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FanDuel NHL Picks – February 26th

The focus around the NHL today is certainly the 3 pm EST trade deadline. While that may be the case, my focus is on earning some cash from tonight’s five-game DFS slate. Let’s get into it!

C – Nathan MacKinnon (COL) – $7,900 vs. VAN

We are going to narrow our focus to just two clubs on this slate tonight, beginning here with the Colorado Avalanche. MacKinnon and the Avs drilled the Canucks just six nights ago, and I’m thinking a repeat performance could be in the cards tonight. The Avalanche owns the NHL’s fifth-ranked home offense with 3.52 goals per game at the Pepsi Center as well as the league’s fifth-ranked home power play at 25.9%. MacKinnon has 66 points across just 53 games and could very well be the top scoring player on tonight’s slate.

C – Nolan Patrick (PHI) – $4,500 vs. MON

While the NHL’s second overall pick from the 2017 draft struggled fairly hard during the season’s first half, he has enjoyed a productive second half to the season so far. Patrick has tallied a goal in each of his last four games, which amount to almost half of his nine goals for the entire season. He’s getting an increased opportunity thanks to the Wayne Simmonds injury as Patrick now has a spot on the Flyers’ top power play unit. They are the league’s fifth best road offense and third best road power play, so Patrick could provide plenty of value down the middle tonight.

W – Mikko Rantanen (COL) – $6,600 vs. VAN

The Colorado Avalanche boast one of the very top lines in the entire NHL, and Rantanen has been a big part of that line. He’s still just 21 years of age, but Rantanen has tallied 19 goals and 37 helpers on the season to go along with 132 shots on goal. Eight of those 19 goals have come the Avalanche power play as well. Rantanen has been deadly at home, recording 37 points in 28 home games compared to just 19 points in 32 road games. This line is a lock tonight.

W – Gabriel Landeskog (COL) – $6,200 vs. VAN

Landeskog has been the least productive of the Avs’ big three, but let’s no kid ourselves, he’s having a big year. He’s scored 20 goals, seven on the power play, and recorded 24 assists across 57 games on the campaign. Like his linemates, he puts a healthy amount of shots on goal with 131 on the season. Also like his linemates, he enjoys some favorable home/road splits for this matchup. At home, he has 27 points in 25 games whereas on the road he sports just 17 points in 32 games. Let’s look for some more home cookin’ for the Avs’ top line tonight.

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

Voracek brings a real solid floor and a very high ceiling into tonight’s contest against the Canadiens in Montreal. He enters play tonight with 56 assists on the season, the most in the NHL, while his 30 points on the power play are the fourth most in the NHL. Voracek is set to skate on the right wing of Patrick at 5v5 play while he is obviously a big piece of the Flyers’ lethal road power play. Given his 178 shots on goal, we will expect big numbers from Voracek tonight.

W – Oskar Lindblom (PHI) – $3,000 vs. MON

If you are looking for value tonight, Lindblom is your guy. In just his fourth career NHL game, Lindblom is set to skate on the left wing alongside Patrick and Voracek while he should also see some reps on the Flyers’ second power play unit. He has averaged just shy of 15 minutes of ice time per game in his three NHL games so far, but also more than two minutes of power play time per game. Against one of the NHL’s worst clubs, I am looking to see Lindblom tally his first career NHL point (or two) tonight in Montreal.

D – Tyson Barrie (COL) – $5,400 vs. VAN

No one is happier to see a rematch against the Canucks than Barrie. Although MacKinnon, Landeskog and Rantanen combined for nine points in their 5-4 overtime win in Vancouver last week, Barrie recorded a whopping five points in that contest. He’s up to 37 points across 47 games on the season to go along with 119 shots on goal. As the anchor of the top power play unit, this four-man stack obviously brings the utmost of upside into this matchup tonight.

D – Ivan Provorov (PHI) – $5,000 vs. MON

It’s hard to imagine an NHL defenseman with more upside moving forward than Provorov. This guy just turned 21 years of age, and after posting a real solid 30 points in his rookie season, Provorov is set to easily eclipse that mark with 29 points through 62 games this season. I also really like the fact Provorov brings a solid floor with him thanks to his elevated peripheral stats where he’s posted 149 shots on goal and 130 blocks as well. Provorov completes our four-man Flyers stack, a group that I believe has excellent upside in Montreal tonight.

G – Braden Holtby (WAS) – $9,000 vs. CLS

Goaltending is fairly up in the air tonight as I am not seeing a safe bet on the slate. We will give Holtby a shot tonight in Columbus despite him being less than stellar as of late. While he’s allowed at least three goals in five straight starts, Holtby takes on the league’s 29th-ranked home offense and 26th-ranked home power play tonight in Columbus. Last time he faced Columbus on the road he turned aside 37 of 39 shots for the victory. We will look for a similar showing for the Capitals’ netminder tonight.

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