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DraftKings picks: Atkinson having career year

Columbus wing has 27 goals, 50 points; more value targets

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

William Nylander, C, Toronto Maple Leafs
DraftKings price: $4,200

Road games have been a point of weakness thus far for Nylander (no points in six games), but his home production brings glaring value for Monday against the Florida Panthers. He has nine points and 28 shots on goal in 12 games at Air Canada Centre, an average of 3.2 DraftKings points per contest. He had one goal, one assist and one SOG against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, and is playing top-six minutes alongside PA Parenteau and Colin Greening. The Panthers have clinched a Stanley Cup Playoff berth and are expected to start Al Montoya, who has been efficient this season (11-6-3, .923 save percentage) but much less so in his past six outings (2-2-1, .900 SV%).

Cam Atkinson, W, Columbus Blue Jackets
DraftKings price: $5,500

The road has not been kind to Henrik Lundqvist (12-15-4) and the New York Rangers (2.8 goals allowed per game) this season. That means the Blue Jackets' top two lines will have a chance to do some damage, making Atkinson a high-end, middle-priced option worth employing as one of your three wings. He has points in three straight games, and has career highs of 27 goals and 23 assists and tied a career best with 216 SOG. He has two goals, one block and 10 SOG in three games against the Rangers this season and is tied for 13th in price among wings. He also has 31 points and two-thirds of his goals (18) in 38 games at Nationwide Arena this season.

Video: CBJ@WSH: Atkinson ties the game at 1 from the circle

Nick Leddy, D, New York Islanders
DraftKings price: $4,600

The Islanders are coming off one of their worst showings of the season Saturday in a 5-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, so expect their offense to push back Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Leddy has one assist, three blocks and four SOG against the Lightning this season and continues to quarterback the top man-advantage unit for New York. Leddy has been steady with at least 2.0 DraftKings points in each of his past six games, totaling three assists, nine blocks and nine SOG in that span.

Jonathan Bernier, G, Toronto Maple Leafs
DraftKings price: $7,100

Bernier has been reliable in DFS since the Maple Leafs made a flurry of trades leading up to the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline. He's 4-4-0 with a .938 SV% and one shutout since Feb. 29, and faces the Panthers, whom he's 1-1-0 against with four goals allowed on 64 SOG (.938 SV%) this season. He's confirmed to start for Toronto and is tied for 13th among goalies in price. He has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his past six outings.


Vincent Lecavalier, C, Los Angeles Kings
DraftKings price: $3,400

After one point in seven games with frequent healthy scratches as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, Lecavalier has 10 goals, seven assists, seven power-play points and 55 shots on goal in 38 games since being traded to the Kings. The 35-year-old can easily be rolled out as a second center or utility option in DraftKings priced $900 above minimum price. He's a third-liner at even strength but plays on the second power-play unit with Tyler Toffoli, Alec Martinez and Co. He had a two-goal game March 28 at the San Jose Sharks, and has one goal, one block and six SOG in two games this season against the Vancouver Canucks, who allow the fifth-most DraftKings points to opposing centers.


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