Most of the country is in a deep freeze, with arctic conditions keeping many hockey fans indoors to simply enjoy some NHL action. With a full slate of games to choose from, DraftKings owners should have plenty of time to pick apart the matchups for the perfect lineup. Here's a look at one lineup and players to target.
|DraftKings Fantasy Lineup for Feb. 26|
|C||Henrik Sedin||@ BUF (29th)||2.8||$5,400|
|C||Derick Brassard||ARI (30th)||3.0||$5,100|
|W||Wayne Simmonds||@ TOR (28th)||3.4||$6,300|
|W||Brendan Gallagher||@ CLS (29th)||3.2||$5,700|
|W||Marian Hossa||@ FLA (17th)||3.4||$5,200|
|D||Alex Pietrangelo||@ WPG (21st)||3.5||$5,500|
|D||Michael Del Zotto||@ TOR (27th)||2.5||$4,900|
|G||Eddie Lack||@ BUF (23rd)||3.6||$7,400|
|UTIL||Carl Hagelin||ARI (29th)||2.5||$4,500|
|Information courtesy of DraftKings.com|
C Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks ($5,400)
This one is simple. All I could say here is, "Have you seen Henrik Sedin play recently?" However, my bosses wouldn't be too happy with a single-sentence explanation.
NHL noted just how hot the Vancouver Canucks' top center was heading into Tuesday's game:
He ended that streak against the Boston Bruins but still tallied an assist in a 2-1 win. Tabbing a player as hot as Henrik Sedin at the reasonable price of $5,400 totally seems worth it. With nine points in his last five games, Sedin should torch the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
W Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks ($5,200)
For NHL fans who have been living under a rock, Patrick Kane underwent surgery Wednesday for a fractured clavicle. The injury will reportedly cause him to miss 12 weeks, per a team release from the Chicago Blackhawks.
As if Marian Hossa wasn't already having a solid season with 44 points, he'll now be on the top line with Jonathan Toews. The 26-year-old center is approaching his eighth straight 20-goal season with 31 assists already.
Hossa might have cooled off recently, but he'll light it up again on the first line with Toews. Whether he's scoring a goal or dishing it out, Hossa is a must-start for daily owners.
D Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues ($5,500)
He has not posted monstrous numbers recently, but Alex Pietrangelo is a good bet for Thursday night.
Going up against the 21st-ranked team against defensemen, Pietrangelo doesn't just need goals or assists to tally points. Totaling 19 blocked shots over his last 10 games and moving closer to a 40-point season, Pietrangelo will give daily owners production on the road in Winnipeg.
G Eddie Lack, Vancouver Canucks ($7,400)
Want to overspend for a goalie like Carey Price, Jonathan Quick or Pekka Rinne? Go right ahead, but good luck affording other top players to fill out the lineup.
Instead, going after a goalie like Eddie Lack seems like the smarter move, especially when considering his most recent outing. The Canucks passed along just how brilliant his latest outing was in place of Ryan Miller:
That was good enough for a 10-point night against the Bruins. The Sabres might be coming off a four-point night, but they have been limited to one goal in five of the last seven games. With the recent tear Lack has been on, expect that trend to continue.
UTIL Carl Hagelin, New York Rangers ($4,500)
Carl Hagelin was unable to execute on three different shots on goal against the Calgary Flames in his last outing. That ended a three-game stretch where Hagelin had two goals and two assists.
One team that can help get him back on track is the Phoenix Coyotes. The struggling franchise has lost seven straight and allowed four or more goals in five of its last six games.
A young player who's been on fire recently. A team whose defense has been as porous as any in the NHL. See the correlation here? Yeah, Hagelin is a lock at a utility spot at such a meager price.
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