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DraftKings picks: Jokinen's rebirth in Florida

Forward tied with Jagr for Panthers' scoring lead; DFS targets

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

DraftKings Daily Picks: Tuesday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Tuesday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Tuesday night including Brad Marchand and Zach Parise

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CENTERS

Spend up for: Jason Spezza, Dallas Stars ($6,100)

Cody Eakin is centering Jamie Benn and Patrick Sharp, but that line will draw one of the toughest assignments in the League when they match up against Shea Weber and Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators. Spezza, meanwhile, has 10 points in his past 10 games with 34 shots on goal and should avoid the Predators' top pair at even strength. Spezza also sees first-unit power-play action for the Stars and has one goal, two assists, one block and four SOG in two games against Nashville this season (4.8 DraftKings points). He's priced sixth among active centers.

Value pick: Nick Bonino, Pittsburgh Penguins ($3,700)

Bonino is in Evgeni Malkin's spot centering the Penguins' second line alongside Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin. Kessel ($6,700) has seven points and 11 SOG in his past two games, making Bonino a glaring value pick priced below $4,000. Bonino had one goal, four assists and four SOG (13.0 DraftKings points) Saturday at the Detroit Red Wings. He has points in three of his past six games and at least three SOG in five of his past eight. Stack Bonino and Kessel with confidence.

WINGS

Spend up for: Jussi Jokinen, Florida Panthers ($5,500)

Jokinen has been as valuable as any fantasy forward on the Panthers this season, which is impressive considering the group includes Jaromir Jagr, Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and breakout center Vincent Trocheck. He is tied for the team lead with 58 points, has burned the Toronto Maple Leafs this season with three goals, one assist, one block and five SOG, and has 12 points in his past nine games with a five-game point streak. Still sitting in the mid-$5,000 range, there's a lot to like about Jokinen on a nightly basis alongside Trocheck and Reilly Smith.

Value pick: Andrew Ladd, Chicago Blackhawks ($5,200)

It's a busy Tuesday slate, so it's important your value picks pan out. Ladd has done so in each of his past two games, totaling three goals, one assist, three blocks and five SOG. He has one goal, three assists, six blocks and 12 SOG in five games this season against the Minnesota Wild (3.6 DraftKings points per contest), and is playing alongside Jonathan Toews, who has 28 points in 31 career games against them.

DEFENSEMEN

Spend up for: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins ($7,000)

Letang averages 4.5 DraftKings points per game at home this season, scoring 31 points in 32 games. He is one of the most consistent DFS producers in the NHL (including forwards), clearing 2.5 DraftKings points in each of his past 10 games and posting 4.0 or more in six of those games. He has the potential to return value even if he doesn't record a point because of his blocks and SOG coverage, and he's certainly in position to pounce on the Buffalo Sabres, who are on the second of a back-to-back set. Letang has three assists, four blocks and seven SOG in two games against Buffalo this season. The power-play anchor provides $1,400 in savings compared to Brent Burns with similar upside.

Value pick: Calvin de Haan, New York Islanders ($4,100)

The middle range of defensemen has many inconsistent options, so offset Letang's cost by drafting de Haan, who has three points, 31 blocks and 10 SOG in his past eight games (2.7 DraftKings points per game). The Islanders defenseman has 176 blocks (seventh in NHL) and 92 SOG. He has assists in three of his past four games and one assist, seven blocks and four SOG in three games against the Carolina Hurricanes. Even if the Islanders' inconsistent offense has a rough outing, chances are de Haan's peripherals will return value.

GOALIES

Spend up for: Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders ($7,900)

Greiss' price has dipped back below $8,000 after a four-game losing streak with 14 goals allowed, but he has gotten some rest with Jean-Francois Berube alternating starts with him through New York's past four games. The Islanders host the Hurricanes, who allow the fifth-most DraftKings points per game, and Greiss needs to make a statement to not only keep them on track for a Stanley Cup Playoff spot but also prove himself in the competition with Berube, who has won two straight. Expect Greiss to bounce back at Barclays Center, where he's 11-4-3 with a .927 save percentage and one shutout.

Value pick: Matthew Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins ($6,600)

Murray gets a spot start Tuesday at home against the Sabres, who allow the third-most DraftKings points to opposing goalies. He averages the most DraftKings points per contest of any projected starting goalie (5.2), barely edging Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues (5.1). Although Murray's sample size remains small, he gives you a strong chance at the win bonus at as cheap of a price as you'll find contest-wide. He's 4-2-1 with a .935 save percentage in seven starts this season.

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