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Fantasy Hockey Picks: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Stacks for February 1

Matt Meiselman gives his top NHL stacks for Monday’s fantasy hockey slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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The NHL schedule has been bouncing back and forth between full nights of games and much quieter ones, but Monday night is a more moderate slate with five games across the league. This slate features some of the highest-priced players in the NHL, with stars from teams like the Bruins, Penguins and Lightning making for some difficult decisions at the high end of the salary range. The focus here is once again on stacks, getting you ready for the slate, which locks at 7:00 p.m. ET on DraftKings.

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Top Stacks

Boston Bruins

Patrice Bergeron ($7,800), Brad Marchand ($7,700), David Pastrnak ($7,800)

Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby ($6,900), Jake Guentzel ($6,200), Bryan Rust ($6,000)

Tampa Bay Lightning

Brayden Point ($7,000), Steven Stamkos ($7,900), Ondrej Palat ($5,100)

The Bruins lost in overtime to the Capitals two nights ago, and they were one more score away from really making some noise in tournaments, as the first-liners all finished with fantasy point totals in the 15-25 range. The Capitals are still at less than 100% with a few key players out due to COVID protocols, but the Bruins’ first line is an appealing choice in just about any matchup, regardless. The Penguins are a bit cheaper and have a much deeper group of forwards, but the Crosby line shares full PP1 correlation and should do well against the Rangers at even strength as well. It’s also worth keeping an eye on defenseman Kris Letang ($5.900), who is questionable tonight and makes a significant impact on the offense when on the ice.

Value Stacks

Pittsburgh Penguins

Evgeni Malkin ($5,600), Jason Zucker ($3,300), Kasperi Kapanen ($3,100)

Tampa Bay Lightning

Anthony Cirelli ($4,800), Alex Killorn ($4,100), Tyler Johnson ($2,700)

Montreal Canadiens

Phillip Danault ($3,400), Tomas Tatar ($4,800), Brendan Gallagher ($5,700)

The prices on the Malkin line continue to be egregiously low, as this group is far too talented to cost just $12K in aggregate. These prices are likely to make them popular, but they’re well worth considering in a plus matchup against the Rangers. The Tampa Bay second line looks to be underpriced, as well. While it’s sort of a neutral matchup against the Predators, there’s a sufficient amount of talent here at such a low cost. The Canadiens’ top line isn’t quite as cheap as the other lines listed here, but they draw a solid matchup at home against the Canucks, and the prices have come down across the board. The Canadiens’ 1st line doesn’t share power play correlation, but they’re good enough at even strength to be a strong target — especially on a five-game slate.

Contrarian Stacks

Vancouver Canucks

Elias Pettersson ($6,200), Brock Boeser ($5,800), J.T. Miller ($5,400)

Winnipeg Jets

Paul Stastny ($4,900), Kyle Connor ($7,000), Blake Wheeler ($6,700)

Nashville Predators

Ryan Johansen ($3,600), Filip Forsberg ($5,200), Viktor Arvidsson ($4,900)

The Canucks have a sub-optimal matchup going into Montreal, but the ownership on their top players seems likely to be fairly low as a result of the difficult situation. Pettersson, Boeser, and Miller are talented enough as a group that there’s upside in any matchup, and including Bo Horvat ($6,100) in a power-play stack could be viable, too, since the Canadiens are an extremely difficult team to score on at even strength. The Jets shifted their lines around at practice yesterday, and it could make for some interesting stacking opportunities, as the second line is now overpriced and should be a contrarian option on this slate. As for the Predators’ top line, they could very well qualify as a value stack, too, but they should also be contrarian for a tough road game in Tampa Bay. The Predators have struggled to score this season, but the chances have been there and they could breakthrough tonight even against a team as good as the Lightning.

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