NHL Picks: Best Bets, DraftKings Fantasy Hockey DFS Cheat Sheet for Feb. 22

Tuesday includes a six-game NHL slate, which begins at 7 p.m. ET on DraftKings. In this article you will find DFS tips for DraftKings queues, plus a few DraftKings Sportsbook bets to target.

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Anaheim Ducks Moneyline -150

That line isn’t huge, but it feels like we’re getting decent value to bring the Ducks home today. Anaheim suffered a high-profile mini-drop in its last outing, earning a 7-4 road win over the Canucks a few nights ago. They rested at home and got a Sharks team today that lost six straight games and resorted to off waivers to try to salvage their season. The Ducks are close to full strength up front and have the advantage on special teams with their top-five power play. They should be able to outsmart a struggling Sharks team today.

Gustav Nyquist scores a +100 point

If you’re looking for a player prop to target, then the Blue Jackets-Maple Leafs game, which has a 7.0 total goals at the time of writing, is a good place to start looking. Columbus is a heavy underdog but gets a Toronto team that allowed the Canadiens five goals last night. The Blue Jackets’ offense has been strong lately (27 goals in their last six games) and veteran Gustav Nyquist has played a big part in that success, tallying 10 points in his last 10 games. He’s playing over 17 minutes a game and is still available at positive odds just to pick up a point – in a game where the goals should be flowing pretty heavily.

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Top stack

St. Louis Blues vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Robert Thomas ($4,600) – Pavel Buchnevich ($5,900) – Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,100)

The Blues’ offense has been buzzing lately, scoring 23 goals in their last five games. They’ll bring Vladimir Tarasenko back to the lineup today, which is great for day-to-day fantasy hockey because it means the Blues will have their full top six intact and makes them easier to stack. St. Louis has also made this trio of Tarasenko, Buchnevich and Thomas their best power-play unit lately, which has given them an added advantage, especially against teams with weaker special teams like Philadelphia.

That unit now has a combined 18 true points in its last three games and faces a Flyers team that ranks ninth in shorthanded efficiency and allows the fifth-most shots per game. It’s a fantastic place for Vladimir Tarasenko to get back on track after a few days off, and the winger was in great form before missing a game, scoring 35.4 DKFP just two starts ago against another weak defensive team of the Senators. The real value though is Thomas, who remains under $5,000 and has averaged over 20.0 DKFP in his last three games. Thomas is thriving with the special extra minutes and has also played over 19 minutes in three consecutive starts.

Stack the Blues, the best power play unit, which has correlated really well in fantasy lately and comes in with one of the best matchups on the board.

Superstar to target

Kirill Kaprizov, Minnesota Wild at Ottawa Senators ($8,700)

There are big implied team totals today on teams like the Leafs and Blues that we need to be wary of. However, the Wild also have a terrific game against the Senators and they have an implied goal total that sits around 4.0 goals. Minnesota faces an Ottawa team that has little skill in net or defense and has given up the 11th most scoring chances this season.

Kirill Kaprizov then establishes himself as an excellent payment target and might even be slightly under-held on this list. Kaprizov was quiet in the Wild’s thrashing against Edmonton in his last outing, but has scored 22.0 DKFP or higher in three of his last five starts. If you pay for the Wild star, you can still get exposure in Toronto and St. Louis, who have better depth on their second lines that offer good value for fantasy purposes. Kaprizov, however, looks likely to bounce back quickly today in a big game and is the best way to expose himself to this powerful Wild attack.

Attack value

Sonny Milano, Anaheim Ducks vs. San Jose Sharks ($3,800)

The Ducks erupted in their last start, scoring seven goals against Vancouver. The win ended a four-game losing streak and it’s quite possible we’ll have a continuation today of the Ducks’ offense against a struggling Sharks team.

Sonny Milano gives you good exposure to this offense as he is entrenched in a starring role that includes him in the top unit power play. Anaheim’s power play is ranked fourth in the league, and Milano has been efficient on offense lately, scoring four points in its last three games (including two goals on its last three shots). There is a solid upside target below $4,000 today.


Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders at Seattle Kraken ($7,800)

The goalkeeping situation is interesting today, as we have some big favorites who are likely to be well owned, and a lot of shifts on the board. You could try your luck with one of the big GPP underdogs, but the security that Ilya Sorokin offers (at a very reasonable price) is probably more appealing. The Kraken’s offense is lethargic at best as they have failed to score more than three goals in six of their last nine starts. Sorokin has played well for the Islanders over the past two months and has stopped 51 of the last 54 shots he has faced over the past two games.

With New York as -155 favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook, and Seattle coming a back-to-back, targeting Sorokin for NHL DFS seems like smart play, especially if you need to save some cash on net. He’s probably the best value at his position considering the game.

Value on Defense

Justin Faulk, St. Louis Blues to Philadelphia Flyers ($4,500)

If you’re targeting Blues forwards today, it may behoove you to look at their back-end as well, which often has good upside value. Justin Faulk looks to be standing out today at well under $5,000 as the defenseman enters this game having picked up points in six straight games. Faulk is great at taking advantage of seeing so much ice time with high-level offensive players and he still shares the majority of the Blues’ power-play time with Torey Krug ($5,300).

Regardless of the forwards you stack today from St. Louis, using Faulk on defense with them will help add to your roster advantage given his propensity for catching points. He is good value and a great addition to any Blues heavy roster given this game.

Power play defenders

Zach Werenski, Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs ($7,000)

We’ve got a monster game total to aim for in this Tuesday’s Blue Jackets – Maple Leafs game, as it’s now hit 7.0 on DraftKings Sportsbook. Although the Leafs are heavy favorites, I love the Blue Jackets offense in this game almost as much as they’ve been hot lately, scoring 28 goals in their last six games. Zach Werenski has been a key part of that production, picking up six points in his last five starts.

The former 20-goal scorer has benefited from the Blue Jackets’ return to full force up front and he faces a Toronto side that have allowed 11 goals in their last two games and will be without one of their best defensemen to Jake Muzzin today. Werenski and the Jackets probably look upset with this depleted Leafs roster. With their offense so good, paying for the man running their best power play unit makes sense today on defense for your NHL DFS rosters.

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