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DraftKings NHL value picks: Feb. 17

NHL.com's Pete Jensen identifies affordable DFS targets

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Draft Kings Daily Picks: Feb 17

DraftKings Daily Picks: February 17

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for who will be the top DraftKings players for Wednesday, February 17

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Derek Stepan, C, New York Rangers 
DraftKings price: $5,200 

Rick Nash (leg) remains out for the Rangers ahead of their huge home game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, but Stepan is finally catching fire after an otherwise quiet offensive season. He has three goals, two assists, four blocked shots and 10 shots on goal in his three-game point streak, playing alongside Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello of late. He averages 3.2 DraftKings points per contest at home this season, compared to 2.2 on the road, and is priced sixth among centers on the scaled-down DraftKings salary structure for Wednesday; Matt Duchene ($6,500) of the Colorado Avalanche is most expensive at the position. And as dominant as Corey Crawford has been for most of the season, he's lost three straight (0-2-1) with three or more goals allowed in four of his past seven outings. 

Gabriel Landeskog, W, Colorado Avalanche 
DraftKings price: $5,900 

Landeskog, Colorado's captain, is stuck in a six-game goal drought with one assist, but has at least kept his peripheral coverage strong with 11 SOG and eight blocks in that span. His DraftKings price has dipped from $6,400 on Jan. 26 to below the $6,000 mark Wednesday at home against the Montreal Canadiens. Playing on a line with Carl Soderberg ($4,800; eight points in past 10 games) and on the Avalanche's top power-play unit, Landeskog will be in position to pounce on Montreal, which has allowed six goals in each of its past two games in road losses to the Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes. He's tied for eighth in price among wings and has 22 points in 28 games at Pepsi Center this season. 

Ryan McDonagh, D, New York Rangers 
DraftKings price: $5,100 

McDonagh returns to the lineup Wednesday after missing time because of a concussion sustained Feb. 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers. He should assume his No. 1 power-play duties against Chicago and brings valuable shot-blocking ability to the lineup. He has 101 blocks in 53 games to go along with 26 points and 93 SOG, and is a high-floor option in DraftKings based on that coverage. He's ninth among defensemen in price and should see more than 20 minutes in his return with exposure to all kinds of category coverage against the high-flying Blackhawks. 

Jonas Hiller, G, Calgary Flames 
DraftKings price: $6,600 

Hiller has missed time with injury and underachieved statistically this season, going 8-6-1 with a 3.22 goals-against average and .889 save percentage in 19 games (3.1 DraftKings points per contest). That said, he's been better in his past 10 outings, going 5-2-1 with a .913 SV% and one shutout. His home peripherals are far from endearing, but his record at the Scotiabank Saddledome (5-2-0) offers a glimmer of against-the-grain hope against the Minnesota Wild on a light Wednesday slate. Hiller has allowed four goals in each of his past two outings, but won three straight prior to that. He's confirmed for Wednesday with Karri Ramo (torn ACL) done for the season, and is the least expensive projected goalie of the night. 

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