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DraftKings picks: Neal's shot volume pays off

Predators wing shoots 8-for-44 in past 10 games; DFS lineup

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

C - Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks ($5,900)

Couture is back under $6,000 after being held without a point at the Nashville Predators on Saturday, but his high shot-on-goal volume continued (five SOG), giving him 14 in his past three games. He's had an up-and-down, injury plagued season, but had a hat trick March 29 and followed it up with a goal and four SOG. He plays first-unit power-play minutes and on the Sharks' second line with Joonas Donskoi (W, $3,900).

C - Ryan Johansen, Nashville Predators ($5,400)

Johansen has three points (one goal, two assists) with five SOG and one block in three games against the Colorado Avalanche this season, and has 14 points in 18 games at Bridgestone Arena since joining the Predators. He can be easily stacked with James Neal for an affordable rate and high ceiling, and is tied for 27th in price among centers on this 11-game slate.

W - James Neal, Nashville Predators ($6,700)

Neal, like his linemate Johansen, is better than a point per game in his past 10 with eight goals, six assists, five blocks and 44 SOG for an average of 6.2 DraftKings points. He has impressive totals in goals (31) and SOG (259) and is nearing the 60-point mark as well (55 in 79 games). He has one goal in four games against the Avalanche, but has peppered them with 20 SOG this season.

W - Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks ($6,300)

Panarin plays alongside NHL scoring leader Patrick Kane, and has back-to-back four point games with three SOG in each. Though he's unlikely to replicate that again, he's still a slam-dunk pick against the Arizona Coyotes, against whom he has 6.8 DraftKings points per game this season (one goal, three assists, nine SOG in two games).

W - Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks ($5,200)

Silfverberg has a three-game point streak and nine points and 34 SOG in his past 10 games. He's over 200 SOG (206) for the season and continues to flank Ryan Kesler ($5,600) on the Ducks' second line. He has one goal and eight SOG in two games against the Winnipeg Jets this season and is priced outside the top 30 wings.

D - Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning ($6,200)

If you don't have the salary cap space to spend up for ever-consistent Kris Letang ($7,200) of the Pittsburgh Penguins, you can land Hedman, the next most-productive defenseman since March 17, for $1,000 cheaper. Hedman has 10 points in nine games with 22 SOG and 12 blocks in that span, and has a better DraftKings points per game average on the road (3.6) than at home (3.0) for the season.

D - Trevor Daley, Pittsburgh Penguins ($4,300)

Speaking of Letang, Daley is skating with the elite defenseman on the Penguins' top pair, and first power-play unit with Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Chris Kunitz of late. Those prime minutes have enabled Daley to have two goals, six assists, 19 blocks and 26 SOG in his past 10 games and return value three times in his past four games -- twice in games where he did not record goal or assist.

G - Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins ($7,000)

Murray is the hottest goalie in the NHL, going 5-0-0 with nine goals allowed in his past five games (6.6 DraftKings points per contest). He will carry a high ownership in larger DFS contests, but the price still fits ahead of a favorable matchup at the Ottawa Senators. Murray is priced $1,400 below the most expensive DraftKings goalie, and is 3-1-0 with a .952 save percentage on the road this season.

UTIL - Tom Kuhnhackl, Pittsburgh Penguins ($3,000)

Kuhnhackl has been a late-season fantasy gem in all formats. He plays on the third line with Matt Cullen and Eric Fehr, but has exploded for three goals and five assists in his past eight games. Though he has eight SOG in the span, that level of production from a forward priced $500 above minimum price is unheard of. The Senators allow the fourth-most DraftKings points to opposing wings this season.


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