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DraftKings NHL Picks – February 21st

Last night’s DraftKings lineup was a decent one, but it really would have depended on where you went in goal with Jacob Markstrom giving way to Anders Nilsson who was lit up for five goals. Hopefully you were able to squeak out some profits as we move to tonight’s three-game slate.

C – Nick Schmaltz (CHI) – $4,500 vs. OTT

Of the six teams on this three-game slate, I believe the Blackhawks have the top matchup on the slate against the visiting Senators. The Senators bring the NHL’s 30th-ranked defense and 29th-ranked penalty kill into tonight’s contest and yielded eight goals to the Blackhawks in their last matchup. Although Chicago is struggling, they should certainly be able to produce some offense tonight and I am liking Patrick Kane’s line to do so. Schmaltz has 16 goals and 40 points on what has been a solid season for the young forward.

C – Tyler Seguin (DAL) – $7,200 vs. ANH

While the Stars visiting the Ducks isn’t exactly a favorable matchup, it’s not a terrible one either. The Ducks will be starting Ryan Miller tonight who sports an ugly .896 Sv% over his last 12 appearances after a solid start to the season. Seguin brings a nice floor with him in the form of 29 goals, 51 points and 232 shots on goal for the season. He and the Stars could go a little underowned tonight so let’s rock a Stars’ stack as well.

W – Patrick Kane (CHI) – $7,000 vs. OTT

In my opinion Kane is the top player on this slate. His floor is obviously a solid one with 55 points and 214 shots on goal for the season while his matchup is an elite one against the Senators. Kane posted five points against Ottawa in their last meeting and despite being fairly quiet as of late an outburst like that certainly isn’t out of the cards tonight. He should certainly be able to at least notch another point or more tonight against one of the NHL’s worst defensive clubs.

W – Artem Anisimov (CHI) – $4,200 vs. OTT

We have already completed a three-man Blackhawks’ stack tonight with the addition of Anisimov. He’s been injured a bit this season, but has still posted 15 goals for the season and has perhaps been Chicago’s best power play producer with nine of those 15 goals coming on the man advantage. Nonetheless, he forms a three-man 5v5 stack as well as a three-man power play stack which I have big expectations for tonight.

W – Mattias Janmark (DAL) – $3,800 vs. ANH

Janmark is a sneaky play tonight as he should go low owned, yet has plenty of upside as he should skate alongside Seguin at 5v5 on the Stars’ top line. He is quietly enjoying a nice season in Dallas with 16 goals and 30 points on the campaign. He has also scored four power play goals and a short handed goal as well, showing his potential as an all-situation player for Ken Hitchcock. Let’s look for some more undercover production from Janmark tonight.

D – John Klingberg (DAL) – $5,800 vs. ANH

Klingberg completes our second three-man stack of the night. He will skate with Seguin on the top power play unit while it’s not unheard of to see him spend the whole two minutes on the power play. Therefore, he can also form a mini-stack on the second power play unit with Janmark while forming a three-man stack at 5v5 with Seguin and Janmark. He’s leading all NHL defenseman with 54 points on the season and could very well continue that production in a decent road matchup tonight.

D – Brandon Montour (ANH) – $3,300 vs. DAL

On the flip side, the Stars are notably worse defensively on the road than at home so I don’t mind some Ducks exposure as well. Montour brings plenty of value with him tonight as it appears he will skate on the top power play unit with the Ducks’ big guns. He’s scored three of his six goals on the power play this season while also adding 16 assists and 124 shots on goal. He’s seeing almost three more minutes than his season average time on ice lately so let’s take that increased role and run with it tonight.

G – Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK) – $8,400 vs. CGY

Fleury is the priciest goaltender on the slate and it makes perfect sense why. The Vegas Golden Knights have been one of the very best home teams in the NHL this season while Fleury has posted a 2.07 GAA and a .931 Sv% for the season entering play tonight. The Calgary Flames enter play sporting the league’s 21st-ranked offense, which gives us plenty of confidence the former Penguin can once again shut the door in a favorable matchup tonight.

UTIL – Corey Perry (ANH) – $5,500 vs. DAL

The Ducks power play hasn’t been too good at home this season, but Perry has picked up his production of late and forms a PP1 mini-stack with Montour tonight. Perry has tallied four goals and four assists over his last nine games as he skates on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf again after having been demoted to bottom-six duties at times this season. As mentioned, the Stars defense gets notably worse on the road, so perhaps Perry can regain his Hart Trophy form, if only for one night.

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