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DraftKings NHL: Wednesday 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

Tuukka Rask, BOS at DET ($8,100):
With limited options from the four-game slate, trying to get cute could be costly. Rask has turned his season around with a .946 save percentage and 1.45 GAA through his past six appearances, and the Red Wings rank fifth last in expected goals per 60 minutes (2.6). Additionally, it's likely no coincidence that Rask's improved play aligns with Boston having its healthiest roster of the season over the past few weeks.

CENTER

John Tavares, NYI vs. DAL ($7,400):
While Tavares' 3.14 points per 60 minutes this season is a high-end mark, his mark skyrockets to 4.8 at the Barclays Center. With Dallas making significant defensive strides and owning the fourth lowest expected goals against at five-on-five this season, there is a chance Tavares carries a lower ownership than he should. After all, his numbers prove he's a matchup-proof scorer, and especially at home.

Calle Jarnkrok, NAS at VAN ($4,100): With Ryan Johansen (upper body) out, and Kyle Turris' (face) status up in the air, Jarnkrok should see an increased role again against Vancouver. The 26-year-old Swede has a track record of climbing the depth chart and contributing, and he's also collected three goals, four points and nine shots while logging 17:55 of ice time through his past four contests. The cap relief Jarnkork offers is an added bonus.

WING

David Pastrnak, BOS at DET ($7,000):
Dating back to the beginning of last season, Pastrnak's 3.11 point per 60 minutes rank seventh among all skaters with at least 1,500 minutes. So, with an eight-game point streak consisting of four goals, six assists and 25 shots, he's a strong lean against Detroit. The Red Wings are in the midst of a defensive free fall with 13.75 high-danger scoring chances allowed per 60 minutes through their past 10 games.

Pavel Buchnevich, NYR at OTT ($5,700): Speaking of free falls, Ottawa lost 3-2 to Buffalo on Tuesday to drop to an active 1-10-2 skid. The Senators have surrendered 3.66 goals and 12.74 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes during the skid, and Buchnevich is locked into a go-to offensive role on the top line and No. 1 power-play unit.

Devin Shore, DAL at NYI ($3,000): Projected to skate with Tyler Seguin at five-on-five and play on the No. 1 power-play unit, Shore is a potential low-priced candidate. Missing the scoresheet in four consecutive games will likely also keep his ownership percentage in check. Additionally, it's rare to find players locked into a scoring role in Shore's price range.

DEFENSE

John Klingberg, DAL at NYI ($5,600):
Among all defenseman with at least 400 minutes this season, Klingberg's 2.04 points per 60 minutes rank fifth. He's in a little bit of a scoring lull with just three assists through his past six contests, but the power-play quarterback's salary is manageable, and the Islanders goaltending has been poor this season with a .900 team save percentage.

Torey Krug, BOS at DET ($5,400): Another offensive defenseman to target in a previously highlighted soft matchup, Krug's recorded 2.03 points per 60 minutes this season. He's averaging 3:35 of power-play time per contest and has recorded a goal, four assists and 16 shots through his past six outings.

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