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NHL DFS Picks For February 20, 2022

Aaron Ekblad
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 11: Florida Panthers Defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) handles the puck during the second period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Florida Panthers on November 11, 2021, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Congratulations to Tage Thompson for getting his first career hat trick in the NHL. It was too bad the Buffalo Sabres ultimately fell to the Colorado Avalanche, but there are a lot of bright spots on that team. We also absolutely loved the overtime in the Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators game. The Bruins kept smooth, calm control for about two minutes until out of nowhere David Pastrnak rifled one past the Sens goalie. In the blink of an eye it was over. More amazing hockey action awaits tonight and we have a lot of information for you today. Stick around and subscribe for all the juicy details.

Here’s a sparkling lineup For DFS Hockey 2/20/22 (using DraftKings Values)

CenterR. Hintz$7,300
WingJ. Pavelski$7,300
GoalieJ. Oettinger$8,400

Jake Oettinger is playing out of his mind right now. He shutout the Chicago Blackhawks and only let one in against the Colorado Avalanche. He should see fewer shots in this game against Arizona and the Stars continue to push for the playoffs. 

Roope Hintz has largely missed being on our list as we have not been fully convinced that he is a first line center. He is actually down from last year on a point per game basis but he has made up for that in shots taken and has converted a lot of assists into goals. He is averaging almost a shot more a game and it is having a huge impact. He has finally earned his first 20 goal season and has his eyes set on 30.

Joe Pavelski is a wonder of modern sports science. How is he still going and playing at this high a level? It was assumed he would have a little bit of a down year, maybe get traded for some assets at the trade deadline to send him to a Cup contender, but the Stars are holding on. It is hard for us to believe that he does not have a letter on his chest because he has captain and leader written all over him. 

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When we look at the list of defense our eyes are immediately drawn to Adam Fox. He has been an absolute boss this year and rarely disappoints. The one area where he could improve would be in shot totals. Aaron Ekblad is $200 cheaper and has been teeing off on opposing goalies. We think he offers just a little higher of a floor. They both have excellent matchups and should be fun to watch tonight.

For our second center we are going to highlight Logan Couture first. The Sharks do not sport the best record but they can still do a ton of damage and VGK has been looking a little weak as of late. Couture is another great leader and has Timo Meier on his wing which is always a danger. If you do lean towards Vegas then we are going right back to William Karlsson. He is an incredibly solid player that is always giving better depth to the Knights. 

As one center final thought and a potential utility player, Brock Nelson and the Islanders are facing the Montreal Canadiens. We have spoken at length about the issues facing the team, but we have to note their goaltender Andrew Hammond. He has not played an NHL game in three years. He will have his hands full tonight.

Ryan Pulock appears to be healthy after missing a couple months of playing time. When he and Adam Pelech are on, they are one of the best defensive duos in the league. Pulock has reclaimed some power play two time and will hopefully be getting back to his 100% all around self. It is nice that he is right next to Esa Lindell in this price range as well. Dallas seems to be lacking amazing fantasy players on defense, but they do have guys like Lindell who are comfortable blocking shots and giving them more chances to score. 

Funds are running low so we are going to have to dig deep in the bargain bin today. Unsurprisingly we are going to Florida to do just that. Mason Marchment has been scoring goals left and right. It may feel like an Andrew Mangiapane thing where he has to fall off at some point. A 21% shooting percentage is just not sustainable. He has not slowed down yet, though, so he may still offer some value. We do notice for $600 that Patric Hornqvist is back from injury and not only that has slid up to the second line with Huberdeau and Bennett. Hornqvist can surprise you on any given day even in a fourth line role. We expect him to take full advantage of these two elite linemates tonight. 

Rasmus Dahlin can be a utility option as well and we mostly toss him in here to highlight the Columbus Blue Jackets goalie situation. Like Hammond, Jean-Francoise Berube has not played in about 3 years. You could even swap Pavelski for Alex Tuch and get all the money you need for upgrades elsewhere.

And with that another weekend is in the books. Only one small trade that we did not even bother mentioning because it has no bearing on fantasy. Come follow us on Twitter (@FantasyDFSX) if you have not already done so. Have a great Sunday!

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