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Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, Lineup Strategy for February 23

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.

Calgary Flames v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s a unique slate in the NHL on Tuesday. The Buffalo-New Jersey, Nashville-Detroit and Chicago-Columbus matchups definitely don’t jump off the page, so expect most DraftKings players to hone in on the Pittsburgh-Washington, Montreal-Ottawa and Edmonton-Vancouver contests. The Canadiens are the largest DraftKings Sportsbook favorites on the docket followed by Nashville, and as usual, the North Division games have the highest over/under totals. Note in the following recommendations that a few suggestions align with looking to load up on Oilers, whereas there are also some contrarian leans.

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Top Line Stacks

Canadiens at Senators

Jonathan Drouin ($3,500) - Nick Suzuki ($5,200) - Josh Anderson ($5,800)

Montreal’s second line has struggled through the past seven games with just 2.5 goals and 8.35 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes, which is a significant decline from their 4.88 and 14.02 marks through the first 10 games of the campaign. Look for Suzuki, Drouin and Anderson to bounce back on Tuesday. The Senators are allowing the most goals per game in the league, and the Canadiens will need a rebound showing after losing four of its past five contests.

Oilers at Canucks

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($7,100) - Connor McDavid ($9,000) - Jesse Puljujarvi ($5,500)

Over the past four games, Edmonton’s No. 1 line has clicked for nine goals and 10 assists, so facing the defensively inept Canucks will probably make them all popular targets. Vancouver has lost nine of its past 11 contests while allowing the most goals per 60 minutes in the league at five-on-five, after all.

Canucks vs. Oilers

J.T. Miller ($5,400) - Elias Pettersson ($5,500) - Brock Boeser ($6,200)

A potential contrarian stack, Pettersson, Miller and Boeser have clicked for 6.04 goals and 16.72 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes this season, so there’s huge upside at a reasonable cap hit here. Edmonton has tidied up defensively of late with just 21 goals allowed through its past 11 games, but Pettersson, Miller and Boeser have been next to matchup-proof this season. Additionally, they’re the trio to target in a potential game stack with Oilers.


Superstar to Build Around

Leon Draisaitl, EDM at VAN ($7,900) - Imagine two goals and three assists through six games being considered a cold stretch, but that’s where Draisaitl is at. He also checks out at a discounted salary Tuesday, so with Vancouver’s defensive struggles in mind, the 25-year-old center is a standalone candidate or an addition to an Edmonton stack. One potential against-the-grain avenue is considering a Draisaitl-Connor McDavid ($9,000) mini stack and fading their respective wingers.


Value on Offense

Evgeni Malkin, PIT at WAS ($5,400) - The veteran appears to be headed in the right direction with 10 points — three goals — through the past 13 games, so his salary stands out as an incredible bargain. Malkin recorded an elite 3.82 points per 60 minutes over the previous three years, so look for positive regression to continue considering his current 2.03 mark.

Jakub Vrana, WAS vs. PIT ($4,600) - This salary stands out as a bargain on Tuesday. Vrana’s quietly produced a rock-solid 2.72 points per 60 minutes over the past three years, and his 1.36 goals per hour ranks 26th among all NHL regulars during the span. He’s locked into a top-six role and skating with the No. 1 power-play unit, and the Penguins have surrendered a healthy 3.31 goals per game and own a 25th-ranked 74.0 penalty-kill percentage this season, so the matchup also checks out.

Dylan Cozens, BUF at NJ ($2,500) - Projected to skate alongside veterans Eric Staal ($3,600) and Taylor Hall ($6,300), Cozens is worth considering at the minimum salary. He’s been an elite scorer in the CHL, and while his three points through 11 games does not excite, the 19-year-old rookie is positioned to succeed. After all, there isn’t another forward in the player pool at minimum price set to receiver scoring-line looks and power-play time.


Stud Goalies

Carey Price, MON at OTT ($8,400) - This salary is justified, and despite not presenting any discount, Price is a worthwhile starting point for lineup assembly. If you’re happy with the skaters you can surround him with, lock in the veteran. The Canadiens are the largest DraftKings Sportsbook favorite on the docket and ripe for a statement win after losing four of their past five games, including a disappointing overtime loss to Ottawa on Sunday.

MacKenzie Blackwood, NJ vs. BUF ($7,800) - With the Sabres scoring the fewest five-on-five goals per 60 minutes in the league, and New Jersey allowing the fewest, this is a soft matchup for Blackwood and the Devils. Additionally, this is a back-to-back road game for Buffalo, and the Sabres’ third road contest in four nights. Blackwood also owns an elite .938 save percentage and 2.11 GAA through six appearances this season.


Value on Defense

Ty Smith, NJD vs. BUF ($3,700), Christian Djoos, DET vs. NSH ($3,400)


Power-Play Defenseman

Tyson Barrie, EDM at VAN ($6,400) - With 14 points, 41 shots and an average of 4:25 of power-play time through the past 12 games, Barrie is reaffirming himself as an elite offensive defenseman after an underwhelming campaign with the Maple Leafs last season. Additionally, as noted, the Canucks are reeling defensively, so the matchup checks out.

Rasmus Dahlin, BUF at NJD ($5,000) - The third-year defenseman has quietly begun rounding into form of late with five points and 16 shots while logging a hefty 23:05 of ice time (3:21 on the power play) through his past seven contests. There are likely to be a handful of power-play quarterbacks drawing more attention at higher salaries on Tuesday, so Dahlin could fly under the radar and provide nice value.

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