DraftKings NHL: Saturday Picks
DraftKings NHL: Saturday Picks

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GOALIE

Roberto Luongo, FLA vs. BUF ($8,300): The basement-dwelling Sabres enter on the second leg of a back-to-back road set, and Florida still has something to play for Saturday. Luongo has won three consecutive games with a .951 save percentage to keep the Panthers in the playoff hunt, and Buffalo has generated just 9.77 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes on the road this season.

CENTER

Connor McDavid, EDM vs. VAN ($8,100): With 17 multi-point showings through 32 games dating back to Feb. 1, McDavid is worth a long look in his season finale against Vancouver. He's a matchup-proof scorer, and this salary is manageable.

David Krejci, BOS vs. OTT ($5,100): The Sens lost 4-0 to Pittsburgh on Friday and will be starting Daniel Taylor in net against Boston. Taylor hasn't played in the NHL since 2012-13, so this sets up as a favorable spot for Krejci and the Bruins. It's also a buy-low opportunity, as the Czech center has missed the scoresheet in five of his past seven outings.

WING

Patrik Laine, WPG vs. CHI ($7,400): A hat trick behind Alex Ovechkin in the goal-scoring race, expect Laine to be firing plenty of rubber on net against the Blackhawks. The Finn has registered just a single goal and a 4.5 shooting percentage through his past nine contests, so there's definitely some positive regression possible. Chicago has surrendered a healthy 3.45 goals and 12.94 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes on the road, too.

Ty Rattie, EDM vs. VAN ($5,300): After missing the scoresheet in four consecutive games, Rattie recorded a multi-point showing last time out and is now up to five goals, four assists and 24 shots through his past 11 games. Skating with McDavid is a cushy gig, and stacking the linemates helps mitigate the center's hefty salary.

Jake DeBrusk, BOS vs. OTT ($4,500): The rookie has two goals and two assists through four games since returning from injury, and his salary stands out as a nice value against the floundering Senators. Additionally, while it's a small sample size, there's been instant chemistry between DeBrusk, Krejci and Ryan Donato. The trio has combined for 7.81 goals and 17.58 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes at even strength.

DEFENSE

Victor Hedman, TB at CAR ($6,500): Tampa Bay can still secure top spot in the Atlantic Division, so expect Hedman to be full-go against Carolina. He's recorded six goals, seven assists, 28 shots and 13 blocked shots while logging 3:24 of power-play time through his past 12 contests, and the Hurricanes have struggled down the stretch with a 8-12-2 record and 3.53 goals against per 60 minutes.

Andy Welinski, ANA vs. ARI ($2,700): A low-priced flier to open up spending room, Welinski has been receiving power-play time and owns offensive upside, as he registered a respectable 10 goals and 24 assists through 51 AHL games this season. It won't take much to return value on this salary, either.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Neil Parker plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: naparker77, DraftKings: naparker77.
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