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DraftKings picks: Kopitar worth the cost

Kings center steps up in big games; targets by position

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

CENTERS

Spend up for: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings ($6,400)

Kopitar leads the Kings in points (54) and has led the team in scoring each of the past eight seasons. He is the most consistent scorer and hasn't gone more than two games without a point since the first three games of the season. Kopitar had a goal and two shots in a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday and always rises to the occasion in big games. It doesn't get any bigger than playing the rival Anaheim Ducks whom they are tied with for first place in the Pacific Division. Kopitar has five points in three games against Anaheim this season.

Value pick: Vincent Trocheck, Florida Panthers ($5,000)

Trocheck has two goals, five points and 29 shots in his past 10 games. True, you won't get much from him in terms of blocks (33 this season), but he is tied for third on the team in goals (19) and points (40) and has points in three of his past five games. Trocheck will also be playing the Arizona Coyotes, who allow a League-high 3.2 goals per game and an opponent he scored against earlier this season.

WINGS

Spend up for: Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins ($6,700)

Hornqvist has a three-game scoring streak, which includes a hat trick Feb. 29 against the Coyotes. He has five goals and seven points in four games and has six goals in his past 10 games. Playing with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz certainly helps him offensively. Kunitz averaged more than three shots per game and has 17 goals and 40 points this season in 63 games.

Value pick: Jason Pominville, Minnesota Wild ($4,900)

Pominville has flourished under interim coach John Torchetti. He has five goals and 12 points in his past nine games with four multipoint games. He's playing the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, the team who drafted him and where he spent eight seasons, so expect some added motivation from Pominville. His goal scoring has declined in each of his three seasons with the Wild, but his price and opponent make him a good value pick.

DEFENSEMEN

Spend up for: Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche, ($5,900)

Barrie has 11 goals and 45 points and likely will set new career highs in goals (13) and points (53). He also has 136 shots in 62 games, which is three fewer than he had in 80 games last season. Barrie has a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists). Although he doesn't block a ton of shots (66), he will almost likely chip in offensively.

Value pick: Hampus Lindholm, Anaheim Ducks ($4,400) 

The Ducks are 17-1-1 in their past 19 games and have won 10 straight. Lindholm is one of their best puck-moving defensemen and has eight goals and 21 points this season. He has two goals and five assists in nine games and averages approximately two shots per game. Lindholm also leads the team with 97 blocks. With first place in the Pacific Division on the line against the Los Angeles Kings, expect Lindholm and the Ducks to keep rolling. And at his price, he makes an excellent value pick.

GOALIES

Spend up for: James Reimer, San Jose Sharks, ($6,700) 

Reimer is making his Sharks debut after being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs last weekend. Although he hasn't played since Feb. 23, he has a .918 save percentage and joined a much better offensive and defensive team. Reimer hasn't had many wins recently, but then again it's more because of his former team and not because of him. Playing the Vancouver Canucks at home should also help. They have lost three straight and have had trouble scoring. Expect a big debut from Reimer on Saturday.

Value pick: Philipp Grubauer, Washington Capitals ($7,300)

Braden Holtby is the most expensive goalie in this tournament ($8,700) but will have the night off after playing against the New York Rangers on Friday. Grubauer has six wins in his past 10 games and has averaged 4.3 DraftKings points per contest. He is 7-5-1 with a 2.10 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage this season. Grubauer has allowed four goals in his past four games and the Capitals feel confident in him each time he is in net. You should, too, especially because he has the League's best offense in front of him.

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