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.
TOP CENTER: Tyler Seguin, DAL ($7,100)
It's risky to target players who essentially have nothing to play for at this point of the season, particularly Seguin, who has no points in his past four games. But the Dallas Stars have a great matchup at home against the Arizona Coyotes. Seguin has one assist in two games against the Coyotes this season, but he had 10 shots on goal in those games. More lineups will hone in on centers who are producing consistently (Nicklas Backstrom, Auston Matthews), so this may give Seguin a rare chance at being a contrarian pick.
Video: DAL@NJD: Seguin buries game-winner 20 seconds into OT
VALUE CENTER: Nathan MacKinnon, COL ($5,300)
MacKinnon may be the only Colorado Avalanche player having a decent season on their way to a last-place finish in the NHL standings. He has four points (one goal, three assists) and 12 SOG in his past four games. MacKinnon has scored 29 of his 51 points at home (nine goals, 20 assists), and there's no reason for concern with the matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks. He has four points (one goal, three assists) and 13 SOG in four games against the Blackhawks this season (4.1 DraftKings points per contest). On a night with 13 games, MacKinnon is a great play not only in tournaments, but in 50/50 contests as well.
Video: STL@COL: MacKinnon uses nifty hands for SO win
TOP WING: Nikita Kucherov, TBL ($7,900)
Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning will play their most important game of the season, against the Boston Bruins with Stanley Cup Playoff positioning on the line. The last time Kucherov faced the Bruins, he scored a hat trick with six SOG (13.5 DraftKings points). Kucherov hasn't gone four games without a goal since Feb. 10-19 and should be able to exploit a Boston penalty kill that struggled against Tampa Bay on March 23, allowing two power-play goals in a 6-3 loss.
Video: TBL@DET: Kucherov tips Point's feed in for OT win
VALUE WING: Nikolaj Ehlers, WPG ($5,500)
Ehlers has turned it on again after going five straight games without a point. He has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three games and has at least three SOG in five straight. Ehlers has solidified his spot on the Winnipeg Jets' top line with center Mark Scheifele and right wing Blake Wheeler, one of the more potent offensive units in the NHL. The St. Louis Blues may have playoff positioning at stake, but Ehlers has had their number this season, scoring four points (two goals, two assists) in four games (3.5 DraftKings points per contest).
Video: WPG@NJD: Ehlers picks the corner in opening minute
TOP DEFENSEMAN: Roman Josi, NSH ($6,500)
The New York Islanders are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in and will be without captain John Tavares, who will miss the rest of the season with a lower-body injury. The Nashville Predators are fighting for position in the Central Division and should pounce on the Islanders at home. Josi has been impressive at Bridgestone Arena, scoring 31 of his 48 points there (eight goals, 23 assists). He has at least 3.0 DraftKings points in five of his past six games, largely because of his strong category coverage (115 blocked shots, 212 SOG).
Video: WSH@NSH: Josi scores second goal on a power play
VALUE DEFENSEMAN: TJ Brodie, CGY ($4,100)
When Brodie isn't getting points, he's normally blocking plenty of shots, giving him a higher floor relative to his price. But Brodie has four assists in his past two games, two coming against the Anaheim Ducks in a 4-3 loss Sunday. Prior to that game, Brodie had gone five straight with at least one blocked shot (11 in that span). He holds down one of the points on the Calgary Flames' first power play, boosting his value; the Flames have scored seven power-play goals in their past five games.
Video: CGY@ANA: Brodie puts in rebound from left circle
GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Keith Kinkaid, NJD ($7,300)
The New Jersey Devils reportedly are going to start Kinkaid over Cory Schneider ($7,400) on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Kinkaid is on a personal four-game losing streak, but his last win came when he made 17 saves in a 6-2 victory against the Flyers on March 16. Prior to a 3-0 loss to Philadelphia on the road Saturday, the Devils had won three straight against the Flyers, outscoring them 14-3. Kinkaid has lost each of his past two starts but made at least 30 saves and allowed just two goals in each. He's going to save you salary cap and is in a good spot to get a win at Prudential Center.
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