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Fantasy picks: Jeff Skinner can break out of slump

High-volume shooter among Feb. 17 DFS targets at wing for Hurricanes after break

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 lineup has been constructed with expensive and value picks and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.

C - Aleksander Barkov, FLA ($6,200)

Barkov has 25 points in 23 games since Nov. 19. He's missed 15 games because of injury, but has at least a point in each of his first four games back (four goals, two assists, 10 SOG) on the top line and first power-play unit with Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr. He had two goals, an assist and 11.5 DraftKings points at the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, further proof he's one of the NHL's most dynamic players when healthy. He had 4.0 DraftKings points against the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 3.

C - Brandon Dubinsky, CBJ ($4,600)

Dubinsky has 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 45 career regular-season games against the Pittsburgh Penguins, including four in two games this season. He has a three-game point streak and nine points in seven games in February on mostly the Columbus Blue Jackets' first line with fantasy breakout Cam Atkinson and affordable wing Boone Jenner ($4,600).

W - Jeff Skinner, CAR ($5,800)

Since scoring two goals and an assist against the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 13, Skinner has fallen into a lengthy drought with a goal and an assist in his past 11 games. He has a strong shot volume (32 SOG) in the span, so he's bound for an eventual shooting percentage correction, which could come at home against the Colorado Avalanche. Skinner has 21 points and 84 SOG in 24 home games.

Video: PHI@CAR: Skinner zips a wrist shot past Mason

W - Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA ($5,700)

If you can afford the Barkov-Huberdeau stack, take full advantage of the Panthers' red-hot duo. Huberdeau has at least 6.0 DraftKings points in three of his first four games this season after a missing more than three months because of injury. He scored a goal on six SOG against the Ducks in his season debut, and has 66 points in 80 games dating to last season.

W - Jakob Silfverberg, ANA ($5,700)

Silfverberg has been a safe bet at home this season with 21 points and 83 SOG in 25 games, and has recently been moved to a line centered by Ryan Getzlaf instead of Ryan Kesler. Either way, Silfverberg brings the comfort zone of a strong shot volume (13 in past four games) and has a chance of scoring against the Panthers, who have allowed 21 goals in their past five games.

D - Justin Faulk, CAR ($5,600)

Faulk has 14 points in 20 home games for the Hurricanes. He has at least a point in four of his past five games and has strong peripherals on the season (53 blocks, 140 SOG) despite being limited to 46 of a possible 53 games. He plays on Carolina's first power-play unit (eight PPP) and has been strong against Western Conference teams with 12 points in 16 games.

D - Francois Beauchemin, COL ($3,500)

Beauchemin has nine blocks and 19 SOG in seven games in February, and has exceeded 100 blocks (111) for the sixth straight season. Beauchemin has a strong chance of returning value at the Hurricanes based on his peripheral coverage alone. He also has a chance at a point or two given his uptick in power-play usage (1:53 per game this month).

G - Cam Ward, CAR ($8,200)

Ward, tied for the sixth-most starts in the League (45), has been a workhorse for Carolina. His peripherals have declined in his past 10 games, where he's 5-5-0 with a .875 save percentage. But the 32-year-old should benefit from the Hurricanes' five-day break. He faces the Avalanche, who will be on the second of a back-to-back. Ward has had a save percentage of .929 or better in 13 of his 22 home starts; he's 15-5-1 at PNC Arena.

Video: CAR@DAL: Ward flashes the leather on Seguin's slapper

UTIL - Jake Guentzel, PIT ($4,600)

Guentzel is playing on the first line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz in the absence of injured forwards Conor Sheary and Bryan Rust. His fantasy performance has spiked as a result; he has four points and 14 SOG in his past six games. He had an assist, two blocks and one SOG for 3.5 DraftKings points against the Blue Jackets on Feb. 3, and has 11 points in 18 games this season.

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