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DraftKings picks: Islanders' Lee heating up

Fixture on top power-play unit; more value targets

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

DraftKings Daily Picks: Wednesday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Wednesday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Wednesday night including Kevin Tanguay and Kevin Martin

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Ryan Johansen, C, Nashville Predators

DraftKings price: $5,200

Nashville's second line has outperformed its first line since Johansen was acquired, but he still is capable of breaking out of his slump in an A-plus matchup at the Calgary Flames, who allow the third-most DraftKings points to opposing centers. Johansen had one assist, two blocks and two shots on goal against them earlier in the season. Even with the Predators on the second of a back-to-back set, this is the time to capitalize on Johansen's declining price; it was $5,900 on Feb. 15 and is now $700 cheaper. He scored a goal Tuesday at the Winnipeg Jets, and his low shooting percentage with the Predators (five goals on 68 SOG; 7.4 percent) should continue to correct itself.

Anders Lee, W, New York Islanders
DraftKings price: $4,900

Lee's goal-scoring has dipped signficantly from last season as a result of not seeing nearly as much time alongside John Tavares at even strength, but he's picking up steam on the third line and first power-play unit in his past four games. He has three goals, two assists and seven SOG in his four-game point streak, and scored a tie-breaking power-play goal Tuesday to help the Islanders defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has one goal, one assist, two blocks and seven SOG in two games against the Toronto Maple Leafs this season and will have plenty of chances alongside Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Nick Leddy with the first man-advantage group. Lee is tied for 20th in price among wings.

Tyson Barrie, D, Colorado Avalanche

DraftKings price: $5,900

Barrie is tied for eighth among defensemen in scoring (45 points in 64 games), and has been consistent at home with 27 points, 35 blocks and 78 SOG in 32 games (3.7 DraftKings points per contest). Barrie, who plays the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, is ninth in DraftKings price among defensemen and is averaging 4.1 DraftKings points per game in his past 10 games (nine points, 10 blocks, 30 SOG in span). His speed has been the driver of Colorado's transition offense, and he usually sees first-unit power-play time. If you need a defensemen to fit a lower DFS price point, Eric Gelinas ($2,500) also carries upside after playing 2:08 with the man-advantage for the Avalanche on Monday.

Thomas Greiss, G, New York Islanders

DraftKings price: $8,000

With Jaroslav Halak sustaining an injury Tuesday against the Penguins, the Islanders will give Greiss an opportunity to improve his stellar season totals with a road start in Toronto. Four possible starting goalies are priced higher than Greiss in a scaled-up DraftKings goalie price structure, so don't hesitate to spend up for him in this favorable spot against the Maple Leafs, who allow the most DraftKings points to opposing goalies. His .930 save percentage ranks first in the NHL among goalies with at least 20 games played entering Tuesday. He's 8-3-0 on the road this season and 18-6-3 overall with 5.5 DraftKings points per game. He stopped all three third-period shots he faced Tuesday in relief of Halak.


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