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DraftKings NHL Picks – January 17th

Last night’s DraftKings lineup was very productive. Only center Dylan Larkin failed to reach the scoresheet on a night where a lot of teams didn’t produce much offense. All three Sharks got on the scoresheet while we extracted plenty of value out of Tyler Bertuzzi (two assists) and Nicklas Kronwall (one assist). Let’s follow that up with another profitable lineup on tonight’s small two-game slate.

C – Patrice Bergeron (BOS) – $7,000 vs. MON

Bergeron and the Bruins are in the spot on tonight’s short slate. They welcome the Montreal Canadiens to town, a team that owns the 24th-ranked defense in the NHL. Boston has surged at both ends of the ice as of late and now owns the NHL’s sixth best offense at 3.19 goals per game. Bergeron enters play tonight with 16 goals and 33 points across 37 games with 137 shots on goal. Like usual, his line should be all over the nice tonight against the Habs.

C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $7,100 vs. ANH

The Ducks are a strong defensive team, but given the way Malkin has played lately and the fact Pittsburgh has a dynamite power play, he is worth a look for sure. He has tallied five goals and eight points over his last four games. Pittsburgh enters play tonight with a 26.5% clip with the man advantage, the best mark in the league. Put those two together and you could have a nice road performance from number 71 this evening.

W – David Pastrnak (BOS) – $6,400 vs. MON

Pastrnak is a cheaper alternative to Brad Marchand and given his production he isn’t a big downgrade, either. Pastrnak enters tonight’s contest against the Canadiens with 17 goals and 39 points across 42 games this season with 113 shots on goal to boot. He skates on the top line with Bergeron at 5v5 and, of course, has a spot on the Bruins top power play unit as well. Look for the young forward to be in on the action tonight.

W – Carl Hagelin (PIT) – $3,300 vs. ANH

It appears a move up the lineup was just what Hagelin needed to get going. Over his last three games, Hagelin as tallied four points. In fact, those four points account for 40% of his production for the entire season. Skating with Malkin no doubt has its benefits and Hagelin is a perfect example. Look for the speedster to stay hot alongside Malkin tonight against his former club in Anaheim.

W – Ondrej Kase (ANH) – $4,000 vs. PIT

The Penguins sport of the league’s worst road defense so grabbing some Ducks’ exposure makes perfect sense. Kase has been a nice contributor for the Ducks this season with 11 goals in 29 games while playing all over the lineup. He has five of those goals across his last eight games including two in a win over the Kings the game before last. He could be a lower owned producer on a small slate.

D – Torey Krug (BOS) – $5,500 vs. MON

The three-man Bruins stack is complete here with Krug. Interestingly, despite being the Bruins’ quarterback on the top power play unit, Krug has just five of his 22 points this season with the man advantage. Five on five scoring has been a big part of Krug’s game this season, which is helpful against the NHL’s 24th-ranked defense. Fairly easy decision to go with Krug in this spot tonight.

D – Olli Maatta (PIT) – $4,100 vs. ANH

We have another three-man stack complete here with Maatta. While the trio doesn’t skate together on the power play, this will be a lower owned stack on a night where a few trios will see a ton of ownership. Maatta has three goals and 14 assist this season on 95 shots. He sees time on the Penguins’ second power play unit and could provide plenty of value with a point or two this evening.

G – Tuukka Rask (BOS) – $8,300 vs. MON

The Canadiens enter play sporting the league’s 29th-ranked offense at 2.57 goals per game while the Bruins sport the NHL’s third ranked defense at 2.52 goals against per game. Rask has been sensational over the last couple of months despite a couple of shaky starts lately. He has yielded nine goals over his last couple of starts, but allowed just four goals over his previous five starts. He should be able to get back on track in a matchup with Montreal on home ice.

UTIL – Adam Henrique (ANH) – $4,000 vs. PIT

With Henrique and Kase, we could have a real nice mini-stack going tonight for the Ducks. Henrique has been a real nice addition for Anaheim as he enters play tonight with nine goals and 14 helpers on the season. He has been quiet lately, but a spot on the top power play unit could help his production. Otherwise, teaming up with Kase for some even strength offense is the goal here.

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