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DraftKings lineup: Huberdeau bound for breakout

Panthers' top line has one goal on 44 shots in three playoff games

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

DraftKings Daily Picks: Wednesday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Wednesday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Wednesday night including Jaromir Jagr and John Klingberg

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C - Jason Spezza, Dallas Stars ($6,200)

Spezza averaged 3.05 points per 60 minutes in the regular season, seventh-best in the League among players with at least 60 games. He has gone two straight games without a point, but has 11 shots on goal in the Western Conference First Round and is capable of a multipoint outing any given night. He has five points in seven games (including regular season) against the Minnesota Wild, with the most recent highlight being his 8.5-point DraftKings output in Game 1. Given his road success (31 points in 37 regular-season games) and price (eighth among centers), roll him out with confidence.

C - Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks ($6,000)

Couture has nine points, four blocks and 29 shots on goal in his past 10 games (4.2 DraftKings points per contest), and five of the points have come on the power play. He averages 3.0 DraftKings points per contest at SAP Center, and has two goals, one assist, three blocks and 13 SOG against the Los Angeles Kings this season (including regular season). He had points in each of the first two games but was held off the board in Game 3. After missed opportunities late in the third period came back to bite them in Game 3, Couture and the Sharks' power play should bounce back.

W - Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders ($6,500)

The Islanders' top line of John Tavares, Okposo and Frans Nielsen has been dominant in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Florida Panthers, combining for five goals, nine assists and 34 SOG in three games. Okposo has five points in that span with two coming on the power play. It's costly to stack Tavares and Okposo, but the latter is easier to employ priced seventh among wings. He has 36 points in 40 games this season at Barclays Center (including regular season).

W - Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers ($6,200)

Huberdeau is the left wing on the Panthers' top line, which can't seem to buy a goal despite impressive SOG generation through three games. Aleksander Barkov, Jaromir Jagr and Huberdeau have combined for 44 SOG in the series, but have combined for one goal. Now is the time to invest in this line, because their DFS ownership should be lower than Florida's trending second line of Reilly Smith, Jussi Jokinen and Nick Bjugstad.

W - Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks ($3,700)

Donskoi is an underrated possession player who has held his own alongside Logan Couture and Joel Ward at even strength against the Los Angeles Kings. He had an assist in Game 1, and has three blocks and four SOG in the series. He played more than 17 minutes in Game 3, and plays on San Jose's second power-play unit. He's a low-priced flier who can pay DFS dividends, especially if stacked with Couture.

D - Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks ($5,000)

Vlasic was limited to 67 of a possible 82 regular-season games because of injury, but still set an NHL career high in points (39). He has the second-most Shot Attempts For (45) among Sharks this postseason, and is due for his first point of the series. Despite a large chunk of time missed late in the regular season, Vlasic was one of 22 players with at least eight goals, 110 SOG and 120 blocks. He's priced 12th among D-men and has at least 2.0 DraftKings points in each of the first three Stanley Cup Playoff games.

D - Ryan Pulock, New York Islanders ($2,800)

Pulock is coming off the best game of his young NHL career with one goal, one assist, two blocks and two SOG in Game 3 against the Panthers. He now has multipoint outings in two of his past four games (including regular-season finale). Through 18 NHL games (including playoffs), Pulock has six points, 16 blocks and 18 SOG. He's still a work in progress, but has a booming shot that has been utilized by the Islanders on the power play (1:48 per game in series).

G - Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers ($7,500)

Neuvirth is the second-most affordable projected goalie for Wednesday, and has against-the-grain upside for Game 4. He starts for the first time of the series in place of Steve Mason, and gives the Flyers a chance to keep their season alive against his former team, the Washington Capitals. He was 18-8-4 with a .924 save percentage and three shutouts this season, and was especially effective at Wells Fargo Center (9-3-2, .928 SV%, two shutouts). He defeated the Capitals in his only game against them in the regular season, and averages the third-most DraftKings points per contest among Wednesday goalies. Many DFS lineups will include multiple Capitals players, so don't hesitate to go the unique route by drafting Neuvirth for an elimination game.

UTIL - Brayden Schenn, Philadelphia Flyers ($5,800)

Schenn has multiple SOG in each of his first three games this series (seven total), but is still without a goal. He had an assist in Game 2, and had career highs in goals (26), assists (33) and power-play points (22) in the regular season. He's priced 29th among skaters and has strong home numbers (33 points in 41 games). Most importantly, it looks like he'll be back on the top line with power-play running mates Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds at even strength in Game 4 as each looks to snap a goal-scoring drought.


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