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Fantasy picks: Alexander Radulov remains affordable

Canadiens wing among Oct. 26 DFS targets on road against Islanders

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

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.

C - Ryan Getzlaf, ANA ($6,700)

Getzlaf has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in six games to start the season and a higher shots on goal volume (20; 3.3 per game) compared to his average last season (2.3). He's back on a line with Corey Perry, and the Ducks host the Nashville Predators for the first time since losing Game 7 of the Western Conference First Round in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Getzlaf has a similar ceiling compared to high-priced centers Connor McDavid ($8,400) and John Tavares ($7,900) but is going for more than $1,000 cheaper than each. NOTE: Getzlaf sustained an upper-body injury Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks. If he's sidelined Wednesday, Ryan Kesler (C, $5,200) is much cheaper and could be elevated to the top line with Perry and Nick Ritchie (W, $4,300).

C - Mika Zibanejad, NYR ($5,900)

Zibanejad could again be without each of his early season linemates, Chris Kreider (neck) and Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms), but luckily he can play with Mats Zuccarello and J.T. Miller on the New York Rangers second line. He's tied for seventh among centers in price on this four-game night and faces the Boston Bruins, who are depleted in net and starting rookie Malcolm Subban on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild before visiting the Rangers on Wednesday.

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W - Filip Forsberg, NSH ($6,100)

Forsberg has at least a point in four of five games this season, and is coming off 5.5 DraftKings points against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (two assists, one block, two SOG). He's priced 11th among wings and can be conveniently stacked with Mike Ribeiro (C, $3,900) or rookie forward Kevin Fiala (W, $3,600), who scored two goals against the Penguins.

W - Alexander Radulov, MTL ($5,100)

After being held without a point in each of his first two regular-season games upon returning to the NHL, Radulov has responded with points in three of four, including a dominant DFS outing Monday against the Philadelphia Flyers (one goal, two assists, one block, one SOG for 8.0 DraftKings points). He remains affordable playing on the Montreal Canadiens second line with Tomas Plekanec and Artturi Lehkonen and first power-play unit with Max Pacioretty and Shea Weber.

Video: PIT@MTL: Radulov shows off patience to pad lead

D - Ryan McDonagh, NYR ($5,400)

McDonagh is seeing the bulk of the power-play minutes among Rangers defensemen with a talented forward group. He has five assists, two on the power play, in six games and has already hit double digits in SOG (11) and blocked shots (12). He has been more productive than Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, who is priced $400 higher in DraftKings. Spend up elsewhere and bank on McDonagh getting involved in the scoring against the Bruins, who have allowed eight goals in three road games.

D - Johnny Boychuk, NYI ($4,600)

Boychuk is a high-floor DFS option because of his SOG and blocks coverage. He has had 8.5 DraftKings points in each of his past two games, totaling two goals, one assist, seven blocks and nine SOG. Even if he doesn't get a point against strong backup Al Montoya of the Canadiens, he can return DFS value priced below $5,000. He is also averaging 1:24 of power-play time per game (one power-play point).

Video: MIN@NYI: Boychuk rips huge slap shot, scores

G - Al Montoya, MTL ($7,800)

Montoya is 3-0-0 in his career against the Islanders, whom he played for in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and is off to a stellar start this season (2-0-1, .962 save percentage). He is the confirmed starter for Montreal on Wednesday, and has not played since shutting out the Penguins on Oct. 18. Carey Price will start the second leg of Montreal's back-to-back set Thursday, so roll out Montoya on the road in a relatively safe DFS spot.

G - Cam Talbot, EDM ($7,300)

Talbot's price dropped from $7,700 after he shut out the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday, likely because of a tough draw against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. This is Edmonton's biggest test yet, so they will have something to prove against the reigning Presidents' Trophy winners. Talbot is 5-1-0 with a .919 SV% this season, and has had a .939 SV% or better in each of his past three starts. The Capitals have struggled offensively, scoring 2.60 goals per game (tied for 24th in NHL). Consider drafting Talbot cheap, especially if you spend up for McDavid.

Video: EDM@WPG: Talbot denies Laine with his right pad

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