Make sure to note that the makeup game between St. Louis and Anaheim is not included in the featured contests at DraftKings on Wednesday. The player pool is composed from the other four evening games, and it’s a rare night where all four home teams are receiving the chalk. Chicago, Colorado and Los Angeles are the largest favorites, whereas the Winnipeg-Edmonton matchup is projected to be the closest contest on the docket. The Rangers and Senators are playing the second leg of a back-to-back road set.
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Top Line Stacks
Kings vs. SenatorsAlex Iafallo ($5,000) – Anze Kopitar ($6,000) – Dustin Brown ($4,300) With Ottawa playing its second road game in as many nights, look for Los Angeles’ No. 1 line to have a strong showing Wednesday. The trio has clicked for a respectable 13 tallies and 24 helpers through the past 12 games, skate together on the No. 1 power-play unit and don’t break the bank. It’s also worth noting that the Senators’ penalty-kill percentage is just 66.2 since the All-Star break.
Blackhawks vs. SharksAlex Nylander ($3,000) – Dylan Strome ($4,400) – Patrick Kane ($7,900)
Losing Logan Couture is a big blow for the Sharks, and San Jose has allowed a healthy 3.27 goals per 60 minutes on the road this season. Strome, Kane and Nylander have been solid in a small sample with 4.88 goals and 13.43 high-danger scoring chances per 60 at 5-on-5. Their low combined salary allows to spend up elsewhere, too.
Superstar to Build AroundArtemi Panarin, NYR at COL ($7,800) – This is a manageable price to target Panarin at. He’s in the midst of a dominant season with 4.04 points per 60 minutes and six tallies and 20 helpers through 21 games since the All-Star break. The Avalanche are missing a number of key players throughout their lineup and have surrendered 16 goals through their past four games.
Value on OffenseKailer Yamamoto, EDM vs. WPG ($5,300) – With 25 points through 26 games, Yamamoto has established himself as a reliable offensive contributor, and he’s locked into a cushy fantasy setup. Yamamoto has clicked with linemates Leon Draisaitl ($) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($) for an impressive 5.7 goals per 60 minutes.
Colin White, OTT at LA ($2,900) – This is a daunting matchup, but it’s also rare to find a No. 1 center in good form in this price range. White has recorded a goal and four assists while averaging 3:16 of power-play time through his past four outings.
Stud GoaliesJonathan Quick/Cal Petersen, LA vs. OTT ($7,900/$7,700) – Neither Los Angeles starter has a prohibitive enough salary to fade in a cushy matchup against Ottawa. The Kings own a .965 team save percentage through their last six contests — all wins.
Connor Hellebuyck, WPG at EDM ($7,300) – Considering Hellebuyck ranks second in the league in goals saved about average and owns a 4-1 record and .960 save percentage through his past five outings, this salary is probably short. The Oilers are an admirable opponent, but Hellebuyck owns contest-winning upside and has topped 20 DraftKings fantasy points in 28 of 57 starts this season.
Value on DefenseNeal Pionk, WPG at EDM ($4,500) – The Oilers have been a tough opponent with just 2.78 goals against per hour since the All-Star break, but Pionk’s proving to be a reliable option with upside. He’s recorded two assists, 23 shots and five blocks while averaging 23:13 of ice time (3:02 quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit) through the past five games and paces Winnipeg blueliners with 1.61 points per 60 minutes.
Tim Heed, SJ at CHI ($2,500) – At the minimum price, Heed’s a potential source of cap relief. He’s receiving consistent power-play looks with the No. 2 unit, and with his price in mind, the 29-year-old Swede’s 1.18 points per 60 minutes over the past three years is a respectable mark. It’s also worth noting that Chicago has allowed the third most expected goals per 60 minutes in the league this season.
Power-Play DefensemanDrew Doughty, LA vs. OTT ($5,400) – The veteran has collected four assists through his past four games and offers a high-fantasy floor through his huge role and secondary contributions. Doughty has averaged 25:51 of ice time (3:05 with the man advantage) while collecting 137 shots and 86 blocks this season. As highlighted, the matchup is also soft against Ottawa.
Anthony DeAngelo, NYR at COL ($5,100) – As noted, the Avalanche are slipping defensively and dealing with multiple injuries, so DeAngelo stands out at this price. He quarterbacks the No. 1 power-play unit, begins 56.2 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone and ranks second in points per hour among all regular defensemen this season.
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