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Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, Lineup Strategy for March 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.

Columbus Blue Jackets v Nashville Predators Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images

There are eight NHL games Tuesday, and the Senators, Hurricanes, Canucks and Jets are all playing for the second consecutive night. The Canadiens are the largest favorites on the docket followed by the Blue Jackets, Lightning and Rangers. Additionally, the highest over/under totals are in the Montreal-Ottawa, Winnipeg-Vancouver and Pittsburgh-Philadelphia matchups.

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Top Line Stacks

Lightning at Stars

Alex Killorn ($3,800) - Anthony Cirelli ($4,400) - Steven Stamkos ($7,500)

Tampa Bay’s new-look second line offers upside at an affordable cap hit. The Lightning also beat Dallas 5-0 on Saturday, and the Stars have now allowed at least three goals in five of their past six outings. Cirelli, Stamkos and Killorn have skated together for 195:39 minutes over the past two years and recorded a respectable 4.6 goals and 11.65 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes. Cirelli and Stamkos also each scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday’s win.

Rangers vs. Sabres

Alexis Lafreniere ($3,400) - Mika Zibanejad ($6,500) - Pavel Buchnevich ($5,400)

The Sabres have allowed the third most high-danger scoring chances (12.25) and a healthy 2.92 goals per 60 minutes during a disappointing 2-7-1 stretch, so this matchup checks out for the Rangers. Zibanejad, Buchnevich and Lafreniere have generated a rock-solid 13.6 high-danger scoring chances per hour, but they’ve failed to click for a goal. Statistical correction is ahead, and the combined cap hit doesn’t break the bank.


Superstar to Build Around

Patrik Laine, CLS vs. DET ($6,700) - While there’s some risk with Laine, the Red Wings have the second worst penalty-kill percentage in the league and have allowed the fifth-most goals per game. This should prove to be a favorable matchup for the winger, and Laine has only scored in two of the past 10 games despite attempting 37 shots.


Value on Offense

Nick Suzuki, MON vs. OTT ($4,900) - The second-year center scored last time out, but has still underwhelmed over the past 10 games with just two tallies and a helper. However, Suzuki is locked into an enviable offensive role and skates with the No. 1 power-play unit, so look for a solid showing. Not only do the Senators allow the most goals per game in the league, but they’re also playing their second game in consecutive nights. Skating with Tyler Toffoli ($7,100) in all situations also helps Suzuki’s value.

Eeli Tolvanen, NSH vs. CAR ($3,200) - Projected to remain in a top-line role while also skating on the No. 1 power-play unit, Tolvanen is positioned to reward on this salary. Additionally, it could prove to be a sneaky matchup with Carolina playing its third road game in four nights. The 21-year-old Finland native has also found the scoresheet in three of the past four games while registering 11 shots, so there’s a decent floor, too.


Stud Goalies

Semyon Varlamov, NYI at NJ ($7,900) - The Devils have lost five of their past six contests and have scored just 14 goals during the stretch, while the Islanders are rolling along on an 8-2-2 stretch with a league-low 1.66 goals against per 60 minutes at five-on-five. So, with Varlamov’s reasonable salary, he’s worth a long look Tuesday. After all, the veteran has posted a high-end .924 save percentage, 2.17 GAA and three shutouts this season. If called upon, No. 2 Ilya Sorokin ($7,700) is also a strong option after recording consecutive shutouts in his past two starts.

James Reimer, CAR at NSH ($7,700) - There’s definitely risk here with Reimer sporting an underwhelming .897 save percentage and 2.97 GAA this season, and with the Hurricanes playing their third road game in four nights. However, the Preds have attempted the third-most shots per 60 minutes in the league since Feb. 1 at five-on-five, yet they’ve only translated that into a 5.1% shooting percentage and 1.64 goals per game. It means Reimer could pad his fantasy point total with saves Tuesday.


Value on Defense

Mikhail Sergachev, TB at DAL ($4,900) - This is a plus-matchup for the Lightning, as Dallas enters with a 2-6-4 record in their past 12. Sergachev has recorded 14 points through his last 14 games, and he’s also moving the needle in the peripheral categories with 28 shots and 20 blocks during the noted stretch. There’s potential for the 22-year-old defenseman to fly under the radar.

Jake Bean, CAR at NSH ($2,900) - This salary doesn’t match the rookie’s recent production, as Bean has collected seven points and 12 assists through his past nine games. Additionally, he’s carved out a consistent role on the No. 2 power-play unit and has a proven offensive track record at the lower levels. It’s not a daunting matchup, either. The Predators have surrendered a healthy 3.05 goals per game this season with a 28th-ranked penalty-kill percentage (72.9%).


Power-Play Defenseman

Seth Jones, CLS vs. DET ($6,200) - With 11 points, 26 shots and 21 blocks through the past 13 games, Jones is in solid form to take advantage of the noted soft matchup against Detroit. Jones continues to quarterback the No. 1 power-play unit and has logged a hefty 25:37 of ice time per game during the noted stretch, so his floor is also high.

Shea Weber, MON vs. OTT ($5,700) - As noted, this should set up as a favorable matchup for the Habs, as Ottawa sports the 23rd-ranked penalty-kill percentage. Weber is projected to skate with the No. 1 power-play unit, and the veteran also offers solid cross-category production with 42 shots and 28 blocks while averaging 23:18 of ice time this season.

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