DraftKings NHL: Wednesday Picks
DraftKings NHL: Wednesday Picks

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GOALIE

Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK vs. CGY ($7,800): Fleury is coming off back-to-back shutouts, but let's face it, the Ducks and Canucks might not even be able to put together a half-decent team if you combined their rosters. However, I still like Fleury at home, where the Knights are 20-10-4 and an amazing 49-20-6 since the franchise's inception.

CENTER

Evgeny Kuznetsov, WAS at PHI ($6,400): For whatever reason, Caps centers keep getting underrated. With 59 points in 60 games, Kuznetsov is on pace for his second straight point-per-game season. Historically, Kuznetsov has been at his best in February, and he seems to be a much better bet than Ryan O'Reilly ($6,500).

William Nylander, TOR at VAN ($3,600): The Canucks got Alex Edler back but may not have Ben Hutton, who did not practise Tuesday, making an already-thin defense vulnerable again. That's a frightening prospect for Jacob Markstrom, who's played very well, but the Leafs have so many weapons they can spread it around and still dominate. I like Nylander's value at this price and despite a three-game drought he remains a talented scorer.

WING

Mitch Marner, TOR at VAN ($6,900): Marner has scored three points in three of his past four games and now faces a Canucks team that is headed to the lottery yet again. Even when the Canucks defense was healthy they had trouble containing quick playmakers, which is what Marner is. He hasn't had the most success against them, but Marner's got a very good chance to extend his torrid streak.

Travis Konecny, PHI vs. WAS ($5,100): He's found another level to his game with a four-game point streak, including three goals and a fight in his past two games. He continues to fit well as a bump-and-grind player on the top-six, someone who can hit and also play with the puck. Scott Gordon's juggled the lines quite frequently, so hopefully Konecny gets a few shifts with Claude Giroux.

Nikolay Goldobin, VAN vs. TOR ($3,200): Goldy finds himself riding shotgun next to Bo Horvat yet again, partly due to injuries to key players, but the Russian playmaker has indeed played better of late. After spending much of the season in Travis Green's doghouse, Goldobin has played 19 minutes in two of his past five games and shooting the puck a lot more. Goldobin is a high-risk, high-reward proposition.

DEFENSE

Mark Giordano, CGY at VGK ($6,300): It's more likely than not he's going to score a point, especially with that Flames offense and with the way he's been playing. He is averaging 4.5 fantasy points per game, nearly half a point ahead of John Carlson ($6,100) and Morgan Rielly ($6,000), and basically a full point ahead of everyone else. The premium is justified.

Nikita Zaitsev, TOR at VAN ($2,700): Zaitsev's a sneaky play if you consider the probability that he can rack up a ton of blocked shots. Only Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser really shoot the puck on the Canucks power play, and since Zaitsev plays on the top penalty killing unit and doesn't mind sacrificing his body, just four blocked shots would give him two fantasy points, equivalent to one assist. It's a low-cost and predictable way to get some points on the board.

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