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Rangers goalie offers rare value against Capitals at home, among Feb. 28 DFS options

by Ben Zweiman @BZweimanNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DraftKings Daily Picks: Tuesday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Tuesday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Tuesday night including Brian Boyle and James Neal

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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.

 

TOP CENTER: Patrice Bergeron, BOS ($7,100)

Bergeron has been playing out of his mind lately with five goals, nine assists and 39 shots on goal in his past 10 games (5.7 DraftKings points per game). He has at least 3.5 DraftKings points in four straight with 19 SOG in that span, all road games. The Boston Bruins return home where Bergeron has nine goals, 10 assists and 110 SOG in 28 games. The Arizona Coyotes are allowing the most DraftKings points to centers this season, and the Bruins offense has been clicking with at least three goals in 11 of their past 12 games.

Video: BOS@DAL: Bergeron roofs feed for his second goal

 

VALUE CENTER: Anze Kopitar, LAK ($5,200)

You probably never would have thought you'd see Kopitar's name coming up as a bargain in DFS. But his struggles this season have driven his price down. Kopitar enters Monday with six goals in 55 games; he had at least 25 goals in seven of his past eight full NHL seasons. He showed some signs of life with two assists and four SOG (6.5 DraftKings points) in a 4-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Kopitar has 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 42 games against the Calgary Flames, and perhaps the acquisition of goalie Ben Bishop will light a fire under the Los Angeles Kings down the stretch.

 

TOP WING: Patrik Laine, WPG ($6,700)

Laine is on another one of his scoring binges with seven goals and three assists during a five-game point streak. He's struggled against the Minnesota Wild this season (no points in three games), but the Wild will be on the second of a back-to-back. Minnesota could opt to play backup goalie Darcy Kuemper (3.05 goals-against average), which could open up the Winnipeg Jets offense. Laine has scored 18 of his 30 goals at home (4.8 DraftKings points per game at MTS Centre) and if there's one flaw for the Wild, it's their penalty kill (83.1 percent).

Video: WPG@TOR: Laine hammers home one-timer from the circle

 

VALUE WING: Jason Zucker, MIN ($4,700)

The Wild announced that forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville have the mumps and are out Monday against the Kings. Chances are they won't be able to return Tuesday vs. the Jets, which gives Zucker a nice boost. Minnesota moved Zucker, center Mikko Koivu and right wing Mikael Granlund up to the first line. The left wing could land on either the first or second power-play unit. Zucker had two goals, an assist and four SOG (10.5 DraftKings points) in a 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Feb. 18, so his ceiling is already high. He also has at least four SOG in four of his past five games, giving him a decent floor to work with as well. 

 

TOP DEFENSEMAN: Roman Josi, NSH ($6,200)

If it ain't broke don't fix it, right? Josi has three straight multipoint games, with two goals and four assists in that span. His line in the past 10 games is only moderately ridiculous; Josi has six goals, eight assists, 21 blocks and 33 SOG, an average of 6.1 DraftKings points per game. He's been a bit lackluster on the road (11 points in 23 games), but the Buffalo Sabres have allowed 13 goals during a three-game losing streak. Josi has as high a ceiling as any defenseman not named Brent Burns for the heavy slate of games Tuesday.

Video: WSH@NSH: Josi tallies off Forsberg's cross-ice feed

 

VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Ivan Provorov, PHI ($4,600)

At some point the Philadelphia Flyers offense will wake up and that could come Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche. The Flyers have gone 17 straight games without scoring more than three goals, and the Avalanche have allowed at least four goals in three of their past six road games. Even if Philadelphia goes cold again, Provorov can provide value with his ability to block shots (127 in 61 games). The rookie also does a nice job getting SOG with at least three in six of his past 10 games.

 

GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Henrik Lundqvist, NYR ($7,400)

Most of the time you'll want to avoid the goaltender on the opposite side of the Washington Capitals. But in Lundqvist's case, it's actually the other way around. The New York Rangers goalie is 2-0-0 with three goals allowed and a .950 save percentage against the Capitals this season. Lundqvist has allowed three or fewer goals in nine of his past 10 games, and is 5-1-0 with a .920 SV% in his past eight starts at Madison Square Garden. The price tag is appealing and Lundqvist offers contrarian value for use in tournaments.

Video: CBJ@NYR: Lundqvist makes pad stop on Atkinson's break

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