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Late Top NHL Picks

Here is the NHL rundown. We’ve got picks from Tuesday’s Fantasy Hockey matchups to get you ready for your cash drafts. Play at FanPicks now!

Washington Capitals (49-17-3) vs Minnesota Wild (44-24-5)

Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin is having a somewhat sub-par season by his standards, but he reached a milestone in his last game by becoming the third player in league history (Mike Gartner, Wayne Gretzky) to score at least 30 goals in his first 12 seasons. Minnesota ranked second in the league in scoring entering March with an average of 3.38 goals per game, but that number has dwindled to 2.21 this month, leading to 11 losses in 14 games (3-10-1). One of the few players who has been immune to the slump is Eric Staal, who has pumped in seven goals in the last 10 games to boost his total to 26.

Los Angeles Kings (35-32-3) vs Edmonton Oilers (41-25-4)

Kings captain Anze Kopitar (club-best 35 assists) has scored five goals and set up eight others in his last 14 games overall. Rookie Drake Caggiula has bounced back from a three-game benching, recording a goal and an assist in back-to-back outings as Edmonton completed a home-and-home sweep of the Avalanche.

Anaheim Ducks (41-23-8) vs Vancouver Canucks (30-36-7)

Jonathan Bernier has stepped up his game with fellow Ducks goaltender John Gibson nursing a lower-body injury, posting a stellar 9-1-1 mark in March with one shutout, a 1.71 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. Vancouver’s 28th-ranked offense is fueled by sophomore sensation Bo Horvat, who notched his team-leading 30th assist and 50th point in Sunday’s 2-1 setback at Winnipeg. The 21-year-old has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in his last 21 games overall and three (two goals, one assist) against Anaheim this season.

New York Rangers (46-26-1) vs San Jose Sharks (42-26-6)

Just as the San Jose Sharks appeared on the verge of running away with the Pacific Division title, they have tumbled back to the pack in the wake of an ugly six-game losing streak. They will be without center Logan Couture, who was hit in the face by a deflected puck in Saturday’s loss. to Nashville. Rick Nash is riding a four-game goal-scoring streak and also tallied for the Rangers against San Jose in October.

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