NOTE: These picks are for five-game DraftKings contests and do not include the Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres game Sunday afternoon.
Charlie Coyle, Minnesota Wild ($4,300)
There are 20 centers who are more expensive than Coyle, including his own teammate Mikko Koivu ($4,500). Not only have the Wild won three straight games, but they've scored five goals in each. You can bet Coyle and his teammates will come out strong against the Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game. Coyle has goals in three straight games and eight of 12. He's had 4.0 or more DraftKings points in four of his past five games and even blocked two shots in his past game. Coyle is $2,800 cheaper than Steven Stamkos, the highest center in the contest, but has great upside because of the way he has been playing lately. That, combined with a new coach and playing outdoors Sunday makes Coyle a great value pick.
Value pick: Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche ($4,700)
Similar to Jaromir Jagr, Iginla doesn't seem to be slowing down at his age. The 38-year-old has 17 goals and 35 points in 61 games this season, and averaged 2.8 DraftKings points per contest. In his past five games, Iginla has a pair of two-goal games and has seven shots on goal twice. He's playing the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, who allow 2.8 goals per game; 23rd in the League. His cost is almost half as much as Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks ($8,700), who only has two goals in five games. Playing on the top line with Mikhail Grigorenko and Matt Duchene also means more chances for Iginla to score.
T.J. Brodie, Calgary Flames ($4,900)
Brodie is an extremely undervalued defenseman in the League and in this contest. Not only does he have four goals and 36 points this season, but he has five assists in two games, including a three assists in a 5-2 win against the Canucks on Friday. Brodie has points in seven of eight games and at least one blocked shot in six of the past seven games. He's a key to the Flames' offense, helping to generate chances. And although the Anaheim Ducks, his opponent on Sunday, have played better defensively lately, his price tag, with 14 defensemen costing more, make him the best pick. Take Brodie and spend up elsewhere.
Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes ($6,700)
Ward will be getting most of the starts for the Hurricanes down the stretch, coach Bill Peters said. He has won each of his past two starts and has allowed two goals or fewer in four straight games. Ward has won six of nine starts and has made at least 25 saves in five of 10 starts. Facing the potent offense of the Tampa Bay Lightning may not seem ideal, but it's a team Ward has played many times throughout his career and should be able to put up good numbers against. He has averaged 3.7 DraftKings points per contest this season and has gotten 5.0 points or more in five of his past nine appearances.
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