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Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, Lineup Strategy for April 14

Neil Parker gives his top NHL picks and lineup advice for Wednesday’s fantasy hockey slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

There are six games in the NHL on Wednesday, but only the five evening matchups are included on the main DraftKings NHL slate. The Golden Knights are the largest DraftKings Sportsbook favorite on the docket, with Colorado, Winnipeg, San Jose and Montreal also all receiving notable chalk. It’s worth adding that Calgary is playing its second road game in consecutive nights, and the Golden Knights-Kings, Ducks-Sharks and Jets-Senators games are all rematches from Monday night. Here are a number of picks to consider when assembling your DraftKings lineups on Wednesday.

Set your DraftKings fantasy hockey lineups here: NHL $40K Sticks [$10K to 1st]


Top Line Stacks

Avalanche at Blues

Gabriel Landeskog ($7,300) - Nathan MacKinnon ($9,200) - Mikko Rantanen ($8,100)

If you’re looking to spend up, Colorado’s No. 1 line is currently scorching hot while also boasting long-standing chemistry and consistent high-end production. MacKinnon, Landeskog and Rantanen have piled up 16 tallies and 19 helpers through the past eight games to improve to 6.05 goals per 60 minutes for the campaign. Just note, while the Blues have surrendered a healthy 3.07 goals per game this season, they’ve also been stout defensively of late with just four tallies against during their three-game winning streak.


Sharks vs. Ducks

Evander Kane ($7,400) - Logan Couture ($5,700) - Kevin Labanc ($5,200)

Anaheim topped San Jose 4-0 on Monday, but the Sharks dominated the play and simply ran into a hot netminder. Couture, Kane and Labanc were particularly dangerous. They attempted 20 shots and combined for seven high-danger scoring chances, so look for puck luck to shift in their favor on Wednesday. Plus, Anaheim has surrendered the seventh most goals per 60 minutes at five-on-five and ninth most overall.


Superstar to Build Around

Mark Scheifele, WPG at OTT ($7,200) - This is a reasonable price to target Scheifele at. He’s recorded three tallies and eight helpers through his past 11 contests but has just a single multi-point showing during the stretch, so with Ottawa allowing the most goals per game in the league, the matchup also checks out.


Value on Offense

Chandler Stephenson, VGK at LA ($4,000) - The 26-year-old center is in the midst of a breakout season and has collected a goal, two assists and six shots through the past three games. Stephenson continues to skate with Max Pacioretty ($7,900) and Mark Stone ($6,600) at five-on-five and on the No. 1 power-play line, so he’s positioned to succeed skating alongside the team’s top two wingers.

Drake Batherson, OTT vs. WPG ($3,900) - The Sens rolled out Batherson with Brady Tkachuk ($6,500) and Josh Norris ($4,100) during Monday’s game, and while the trio wasn’t overly effective with just two high-danger scoring chances, there’s oodles of potential. Batherson has been a streaky scorer for most of the season, but with 13 goals and eight multi-point showings for the campaign, there’s a proven fantasy ceiling to target.


Stud Goalies

Laurent Brossoit, WPG at OTT ($8,100) - It was a disappointing outing on Monday against Ottawa for the Jets, so look for a stronger showing on Wednesday. Additionally, while there has been some hit or miss with Brossoit this year, he’s won five of nine starts and boasts a respectable .914 save percentage and 2.63 GAA. Note this is a more team-based recommendation than a promotion of the backup netminder.

Martin Jones, SJ vs. ANH ($7,900) - While the veteran has allowed four goals in consecutive games, he rattled off a .934 save percentage and 2.17 GAA with seven wins through his past 10 starts, so a bounce-back showing shouldn’t surprise. The Ducks have scored the fewest goals per game in the league, after all.


Value on Defense

Josh Morrissey, WPG at OTT ($5,100) - With the quarterback gig on the No. 1 power-play unit, Morrissey is a worthwhile consideration in noted favorable matchup against Ottawa. He’s found the scoresheet in three consecutive games and has chipped in 84 shots and 59 blocks for the campaign to add a respectable fantasy floor to his profile.

Erik Brannstrom, OTT vs. WPG ($3,000) - The gifted blueliner has been brought along slowly by the Senators, but he’s expected to receive some power-play looks Wednesday and has collected an assist in consecutive games. It’s also worth noting the 21-year-old defenseman has started 60.8 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone.


Power-Play Defenseman

Brent Burns, SJ vs. ANH ($6,200) - It’s been consecutive down years for the aging blueliner, but Burns still offers a high floor with upside. He attempted 10 shots and registered six while logging 24:38 of ice time (4:41 with the man advantage) in Monday’s loss to Anaheim, so the opportunities were there. Additionally, it’s safe to expect positive regression ahead of his six power-play points this season considering he’s topped 15 in each of the past six seasons.

Cale Makar, COL at STL ($6,000) - With 16 points through 15 games since returning from injury, Makar continues to prove he warrants mention among the elite offensive defensemen in the league. His 2.5 points per 60 minutes over the past two seasons pace all regular blueliners, after all. It’s actually surprising his salary is this manageable.

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