and 25 assists in 59 games have almost matched his totals from 2015-16 (21 goals, 32 points in 79 games) and he has 17 power-play points (seven goals). Kesler has 144 SOG and 54 blocks (one per game) and has averaged 3.5 DraftKings points per contest. He has 12 goals and 22 assists in 46 career games against the Coyotes and does it all, making him a smart play in this two-game slate.

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