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DraftKings NHL: Sunday 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

Jonathan Quick, LA vs. VGK ($7,900):
The veteran has turned aside 81 of 84 shots through two games, and Vegas has continued to struggle to generate high-danger scoring chances at five-on-five with just 8.88 per 60 minutes. Drew Doughty's return from a one-game suspension helps the Kings, and Quick doesn't need to record a win to return profit on his salary.

CENTER

Mark Scheifele, WPG at MIN ($7,000):
While Winnipeg's top center has been held to a single power-play goal through the first two contests of the series, he's been on the ice for seven high-danger scoring chances and dominated possession with a 66.18 Corsi For percentage. After recording 2.9 points per 60 minutes during the regular season, look for Scheifele to have his best game of the postseason.

Pierre-Luc Dubois, CLM at WAS ($4,800): The rookie collected two assists, three shots and a blocked shot while logging 23:35 of ice time (4:01 with the man advantage) during Thursday's Game 1 win. Even with Washington potentially positioned for a bounce-back victory, it's rare to find a top offensive center in Dubois' price range. It's also worth noting that he combined with wingers Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson for an elite 5.93 goals per 60 minutes during the regular season.

WING

Blake Wheeler, WPG at MIN ($6,900):
A strong stack option with center Mark Scheifele, Wheeler is also ripe for a breakout showing in Game 3. The duo recorded 4.61 goals per hour during the regular season, which propelled Wheeler to career-high marks in points (91) and power-play points (40). This salary is manageable, too.

T.J. Oshie, WAS vs. CLM ($4,600): The veteran winger logged 21:12 of ice time with 5:14 on the man advantage in Game 1, and he's skating on an encouraging line with Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky. Oshie's salary is a clear value, and he and his linemates were a force during last season's playoffs with a 57.38 Corsi For percentage.

Tyler Toffoli, LA vs. VGK ($4,400): This salary is a little short for a proven postseason scorer. Toffoli is one of the only Kings to have driven possession through the first two games of the series, and he's also registered a team-high nine shots. He's also locked into a top-six role with power-play time.

DEFENSE

Drew Doughty, LA vs. VGK ($5,200):
With the Kings in must-win mode, expect Doughty to play nearly half of Game 3, which should enable him to pile up the secondary statistics. His three shots and six blocked shots in the series opener highlight his high-floor, high-ceiling profile, and for what it's worth, he should be motivated returning from suspension.

Dmitry Orlov, WAS vs. CLM ($3,400): At this salary, the Russian doesn't even need to mark the scoresheet to approach value. Orlov registered two shots and four blocked shots while logging 28:59 of ice time (4:03 on the power play) in the series opener, and he projects to continue receiving big minutes in a shut-down role.

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