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DraftKings NHL: Saturday Picks

Neil Parker

A loyal Leafs, Cubs and Cowboys fan for decades, Neil has contributed to RotoWire since 2014. He previously worked for USA Today Fantasy Sports and founded TheFakeHockey.com.

GOALIE

Pekka Rinne, NAS vs. COL ($8,600): The Preds came out a little flat in Game 1 and still pulled out a 5-2 victory. Look for a tidier showing with another strong outing from Rinne. The veteran sports a high-end .940 save percentage through his past three starts, and Nashville went 28-9-4 at Bridgestone Arena during the regular season.

CENTER

Ryan Getzlaf, ANA vs. SJ ($5,900): This is a temptingly low price at which to roster Getzlaf. He's locked into a top offensive role and is also a proven postseason performer with 118 career playoff points. This series has the makings of a back-and-forth battle, so there's plenty of value in banking on a bounce-back showing from the veteran.

Anthony Cirelli, TB vs. NJD ($3,100): A source of savings, Cirelli exploded onto the scene with five goals and six assists through 18 regular season games. He also dominated possession against New Jersey in Game 1 with a 67.86 Corsi For percentage. Centering Yanni Gourde and Alex Killorn is a promising gig, too.

WING

Rickard Rakell, ANA vs. SJ ($6,100): Dating back to the regular season, Rakell has scored just four goals with an 8.9 shooting percentage through his past 15 games. He tends to run hot and cold, so the high-volume shooter is positioned to snap his current scoring funk. He also pairs well with linemate Getzlaf in an Anaheim stack.

Mitch Marner, TOR at BOS ($5,500): The Maple Leafs need to push back after being dismantled by Boston in the third period of Game 1. Marner will be a key contributor if it's going to happen, and he was one of the only Maple Leafs to move the offensive needle in the series opener. He recorded four shots and was on the ice for three high-danger scoring chances.

Kevin Fiala, NAS vs. COL ($4,600): This salary stands out as a discount for the second-line winger. Fiala was quiet in Game 1 with just two shots, but this should set up as a favorable matchup for Nashville after the Avs allowed a healthy 3.33 goals per 60 minutes on the road during the regular season. It's also worth noting that Fiala skates with the second power-play unit, and Colorado had a 25th-ranked 76.4 penalty-kill percentage on the road during the regular season.

DEFENSE

Torey Krug, BOS vs. TOR ($5,700): After recording an elite 2.28 points per 60 minutes during the regular season, Krug collected two assists and five shots in Thursday's Game 1 win. He's locked into top offensive minutes while avoiding the toughest matchups at even strength, so it's a cushy role for Krug. This price is easy to slide under the salary cap, too.

P.K. Subban, NAS vs. COL ($5,300): As noted, the Avs have had plenty of struggles defensively on the road this year, so Subban stands out at this salary. He's coming off one of the best regular seasons of his career with 16 goals, 43 assists and 25 power-play points, and he also offers a high fantasy floor through his peripheral contributions (207 shots and 90 blocked shots).

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