Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This article includes expensive and value plays and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.
NOTE: These picks are for seven-game Sunday contests beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
TOP CENTER: Sean Monahan, CGY ($6,300)
Monahan has 12 points in his past seven games for the Calgary Flames alongside Johnny Gaudreau. He has 38 points in 40 home games and is averaging 3.5 DraftKings points per game against the Anaheim Ducks, who will be on short rest after playing Saturday. Monahan, priced seventh at his position, has 10 points in nine Sunday games this season.
VALUE CENTER: Nathan MacKinnon, COL ($5,400)
MacKinnon, one of the NHL's best in generating shots on goal (240, T-16th) has found his groove lately alongside Colorado Avalanche value wings Mikko Rantanen and Sven Andrighetto. MacKinnon has 10 points in 16 career regular season games against the Minnesota Wild, including two points and 11 SOG in three games this season. His price has dipped in recent months, but he remains a threat to cover points and SOG with the Wild on short rest.
Video: WSH@COL: MacKinnon carves up defense for superb goal
TOP WING: Jakub Voracek, PHI ($5,900)
Voracek, priced in the mid-$6,000 range for most of the season, is affordable for a favorable matchup at the New York Rangers on Sunday. The Philadelphia Flyers wing has four points (three goals, one assist), two blocks and 16 SOG in three games against the Rangers, and has assists in back-to-back games with three blocks and five SOG in the span. The Rangers have lost eight straight at home, and the Flyers need to win out in order to have a shot at making the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
VALUE WING: Brock Boeser, VAN ($3,200)
Boeser continues to return daily fantasy value for such an affordable price since signing with the Vancouver Canucks last weekend after finishing his sophomore season at University of North Dakota. He has two goals and a heavy shot volume (14 SOG) in his first four NHL games, and faces the San Jose Sharks, who have lost eight of their past nine (outscored 35-16 in span).
TOP DEFENSEMAN: Brent Burns, SJS ($8,100)
Even in the midst of the Sharks' struggles, Burns has been a high-floor asset in daily fantasy and is worth spending up for in a favorable spot at the Canucks. Burns has been limited to three points in his past 10 games, but is averaging 3.9 DraftKings points per game because of a combined 21 blocks and 43 SOG in that span. He has combined for four points, five blocks and nine SOG in three games against Vancouver (5.3 DraftKings points per game).
Video: NYR@SJS: Burns blasts PPG to give Sharks OT win
VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Brady Skjei, NYR ($4,400)
Skjei is among the top 10 defensemen in even-strength points (31, 8th), and has outperformed his season DraftKings points-per-game average (2.3) over his past 10 games (2.8). He was held without a point against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday but totaled 12.5 DraftKings points over his prior two games. He has 20 points in 38 games at Madison Square Garden and has a chance to be involved if the Rangers finally end their home skid. He's even averaging 1:58 per game on the power play since the beginning of March.
GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ ($7,600)
Bobrovsky has a tough matchup against the Washington Capitals at home, but should be drafted without hesitation because he's the most valuable fantasy goalie going for a surprisingly low cost. He's priced lower than goalies for six teams (CGY, LAK, MIN, NYR, SJS, TBL) and has performed well against the Capitals this season (2-1-1, .919 save percentage). He's been as dominant as any goalie in the League at home, going 25-8-0 with a .943 SV% and four shutouts at Nationwide Arena.
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