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DraftKings picks: Stempniak strong against Rangers

Slumping Bruins wing faces familiar foe; DFS value picks

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Frans Nielsen, C, New York Islanders

DraftKings price: $5,600

The Islanders have lost four straight (0-3-1) and six of their past seven games (1-4-2), putting their Stanley Cup Playoff hopes in jeopardy. Their top-six group is jumbled and inconsistent, but Nielsen remains in position to snap his eight-game goal drought with second-line center and first-unit power-play duties against a vulnerable opponent. The Ottawa Senators allow the second-most DraftKings points to opposing centers and Nielsen is priced fourth at his position on this two-game night. He has two assists, three blocks and three SOG (3.5 DraftKings points per contest) in two games against the Senators this season and is one of the Islanders' most stable possession forwards.

Lee Stempniak, W, Boston Bruins

DraftKings price: $4,300

Stempniak likely will have low ownership Wednesday at the New York Rangers given his six-game point drought, but should not be taken lightly given his success against them this season. He has three goals, one assist, one block and eight SOG in four games against the Rangers when he was with the New Jersey Devils. He averages 2.7 DraftKings points per game this season, comparable to Rick Nash (2.9, $6,500), who's priced significantly higher. He's still lining up with top-tier forwards Patrice Bergeron ($7,300) and Brad Marchand ($6,900), presenting an opportunity for Stempniak to offset those prices.

Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa Senators

DraftKings price: $4,100

Ceci usually has Erik Karlsson and Dion Phaneuf in front of him in the power-play equation, but has chipped in with points in two of his past four games to go along with strong peripherals. He has more than 100 blocks (117) and SOG (106) for the season and is averaging 2.6 DraftKings points per game in his past 10 games because of 17 blocks and 25 SOG. At this low of a price, Ceci would instantly return value if he scores a point but could also do so by his coverage alone. Many DFS owners will load up on the New York teams on this two-game night, but Ceci is a potential hidden gem averaging nearly 20 minutes per game in his past 10 -- especially with Phaneuf sidelined.

Jean-Francois Berube, G, New York Islanders

DraftKings price: $6,500

Berube was excellent in his most recent outing at the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 15, stopping 33 of 34 shots faced in a shootout loss (5.6 DraftKings points). He will make his fourth start and fifth appearance of the season Wednesday at Barclays Center against the Senators, with his only prior home game being a 40-save win against the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 2 (8.0 DraftKings points). With so few goalie options to work with on this light night, take a chance on Berube, the cheapest of the four projected starters.

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