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Rangers center has NHL-best 14 points since March 21; DFS lineup

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

C - Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings ($6,700)

Kopitar has 34 points in 39 home games this season, and six points (one goal, five assists) in four games against the Anaheim Ducks. He's priced ninth among centers on this 13-game slate.

C - Derek Stepan, New York Rangers ($6,100)

Stepan leads the NHL in scoring since March 21 with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in eight games. He has 26 shots on goal and is also tied for the League lead with six power-play points in the stretch. He's priced 17th at his position.

W - Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames ($7,100)

Gaudreau, priced eighth among wings, has 77 points in as many games this season (sixth in NHL), and looks to pad his League-best home point total (55 in 39 games). He faces the Vancouver Canucks, who are on the second of a back-to-back set, having torched them for five points (one goal, four assists) and eight SOG in four games this season.

W - Jussi Jokinen, Florida Panthers ($5,300)

Jokinen has three points, four blocks and seven SOG in four games against the Ottawa Senators this season (3.1 DraftKings points per contest). He has gone five games without a point, tying his longest drought of the season, so expect one of the League's most consistent point producers since mid-January to bounce back against a favorable opponent.

W - Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning ($2,600)

With Steven Stamkos sidelined, the Lightning recalled Drouin from Syracuse of the American Hockey League ahead of their game Thursday at the New Jersey Devils. He has eight points in 19 games with one SOG per game, but carries high single-game upside in a top-six role alongside Alex Killorn and Vladislav Namestnikov. Stacking this line is risky, but don't hesitate to roll out Drouin alone for $100 above minimum price.

D - Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins ($7,300)

Letang has been the gift that keeps on giving since the NHL's Christmas break, tied for third League-wide with 52 points in his past 45 games. He has 13 points, 19 blocks and 38 SOG in his past 10 games, and is an unstoppable force that you should make room for on a nightly basis in DFS. He's priced fourth among defensemen.

D - Jaccob Slavin, Carolina Hurricanes ($3,900)

Slavin is a young defenseman on the rise with two points, four blocks and three SOG in his past two games, and five points, 19 blocks and 14 SOG in his past 10. He plays on Carolina's second power-play unit and is seeing more than 23 minutes per game in his past 10.

G - Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars ($7,400)

Lehtonen will start Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche, who are playing their first game since being eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention. The Stars, meanwhile, have a chance to clinch the Central Division and the top seed in the Western Conference. Lehtonen has won two straight and seven of his past 10 with one shutout. His save percentage in the stretch is suspect (.908) and nearly in line with his season average (.907), but the win bonus is always within reach when given the support of the League's top offense (3.23 goals per game).

UTIL - Calle Jarnkrok, Nashville Predators ($3,600)

Jarnkrok continues to skate alongside James Neal and Ryan Johansen, and his category coverage has been steady in his past six games. He has two goals, one assist, six blocks and 16 SOG in the span, and has scored a goal on five SOG in two games against the Arizona Coyotes. He's priced $1,100 above the minimum and provides top-six exposure, always an ideal way to round out your lineup.

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