DraftKings picks for Thursday
All season long, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This article includes expensive and value plays and can be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.
Value pick: Brayden Point, TBL ($5,300 at LAK): The Tampa Bay Lightning will be on the second leg of a back-to-back set, but Point has excellent splits on short rest over the past two seasons (10 points in 14 such games). He's in a prime spot on the second line with Ondrej Palat and second power-play unit with defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, and is still severely underpriced based on his performance this season. He ranks fifth among Thursday centers with 4.1 DraftKings points per game and is tied for 15th at the position in price.
Spend up for: Brayden Schenn, STL ($6,300 vs. ARI)
Video: CBJ@TBL: Point flips home loose puck in front
Value pick: Kyle Palmieri, NJD (W, $5,000 vs. EDM): He will return for the New Jersey Devils against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. He missed their past six games because of a lower-body injury. He has seven points (three goals, four assists), six blocked shots and 17 shots on goal in seven games (3.2 DraftKings points per game). The Devils didn't skate Thursday, but Palmieri is likely to re-join their first power-play unit and could flank Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier on the top line at even strength.
Spend up for: Claude Giroux, PHI ($6,700 vs. CHI)
Video: NJD@OTT: Palmieri dekes, buries one top shelf
Value pick: Jeff Petry, MTL ($3,200 vs. MIN): A foundation of blocked shots and shots on goal can go a long way when you employ a cheap defenseman in DFS. Petry has been solid in each category (36 SOG, 20 blocks) this season and also has at least one point in three of his past five games. He averages 20:43 per game with 2:02 on mostly the second power-play unit with forwards Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk.
Spend up for: Dougie Hamilton, CGY ($5,000 vs. DET)
Video: MTL@WPG: Petry buries tying goal from the slot
Ryan Miller, ANA ($7,900 vs. VAN)
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Buchnevich nearing must-own realm for Rangers
New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich (LW/RW, 37 percent owned in Yahoo) has quickly become one of the hottest fantasy waiver wire pickups of the week.
Playing on the top line with center Mika Zibanejad and left wing Chris Kreider and also on the first power-play unit with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, Buchnevich has three multi-point games during the Rangers' five-game winning streak. He ranks third on the Rangers in power-play points (seven) behind Zibanejad (10) and Shattenkirk (eight) and has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 17 games this season.
The 22-year-old ranked 51st in Yahoo based on standard-category performance and certainly could have staying power given his prime spot in the lineup. His ownership has risen by 14 percent in the past day, and his one-goal, one-assist, four-shot game in New York's 4-2 win against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday further helped his cause.
Video: Pete Jensen on fantasy impact of the Duchene trade
Sharp will get top-line trial with Toews, Kane
Chicago Blackhawks veteran forward Patrick Sharp will get a chance to play on a line with elite forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, NBCSP, NBCSCH, NHL.TV).
Sharp (LW/RW, 22 percent owned in Yahoo) has seen his ownership dip drastically since the start of the season; he has no points in his past nine games since his goal on Oct. 14 against the Nashville Predators. He has played mostly on Chicago's third line. He was limited to 48 games with the Dallas Stars last season, but has past success on a line with Toews, when he scored an NHL career-high 78 points in 82 games during the 2013-14 season with Chicago.
Priced at $4,000 in DraftKings for Thursday, Sharp is a boom-or-bust DFS flier in a prime offensive spot that should fill your UTIL spot in classic formats. Since Oct. 24, the Flyers have allowed 24 goals over their past seven games.
Miller, Lindgren playing again with starters sidelined
With injuries to goaltenders Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks, backups Charlie Lindgren and Ryan Miller will start for their respective teams Thursday.
Miller (28 percent owned in Yahoo), against the Vancouver Canucks, and Lindgren (24 percent), against the Minnesota Wild, are viable streaming options for at least this week. See where each stands in NHL.com's latest top 25 fantasy goalie rankings from staff writer David Satriano.
From a DFS standpoint, Miller is $100 more expensive in DraftKings compared to Lindgren with each goalie starting at home. Lindgren may have higher ownership than Miller because he's 2-0-0 with a .971 save percentage, but don't hesitate to take the slight savings and ride the hot hand with Lindgren.
[READ: Running list of projected starting goalies for Thu. Nov. 9]
Drouin could play for Canadiens on Thursday
Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin is 50-50 for their game against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN2, FS-N, NHL.TV). He left their game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday with an upper-body injury.
Drouin (C/LW/RW in Yahoo) has at least one point in four of his past six games and has recently centered a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Artturi Lehkonen. He ranks 128th overall in Yahoo based on standard-category performance with 11 points (three goals, eight assists), four power-play points and 49 shots on goal in 16 games.
If Drouin plays, he's priced in the middle range at $5,700 in DraftKings against the Wild, who will be on the second leg of a back-to-back set. It's worth noting Drouin's DFS floor is higher than previous seasons; he's averaging 3.1 shots on goal per game this season, much higher than his NHL career average (1.9). He would form an appealing value stack with Galchenyuk ($3,800 in DraftKings).