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DraftKings picks: Pavelski continues scoring touch

Sharks wing worth hefty price tag

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Fantasy Staff Writer

CENTERS

Spend up for: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings ($6,700)

Kopitar leads the Kings with 68 points and is averaging 3.8 DraftKings points per contest. In five of his past six games, he has at least 4.0 DraftKings points. Kopitar has six goals and seven assists in his past 10 games. True, he's not big on the shot blocks (59) or shots on goal (162), but he's scoring almost a point per game. Playing the Edmonton Oilers, who allow 2.9 goals per game and have allowed 10 goals in their past three games, should help. The Kings have 14 goals in four games against the Oilers this season, a good omen for Kopitar.

Value pick: Vincent Trocheck, Florida Panthers ($5,400)

Trocheck is enjoying a breakout season with 24 goals and 52 points; his previous career highs were seven goals and 22 points each set last season. Trocheck has goals in three straight games, and in five of his past eight games. He's been an underrated member of the Panthers this season but he's tied for first in goals and third in points. Trocheck has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 12 games in March. This is a big game with first place in the Atlantic Division on the line against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and you should expect the undervalued Trocheck to step up like he has all season.

WINGS

Spend up for: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks ($7,400)

Pavelski comes in as the fifth-highest priced wing but is well worth it. He ranks tied for fourth in the League in goals (35) and ninth in points (70). He has a goal in three of his past four games and six goals this month. Pavelski is always a threat to score, and averages almost three shots per game. The opponent Saturday, the Dallas Stars, ranks toward the bottom of the League, giving up 2.9 goals per game and the Sharks rank third scoring 2.9 per game. Pavelski is averaging 4.2 DraftKings point per contest on the season and is a good choice against a weak defensive opponent.

Video: NYR@SJS: Pavelski banks in give-and-go off Lundqvist

Value pick: Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning ($5,000)

Palat hasn't had a great season offensively and staying healthy, with 14 goals and 33 points in 54 games, but he is starting to turn it around recently. Palat had three assists in a 7-4 win against the New York Islanders on Friday and has two goals and six points in three games. In his past 11 games, he has seven goals and six assists. Palat is averaging 2.5 DraftKings points per contest on the season but 4.0 in his past 10 games. The Lightning are 23-11-3 at home and hosting the Florida Panthers. There will be a playoff-like atmosphere and Palat could cash in on the scoreboard.

DEFENSEMEN

Spend up for: Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers ($6,200)

Gostisbehere hasn't been at his best lately with one point in five games, but he has four goals this month and 40 points on the season. Playing the Arizona Coyotes always gives players a chance to end scoring slumps; the Coyotes give up 3.0 goals per game and rank 25th on the penalty kill. Gostisbehere has scored half of his points (seven goals, 13 assists) on the power play and has five game-winning goals this season. He averages almost two shots on goal per game and one block per game, good for 3.4 points per contest on average.

Value pick: Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers ($4,400)

It's not often that you choose each of your defenseman from the same team, but on Saturday it may be worth it. Gudas, who has 12 career NHL goals, has five this season with each coming in the past 10 games. Gudas is averaging 2.4 DraftKings points per contest this season but 4.4 in his past 10 games. With 135 blocks and 124 SOG for the season, he'll get DraftKings points even if he doesn't get on the scoreboard. Eight of his 12 points this season have come in the past 10 games and as previously mentioned, playing the Coyotes increases the likelihood of him scoring.

GOALIES

Spend up for: Antti Raanta, New York Rangers ($7,800)

Raanta has had his ups-and-downs this season, but is 5-2-1 in his past 10 appearances (3.9 DraftKings points). He's allowed three goals in his past three appearances and is 5-2-1 with a 2.34 goals-against average and .919 save percentage on the road, where he will be Saturday playing the Montreal Canadiens. Raanta is 3-1-0 with a 2.22 GAA and .924 SV% in March and appears to be locked in, and the Canadiens have lost three of their past four at home.

Value pick: Jean-Francois. Berube, New York Islanders ($6,600)

Islanders starter Thomas Greiss had a rare off night on Friday allowing six goals on 41 shots which means Berube most likely will get the start against the Carolina Hurricanes. Berube has started four games this season and is 2-1-1 with a 2.19 GAA and a .929 SV%. He has allowed one goal in each of his past two starts (55 saves on 57 shots). Berube has averaged 4.4 DraftKings points per contest this season and the Hurricanes have 12 goals in six games. The Islanders need this game to help them boost their Stanley Cup Playoff chances and Berube could be in for another fine start.

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