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Fantasy picks: Jack Eichel's ceiling sky-high

Sabres center on 10-game point streak, among March 7 DFS options against Flyers

by Ben Zweiman @BZweimanNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DraftKings Daily Picks: Tuesday

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The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Tuesday night including Mark Letestu and Alex Galchenyuk

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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: Jack Eichel, BUF ($7,500)

You can make a case for Auston Matthews ($7,400) of the Toronto Maple Leafs here, but Eichel's 10-game point streak looks likely to continue against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Buffalo Sabres top center has three goals, 10 assists and 45 shots on goal during the streak but has not been happy with his team's play recently. That should light a fire under Eichel, who will face a Flyers team that has allowed 17 goals in its past five road games. Eichel has a high floor with his ability to generate shots and is always a threat to score multiple points.

 

VALUE CENTER: Derek Ryan, CAR ($3,600)

Ryan, 30, has scored in two of his past three games for the Carolina Hurricanes. He is skating on the third line with Jeff Skinner ($6,000) and Lee Stempniak ($3,400), who also isn't a bad value play. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed 15 goals on their latest losing streak, which is at four games. There's plenty of risk involved in playing Ryan, but the rookie's price tag is so low that he only really needs to get a point to return value in a tournament.

Video: CAR@ARI: Ryan cashes in on loose puck in the crease

 

TOP WING: Mikael Granlund, MIN ($6,400)

Granlund has been held scoreless in back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 7-8. Sandwiched between that, he had six goals, five assists and 24 SOG in eight games for the Minnesota Wild. Granlund has gone more than two games without a point once this season and should thrive against the St. Louis Blues at home. He has two goals, an assist, three blocks and five SOG in four games vs. St. Louis (3.0 DraftKings points per game). Granlund is also a point-per-game player at Xcel Energy Center (14 goals, 18 assists in 32 games).

 

VALUE WING: Kyle Palmieri, NJD ($4,700)

If you're looking for an against-the-grain play for a tournament lineup, Palmieri has been the only forward with DFS value lately for the New Jersey Devils. He has four multipoint games in his past seven, averaging 5.4 DraftKings points per contest in that span. The Devils got a good look at the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shutout loss Sunday, and will look to end a seven-game losing streak. Playing with Taylor Hall on the top line gives Palmieri a high ceiling, plus his shot volume (3.3 per game in his past 10) can help you survive another scoreless outing.

Video: NJD@BOS: Palmieri buries Hall's feed on odd-man rush

 

TOP DEFENSEMAN: Cam Fowler, ANA ($5,500)

With the limited elite options at defenseman, Fowler is a safe bet against the Nashville Predators at home. He has at least three blocked shots in five of six, and at least three SOG in four of six, giving him a high floor. The Anaheim Ducks have scored five goals in two of their past three at Honda Center, and the Predators have allowed at least four in three of four. Fowler has two assists in two games vs. Nashville this season, each coming on the power play.

 

VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Tyson Barrie, COL ($4,400)

If there's one opponent that makes Avalanche players viable in DFS, it's the Hurricanes. Barrie had a goal and seven SOG (6.5 DraftKings points) vs. Carolina on Feb. 17 at PNC Arena. Colorado was able to generate 37 SOG in that game, the highest total the Hurricanes have allowed in their past 11 games. Carolina's once-formidable penalty kill (3rd in NHL; 85.6 percent) has wavered recently, allowing three goals in four games. Expect Barrie to look more like the defenseman who combined for 25 goals and 77 assists in his previous two seasons.

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

 

GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Robin Lehner, BUF ($7,700)

The Flyers are last in the NHL in goals scored since Feb. 4 (19 in 12 games) and have 10 in their past five on the road. Lehner may be 9-10-5 at home, but his save percentage is .925 and the Sabres are allowing the most SOG per game (34.1). This game should be low scoring and even if Lehner takes the loss, he should be able to return value with 30-plus saves. Avalanche goalies Calvin Pickard ($7,000) and Jeremy Smith ($6,900) are also appealing bargains at home vs. the Hurricanes.

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