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Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, Lineup Strategy for February 9

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.

Edmonton Oilers v Ottawa Senators Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

There are eight NHL games Tuesday, but the 7:00 p.m. ET tilt between Philadelphia and Washington isn’t included in the featured contests at DraftKings, as the game has been postponed. Vegas, Florida and Edmonton are the largest favorites on the slate, and Tampa Bay and Dallas are also receiving noticeable chalk. Expect players from the Golden Knights, Panthers, Oilers and Lightning to be popular targets.

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Top Line Stacks

Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings

Carter Verhaeghe ($5,600) - Aleksander Barkov ($7,700) - Anthony Duclair ($5,100)

The Florida top line was on the ice for 19 shot attempts and four high-danger scoring chances at five-on-five in Sunday’s 4-1 loss to Detroit. Look for them to cash in on their opportunities Tuesday. Barkov, Verhaeghe and Duclair have generated an impressive 17.87 high-danger chances per 60 minutes at five-on-five, but an unsustainably low 6.8% shooting percentage has kept their numbers in check. With Detroit allowing a healthy 3.37 goals per 60 minutes this year, the matchup checks out, too.

Golden Knights vs. Anaheim

Jonathan Marchessault ($5,400) - William Karlsson ($5,600) - Reilly Smith ($4,500)

The long-time linemates have been solid this year with 3.94 goals per 60 minutes at five-on-five and a 58.3 Corsi For percentage. They also provide coverage to both of Vegas’ power-play units, and their salaries don’t break the bank. Additionally, there’s nothing scary about the matchup, as Vegas is the largest favorite on the docket.


Superstar to Build Around

Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers at Ottawa Senators ($8,200) - Sporting a 10-game point streak consisting of eight tallies, 12 helpers and six multi-point showings, it’s hard to overlook Draisaitl. He’s averaged 22:42 of ice time during the stretch including 4:57 on the power play, and Ottawa has surrendered the most goals per game in the league.


Value on Offense

Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings ($4,800) - I’m considering this a buy-low spot for Hertl. He’s been held to just a single assist through the past seven games, so there’s nowhere to go but up for the 27-year-old forward. Hertl did collect six points through the first three games of the season, so the potential is definitely there. Los Angeles has surrendered 17 goals through its past four games, too.

Cody Glass, Vegas Golden Knights vs. Anaheim Ducks ($4,300) - The sixth-overall selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has been excellent to start the season with a point in four of five games. Glass has carved out a role on the No. 1 power-play unit and has an elite offensive pedigree at the lower levels. He projects to match up against favorable opponents most of Tuesday night, too. Anaheim’s depth is going to be stretched thin against the well-balanced Golden Knights.

Sam Bennett, Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets ($2,500) - Projected to skate alongside Sean Monahan ($5,200) and Johnny Gaudreau ($5,800) at five-on-five yet again on Tuesday, Bennett is an obvious target at minimum salary. He registered his first goal of the season last time out while skating with Monahan and Gaudreau, and he also registered three shots and two blocks to pad his fantasy point total. On top of that, Winnipeg could be set up for a tough matchup after it limited the Flames to just three goals over the past two games.


Stud Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators ($8,000) - With a 7-1-1 record, a .931 save percentage and 1.89 GAA for the campaign, this salary seems a little short. The Lightning topped the Predators 4-1 on Monday while holding Nashville to just three high-danger scoring chances at five-on-five.

Robin Lehner/Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights vs. Anaheim Ducks ($8,400) - The Golden Knights are the largest favorites on the docket, and Anaheim has only scored 20 five-on-five goals through 13 games and owns the league’s worst power-play percentage (6.7%). Head coach Pete DeBoer doesn’t usually announce his starting goalie, so you’ll have to double-check ahead of the 10:00 p.m. ET puck drop. There’s also potential the hefty salaries keep Lehner’s or Fleury’s popularity in check.


Value on Defense

Mikhail Sergachev, Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators ($4,400) - The Russian has collected five helpers, 11 shots and nine blocks while logging 20:06 of ice time (2:54 with the man advantage) through the past five games. Sergachev is a proven offensive contributor with a rock-solid 1.6 points per 60 minutes over the previous three seasons. Plus, the Predators have lost four of their past five while allowing 20 goals and own the league’s lowest penalty-kill percentage.

Mario Ferraro, San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings ($3,500) - Quietly, Ferraro has climbed into a significant role for the Sharks and produced respectable numbers. He’s averaged 25:40 of ice time the past two contests and has racked up four helpers, 18 shots and 19 blocks through 10 games for the season. As noted, there’s nothing to worry about with a matchup against Los Angeles, and Ferraro shouldn’t be a popular target.


Power-Play Defenseman

Tyson Barrie, Edmonton Oilers at Ottawa Senators ($5,700) - In the noted soft matchup, look for Barrie to return to the scoresheet after his five-game point streak was snapped Monday. The power-play quarterback did register 13.1 fantasy points to hit double-digits for the fifth-straight game, and he was on the ice for eight high-danger scoring chances, so there’s a lot to like about Barrie again on Tuesday.

Keith Yandle, Florida Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings ($5,300) - The Red Wings own the fifth-worst penalty-kill percentage in the league, so look for Yandle and the Panthers to have quality opportunities with the man advantage this evening. Yandle entered the campaign with a high-end 1.88 points per 60 minutes over the previous three years, and he’s picked up seven points — two goals — through nine games this season, so his salary is probably a little short.

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