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Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, Lineup Strategy for February 2

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 are eight games in the NHL on Tuesday, and it’s important to note that the Sabres-Islanders matchup has been postponed and won’t be included in DraftKings contests. The Oilers are the largest favorites on the docket, and the Edmonton-Ottawa tilt also has the highest over/under total after the two teams scored 13 times in Edmonton’s 8-5 win on Sunday. The Wild and Avalanche also face off after Minnesota topped Colorado 4-3 in overtime this weekend. Both North Division matchups, Vancouver-Montreal and Calgary-Winnipeg, are the second leg of back-to-back sets. The Canadiens won 6-2 over the Canucks, and the Flames topped the Jets 4-3 in overtime.

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Top Line Stacks

St. Louis Blues vs. Arizona Coyotes

Jaden Schwartz ($4,600) - Brayden Schenn ($6,300) - Jordan Kyrou ($4,500)

The trio has combined for eight goals and nine assists over the past four games to propel them up to a high-end 6.89 goals per hour at five-on-five for the campaign. Schenn, Schwartz and Kyrou are also generating an impressive 16.37 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes at five-on-five and driving possession with a 59.1 Corsi For percentage. The Coyotes have also surrendered a healthy 11.11 high-danger scoring chances per hour at five-on-five, and these three Blues are spread over the team’s two power-play units providing exposure to both.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks

Jonathan Drouin ($4,200) - Nick Suzuki ($5,500) - Josh Anderson ($5,000)

The cap hits are manageable and the success has been there for Montreal’s second line. The three have clicked for a respectable 4.2 goals and 13.3 high-danger scoring chances per hour this season, including a goal and three assists in Monday’s 6-2 win over the Canucks. Vancouver has surrendered a healthy 43 goals through 12 games this season, and if you exclude the Canucks three contests against Ottawa, they’ve surrendered 4.44 goals per outing.


Superstar to Build Around

Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers vs. Ottawa Senators ($8,000) - This is a manageable salary to target Draisaitl at. He’s coming off a six-assist showing against Ottawa on Sunday and is up to six tallies and 15 helpers through 11 games for the season. Additionally, the German center has recorded multi-point showings in five-straight contests. Ottawa is also surrendering the most goals per game in the league, so the matchup checks out.


Value on Offense

Teuvo Teravainen, Carolina Hurricanes at Chicago Blackhawks ($4,800) - There’s a discount opportunity here, as Teravainen has missed the past three games while on the COVID-19 protocol list. The Finn projects to return to a top offensive role Tuesday and already has two assists through three games this season. He posted an impressive 2.93 points per 60 minutes over the past three years, and the Blackhawks project as a favorable opponent. Chicago has surrendered 3.0 goals per game and a healthy 10.43 high-danger scoring chances per hour.

Jesse Puljujarvi, Edmonton Oilers vs. Ottawa Senators ($3,900) - Projected to remain on the No. 1 line with Connor McDavid ($9,000) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($7,900), Puljujarvi is positioned to end his 11-game goal-scoring drought. The 22-year-old Finn has attempted 34 shots — including 17 individual high-danger scoring chances — so statistical correction is in his favor. Plus, the Senators have allowed the most goals in the league, including 30 through their past five games.

J.T. Compher, Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild ($2,800) - With Nathan MacKinnon sidelined with a lower-body injury, Compher stepped into the center role on the No. 1 line with Mikko Rantanen ($7,800) and Gabriel Landeskog ($7,300), and also replaced MacKinnon on the No. 1 power-play unit. It’s a huge value boost for Compher, and while he’s recorded just a single goal and assist through 10 games this season, the 25-year-old forward has stepped up and produced when called upon over the past two seasons. Expect him to be a popular target Tuesday.


Stud Goalies

Jake Allen, Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks ($7,800) - The Montreal backup has turned in two stellar performances through three starts and boasts a rock-solid .933 save percentage and 1.69 GAA. Vancouver will be looking to avenge its 6-2 loss Monday, but the Canadiens are playing solid. Montreal has surrendered the sixth-fewest high-danger scoring chances per hour at five-on-five, while driving possession with a 54.5 Corsi For percentage. Additionally, the Habs are icing a healthy and balanced lineup. Only Joel Armia (concussion) is questionable for the contest.

John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings ($7,400) - Before surrendering 10 goals on just 63 shots through his last three starts, Gibson posted a 3-1-2 record with a .948 save percentage, 1.67 GAA and two shutouts. With Los Angeles generating the fewest high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes in the league at five-on-five, there’s definite bounce-back potential for Gibson, and his salary is reasonable in relation to the risk.


Value on Defense

Josh Morrissey, Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames ($4,300) - As long as Morrissey’s quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit for the Jets, he’s a nightly option. The Flames own the 22nd-ranked penalty kill unit (76.7%) and Morrissey collected a power-play assist in Monday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Calgary. The salary is right for taking a flier on Morrissey having another solid showing on Tuesday.

Mike Reilly, Ottawa Senators at Edmonton Oilers ($3,900) - The 27-year-old defenseman quarterbacked Edmonton’s No. 1 power-play unit with Thomas Chabot (lower body) out of the lineup Sunday, and Reilly collected an assist with the man advantage. He’s a proven scorer at the lower levels and has contributed in spurts in the NHL, but he’s never had an opportunity to run a top power-play unit. This game has the highest over/under total, and there were 13 goals in Sunday’s clash, so there’s potential.


Power-Play Defenseman

Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks ($5,500) - A cost-effective alternative to the scorching-hot Jeff Petry ($6,700), Weber is also skating on the No. 1 power-play unit and offers a high-floor, high-ceiling combo because of his shot volume and willingness to block shots. As noted, Vancouver has had all kinds of struggles against quality opponents, and Weber has recorded two tallies, four helpers, 16 shots and 11 blocks while logging a hefty 23:41 of ice time (3:27 with the man advantage) through nine games. There’s likely an uptick in shots and blocks in his future, too.

Tyson Barrie, Edmonton Oilers vs. Ottawa Senators ($5,200) - Another Oiler to hone in on, Barrie boasts a three-game point streak consisting of a goal, four helpers and nine shots with an average of 5:13 of power-play time per night. He’s locked into the quarterback role on the top PP unit, and as noted, this is a soft matchup. Barrie’s salary also doesn’t match his recent form or upside, either.

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