NHL DFS: Best DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy hockey picks for February 2

The 2018-19 NHL season continues to power on with 13 total games on Saturday, and 11 of them will be part of the main slate for NHL DFS tournaments and cash games on FanDuel and DraftKings beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The night's premier matchup is between the Penguins and the Maple Leafs and their star-studded lineups rosters should be a focal point of NHL DFS lineups on Saturday with Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, John Tavares and Mitchell Marner all likely to be popular options. However, before you make your NHL DFS picks, be sure to check out what DFS millionaire Mike McClure has to say.

McClure is a DFS professional with nearly $2 million in career winnings. He's also a predictive data engineer at SportsLine who uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every minute of every game 10,000 times, taking factors like matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best NHL DFS values and create optimal lineups that he shares only over at SportsLine. They're a must-see for any NHL DFS player.

On Friday, McClure recommended Penguins wing Bryan Rust at $4,800 on FanDuel. The result? Rust scored two goals and the 30.4 points he scored was good for an over 6x return. Anybody who built their roster around him was well on the way to a profitable evening. 

For Saturday's slate, McClure is banking on Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon at $8,300 on FanDuel and $7,900 on DraftKings.

MacKinnon missed the NHL All-Star game with a bruised foot, but he'll make his return to the lineup on Saturday evening against the Canucks. He last played on Jan. 23, so he's had 10 days to rest and should be at full strength on Saturday evening.

That's great news for NHL DFS players, as MacKinnon is having a sensational season with 71 points in 50 games and he is capable of turning in a monster performance on any given night. He's had 12 games this year where he's scored at least 30 points on FanDuel and that's the sort of productivity you're looking for at this price point. So it's encouraging that he had over 46 points in his only previous meeting with Vancouver this season on Nov. 2.

McClure is also recommending Sharks defenseman Brent Burns ($7,500 on FanDuel, $6,800 on DraftKings), who has three assists in two games.

Burns continues to be an offensive juggernaut from the blue line. He's had four consecutive seasons with at least 60 points and is on pace for his best season yet in 2018-19.

He's got 55 points so far in 52 games and is on pace for 87 points on the year, which would best his previous career-high by 11 points. Paired with Erik Karlsson, the two defenders form the most offensively dynamic tandem in the NHL and you can't really go wrong getting Burns into your lineup knowing the opportunities he's afforded on a nightly basis.

McClure is also targeting an undervalued player who is set to go off for big numbers because of a dream matchup, and he comes at a price that will leave plenty of salary cap flexibility. Picks like these could be the difference between winning your cash games and tournaments or going home with nothing.

So what is the optimal NHL DFS lineup for Saturday? Visit SportsLine now to see DFS millionaire Mike McClure's complete optimal tournament lineups for FanDuel and DraftKings, and cash in big on NHL DFS.

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