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DraftKings NHL value picks: Feb. 8

NHL.com's Pete Jensen identifies affordable DFS targets

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Joseph Blandisi, C, New Jersey Devils 
DraftKings price:
$3,500 

The Devils are not the same beast without Mike Cammalleri, but the influx of youth with Blandisi in the lineup has kept them afloat. Blandisi had a goal and an assist with three shots on goal (6.5 DraftKings points) Saturday against the Washington Capitals, has points in three straight games and has 10 points in his past 10 games (3.3 DraftKings points per game in span). He has three power-play points in that span and is playing with Adam Henrique and Lee Stempniak at even strength. He's one of the best value fliers out there against the New York Rangers, whom he scored a goal against Feb. 2. 

Chris Kunitz, W, Pittsburgh Penguins 
DraftKings price:
$4,500

Patric Hornqvist ($6,700) and Kunitz are aboard the Sidney Crosby ($7,900) train. If you want exposure to Crosby, the hottest point producer in the NHL since Jan. 12 (18 points in 10-game point streak), the cheapest route is to stack him with the affordable Kunitz at home against the Anaheim Ducks, who have a minus-11 goal differential on the road. Kunitz has 10 points, 18 SOG and two blocks in his past nine games and is priced 19th among wings. 

Hampus Lindholm, D, Anaheim Ducks 
DraftKings price:
$4,200 

Lindholm's price has only jumped by $100 despite his three-game goal streak and heavy shot volume in that span (13 SOG). With Cam Fowler back, the Ducks are healthy on the blue line, allowing them to pick their spots with their young defensemen. Lindholm is priced 10th at his position in DraftKings, and averages 2.0 DraftKings points on the road despite very little offensive production (two goals, one assist in 21 road games). His peripherals (80 blocks, 98 SOG in 49 games) are strong, and make him a high-floor option on a light night with middle-tier defensemen (Ryan McDonagh, Mike Green) out with injuries. The Penguins also allow the sixth-most DraftKings points to opposing defensemen this season. 

Al Montoya, G, Florida Panthers 
DraftKings price:
$7,500 

Montoya and John Gibson ($7,000) are the cheapest projected starting goalies Monday, but Montoya is the better way to lean in DFS. He's 6-1-0 with a .934 save percentage on the road this season, and Gibson comes with risk in his hometown of Pittsburgh; he defeated the Penguins earlier this season in Anaheim but allowed six goals in his only career road start against them on Oct. 9, 2014. Montoya allowed two goals on 38 shots faced in his previous outing Feb. 2 at the Washington Capitals, and the Detroit Red Wings have two wins in their past nine games at Joe Louis Arena. 

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