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Fantasy buzz: Jarnkrok steps up for Predators

Forward has two assists in first game on top line after Forsberg injured

by James Harding / NHL Fantasy Correspondent

All season long,'s fantasy hockey staff will have you covered with daily lineup news, production trends and injury notes from around the League. We will identify how these developments affect fantasy owners in year-long (Yahoo) and daily (DraftKings) formats.



2 p.m.
DraftKings value picks for Sunday


Leon Draisaitl, EDM ($5,300 vs WPG): The Edmonton Oilers center remains a moderately price DFS value target against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; SN, NHL.TV). Draisaitl extended his point streak to six games with a goal and had four shots on goal against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. He has two goals, 10 assists, three power-play points and 27 shots on goal in his past 10 games, averaging 4.2 DraftKings fantasy points per game in that span. Draisaitl has two goals, one assist and four shots on goal in two games against the Jets this season.

Spend up for: John Tavares, NYI ($7,900 at COL)

Video: CHI@EDM: Draisaitl buries a rebound to tie it late


Value pick: Daniel Sprong, PIT ($2,700 at DET): The Pittsburgh Penguins forward will play his first NHL game since Dec. 16, 2015, on Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m. ET; FS-D, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV) after being called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Sprong had his second hat trick of the season on Friday against Hartford and his 18 goals were second in the AHL. He will skate on the third line with Riley Sheahan ($3,100) and Conor Sheary ($4,400) and will get time with the second power-play unit.

Spend up for: Patrik Laine, WPG ($6,600 at EDM)

Video: OTT@PIT: Sprong goes top-shelf for first NHL goal


Value pick: Sebastian Aho, NYI ($2,700 at COL): The New York Islanders' rookie defenseman will make his NHL debut Sunday against the Colorado Avalanche (8 p.m. ET; ALT, MSG+, NHL.TV) after being called up from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. Aho was drafted in the fifth round (No. 139) in the 2017 NHL Draft and was third on Bridgeport with 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) and 78 shots on goal in 29 games. At $2,700 he is a great value target for DFS owners who want to take a flier without tying up much salary cap space.

Spend up for: Brent Burns, SJS ($7,200 at DAL)


Value pick: Jeff Glass, CHI ($7,500 at CGY): Glass was solid in his NHL debut with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday against the Edmonton Oilers, stopping 42 of 45 shots on goal in a 4-3 overtime victory. Glass has another favorable matchup against the Calgary Flames on Sunday (9 p.m. ET; SN360, WGN, NHL.TV). Calgary has lost six of its past eight games and has scored two goals or fewer in seven of those games.

Spend up for: Matt Murray, PIT ($8,400 at DET)

Video: CHI@EDM: Glass kicks out pad to deny McDavid


11 a.m.
Predators place Forsberg on IR, Jarnkrok strong in Predators win

Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg is out for an undetermined amount of time with an unspecified injury sustained in the third period Friday against the Minnesota Wild. He was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Forsberg had not missed an NHL game, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with Nashville since April 2014, a streak of 325 consecutive games.

Forsberg (99 percent owned in Yahoo) had been on pace for an NHL career-high 75 points this season. He leads Nashville with 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) and 94 shots on goal in 37 games. He has scored 33 and 31 goals in the past two seasons. Forsberg was skating with Ryan Johansen (74 percent) and Viktor Aridsson (85 percent) on the first line at even strength.

Forward Calle Jarnkrok (C/LW, 6 percent owned) immediately slotted into Forsberg's spot with Johansen and Arvidsson and had two assists and two shots on goal in Nashville's 3-0 victory against the Wild on Saturday. Jarnkrok had 11 points (seven goals, four assists) and 23 shots on goal in 13 games in December and is the top in-house candidate for owners looking to replace Forsberg short-term.

Video: NSH@DAL: Jarnkrok nets wicked snipe for SHG

Forward Scott Hartnell (LW, 6 percent) returned to the lineup against Minnesota on Saturday and scored his fifth goal of the season. He skated in place of Forsberg on the first power-play unit with Johansen, Arvidsson, forward Craig Smith and defenseman P.K. Subban. Smith (RW, 27 percent) and forward Kevin Fiala (LW/RW, 41 percent) are other in-house options fantasy owners should look at.

David Backes (C/RW, 37 percent) of the Boston Bruins, Kevin Labanc (LW/RW, 4 percent) of the San Jose Sharks, Reilly Smith (LW/RW, 39 percent owned), of the Vegas Golden Knights, Nick Schmaltz (C/LW, 12 percent owned) of the Chicago Blackhawks, Thomas Vanek (LW/RW, 19 percent) of the Vancouver Canucks and Mikko Rantanen (LW/RW, 54 percent) of the Colorado Avalanche are other solid waiver wire options available in the majority of Yahoo fantasy leagues.


Bruins second power-play unit comes up big

The Boston Bruins' second power-play unit had a big game in their 5-0 victory against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Forwards David Backes, David Krejci and Ryan Spooner each had a multipoint game.

Backes (C/RW, 37 percent owned) had two power-play assists against the Senators, extending his multipoint game streak to four. He has 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 18 shots on goal in his past seven games overall. Backes is a top waiver wire target for owners and is skating with forward Riley Nash (C/RW, 1 percent) and rookie Danton Heinen (C/LW/RW, 33 percent) at even strength.

Video: BOS@OTT: Rask turns aside Karlsson's rocket

Krecji (20 percent owned) returned on Saturday after missing Boston's past six games with an upper-body injury. He scored his sixth goal of the season and had one assist, each on the power play, with five shots on goal. Krejci has a three-game point streak totaling two goals, two assists and 12 shots on goal.

He is centering the second line at even strength with Jake DeBrusk (LW, 4 percent) and Spooner (C/LW, 2 percent). Spooner scored two goals, one on the power play, with six shots on goal. He has points in five of his past seven games, totaling two goals, five assists and 17 shots on goal in that span.

This line will be a great value stack in DraftKings DFS contests, and all three are solid waiver wire targets for fantasy owners in deep leagues and points leagues the remainder of the season.


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