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: Auston Matthews, TOR ($7,600)
Matthews should be the building block of your daily fantasy lineup with a home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning; he has four points and eight shots on goal in three games against them. The Toronto Maple Leafs center is one goal away from 40; the last rookie to score 40 was Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals in 2005-06 (52). Matthews has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) and 34 SOG in his past 10 games.
Video: TOR@BUF: Matthews scores to break two rookie records
VALUE CENTER: Bryan Little, WPG ($5,100)
Little has back-to-back two-assist games for the Winnipeg Jets on a line with Patrik Laine and Mathieu Perreault, giving him 43 points in 57 games (82-game pace: 62 points). This is an affordable price for a high-scoring center who will face Columbus Blue Jackets backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo. Little has 21 points in 27 road games and scored one of his 20 goals against Columbus on Dec. 29.
TOP WING: Leon Draisaitl, EDM ($6,600)
Connor McDavid and Draisaitl have a chance to take advantage when the Edmonton Oilers play the depleted San Jose Sharks, who will be without injured centers Joe Thornton (lower body) and Logan Couture (face). Draisaitl has three assists, three blocks and seven SOG in four games against the Sharks, and 36 points in 39 road games. McDavid and Draisaitl each has an 11-game point streak (tied for second-longest in the NHL this season), with 20 and 19 points in that span.
Video: ANA@EDM: Draisaitl buries McDavid's feed for OT win
VALUE WING: Sven Andrighetto, COL ($3,900)
Andrighetto, playing on a line with Nathan MacKinnon, has 12 points in 16 games since being traded to the Colorado Avalanche on March 1. He did not score a point in a 4-3 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday but had one block and six SOG, pushing his shot total to 30 since the trade from the Montreal Canadiens. He has totaled two assists, three blocks and two SOG in two games against the Minnesota Wild this season.
TOP DEFENSEMAN: Justin Schultz, PIT ($5,700)
Schultz has NHL career highs in points (49), power-play points (19) and SOG (151), and will continue to be relied upon heavily with news that Kris Letang (neck) has been ruled out through the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Schultz is tied for seventh among defensemen with 11 multipoint games and has a high ceiling against the New Jersey Devils on the road. He has three points, four blocks and 13 SOG in four games against them.
Video: PIT@WPG: Schultz rips a slapper top-shelf for PPG
VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Jaccob Slavin, CAR ($3,900)
Slavin has five points, seven blocks and six SOG for the Carolina Hurricanes against the New York Islanders this season, highlighted by his hat trick and one assist March 13. The 22-year-old has a strong blocks total (155) and has been productive since the beginning of March (14 points in 20 games). He also is bound to eventually score a goal at home (none on 46 SOG).
GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Tuukka Rask, BOS ($7,900)
Rask has won four straight games with a .972 save percentage and two shutouts. He's 20-10-0 with five shutouts at home, where the Boston Bruins play the Ottawa Senators. Rask is confirmed to start and is overdue for a win against the Senators (0-3-0, nine goals allowed this season). He's catching the Senators at a good time; Ottawa has lost nine of its past 12 games.
Video: TBL@BOS: Rask denies a pair of chances in close
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