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DraftKings picks: Hudler primed for Jagr's line

Czech Republic natives could unite; targets by position

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

DraftKings Daily Picks: Tuesday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Tuesday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for who will be the Top DraftKings players for Tuesday, March 1

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CENTERS

Spend up for: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins ($7,100)

Bergeron has been a top-10 fantasy forward based on production this season, and he's been especially dangerous at home. He has 28 points and more than three shots on goal per game (104) through 32 games at TD Garden this season. He is priced fifth among centers in DraftKings but is tied for the second-most DraftKings points per game at the position. He plays alongside breakout goal-scorer Brad Marchand ($6,800) and could benefit from the Bruins' addition of Lee Stempniak ($4,200).

Value pick: Paul Stastny, St. Louis Blues ($4,600)

With Jori Lehtera (upper body) not traveling with the Blues, Stastny is centering Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,200) again, this time with Jaden Schwartz playing on his opposite wing. Stastny is tied for 28th in price at his position. The Blues on Tuesday play the Ottawa Senators (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-MW, RDS, TSN5, NHL.TV), who have allowed the second-most DraftKings points to opposing centers this season. He had one assist, three blocked shots and one shot on goal in one game against the Senators earlier this season. He's also due for a goal; he hasn't scored in 10 games. He has 24 points in 28 games this season when on one day of rest.

WINGS

Spend up for: Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild ($7,100)

The Wild have a huge opportunity at home against the Colorado Avalanche (8 p.m. ET; ALT, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV), whom they trail by two points for the second wild card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference with one game in hand. Parise has had an up-and-down season and has been slowed by injury. But he's been explosive recently with nine points, five power-play points, four blocked shots and 35 shots on goal in his past 10 games, and has four goals, one assist and 16 shots on goal in three games against the Avalanche this season. He can be stacked with teammates Mikko Koivu ($4,600) or Charlie Coyle ($4,400).

Value pick: Jiri Hudler, Florida Panthers ($4,200)

Hudler is expected to make his Panthers debut Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets (8 p.m. ET; FS-F, TSN3, NHL.TV) after being traded by the Calgary Flames. With Jonathan Huberdeau injured, Hudler has a chance to play on the Panthers' top line with fellow Czech Republic native Jaromir Jagr ($5,500) and emerging center Aleksander Barkov ($6,300). Hudler has 11 points and 17 shots on goal in his past 12 games. The Jets have allowed 24 goals in their past seven games since assigning Connor Hellebuyck to the American Hockey League.

DEFENSEMEN

Spend up for: John Klingberg, Dallas Stars ($6,400)
Klingberg has taken the next step in his career with 52 points in 64 games this season, providing DFS owners with strong peripheral coverage and balanced home/road stats. He has three assists, three blocked shots and two shots on goal for 4.3 DraftKings points per game in two games this season against the Nashville Predators, who the Stars play Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-SW+, FS-TN, NHL.TV). He has nine points, 14 blocked shots and 24 shots on goal in his past 11 games and is sixth on the DraftKings defenseman price scale. With defenseman Kris Russell acquired Monday from the Calgary Flames, expect more offensive-zone starts for Klingberg.

Value pick: Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals ($3,600)
With John Carlson injured again, look for Orlov to take advantage of an increased workload. The Capitals play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN), the second of a back-to-back set. Orlov has 18 points, 20 blocked shots and 38 shots on goal in 31 home games, and all seven of his goals this season have come at Verizon Center. The Penguins allow the sixth-most DraftKings points to opposing defensemen. He's averaged 15:22 of ice time per game but has played at least 18:55 in his past two games. He already has set an NHL career high in goals (seven) and points (25) through 61 games.

GOALIES

Spend up for: Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders ($7,700)

After Jaroslav Halak allowed three third-period goals in a 3-loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, expect the Islanders to start Greiss on Tuesday at the Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET; MSG+, SNP, NHL.TV). He is 6-3-0 with a .932 save percentage on the road this season and is 7-1-1 in his past 10 games. He's averaging 5.3 DraftKings points per game. The Canucks allow the seventh-most DraftKings points to opposing goalies, and the Islanders are primed for a bounce-back showing. Greiss has outperformed Halak all season and his .930 save percentage leads all goalies with at least 20 games.

Value pick: Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues ($7,400)

Allen has allowed two goals in three of his first four games since returning from injury but won his first game in that span Sunday at the Carolina Hurricanes. Allen is tied for 16th among goalies in DraftKings price and faces the Senators minus injured center Kyle Turris. Allen has three road shutouts this season.

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