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Fantasy picks: Bruins have favorable matchup

Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask among Nov. 13 DFS options against Avalanche

by Ben Zweiman @BZweimanNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

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.

NOTE: These picks are for four-game Sunday contests, excluding the 2 p.m. ET game between the Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets and the 4 p.m. ET game between the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks.

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C - Patrice Bergeron, BOS ($6,800)

Bergeron enters Saturday without a point in his past three games, but he's done everything else with 15 shots on goal and three blocks in that span, an average of 3.0 DraftKings points per contest. The Boston Bruins have scored 11 goals in their past three and the Colorado Avalanche may be without top center Matt Duchene because of concussion-like symptoms. If Duchene sits, Bergeron will have an easier assignment and Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has allowed at least four goals in three of his past four starts. Bergeron will see less exposure than other elite center options like Connor McDavid ($8,200) and Alex Galchenyuk ($6,700), plus he's a relatively safe play with upside if he breaks out of his slump.

C - Kevin Hayes, NYR ($4,600)

On a day with six games it's always a good idea to ride the hot hand. Hayes has been one of the most valuable centers in DraftKings this season. He ranks sixth among centers Sunday in DraftKings points per contest (3.4) despite being priced 17th. Hayes had a goal and two assists (8.0 DraftKings points) when the New York Rangers defeated the Edmonton Oilers, Sunday's opponent, 5-3 on Nov. 3 and he enters Saturday on a six-game point streak (four goals, six assists). Considering his price and production, Hayes is an excellent play.

W - Marian Hossa, CHI ($5,600)

Hossa has been the Chicago Blackhawks most productive forward lately with three goals and two assists in his past three games. The Montreal Canadiens are a tough draw, but will be playing the second of a back-to-back on the road, so backup Al Montoya may start instead of Carey Price. Hossa is on the second power-play unit and the Canadiens penalty kill enters Saturday 9-for-17 in the past four games. Like Hayes, Hossa is a great value averaging the third-most DraftKings points (4.2) per contest despite being the 15th highest priced wing Sunday.

Video: CHI@STL: Hossa sweeps a rebound past Allen

W - David Backes, BOS ($5,100)

Backes is a nice stack option with Bergeron to get exposure to each of the Bruins' top two lines. The Avalanche have allowed a power-play goal in each of their past three games and Backes plays with Bergeron on the top unit. Backes is coming off a goal and an assist (6.0 DraftKings points) against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday and has played better on the road this season (3.6 DraftKings points per contest compared to 2.9 at home). It also helps that Colorado is allowing the second-most DraftKings points to opposing wings.

D - Erik Johnson, COL ($5,500)

Johnson is mostly a blocks specialist, but has a PP assist in each of his past two games. If the Avalanche's offense struggles, Johnson should get a fair amount of blocks considering the Bruins enter Saturday third in the League in shots per game (31.9). Johnson always plays big minutes (22:44 per game) in all situations and is a safe bet for points at the defenseman position. The two highest priced defensemen Sunday, Erik Karlsson ($7,100) and Shea Weber ($6,600), have been inconsistent lately making them better suited for tournaments. Johnson is a solid play for all contest types with a high floor.

D - Nick Holden, NYR ($3,300)

Holden has a goal and three assists in his past four games, including two assists (4.5 DraftKings points) against the Oilers on Nov. 3. He enters Saturday second on the Rangers in average ice time per game (19:50) behind captain Ryan McDonagh and has at least a block in each of his past five games. Holden won't generate much offense, but the rest of his team has done a nice job of that which should lead to assist opportunities. The defenseman is a safe, cheap option for cash games.

G - Tuukka Rask, BOS ($7,700)

There's a chance Rask won't start the second of a back-to-back, but the Bruins seem reluctant to put backup Zane McIntyre ($7,500) in goal. As mentioned, if Duchene doesn't play the Avalanche offense will look even worse; Colorado is ranked 28th in goals per game (2.08) with Duchene. Rask enters Saturday 8-1-0 with great peripherals (1.76 goals-against average and .938 save percentage) and is averaging 7.1 DraftKings points per contest. He's got the best matchup of any starting goalie available in the contest, so his ownership percentage likely will be high, making him a good option for cash games but not as appealing for large tournaments.

Video: BOS@DET: Rask kicks out pad to stone Tatar

G - Devan Dubnyk, MIN ($7,400)

The Minnesota Wild goalie is known for his hot and cold streaks, but is coming off a 39-save performance (8.8 DraftKings points) against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-2 win Thursday. He's also starting the first game of a back-to-back Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers, so be prepared to start Darcy Kuemper ($7,300) should he get the nod Sunday. The Ottawa Senators are 26th in the League in scoring (2.29 goals per game) and the Wild are first in goals allowed (2.00 per game). Dubnyk or Kuemper should see plenty of shots (Ottawa averages 31.3 per game) and if he allows two goals or fewer, the Wild should win. He's a cheaper, against the grain option if you aren't sold on Boston's matchup.

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