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Fantasy Hockey: DraftKings Lineup – February 25

A vital part of being a successful DraftKings DFS hockey player is being able to assemble a strong cash game or double up team. I always start with the goaltender, the foundation of every cash game team. Your goalie choice dictates the monetary average and direction you want to go with the rest of your team.

With 10 games tonight, there are several directions to go when placing my bets. I chose a few big-money names, but also some lesser known ones, to mitigate that exposure.

G: C. Ward, Carolina – $6,800

Carolina is a much better team than alot of people give them credit for.  Cam Ward is in net tonight and is in a great position to get a win against a Toronto team that has yet to find its scoring touch. Ward’s numbers are on an upswing, boasting a 2.33 Goals Against Average and and a 0.910 Save Percentage.  In 39 games, Ward has backstopped his team into the race for a playoff spot and tonights game is vital to that goal.

D: J. Boychuk, Islanders – $5,400

Boychuk is the guts of the Islanders defense and his 92 blocked shots with an average of 21 minutes on ice is a strong piece of his DFS game. With 102 shots and 14 assists, look for Boychuk to hit the board on the power play tonight as Calgary ranks in the bottom 5 in total penalty kill percentage.  This game could get ugly if the Islanders decide to show up and play like they do at home. On the road they can be an alter ego of themselves, so this game will be a test for both teams.

D: C. Tanev, Vancouver – $3,800

If you need a defenseman under $4,000, look no further. Tanev has a ridiculous 137 blocked shots and a solid 15 points to boot.  He only has 33 shots on goal, but tonight against an Edmonton team that finds playing defense an impossibility at times, Tanev will likely see power play time and hit his average of 1.9 Fantasy Points per game (FPPG).

W: J. Schwartz, St. Louis – $5,500

Playing even more now that Steen has ben sidelined with injury, Schwartz has played fantastic since returning from a broken ankle.  In 13 games, he has 4 goals and 6 helpers with 28 shots on goal.  Against a Rangers team that is almost last on the road on the penalty kill, look for the first line, which is also the first power play unit, to light up a Rangers team that may be trending in the wrong direction again.

29 DEC 2015: New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) during the third period of the game between the New Jersey Devils and the Carolina Hurricanes . (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

W: K. Palmieri, Devils- $5,300

If the Devils had three of Kyle Palmieri, they would be unbeatable.  With the stifling defense of yesteryear, the Devils are finding their offense and without Cammaleri, Palmieri is in charge these days. At almost 25 goals on the year, and with 152 shots on goal so far, Palmieri rounds out a solid play for exposure to a game that will be overlooked.

W: K. Okposo, Islanders – $5,600

An offensive juggernaut at times, the Islanders and Okposo matches up against a subpar defensive team in Calgary.  Either on the power play or even strength, look for the first line to do damage and hit the board tonight late in Calgary.  Caveat emptor — in an alternate universe an “alter ego” Islanders team that has been dismal on the road may show up instead. Hopefully this glitch has been fixed.

C: T. Seguin, Dallas – $8,600

With Bryan Little out for the season with a cracked vertebrae, Winnipeg will struggle defensively and in leadership even more. With Ladd on the way out of town, Little’s loss could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.  Seguin and the first line/first power play unit will blow through the Jets at home tonight in a game Vegas thinks will be over a 5 goal total.  This has blowout written all over it.

C: J. Tavares, Islanders – $8,100

I am betting on the “real” Tavares coming back from the mothership and showing up in Calgary big this evening.  A 4.0 FPPG average coupled with 49 points and 183 Shots on Goal, Tavares will play his average of 20 minutes a game and put the puck in the net.

Utility: J. Klingberg, Dallas – $6,400

Playing terrific as of late, Klingberg is the main cog in the Dallas power play that ranks in the top three at home.  Playing an average of 23 minutes every game, he has accumulated 129 shots and has 51 points.  It will be open season on Winnipeg tonight as Dallas is gearing up for their race to the playoffs.

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