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Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, Lineup Strategy for February 16

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.

With the Nashville-Dallas game postponed, there are only five matchups in the NHL on Tuesday. Additionally, they’re all projected to be close contests, with 5.5 over/under totals on DraftKings Sportsbook. The two marquee matchups feature Washington visiting Pittsburgh and Vegas hosting Colorado.

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Top Line Stacks

Capitals at Penguins

Jakub Vrana ($4,000) - Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,700) - T.J. Oshie ($4,400)

Washington’s second line clicked for a goal, 13 shot attempts and three high-danger scoring chances at five-on-five during Sunday’s 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh. The trio has long-standing chemistry with 373:30 of shared ice time over the past two seasons while recording a respectable 3.53 goals per 60 minutes. The combined cap hit is also reasonable, and Pittsburgh has surrendered the fourth most goals per hour in the league while owning the worst team save percentage. It’s also worth noting that the Penguins own a 28th-ranked 70.7 penalty-kill percentage, and Kuznetsov, Vrana and Oshie all receive consistent power-play time.

Wild at Kings

Jordan Greenway ($3,400) - Marcus Johansson ($3,100) - Kirill Kaprizov ($5,700)

With the Kings surrendering 3.25 goals and 11.34 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes this season, it’s a soft matchup to target Minnesota’s new-look second line. While it’s been a slow start to the campaign for Johansson, Greenway and Kaprizov have combined for five goals and 14 assists through 11 contests, and Johansson has a long-standing history of respectable offensive play. Plus, the real draw here is the cap relief and matchup.

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Superstar to Build Around

Jack Eichel, BUF vs. NYI ($8,100) - Statistical correction is ahead for Eichel. He’s sporting an unsustainably low 4.9 shooting percentage with just two goals through 11 games for the campaign. Additionally, while it’s a tough matchup with the Islanders allowing the fifth fewest goals per hour this season, it should also keep his popularity in check.

Value on Offense

Jonathan Marchessault, VGK vs. COL ($4,700) - The 30-year-old winger has quietly picked up 10 points — four goals — through 13 games this season and remains locked into a scoring role with an average of 2:19 of power-play time per contest. The Avalanche are a high-end defense with the second fewest goals against per 60 minutes in the league. However, with a modest cap hit, the tough matchup could help Marchessault fly under the radar.

Jesper Bratt, NJD at NYR ($2,500) - At the minimum salary, Bratt is worth a look considering his top offensive role. He’s projected to skate with Jack Hughes ($5,600) in all situations, and the duo has clicked for three goals and 10 high-danger scoring chances through three games since Bratt’s been back in the lineup.

Stud Goalies

Ilya Sorokin, NYI at BUF ($7,900) - The 25-year-old rookie is off to a tough start with an .871 save percentage and 3.65 GAA through his first three NHL appearances, but this could prove to be a soft matchup for a breakout showing. The Sabres have only played once in February and have scored an underwhelming 2.57 goals per 60 minutes through 11 games this season. Additionally, as noted, the Islanders have been playing high-end defense.

Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK vs. COL ($7,700) - While there’s no doubting the difficulty of the matchup, Fleury just shut out the Avalanche to improve to 7-1 with a high-end .944 save percentage and 1.38 GAA. With those numbers in mind, Fleury’s salary appears a little short. Plus, Vegas has surrendered the fewest goals per 60 minutes in the league, and injuries are beginning to pile up for Colorado.

Philipp Grubauer, COL at VGK ($7,500) - Similarly to his expected counterpart, Grubauer’s been outstanding this season with a 7-3 record, .937 save percentage and 1.61 GAA. Additionally, Colorado has surrendered the second fewest goals per hour in the league this year, and Grubauer was only beaten once in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Vegas. Again, the salary is low considering how well Grubauer has played, albeit with a potentially tough matchup ahead.

Value on Defense

Rasmus Dahlin, BUF vs. NYI ($4,000) - Even with a three-game point streak, it’s probably still safe to expect positive offensive regression for Dahlin. His current 1.07 points per 60 minutes is way behind last year’s 2.11 mark, and he remains locked into the quarterback role of the No. 1 power-play unit. Just note there’s probably a little more risk Tuesday with the highlighted tough matchup.

Bowen Byram, COL at VGK ($2,900) - The Avalanche are dealing with a lot of injuries on the blueline, and Byram logged a career-high 23:07 of ice time during Sunday’s loss. He’s definitely still finding his way at the highest level, and ideally Colorado would shelter his minutes, especially in a tough matchup against Vegas. Still, if he’s tasked with a big role again Tuesday, there’s plenty of room to reward on his modest salary. The 19-year-old defenseman is an elite talent.

Power-Play Defenseman

John Carlson, WAS at PIT ($6,400) - With Pittsburgh’s noted defensive struggles, especially shorthanded, Carlson checks out as a solid building block on Tuesday. His salary is also reasonable considering he paces all regular defensemen in points per 60 minutes over the past three seasons. Carlson also offers a nice fantasy floor with 36 shots and 18 blocks through 13 contests for the campaign.

Kris Letang, PIT vs. WAS ($5,000) - Entering in solid form, Letang has collected four assists, six shots and five blocks through his past three contests and lands in a favorable matchup on Tuesday. Washington has surrendered the third most goals per 60 minutes in the league this season, including 22 total during its active four-game losing streak.

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