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Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, Lineup Strategy for April 13

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.

It’s a six-game slate in the NHL on Tuesday, and the Bruins are the largest favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook with the Maple Leafs, Rangers, Lightning and Capitals also receiving significant chalk. It’s also worth noting that Toronto is the only team playing for the second consecutive night. Here are a number of picks to consider when assembling your DraftKings lineups on Tuesday.

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Top Line Stacks

Bruins vs. Sabres

Brad Marchand ($8,100) - Patrice Bergeron ($7,900) - David Pastrnak ($8,600)

The Sabres have surrendered the third most goals per game in the league and unloaded talent at the trade deadline. Buffalo also has the fourth worst team save percentage at 5-on-5 and has surrendered seven goals through two games against Boston. The Bruins have reunited their long-standing No. 1 line ahead of Tuesday’s clash, and while expensive, Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak have combined for a high-end 5.11 goals and 15.64 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes this season.



Maple Leafs vs. Flames

Alex Galchenyuk ($3,600) - Auston Matthews ($9,300) - Mitchell Marner ($8,300)

It’s a small sample, but Galchenyuk has been excellent alongside Matthews and Marner the past two games. The trio has scored five times and generated 12 high-danger scoring chances at 5-on-5, in addition to attempting 25 shots through 25:54 of ice time. Additionally, Galchenyuk’s salary helps the total cap hit. Calgary has lost nine of its past 12 while allowing 3.25 goals per game, so the matchup isn’t daunting, either.


Rangers at Devils

Artemi Panarin ($7,900) - Ryan Strome ($5,800) - Colin Blackwell ($3,100)

This is a more affordable line stack to consider, and the Devils aren’t an intimidating opponent with the worst penalty-kill percentage in the league and a healthy 3.2 goals against per game. Plus, New Jersey also unloaded talent ahead of the trade deadline. Strome, Panarin and Blackwell have combined for 11 goals and 15 assists through the past eight games. Just note, the Rangers did juggle their 5-on-5 lines Sunday against the Islanders.


Superstar to Build Around

Alex Ovechkin, WAS vs. PHI ($8,700) - The Flyers have surrendered the second most goals per game and sport a 29th-ranked penalty-kill percentage, so this is a soft matchup for Ovechkin. He’s coming off a 10-shot game last time out without finding the back of the net, and his year-long 13.5% shooting percentage remains below the 15.3% mark he’s posted over the past two seasons.


Value on Offense

Taylor Hall, BOS vs. BUF ($4,800) - There could be an adjustment period for Hall, or he could take off immediately in his new digs. As noted, it’s a plus-matchup, and Hall’s 1.65 points per 60 minutes and 2.3% shooting percentage are way below his 3.26 and 10.6% marks over the past three seasons, respectively.

Vitali Kravtsov, NYR at NJ ($2,500) - The rookie collected his first career point last time out, and he was even promoted into a mid-six role for stretches. Kravtsov is a gifted offensive talent, so he’s worth a flier at minimum salary in the noted favorable matchup against New Jersey.


Stud Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB at NSH ($8,200) - The Vezina Trophy favorite turned in a 36-save shutout on Saturday against Nashville to improve to a .932 save percentage and 2.00 GAA for the campaign. The Lightning are DraftKings Sportsbook favorites again on Tuesday, and Vasilevskiy should have an opportunity to rack up plenty of saves again with the Predators attempting over 50 shots in five of seven meetings with Tampa Bay this season.

Igor Shesterkin, NYR at NJ ($7,900) - The Devils have scored the sixth fewest goals per game and sport a 29th-ranked 13.9% power-play percentage, so Shesterkin’s a solid target at this salary. After all, he’s turned in a 4-2-2 record with a .919 save percentage through eight starts since returning from a groin injury.


Value on Defense

Keith Yandle, FLA at DAL ($3,700) - With just three assists — and only two with the man advantage — through the past 14 games while averaging 4:52 of power-play time per contest and beginning 72.7% percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, Yandle should have positive offensive regression ahead. This salary is low enough to take a flier, and the veteran’s current 1.73 points per 60 minutes lags well behind the 2.01 mark he posted over the previous two seasons.

Steven Kampfer, BOS vs. BUF ($2,700) - The Bruins are dealing with plenty of injuries to their blueline corps, so it will be important to check in on the projected lineup. Kampfer received power-play looks the past two games and averaged 20:22 of ice time (2:18 with the man advantage) and recorded four shots and four blocks. The fantasy ceiling is probably low, but there’s a decent floor given the plus-matchup if Kampfer is set to log steady minutes again on Tuesday.


Power-Play Defenseman

John Carlson, WAS vs. PHI ($6,400) - While Carlson has only found the scoresheet in five of his past 10 games, he’s still racked up seven points — three goals — during the stretch. Additionally, as noted, it’s a soft matchup — and especially favorable for Washington’s fourth-ranked power play.

Morgan Rielly, TOR vs. CGY ($5,600) - This is a manageable salary for Rielly. His 1.74 points per 60 minutes ranks 13th in the league, and he’s shared the ice with Auston Matthews ($9,300) and Mitchell Marner ($8,300) for nearly half his ice time this season. As noted, this isn’t a daunting matchup for the Toronto offense, either.

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