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DraftKings NHL: Friday Picks

Neil Parker

A loyal Leafs, Cubs and Cowboys fan for decades, Neil has contributed to RotoWire since 2014. He previously worked for USA Today Fantasy Sports and founded TheFakeHockey.com.

GOALIE

Connor Hellebuyck, WPG vs. MIN ($7,500): The Wild enter with an injury-depleted lineup, and Hellebuyck has been rock solid this season with a .950 save percentage and 1.67 GAA through his three starts. Minnesota is also generating just 26.9 scoring chances per 60 minutes at five-on-five this season, which is the eighth fewest in the league. Additionally, this salary offers plenty of value considering the netminder's recent play.

CENTER

Nicklas Backstrom, WAS at DET ($6,500): While the Red Wings are off to a nice start this season, they allowed six goals in losing fashion to Toronto on Wednesday and grab another daunting test here. Backstrom is steady and priced well below the top-tier centers despite jumping out to a strong start. He's logging 19:50 of ice time per game (3:50 on the power play) and has three goals and 11 points through seven games.

Bryan Little, WPG vs. MIN ($4,700): While it's been a hit-or-miss start with just a single goal, three helpers and nine shots through six games, Little's strong offensive track record has long legs. He should face softer five-on-five matchups playing on the second line, and he's projected to center Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine. It's a cushy fantasy setup.

WING

Phil Kessel, PIT at FLA ($6,000): It's nice to know what you're paying for, and Kessel has established himself as one of the most reliable high-floor, high-ceiling daily assets. He's notched seven points -- two goals -- and 29 shots through seven games while logging 4:24 of power-play time per contest. This salary is extremely manageable, too.

Evgeny Dadonov, FLA vs. PIT ($4,600): With a goal and four assists through five games and two multi-point showings this is an affordable price for the top-line winger. Dadonov has averaged 18:35 of ice time with 5:52 on the man advantage, and he was an established scorer in the KHL before returning to North America this season. The Penguins have also allowed the third-most high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes (13.3) this season.

Sam Reinhart, BUF vs. VAN ($3,800): After a stint centering the fourth line, Reinhart has looked much more comfortable on the wing. He's scored in consecutive games and has nine shots and an average of 3:08 of power-play time through his past three outings. The Canucks aren't a daunting opponent, and Reinhart's a talented scorer who's skating on an encouraging line with Ryan O'Reilly and Kyle Okposo. This salary also opens up plenty of cap relief, too.

DEFENSE

Brent Burns, SAN at NJD ($7,200): While Burns has just two assists through the first five games of the season, he's been able to provide a high fantasy floor through his 20 sots and 14 blocked shots. He's locked into a huge workload -- 26:04 of ice time per game with 3:57 on the power play -- and is coming off a league-best 2.2 points per 60 minutes among defenseman last season. The Devils have also allowed four goals in consecutive games.

Michael Del Zotto, VAN at BUF ($3,600): This is an affordable salary to take a stab at Del Zotto's recent hot streak. With Alexander Edler (lower body) out of the lineup, Del Zotto has stepped into a larger role and posted four helpers, 12 shots and five blocked shots through his past three games. Additionally, the first-year Canuck has seen his ice time climb to 25:37 per contest with 4:40 on the power play during that three-game stretch.

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.