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DraftKings picks: Kronwall healthy, affordable

Red Wings defenseman among DFS value targets

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

Joe Thornton, C, San Jose Sharks
DraftKings price: $5,600

The beat goes on for the Sharks' veteran center; he has 13 points in his past 10 games, 57 in 61 on the season and returned value yet again Sunday with one assist and four shots on goal against the Vancouver Canucks (4.0 DraftKings points). He's still tied for 11th in cost among centers despite having the most points in the NHL since Dec. 15 (41 in 32 games). With the top-line minutes and top power-play unit role alongside Joe Pavelski ($7,300), there's every reason to keep rolling out this 36-year-old.

Chris Kreider, W, New York Rangers
DraftKings price: $4,600

In the midst of an up-and-down season, Kreider can benefit from the Rangers' addition of Eric Staal if the lines shake out in his favor. Kreider is tied for 26th among wings in price and has goals in two straight games with 11 SOG in his past four games. The Blue Jackets have been better in terms of goals allowed on the road since Jan. 1 (2.6) but are still allowing three per road game this season. Expect the Rangers' offense to take command in Staal's debut.

Niklas Kronwall, D, Detroit Red Wings
DraftKings price: $3,600

Kronwall missed more than a month because of injury, but is back in the lineup and $1,100 above the DraftKings minimum. He played more than 22 minutes in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Colorado Avalanche, posting two assists and one SOG. In his third game since returning, Kronwall and the Red Wings visit the Dallas Stars, whom he had one assist, two blocks and one SOG against in one game (3.5 DraftKings points) earlier this season. For a defenseman with power-play usage who is usually priced above the $4,000 mark, Kronwall is worth rolling out with confidence to round out your lineup.

Michal Neuvirth, G, Philadelphia Flyers
DraftKings price: $7,500

Henrik Lundqvist ($8,700 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets) and Andrei Vasilevskiy ($7,900 at Toronto Maple Leafs) have A-plus matchups, but may not fit your DraftKings price point. If that's the case, dig a little deeper and call upon Neuvirth as a value choice in your crease. Neuvirth averages the second-most DraftKings points per contest (5.1) among Monday goalies behind Lundqvist (5.2). The Flyers are three points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card spot out of the Eastern Conference with one more game played, so this is a crucial game against the Calgary Flames, the second-worst road team in the NHL (9-17-3). Neuvirth is 8-2-2 with a .935 save percentage and two shutouts at Wells Fargo Center this season.


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