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Daily Fantasy Hockey Strategy: Value Picks, February 25th

The Fix always has a full breakdown of significant NHL slates for our Front Office subscribers, but now we’re also going to be highlighting a few value plays for everyone on most days with big NHL slates. Below you’ll find three or four players who are cheap and undervalued in today’s main DraftKings contests as well as some FanDuel contests from 7:00 pm on.

If you’d like to read our full breakdown of tonight’s slate, complete with player rankings, you can become a Front Office member or purchase today’s breakdown individually here.


Zack Smith— Ottawa Senators–$3500 ($4900 on FanDuel)

The center is a far better value on DraftKings where his price has not gone upward quite like it has on FanDuel. Smith has six goals and eight points in the last ten games. No one knows when the party is going to end but the forward has played a full three minutes above his season average recently. The chances have risen and so has his 2.5 shots per goal compared to 1.3 per contest earlier in the year.   

Joakim Nordstrom — Carolina Hurricanes –$3100 ($4200 on FanDuel)

He is riding the PDO wave in funny ways. Nordstrom was at the right place at the right time when Michael Neuvirth made a horrible goalie blunder on Tuesday. The Carolina forward pounced on the mistake and pumped it into the net for a goal and with that, he once again exceeded value. That is goals in three straight for the winger now andhe’ll face a weak Toronto team tonight.

Ryan Pulock — New York Islanders — $2600 ($3000 on FanDuel)

When the top prospect in a system gets called up, people take notice. Pulock has an excellent cannon of a shot and the Islanders will likely use him on the power play. Does Erik Gelinas early in his career ring a bell? At least, Calgary should provide a heck of a test for the rookie as he gets his feet wet. He is more worth an own on DraftKings because of his near minimum price.

Cam Ward — Carolina Hurricanes — $6800 ($6900 on FanDuel)

Ward just keeps amazing us with pulling out yet another gem on Tuesday night in Carolina as he stopped 36 of 37 shots against the Philadelphia Flyers. That was without Claude Giroux by the way. Toronto is a strange team that can at the very least fire a good amount of shots on net. Ward is 7-1-4 in his last 12 starts with a goals against of under two and a save percentage of .927.


Joseph Blandisi — New Jersey Devils –$3800

If one wants to roll the bones then Blandisi may be worth to go on a high with against Columbus, who does still give up three goals a game. The Blue Jackets also have problems with speedy wingers and Blandisi more than qualifies there. The forward had two assists and two shots on goal against the New York Rangers and actually hit a post along with nearly generating several more high danger scoring chances. Sometimes it is good to at least try a contrarian punt play at a forward position.

Radko Gudas — Philadelphia Flyers–$3500

This could be controversial as Gudas is a penalty minutes magnet at 86 PIMS on the year. However, he has assists in his last two games and has been putting more shots on net of late. The defenseman has shown flashes of offense even in his days with Tampa Bay. A home game against a Minnesota team could be beneficial on FanDuel as Gudas is logging over 20 minutes a night currently. No one expects this to be an easy pick and this is high risk but if you can punt and hit value, that provides cap relief as you construct a roster.

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