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Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, Lineup Strategy for January 26

Neil Parker gives his top NHL picks and lineup advice for Tuesday’s fantasy hockey slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

There’s 13 games in the NHL on Tuesday, and a lot of them should prove to be close contests. The only two huge favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook are the Avalanche and Stars, whereas the Rangers-Sabres, Oilers-Jets and Maple Leafs-Flames matchups all have coin flip odds. It should be easy to differentiate your DraftKings lineups with such a huge player pool, and there are also oodles of discounted salaries to target.

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Top Line Stacks

Jets vs. Oilers

Kyle Connor ($7,200) - Mark Scheifele ($7,300) - Blake Wheeler ($7,000)

Winnipeg loaded up the No. 1 line against Edmonton on Sunday, and it was a flop. The trio allowed 17 shot attempts and seven high-danger scoring chances at five-on-five. Still, it’s hard to envision there isn’t positive regression for Winnipeg’s top three forwards on Tuesday, and Scheifele, Connor and Wheeler also all skate on the No. 1 power-play unit. After all, over the previous two years, they’ve clicked for 5.77 goals and 16.22 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes through 1257:31 of shared ice time.

Predators vs. Blackhawks

Mikael Granlund ($3,300) - Matt Duchene ($3,900) - Luke Kunin ($3,800)

The price is right to take a flier on Nashville’s second line in the plus-matchup against Chicago. Duchene, Granlund and Kunin have driven possession with a 69.2 Corsi For percentage and generated 17.0 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes at five-on-five through two games since Granlund returned to the lineup. With Chicago missing numerous regulars and allowing 3.83 goals against per game, there’s sneaky upside here. Additionally, Duchene and Granlund provide exposure to both of Nashville’s power-play units.


Superstar to Build Around

Jack Eichel, BUF vs. NYR ($7,600) - Still without a goal through six games, statistical correction is ahead for Eichel. He registered 38 shot attempts this season, including nine during Sunday’s win over Washington. With a career 10.8 shooting percentage, it’s only a matter of time. Additionally, the Rangers have started the season losing four of five games and allowing at least three goals in each loss.


Value on Offense

Jake DeBrusk, BOS vs. PIT ($4,300) - Skating with Patrice Bergeron ($8,200) and Brad Marchand ($7,900) of late has been a boon for DeBrusk’s fantasy value. The trio have driven possession with a 71.1 Corsi For percentage through two games, and DeBrusk collected his first point of the season last time out. There have also been seven or more goals in all but one of Pittsburgh’s six games this season, so this should set up to be a high-scoring contest.

Jesse Puljujarvi, EDM at WPG ($3,000) - Despite leading the Oilers in shots and shot attempts per 60 minutes at five-on-five this season, Puljujarvi has yet to find the back of the net. He’s been promoted to the No. 1 line alongside Connor McDavid ($8,500) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($7,500), and there were 133 shot attempts and 34 high-danger scoring chances during Sunday’s game between these two clubs. It should prove to be a favorable fantasy setup again Tuesday.


Stud Goalies

Robin Lehner, VGK vs. STL ($8,100) - The risk is probably already baked into the salary with Lehner here. While the Blues are generating a league-low 5.75 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes, they still project to be one of the more complete teams in the league. Still, Vegas has cruised to a 5-1 start, is on home ice, and Lehner has been solid in his two wins. Keep in mind the 35-save bonus could be a long shot with St. Louis attempting the second fewest shots per hour in the league to start the campaign.

Darcy Kuemper, ARI vs. ANA ($8,000) - The Ducks have been competitive to start the season, but their offense lacks punch. Anaheim has scored just 1.82 goals and generated only 7.46 high-danger scoring chances per hour this season while also being run over in five-on-five possession (44.8 Corsi For percentage). Additionally, while it hasn’t been the strongest start for Kuemper, he posted a high-end .923 save percentage and 2.39 GAA through 94 games as a Coyote the previous three seasons. The matchup is right for a return to form.


Value on Defense

Rasmus Dahlin, BUF vs. NYR ($4,100) - After being benched during Friday’s loss to Washington, Dahlin played well Sunday. He registered six shots on eight attempts and logged a hefty 22:47, including 6:42 on the power play. The third-year defenseman finished eighth in points per 60 minutes among all regular blueliners last year, so there is offensive positive regression ahead, especially considering his role. As noted, the Blueshirts also aren’t exactly a defensive juggernaut.

Tony DeAngelo, NYR at BUF ($2,900) - This salary jumps off the page considering DeAngelo finished third in points per 60 minutes (2.42) among all regular NHL defensemen last year. Obviously, he was held out of consecutive games and is logging just 16:15 per night and probably isn’t completely out of the doghouse, yet. Still, DeAngelo is receiving power-play time, beginning 83.3 of his five-on-five shifts in the offensive zone and offers more upside than any other defenseman in his salary range.


Power-Play Defenseman

Cale Makar, COL vs. SJ ($6,100) - Colorado is the largest favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook on the docket Tuesday, and the Sharks have surrendered 21 goals, 69 high-danger scoring chances and own the fourth worst team save percentage to start the campaign. Makar, on the other hand, is logging 23:18 of ice time per game (5:05 with the man advantage) and ranks second in points per hour among all regular defensemen since entering the league last year.

Seth Jones, CLS vs. FLA ($4,300) - The veteran is projected to quarterback the No. 1 power-play unit and has averaged an impressive 25:27 of ice time to start the campaign. Jones collected his first assist of the season during Saturday’s win over the Lightning, and the 26-year-old defenseman is also a proven high-volume shooter and shot-blocker. His salary stands out as a bargain with Florida unproven with just two games played thus far and off since its 5-4 win over Chicago last Tuesday.

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