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Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, Lineup Strategy for April 20

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.

Tuesday’s featured contests on DraftKings consist of seven evening games being played at 7 p.m. ET or later. Toronto, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Florida are all significant favorites, whereas the Islanders, Lightning and Kings are all receiving short chalk on home ice. It’s also a deep player pool, so there is potential for a stars-and-scrubs lineup approach.

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Top Line Stacks

Stars vs. Red Wings

Jason Robertson ($6,000) - Roope Hintz ($6,600) - Joe Pavelski ($7,200)

Dallas’ top line combined for two goals, an assist and six individual high-danger scoring chances during Monday’s 3-2 shootout win over Detroit. Clearly, the Red Wings didn’t have an answer for Hintz, Robertson and Pavelski, and there’s no reason to expect the trio to cool down. They’ve clicked for 5.33 goals and 15.98 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes, while driving 5-on-5 possession with a 60.6 Corsi For percentage.

Penguins vs. Devils

Jake Guentzel ($7,400) - Sidney Crosby ($8,200) - Kris Letang ($6,200)

Swapping Letang into a Pittsburgh stack instead of Bryan Rust ($6,900) saves a little cap space and could prove to differentiate lineups slightly. Rust’s had a few big games of late, but he’s also missed the scoresheet in seven of his past 10 outings. Meanwhile, Letang’s 35 points rank seventh among all defensemen, and Crosby and Guentzel have combined for an impressive 4.8 goals and 14.89 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes this year. New Jersey sporting the league’s worst penalty-kill percentage sweetens the deal, too.


Superstar to Build Around

Auston Matthews, TOR at VAN ($9,100) - It’s a steep salary, but Matthews has been as consistent as anyone this year and paces Tuesday’s player pool in DKFP per game. So, with a plus-matchup against Vancouver, rostering Matthews should be a starting point for lineups. Toronto are huge favorites and the Canucks have surrendered the seventh-most goals per game in the league. Also, Matthews ranks first in goals and sixth in individual high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes.


Value on Offense

Nikita Gusev, FLA vs. CLS ($3,300) - Skating in a favorable role alongside Aleksander Barkov ($8,200) in all situations makes Gusev a low-salary target to consider in a plus-matchup against Columbus. The Blue Jackets have lost six consecutive games and have allowed 27 goals during the skid.

Nicholas Robertson, TOR at VAN ($2,500) - With Toronto dealing with so many injuries to its winger corps, expect Robertson to receive a lot of ice time in an offensive role. He registered five shot attempts during Sunday’s loss, and Vancouver has surrendered the seventh-most goals per game in the league, so there’s nothing scary about the matchup.


Stud Goalies

Jake Oettinger, DAL vs. DET ($8,200) - The Red Wings have scored the fewest goals per game in the league, and Oettinger enters in solid form. The rookie has allowed two goals or fewer in four of his past five starts, and he boasts a high-end .946 save percentage and 1.62 GAA during the stretch.

Spencer Knight, FLA vs. CLS ($7,900) - The 2019 first-round pick is expected to make his NHL debut in the noted soft matchup against Columbus. Not only are the Blue Jackets allowing goals in bunches, they’ve only scored 14 times during their current six-game losing streak. Expect Knight to quickly prove he’s the real deal, too.


Value on Defense

Keith Yandle, FLA vs. CLS ($3,900) - Another Panther to consider, Yandle remains the quarterback of the No. 1 power-play unit and is eyeing significant statistical correction. He’s been limited to just six assists through the past 23 games, but even with the slow stretch, Yandle still ranks eighth in points per 60 minutes among regular blue-liners over the past three seasons.

Jamie Drysdale, ANH at LA ($3,000) - A true flier, Drysdale is receiving consistent power-play time, yet he’ll likely be an unpopular target Tuesday. He’s collected a modest two tallies, three helpers, 16 shots and 14 blocks through 15 games, but offers significant upside. Los Angeles is a middle-of-the-road defensive team allowing exactly 3.0 goals against per game.


Power-Play Defenseman

John Klingberg, DAL vs. DET ($5,800) - The veteran collected an assist, three shots and two blocks during Monday’s win over the Red Wings to extend his point streak to five games. It projects to be another favorable matchup Tuesday with Detroit allowing 3.11 goals per game and sporting the 24th-ranked penalty-kill percentage.

Morgan Rielly, TOR at VAN ($5,700) - As noted, there’s nothing scary about the matchup, and Rielly is locked into a significant role, including quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit. He’s also in a bit of a cold stretch with six points and no power-play markers through the past 14 games, so banking on a breakout showing could pay off Tuesday.

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