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DraftKings picks: Galchenyuk centering Pacioretty

Montreal forward has nine goals in past seven games; DFS targets

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

DraftKings Daily Picks: Thursday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Thursday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Thursday night including Brad Marchand and Joe Pavelski

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CENTERS

Spend up for: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings ($6,100)

After three straight losses, expect a bounce-back effort from the Red Wings when they return home, where Datsyuk has been strong this season (21 points in 25 games; 3.7 DraftKings points per contest). He had a power-play assist Tuesday but was held without a shot on goal -- surprising considering he totaled 38 in his prior nine games. He's priced sixth among centers and faces the Winnipeg Jets, who allow the fifth-most DraftKings points to opposing centers.

Value pick: Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens ($4,900)

Galchenyuk has been wildly inconsistent this season, but he's been at his best when alongside Max Pacioretty ($7,000). The top-line forwards assisted on each other's goals Tuesday, and Galchenyuk added another goal in overtime. Galchenyuk has the most goals League-wide since Feb. 24 (nine in seven games) and is tied for the NHL lead with six multi-goal games this season. When the hottest goal-scorer in the League is priced 16th at his position, you have to take advantage in DFS.

WINGS

Spend up for: Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins ($6,900)

Here are your NHL leaders in goals (in order): Alex Ovechkin (41), Patrick Kane (38) and Marchand (34). Marchand's place among those scoring giants is as surprising as any statistic across the League. The Bruins forward continues to shoot (203 SOG) and score at the best single-season rates of his career. He's third among wings in price behind Pacioretty and Zach Parise, but has outperformed each this season in terms of DraftKings points per game. He scored a goal and had two SOG in one game against the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this season and has become a roll-every-night DFS beast.

Value pick: Drew Stafford, Winnipeg Jets ($4,200)

Anytime you can find a top-line wing priced below $4,500, that player is worth rolling out as a FLEX in DFS. With Nikolaj Ehlers and Bryan Little injured, Stafford has assumed a spot on the left side of Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. He had two assists and one SOG against the Red Wings earlier in the season, and has three points and 11 SOG in his past four games. His road splits (nine points in 31 games) are the lone concern, but he's definitely worth the risk in guaranteed-prize-pool contests.

DEFENSEMEN

Spend up for: Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild ($6,100)

Suter is one of 10 players with at least 120 blocks and 120 SOG this season, trustworthy coverage for DFS owners. He faces the Edmonton Oilers, who allow the fourth-most DraftKings points to opposing defensemen. Suter has active six-game point and block streaks, and has two goals, six blocks and nine SOG in two games against the Oilers this season.

Value pick: John Moore, New Jersey Devils ($3,000)

The Devils are in trouble without injured goalie Cory Schneider, but Moore, near minimum price in DraftKings, can still assist your lineup. He has assists in two of his past three games, and 10 of his 15 points this season have come on the road. The biggest reason to take a chance on Moore at the San Jose Sharks is the time he's seeing on the Devils' top power-play unit. The Sharks have the third-worst home penalty kill in the League (74.7 percent), and Moore has six power-play points this season. Choose Moore as your second D-man and open up valuable DFS salary cap space to spend on better forwards.

GOALIE

Spend up for: Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers ($8,300)

Luongo has hit a rough patch, allowing seven goals in his past two outings. That said, his chances of rebounding against the Ottawa Senators are high. He's 17-7-2 with three shutouts at home and 2-1-0 with six goals allowed in three games against Ottawa this season. He's $300 cheaper than top-priced goalie Tuukka Rask ($8,600). Only Corey Crawford (.951) of the Chicago Blackhawks has a better home even-strength save percentage this season than Luongo (.942) among goalies who have played at least 10 games.

Value pick: Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota Wild ($7,300)

Another safe choice at an even cheaper price is Kuemper, who gets the call as the Wild continue their quest for a Stanley Cup Playoff spot. They trail the Colorado Avalanche by two points for the final Western Conference wild card spot, but have two games in hand. He faces the Edmonton Oilers, who allow the fifth-most DraftKings points to opposing goalies. In his past 10 games (eight starts), he has a .921 SV%. He and Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks ($7,500; home vs. New Jersey Devils) carry upside at a discount if you're playing multiple DFS lineups.

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