DraftKings NHL: Wednesday Picks
DraftKings NHL: Wednesday Picks

This article is part of our DraftKings NHL series.

GOALIE

Jon Gillies, CGY at BUF ($7,600): Despite treading water with a 5-5-2 record since Jack Eichel (ankle) was injured, the Sabres have generated just 9.26 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes during that stretch. As a result, this should prove to be a solid matchup for Gillies, and especially since Calgary needs to snap its current four-game losing streak to remain in the playoff hunt.

CENTER

Evgeni Malkin, PIT at PHI ($7,700): While it's risky to fade the best player in a shallow player pool, Malkin's salary also requires him to have another big showing to reach value. It's been smooth sailing of late, though. No. 71 has collected 16 goals, 17 assists and 10 multi-point outings through his past 17 contests.

Bo Horvat, VAN vs. ARI ($6,200): With two goals and three assists through his past three games, Horvat enters this favorable matchup in good form. The Coyotes have allowed the most high-dangers scoring chances per hour (14.15) since the All-Star break, and it's also worth noting that Horvat has recorded 26 points -- 12 tallies -- through 24 home contests this season.

WING

Matthew Tkachuk, CGY at BUF ($6,100): Over the past month, Tkachuk has marked the scoresheet in 10 of the past 13 games for seven goals, six assists and 46 shots. He's locked into a cushy gig with the No. 1 power-play unit and should see favorable even-strength matchups with Buffalo's focus likely on the Sean Monahan-Johnny Gaudreau line.

Travis Konecny, PHI vs. PIT ($5,400): The Penguins are allowing the second most high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes in the league since Feb. 1, and their goaltending situation is also a concern with Matt Murray (concussion) sidelined. Konecny has only scored twice through his past five outings, but his high shot volume (16) has continued, and he's connected with linemates Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux for 3.96 goals per hour this season.

Brendan Leipsic, VAN vs. ARI ($3,200): The move to Vancouver has been a fantasy boon for Leipsic. The 23-year-old winger has recorded two goals and three assists through three games, and he projects to continue skating in a top-line role alongside Bo Horvat. As noted, the Coyotes haven't been sharp defensively of late, either.

DEFENSE

Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI vs. PIT ($6,000): After recording 17 points through 16 games to start February, Gostisbehere has now gone four consecutive contests without registering a point. Considering he's collected five goals, 24 assists and 92 shots through 31 home games for the campaign, and the Penguins have struggled defensively for a prolonged stretch, this sets up as a bounce-back spot for the high-scoring defender.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI at VAN ($4,900): The Canucks have won just five of their past 16 games and allowed 3.41 goals per 60 minutes during the stretch. Ekman-Larsson plays top offensive minutes and has recorded eight points through his past eight contests. Additionally, he offers a reasonable fantasy floor through his peripheral contributions (153 shots and 61 blocked shots for the campaign).

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Neil Parker plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: naparker77, DraftKings: naparker77.
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Neil Parker
A loyal Cubs, Cowboys and Maple Leafs fan for decades, Neil has contributed to RotoWire since 2014. He previously worked for USA Today Fantasy Sports.
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