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DraftKings picks: Stastny scorching scoresheet

Blues center tied for NHL points lead since March 9; value picks

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

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Paul Stastny, C, St. Louis Blues
DraftKings price: $4,800

Stastny is tied with Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars for the most points (14) in the fewest games (10) since March 9, yet is priced under $5,000. He has five multipoint games, has excelled with the man-advantage (three power-play points) and has chipped in 16 shots on goal alongside mostly Troy Brouwer ($4,100) and Robby Fabbri in the stretch. Fabbri (ankle) is likely out Friday, but Stastny is still in a position to keep his three-game point streak alive at home against the Boston Bruins, who allow the seventh-most DraftKings points to opposing centers. He's 17th at his position in price, and forms a low-risk, high-reward stacking threat with Brouwer.

Jamie McGinn, W, Anaheim Ducks
DraftKings price: $4,500

McGinn has been the biggest surprise story involving a player who moved prior to the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline; he has 12 points and 37 SOG in 15 games since the Buffalo Sabres dealt him to Anaheim. Whether he's been with Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry or with Ryan Getzlaf and Perry, he's been dynamite for daily fantasy owners. He has nine points with three power-play goals and 25 SOG in his past 10 games, and has one goal, one assist and three SOG in two games this season against the Vancouver Canucks, who will be on the second of a back-to-back set.

Video: ANA@TOR: McGinn finds the net twice on the power play

Brent Seabrook, D, Chicago Blackhawks
DraftKings price: $5,800

With Duncan Keith's status in question as he faces a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday, Seabrook could see an expanded workload at the Winnipeg Jets. When Keith missed 10 games because of injury earlier in the season, Seabrook responded with 11 points, five on the power play, with 26 SOG and 18 blocks in that span. His price has dipped below $6,000 after his recent stretch of one point, 22 blocks and 15 SOG in his past 10 games (2.1 DraftKings points per contest; season average: 3.2). Seabrook has two assists, 10 blocks and nine SOG in four games against the Jets this season and is a safe bounce-back play in DFS.

Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit Red Wings
DraftKings price: $7,400

The Red Wings' goalie situation has put their Stanley Cup Playoff hopes in serious jeopardy. Detroit has allowed 3.75 goals per game since March 15, most in the NHL. So why take a chance on Howard at home against the Minnesota Wild? Devan Dubnyk has struggled on the road this season (14-12-4, .914 save percentage, one shutout) compared to at home (18-11-2, .925 SV%, four SO). The Red Wings are desperate to win Friday to inch closer to the Philadelphia Flyers in pursuit of the second wild card in the Eastern Conference, and Howard's ownership should be low. Such an affordable DFS goalie option with against-the-grain upside is worth employing on a five-game slate. For what it's worth, Howard is 11-3-3 in his career against Minnesota.

Video: DET@MTL: Howard flashes the leather to rob Galchenyuk

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