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Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, Lineup Strategy for February 17

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

Ottawa Senators v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

There are five matchups in the NHL on Wednesday, but only the four games beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET and later are included in the featured slate on DraftKings. The Maple Leafs are the largest DraftKings Sportsbook favorites on the slate, with Calgary and Edmonton also receiving chalk on home ice.

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Top Line Stacks

Maple Leafs vs. Senators

Joe Thornton ($3,800) - Auston Matthews ($8,900) - Mitchell Marner ($7,800)

Matthews, Marner and Thornton combined for three tallies and three helpers during Monday’s 6-5 overtime loss to Ottawa, and the elder statesman’s low salary helps mitigate the line’s total cap hit. With Ottawa allowing the most goals per 60 minutes in the league and owning a 26th-ranked 73.7% penalty-kill percentage, the matchup is soft, too. It’s also worth noting Matthews and Marner pace the NHL in 5-on-5 points with 14 each.

Wild at Kings

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6,800) - Connor McDavid ($8,600) - Jesse Puljujarvi ($4,700)

While another pricy trio, it’s impossible to overlook how dominant McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins and Puljujarvi were during Monday’s 6-5 loss. They attempted 27 shot attempts and were on the ice for 10 individual high-danger scoring chances. There’s room for oodles of negative regression to those totals, and McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins and Puljujarvi will still have a solid showing.


Superstar to Build Around

Patrick Kane, CHI at DET ($8,400) - The American winger was held off the scoresheet for just the fourth time all season Monday night, and he did make an impact with five shots and 10 attempts. Additionally, with 15 points through the past eight contests and 3.52 points per hour for the campaign, Kane’s in excellent form to face the reeling Red Wings. Detroit has surrendered 3.15 goals per 60 minutes this season and owns a 27th-ranked 73.5% penalty-kill percentage.


Value on Offense

Dylan Larkin, DET vs. CHI ($5,800) - In the midst of a poor stretch, look for Larkin to find his scoring form sooner than later. He’s posted a mediocre 1.69 points per hour this year, which lags well behind his 2.37 mark over the past two seasons, and he’s collected just a single goal and four assists through the past 12 games.

Andrew Mangiapane, CGY vs. VAN ($4,100) - This is a favorable matchup to target the streaky scorer. Vancouver has surrendered the second most goals per 60 minutes this season, and Mangiapane is projected to play with Elias Lindholm ($6,000) and Matthew Tkachuk ($6,400) at 5-on-5 while also skating on the No. 2 power-play unit. Lindholm and Tkachuk have connected for a rock-solid 5.39 goals per 60 minutes over the past two seasons, too.


Stud Goalies

Frederik Andersen, TOR vs. OTT ($8,300) - Rolling out Andersen against Ottawa on Monday turned into a disaster, so there’s a degree of risk even with Toronto a massive favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook. Still, Andersen had allowed just six goals through his previous four starts, and it would be surprising if Toronto didn’t play well Wednesday after blowing a 5-1 lead Monday. Plus, Ottawa has scored the fifth fewest goals per 60 minutes in the league this season.

Jacob Markstrom, CGY vs. VAN ($8,100) - Vancouver has lost seven of its past eight games and Markstrom has rounded into high-end form, sporting an active 6-2 stretch with a .931 save percentage and 2.24 GAA. Calgary has also allowed the third fewest five-on-five goals per 60 minutes in the league this season.


Value on Defense

Josh Morrissey, WPG at EDM ($4,200) - With three helpers, eight shots and six blocks through the past four games, Morrissey has quietly been a productive defenseman. He’s locked into a significant role with 23:46 of ice time per game (3:20 with the man advantage) and offers a respectable fantasy floor through his cross-category production. Additionally, it’s a soft matchup with Edmonton allowing 3.04 goals per 60 minutes this season — third most in the league.

Evan Bouchard, EDM vs. WPG ($3,900) - The 21-year-old defenseman logged a career-high 20:23 of ice time against Winnipeg on Monday and registered 11 shot attempts. The impressive outing will probably make Bouchard a popular target Wednesday, but he’s been producing since becoming a regular Feb. 2 with four points and 22 shots through six contests.


Power-Play Defenseman

Tyson Barrie, EDM vs. WPG ($5,800) - The first-year Oiler collected two assists and seven shots attempts in Monday’s loss to Winnipeg, and he’s now up to three tallies, nine helpers and 34 shots through the past nine games. Barrie’s locked into the quarterback role on the No. 1 power-play unit with an average of 4:10 of ice time per game with the man advantage, too.

Morgan Rielly, TOR vs. OTT ($5,600) - A cost-effective addition to a Toronto stack, Rielly has collected 11 points, 13 shots and 10 blocks while logging 23:42 of ice time (2:59 with the power play) through the past 10 games. As noted, the matchup is soft, and Toronto and its core have a lot to prove Wednesday. Just note, Rielly will probably be a popular target.

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