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FanDuel NHL Picks – February 20th

After a quiet three-game main slate last night, we have a heavier nine-game Tuesday slate to bite into. Let’s go!

C – Sean Couturier (PHI) – $7,600 vs. MON

It’s a big nine-game slate, but I think the Flyers have the best matchup of any team on the slate. The Flyers have been red-hot as of late, winning six of their last seven games while their offense stayed hot with a seven-goal outburst Sunday against the Rangers. Couturier has also been hot himself with eight points over his last six games while he continues to build on his career season. He’s up to 29 goals and 59 points on the season so lock Couturier in against the NHL’s 28th-ranked road defense.

C – Bo Horvat (VAN) – $5,600 vs. COL

While the Avalanche are one of the better defensive teams on home ice, the wheels completely fall off on the road. Colorado ranks ninth in home defense and first in home penalty killing, but those rankings fall to 27th in road defense and 25th in road penalty killing. The Canucks could be a lower owned option tonight for a team in a nice spot. For his part, Horvat has tallied 15 goals and as many assists in 41 games this season with six of those goals coming on the power play. He should get some nice looks in a favorable home matchup tonight.

W – Claude Giroux (PHI) – $7,800 vs. MON

It’s been a huge bounce back season for Giroux after a disappointing campaign last year. His 69 points are tied with Connor McDavid for third in the league while Giroux has been white-hot with 11 points across his last six games. Of course, his chemistry with Couturier has been some of the best the NHL has seen this season as he skated with the breakout superstar at 5v5 and on the top power play unit. The latter could have a big night against the Habs and their 30th-ranked penalty kill.

W – Jakub Voracek (PHI) – $7,300 vs. MON

We are going for the throat with this Flyers cash stack as we will throw Voracek in there as well. While he’s scored just 11 goals on the season, Voracek’s 54 points are the most in the NHL on the campaign. He once skated with Giroux and Couturier on the Flyers’ top line, but has mostly skated on the second line as of late. However, he obviously remains a big part of the Flyers’ top power play unit as evidenced by his 29 power play points, tied for third in the NHL.

W – Brock Boeser (VAN) – $6,300 vs. COL

Interestingly Boeser failed to reach the scoresheet in the Canucks’ route of the Bruins on Saturday, however the rookie has some high upside against the visiting Avalanche tonight. Boeser has buried 27 goals on the season, ten of which have come on the power play. He’s added 22 assists and 157 shots on goal as well. Although he missed the scoresheet the other night, he still has three goals and five points over his last seven games so Boeser doesn’t stay quiet for long.

W – Sammy Blais (STL) – $3,100 vs. SJ

Although the Sharks are a solid defensive club, I like the value upside Blais brings to the table. He will play his first NHL game since late December tonight, and the value comes from the fact he should skate alongside Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn on the Blues’ second line. Although he had just three points in 10 NHL games prior to his demotion, Blais has 28 points in 30 AHL games this season, showing me he has the offensive ability to contribute, especially considering his linemates for tonight’s game.

D – Alexander Edler (VAN) – $5,300 vs. COL

We have our second three-man stack complete here with the addition of Edler. He’s quietly enjoying a real nice season the Canucks’ blueline with two goals, 20 assists, 118 shots and 129 blocks as well. Those are some nice peripheral numbers while the point total could get a boost against the NHL’s 27th-ranked road defense. The Canucks just busted out with six goals against the Bruins so perhaps the offense can stay hot tonight in a favorable home matchup.

D – Vince Dunn (STL) – $3,700 vs. SJ

With Dunn and Blais we could have a real quiet, low-owned mini-stack tonight. While Blais may not see any power play time, Dunn continues to man the point on the Blues’ top power play unit. He’s got four goal and 10 helpers on 99 shots this season, but with the increased opportunity we should see more production from Dunn moving forward. The lone defenseman on any top power play unit provides plenty of value upside at this type of price.

G – Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) – $8,200 vs. LA

The Kings aren’t the worst offense around, but the Jets and Hellebuyck are so darn good at home that it’s real tough to pass him up at this price tonight. The Jets rank in a fifth-place tie with the Bruins by yielding just 2.37 goals per game at home while their league-leading 3.83 goals per game at home should ensure he gets the goal support required for the win. Hellebuyck is 22-3-2 with a 2.11 GAA and a .928 Sv% at home this season. Enough said.

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