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DraftKings picks: Johansson has multipoint upside

Capitals forward on top power-play unit; more value targets

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Staff Writer

DraftKings Daily Picks: Friday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Friday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for who will be the Top DraftKings players for Friday, February 26

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Marcus Johansson, C, Washington Capitals
DraftKings price: $4,100

Johansson has been in and out of the lineup lately because of injury and an illness, but is a threat for a multipoint game on any given night. He has eight multi-point games this season, tied for fifth among Capitals behind Evgeny Kuznetsov (18), Alex Ovechkin (15), Nicklas Backstrom (13) and Justin Williams (10). He has seven points in his past nine games and 10 of his 35 points for the season have come on the power play. Despite playing a third-line role, he's on the first power-play unit for Washington, who has the top-ranked power play in the NHL (22.9 percent). The Capitals' opponent, the Minnesota Wild, rank 25th on the penalty kill. Even on a five-game night, Johansson is tied for 24th in DraftKings price among centers and as underrated a value pick as you'll find.

Kris Versteeg, W, Carolina Hurricanes
DraftKings price: $4,000

Versteeg has struggled on the road this season, but his home splits are worth noting for DFS purposes. He has 25 points, 14 blocks and 70 SOG in 31 games at PNC Arena with eight of his nine PPP coming at home entering Thursday. He plays with Eric Staal ($5,000) at even strength and on the power play, and also with Jeff Skinner in man-advantage situations. The Hurricanes host the Boston Bruins, who defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday but have followed each of their previous three wins with a loss.

Hampus Lindholm, D, Anaheim Ducks
DraftKings price: $4,300

Lindholm has strong coverage in his past 10 games, with six points, 13 blocks and 22 SOG for an average of 3.3 DraftKings points per contest. He has 11 power-play points in 58 games this season, more than he had through his first two seasons (10 PPP in first 156 games). He has points in four of his past five games with at least one block and at least one SOG in each. His opponent, the Edmonton Oilers, allows the fourth-most DraftKings points to opposing defensemen. Lindholm has one goal, one assist, six blocks and seven SOG in three games against the Oilers this season (3.8 DraftKings points per game), and has scored 14 of his 19 points this season at Honda Center.

Martin Jones, G, San Jose Sharks
DraftKings price: $7,500

If Jones gets the call against the Buffalo Sabres in San Jose's first home game following a five-game road trip, he has a great chance of returning value. He ended San Jose's historical woes against Buffalo by allowing one goal on 31 shots faced against them Nov. 14, and has also corrected his early-season home struggles. Since Dec. 30, Jones is 7-2-1 with a .926 save percentage at SAP Center. The Sabres give up the fourth-most DraftKings points to opposing goalies this season, and Jones is seventh in price at his position.


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