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Fantasy picks: Tyler Toffoli can break out for Kings

Right wing among Feb. 21 DFS targets against Avalanche

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

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.

 

BOUNCE-BACK CANDIDATE - Tyler Toffoli, LAK ($5,600)

Toffoli has scored seven of his nine goals, and all three of his PPP on the road. He offers exposure to Anze Kopitar at even strength and Jeff Carter on the Los Angeles Kings' first power-play unit in a favorable draw at the Colorado Avalanche. His DraftKings price has dipped because of his slow start upon returning from injury (one goal, no assists, 16 SOG in seven games), but DFS owners should anticipate an eventual bounce-back performance from this 24-year-old, who scored 31 goals and 27 assists last season.

 

TOP PLAY, CENTER - Nazem Kadri, TOR ($6,100)

Kadri has 24 points in 28 home games, a four-game point streak and at least a point in eight of his past nine. The Toronto Maple Leafs face the Winnipeg Jets, whom Kadri scored two goals against on Oct. 19. With the status of Mitchell Marner (upper body) uncertain, Kadri will be relied upon in all situations, including on the first power-play unit (15 power-play points). He has already set a new NHL career high this season with 24 goals on a high shot volume (175).

Video: OTT@TOR: Kadri banks puck in off Dzingel

 

VALUE PLAY, CENTER - Tyler Johnson, TBL ($4,900)

Johnson has nine points in his past nine games and is back playing with familiar linemates Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat. He has been a reliable scorer at home (20 points in 26 games) and scored a goal on four SOG against the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 17. He is a threat for a multipoint game any given night and is an affordable option priced below $5,000.

 

TOP PLAY, WING - Patrik Laine, WPG ($6,600)

Laine, a rookie, scored a hat trick in his first career game against the Maple Leafs on Oct. 19, and is the only player League-wide with three hat tricks this season. He's tied for sixth in multipoint games (16) and is worth spending up for against Toronto with eight points and 18 SOG in his past four games. This game could very well be a scoring showcase of top 2016 NHL Draft picks Laine and Auston Matthews ($7,400), so opt for the more-affordable Laine. He has 25 points in 31 road games.

Video: DAL@WPG: Laine shows off quick hands for second goal

 

VALUE PLAY, WING - James Neal, NSH ($5,200)

Neal has been held without a goal in his past 10 games despite his usual high shot volume (28 SOG). That said, his offense is beginning to pick up with a three-game point streak and a combined five assists in that span. He's underachieved at large this season, but is still a nightly threat for goals; he has 17 (second on Nashville Predators) despite being limited to 49 of a possible 58 games.

Video: BUF@NSH: Neal cashes in on one-timer

 

TOP PLAY, DEFENSEMAN - P.K. Subban, NSH ($5,300)

Subban has scored multiple points in three of his past five games, totaling seven points (two on power play) and nine SOG. His power-play ice time and point total have been disappointing considering the high fantasy expectations surrounding him, but Subban is still one of the most dynamic puck-moving defensemen in the League and one that could pounce on the Calgary Flames, who have been outscored 81-62 in 30 road games.

 

VALUE PLAY, DEFENSEMAN - Tyson Barrie, COL ($4,300)

Barrie is a potential target leading up to the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline, but fantasy owners can't sleep on his daily fantasy value in the short term. In five games since returning from injury, Barrie has combined for 19 SOG (second among defensemen behind Brent Burns' 25). Barrie has points in back-to-back games and is averaging just over a block per game (50 in 49 games). Considering DraftKings does not count plus/minus, Barrie is a low-risk, high-reward option at home against the Kings.

Video: COL@CAR: Barrie fakes, fires home a wrister

 

TOP PLAY, GOALIE - Cory Schneider, NJD ($7,400)

Schneider is 13-7-3 with a .921 save percentage and two shutouts at home, where the New Jersey Devils host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. With Bobby Ryan (hand) out indefinitely, and Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman potentially sidelined, Schneider could come out on top of a low-scoring affair. Even when Schneider and the Devils lost to the Senators at home on Feb. 16, he returned value with 32 saves on 34 shots faced for 4.4 DraftKings points.

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