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Predators goalie rebounds after early-season struggles; DFS targets

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

DraftKings Daily Picks: Saturday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Saturday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Wednesday night including Kevin Lee and Brian Johansson

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NOTE: These picks are for nine Saturday games and do not include the three afternoon games. 


Middle-range pick: Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers ($4,500) 

There is so much value at center Saturday that you can draft middle- and lower-tier options and open up salary-cap space to spend up at other positions. Draisaitl has been a thorn in the Arizona Coyotes' side this season, scoring one goal and three assists with six shots on goal in three games. He averages 3.5 DraftKings points per contest at home compared to 2.4 on the road and is 32nd among centers in price. If you can afford Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($4,800), who could return Saturday for his first game since Jan. 18, he also should have sparse ownership with the same favorable matchup; the Coyotes allow the most DraftKings points to opposing centers. 

Value pick: Marko Dano, Winnipeg Jets ($3,100) 

Mike Ribeiro of the Nashville Predators ($4,100 at Vancouver Canucks) is a roll-every-night value pick, but take a chance on Dano if you need to dig deeper to fit within the DraftKings salary cap. Dano has points in back-to-back games with six SOG in the span and continues to get a chance to play top-six minutes alongside Mathieu Perreault ($4,000). Dano spent most of this season in the American Hockey League before the Chicago Blackhawks traded him to Winnipeg, so expect him to take advantage of this NHL stint and Perreault's success against the Colorado Avalanche this season (four points, 11 SOG in four games). 

Video: TOR@WSH: Ovechkin rifles it home to extend the lead


Spend up for: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals ($9,000) 

You can count on Ovechkin taking advantage of any power-play opportunities he gets against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. San Jose is tied for the third-worst home penalty kill in the NHL, and Ovechkin has 11 points (five on power play) in 13 career games against them. He has 18 road goals, one off the League lead entering Friday, and is averaging more than five SOG per game in road games. If you can work him into your lineup, he could have a monster night. 

Middle-range pick: Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers ($5,500) 

You simply can't ignore the affordable price of Jagr, who's on pace to exceed 60 points. He has scored 17 of his 23 goals at home, with two Thursday against the Ottawa Senators. He has two goals in as many games against the Philadelphia Flyers this season, and has 11 points in his past 10 games. We're running out of accolades for the 44-year-old, but he should certainly be priced higher than he is. 

Video: OTT@FLA: Karlsson gets the Senators on the board


Spend up for: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators ($8,000) 

Karlsson faces the Toronto Maple Leafs, who allow the most points to opposing defensemen in DraftKings. Even better for Karlsson owners, he has seven assists, seven SOG and 11 blocks (7.7 DraftKings points per contest) in three games against the Maple Leafs. Karlsson is one of three players with at least 70 points this season, and has scored 40 in 34 home games. He broke out of a four-game slump Thursday with a point on each of the Senators' two goals at the Florida Panthers, and is worth your DFS investment on this busy Saturday. 

Value pick: Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals ($3,900) 

Orlov has taken on an expanded role with John Carlson out of the lineup, playing 18 or more minutes in each of the eight straight games the Capitals' No. 1 defenseman has missed. Orlov scored the game-tying goal Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings and had two SOG in more than 20 minutes of ice time, and will have high exposure to even-strength scoring opportunities against the Sharks. He's outside the top 45 defensemen in price Saturday. 

Video: NSH@WPG: Rinne robs Stafford's rebound opportunity


Spend up for: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators ($8,200) 

Rinne has been outstanding in his past 10 games with a 7-0-3 record, a .936 save percentage and two shutouts. After poor road performance for much of the season, he has won four straight with six goals allowed. The Canucks allow the fifth-most DraftKings points to opposing goalies, and Rinne gave up one goal on 29 shots faced in a victory against them earlier in the season. 

Value pick: Mike Condon, Montreal Canadiens ($7,600) 

Condon, who's confirmed to start Saturday against the Minnesota Wild, has a .931 save percentage in his past three games (1-1-1). He has a much better SV% at Bell Centre (.918) compared to his road rate (.896), and the pressure is mounting for the Wild after losing at home to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Condon comes with some risk but provides $900 in savings compared to the top of the goalie price scale. 

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