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DraftKings NHL daily picks: Feb. 23

NHL.com's Pete Jensen identifies DFS targets at each position

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

February 23: DraftKings Picks

DraftKings Daily Picks: February 23

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for who will be the Top DraftKings players for Tuesday, February 23

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CENTERS
  
Spend up for: Jason Spezza, Dallas Stars ($5,800)
  
The Stars have been switching up their lines lately, but Spezza skated with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn at practice Monday with Patrick Eaves (illness) likely out Tuesday. Spezza has 22 points and 72 shots on goal in 28 road games, and had two assists in his first road game back from injury. After being held without a point Saturday against the Boston Bruins, his price dipped to $5,800, the lowest it's been since early January. His opponent, the Winnipeg Jets, allows the second-most DraftKings points to opposing centers.

Value pick: Elias Lindholm, Carolina Hurricanes ($3,900)
  
Lindholm comes with some risk in DFS, but has a favorable matchup at home against the Philadelphia Flyers, whom he has one goal, one assist, two blocks and seven SOG against in three games this season. He averages more SOG (2.4) at home than on the road (1.8) and has four points in his past five games, all coming on the power play. He's tied for 45th among centers in price. 
  
WINGS 
  
Spend up for: Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers ($6,600) 
  
The line of Connor McDavid, Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot has a high ceiling against the Ottawa Senators, but it will likely carry higher ownership than Hall and Leon Draisaitl ($4,900) with similar upside. Hall averages 4.2 DraftKings points per contest this season, second among Tuesday wings, but is tied for ninth in price at the position. He had one assist, one block and four SOG against the Senators earlier in the season and has 33 points in 30 home games. Ottawa has allowed the most road goals in the League (102 in 29 games). 
  
Value pick: Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey Devils ($5,200) 
  
The Rangers allow the ninth-most DraftKings points to opposing wings, and Palmieri is overdue for a goal having posted 10 SOG in three games against them this season. Thirteen of his 22 goals have come at Prudential Center and he has solid peripherals (10 blocked shots, 26 SOG) despite only four points in his past 10 games. Palmieri is one of the breakout players of the season and has six or more DraftKings points in two of his past three games. 
  
DEFENSEMEN 
  
Spend up for: Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings ($6,200) 
  
Doughty has logged at least 30 minutes in each of his past three games, posting an assist in each. He's averaging 4.0 DraftKings points per contest with 11 points, nine blocks and 21 SOG in his past 10 games and seven of his 14 home points have come on the power play. The Calgary Flames are only killing 75 percent of their road penalties, the third-worst rate in the NHL. Doughty is tied for seventh among D-men in DraftKings price. 
  
Value pick: Nick Leddy, New York Islanders ($4,500) 
  
Leddy is tied for 26th in defensemen price, underpriced considering he's averaging 3.6 DraftKings points per contest in his past 10 games with 10 points, 14 blocks and 15 SOG. He had an assist and two SOG for 3.0 DraftKings points earlier this season against the Minnesota Wild and is a strong against-the-grain pick with the Wild in the midst of a four-game win streak. 
  
GOALIES 
  
Spend up for: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning ($7,800) 
  
Bishop is a reliable option at home against the Arizona Coyotes, who have one of the worst road records in the NHL (11-14-2) and will be on the second of a back-to-back set. He has a .922 save percentage at home and on the road, and is 14-9-2 at Amalie Arena this season. He has allowed two goals in three of his past four games and is riding a two-game win streak with road victories at the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins. 
  
Value pick: Carter Hutton, Nashville Predators ($7,300) 
  
Whether Pekka Rinne ($7,600) or Hutton gets the nod, the Predators starting goalie has a strong chance to earn the win bonus at the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have traded Dion Phaneuf among others in addition to being without injured forwards James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul. Hutton is second among Tuesday goalies in DraftKings points per contest (5.4), and the Maple Leafs allow the most DraftKings points to opposing goalies. He has allowed four goals in his past four games with three wins, two shutouts and an overtime loss to Dallas. 

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