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

Nashville Predators v Florida Panthers Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images

There are five NHL games Tuesday with the Flyers, Avalanche and Coyotes all playing the second game of back-to-back schedule spots. Colorado is the only large favorite on the docket, whereas Philadelphia and Nashville are receiving home chalk, and Dallas and Chicago are home underdogs. The Florida-Chicago bout has the highest over/under total.

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Top Line Stacks

Flyers vs. Devils

James van Riemsdyk ($6,200) - Sean Couturier ($6,400) - Joel Farabee ($5,900)

The Devils are reeling along a 5-11-2 stretch while allowing a healthy 3.25 goals and 10.18 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes, so this is a plus-matchup Philadelphia’s No. 1 line. Couturier, van Riemsdyk and Farabee have combined for a rock-solid 4.67 goals per 60 minutes and also skate together on the same power-play unit.

Red Wings at Predators

Robby Fabbri ($4,700) - Dylan Larkin ($6,100) - Anthony Mantha ($5,000)

Nashville has surrendered a healthy 3.47 goals and 11.83 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes in March, so it should be a favorable matchup for the Red Wings. Additionally, there’s potential for Detroit’s No. 1 line to fly under the radar. Plus, Larkin, Mantha and Fabbri have clicked for a respectable 4.14 goals and 13.81 high-danger scoring chances per hour this season, and they provide coverage to both Detroit power-play units. It’s also worth noting that Nashville has the worst penalty-kill percentage in the league.


Superstar to Build Around

Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks, ($6,400) - Chicago has the fourth worst penalty-kill percentage in the league and allows a healthy 3.25 goals per game (4.22 in March), so this should set up nicely for Huberdeau and the Panthers. Additionally, Huberdeau’s salary is probably a little short. He’s recorded a fourth-ranked 3.88 points per 60 minutes among NHL regulars for the campaign and is locked into top offensive minutes.


Value on Offense

Alex Killorn, Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars, ($5,600) - While a lot of Killorn’s combined production with projected linemates Brayden Point ($7,000) and Steven Stamkos ($7,100) has come with the man advantage, the trio has still clicked for 19 goals and 34 high-danger scoring chances while skating together. Dallas checks out as a tougher matchup with the seventh fewest goals allowed per game, but that should help keep Killorn’s popularity in check. He’s a strong lean from his salary range.

Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes vs. Colorado Avalanche, ($4,600) - Colorado is a tough matchup with the second fewest goals against per game and a league-high 58.9% Corsi For percentage. However, Keller could prove to be a sneaky target. He’s collected five tallies and five helpers through the past 12 games, and his line drove possession at 5-on-5 during Monday’s loss. Additionally, Colorado is expected to start backup Jonas Johansson ($8,100), and the rookie sports an underwhelming .884 save percentage and 3.79 GAA through seven appearances this season.


Stud Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars, ($8,000) - Considering Vasilevskiy is cruising along an 11-game winning streak, this salary probably isn’t prohibitive enough, regardless of the opponent. After all, the Lightning are allowing the fifth fewest goals per game in the league, and Vasilevskiy is the front-runner for the Vezina Trophy with a .933 save percentage and 1.86 GAA for the campaign.

Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks, ($7,800) - The Blackhawks are a miserable 2-6-1 with just 21 goals through nine March games, as they’re crashing back to reality after out punching their weight class over the first two months of the season. Bobrovsky is also ripe for a bounce-back showing after losing to the first-place Lightning on Sunday. The Russian netminder posted a 7-2-1 record, .920 save percentage and 2.59 GAA through his previous 10 starts, after all. If No. 2 Chris Drieger ($7,600) receives the starting nod, he’s also in play.


Value on Defense

Filip Hronek, Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators ($4,700) - The 23-year-old Czech is having another solid season and has seen his power-play role expand of late (3:06 of ice time with the man advantage through the past seven games). With Nashville’s noted shorthanded struggles in mind, Hronek is a nice addition to a Detroit stack or standalone salary fit. Hronek is also in excellent form with eight points through the past seven games.

Adam Boqvist, Chicago Blackhawks vs. Florida Panthers ($3,600) - The Blackhawks are deploying Boqvist in favorable situations with 62.2 percent of his five-on-five shifts beginning in the offensive zone and quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit. He’s recorded the seventh most points per 60 minutes among regular NHL defensemen, too. Just note, this isn’t a great matchup. The Panthers surrender the third fewest high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes at five-on-five and boast a respectable 81.5 penalty-kill percentage.


Power-Play Defenseman

Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars ($7,100) - This is a hefty salary, but Hedman’s high-floor, high-ceiling profile warrants it. Additionally, he could be under appreciated as a result. The veteran has 13 points, 25 shots and 23 blocks through the past 12 games, and he’s logging a career-high 3:38 of power-play time per game for the season.

Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes ($5,200) - This is a discounted salary for Makar. He’s posted the second most points per 60 in the league among regular defensemen over the past two years and attempted seven shots during Monday’s win. Just note, Makar will likely be a popular target Tuesday in the highlighted favorable matchup against Arizona.

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