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DraftKings NHL daily picks: Feb. 25's Pete Jensen identifies DFS targets at each position

by Pete Jensen / Staff Writer


Spend up for: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings ($6,400)

Kopitar has 11 points, 27 shots on goal and nine blocked shots in his past 10 games, and continues to center physical wings Milan Lucic and Dustin Brown at even strength. He plays on the Kings' top power-play unit with Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli, and is a safe pick every night in DraftKings. All things considered, he should land you 3.5 to 5.0 DraftKings points Thursday at home against the Edmonton Oilers, who have the worst road record in the NHL (7-19-4). Kopitar has one goal, one assist, two blocks and six SOG in three games this season against the Oilers, and 35 points in 37 career games against them. He's fourth among centers in price.

Value pick: Derek Stepan, New York Rangers ($5,200)

The St. Louis Blues, once again, are down to one of their two elite options in net with the injury to Brian Elliott, so the Rangers will be in position to capitalize on Jake Allen, who has played only one game in relief since returning from his own injury. Stepan had two assists and one SOG against the Blues earlier in the season, and has three multipoint games in his past six. He has 30 SOG in his past 10 games and is tied for 15th in price among centers. He skates with Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider at even strength and sees 2:19 per game on the power play.


Spend up for: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks ($6,500)

Sedin has been on a roll in his past five games with one goal, seven assists, four blocked shots and 13 SOG with no fewer than 3.0 DraftKings points in any of those games. He has been strong at home (26 points in 28 games) and faces the Ottawa Senators, who have allowed the most road goals in the NHL (103 in 30 games). Most wings with his pedigree and season-long performance (4.0 DraftKings points per contest) would be priced at more than $7,000

Value pick: Andrew Shaw, Chicago Blackhawks ($4,300)

Shaw has played with Jonathan Toews for months at even strength and has been with him on the Blackhawks' top power-play unit lately. His four-game point streak came to an end in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, but he has had three days off leading up to Thursday at home against the Nashville Predators. Shaw has burned the Predators this season with three goals, one assist, four blocks and 12 SOG in four games (4.8 DraftKings points per game). He's priced outside of the top 50 wings, which is amazing because of the second-line and first-PP exposure he offers. He has 22 points in 31 home games.

Spend up for: Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers ($5,900)

Gostisbehere's 15-game point streak ended Tuesday, but he is still one of the best middle-range defensemen considering his home splits. He has 18 points in as many games at Wells Fargo Center this season with 50 SOG and 12 blocks for an average of 4.2 DraftKings points per contest. Tied for 12th in price among D-men, Gostisbehere is tied for eighth in points per contest (3.5) at his position -- a discrepancy that should be taken advantage of. The Wild's projected goalie, Devan Dubnyk, is 9-12-3 with a 2.88 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in road games.

Value pick: Michael Stone, Arizona Coyotes ($4,600)

Stone is playing more than 22 minutes per game this season and has been consistent in each of the three major DraftKings categories of late. He has eight points, 21 blocks and 18 SOG in his past 10 games, and finally found his way onto the score sheet on the road Tuesday, his fifth point in 28 road games. Expect him to carry over some confidence to the game at the Florida Panthers on Thursday, when Stone is priced 26th among defensemen on a busy DFS slate and will play valuable minutes on the top power-play unit with Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Spend up for: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings ($8,400)

Quick has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his past five games (3-1-1) and is averaging an impressive 6.2 DraftKings points per contest in that span. Though his road splits are better than his home splits, he is 15-7-1 at Staples Center since his 0-3-0 start. With the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks on the Kings' tail for the Pacific Division lead, Los Angeles is as close to a lock as you'll find on this 10-game night. The Oilers allow the fifth-most DraftKings points to opposing goalies. If the Kings start Enroth, he's a solid value pick at $7,100.

Value pick: Joni Ortio, Calgary Flames ($6,600)

With Karri Ramo injured and Jonas Hiller struggling, don't be surprised to see the Flames ride the hot hand and start Ortio again after a strong road showing at the Kings (two goals allowed on 37 shots faced). Ortio lost at the New York Islanders earlier in the season, allowing four goals on 35 shots faced, but is due for his first win of the season (0-4-1). The only projected goalie priced lower than Ortio is Ondrej Pavelec, who has a tough road matchup at the Dallas Stars. Ortio is an against-the-grain value who will carry low ownership as the inconsistent Islanders play their third of a seven-game road trip having scored two goals or fewer in 15 of their 27 road games.


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