Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This lineup has been constructed with expensive and value picks and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.
NOTE: This lineup is for seven-game Saturday contests beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
C - Matt Duchene, COL ($5,200)
Duchene has gone eight games without a goal and is a boom-or-bust fantasy option for the Colorado Avalanche. He has eight multipoint games, accounting for 18 of his 32 points in 46 games. He has 17 points in 22 road games and eight in 10 games against the New York Rangers. This equals his lowest DraftKings price of the season.
C - Sam Reinhart, BUF ($4,400)
Reinhart has a point in three of his past four games on the right wing of Jack Eichel and has a solid shot volume (25 SOG) in his past 10 games. He offers exposure to the Buffalo Sabres' first power-play unit (13 power-play points) for a low price against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have allowed 19 goals in five games this month.
Video: OTT@BUF: Reinhart finishes own rebound in front
W - Patrik Laine, WPG ($6,600)
Laine has the highest points-per-game average among rookies (0.90) and is the only one with at least 20 goals (23) and 20 assists (20) despite missing eight games for the Winnipeg Jets because of a concussion. He has 23 points in 21 home games and is tied for seventh among wings in DraftKings price. You'll want him on your side ahead of a potential high-scoring game against the Tampa Bay Lightning with each team on short rest.
W - Leon Draisaitl, EDM ($6,000)
Draisaitl has cooled off after a recent seven-game point streak (Jan. 16-31) with no points in his past three games. The Edmonton Oilers, back in action Saturday after a five-day break, could be catching the Chicago Blackhawks at a good time (third game in four nights). Draisaitl, who plays on the right side of elite center Connor McDavid, had three points and 11.0 DraftKings points against Chicago on Nov. 21 and has seven points in five games when on three or more days rest.
W - J.T. Miller, NYR ($5,500)
Miller had two goals and 7.5 DraftKings points against the Avalanche on Dec. 31, has four straight multipoint games, and has at least a point in eight of his past nine. He has 23 points in 29 home games and is a strong option considering the Avalanche are allowing the second-most points to opposing left wings. Miller, Kevin Hayes ($5,100; 39 points) and Michael Grabner ($5,100; 26 goals) have far exceeded preseason expectations together on the Rangers' third line and form an affordable daily fantasy stack.
Video: NSH@NYR: Miller one-times Hayes' feed past Saros
D - Justin Schultz, PIT ($5,100)
Schultz was tied for fifth among defensemen in multipoint games (nine) entering Friday and should get fantasy owners at least one point for the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road against the Arizona Coyotes. He scored one goal with two blocks and one SOG against them Dec. 12, and the Coyotes allow the fourth-most DraftKings points to opposing defensemen. Schultz took advantage of a favorable matchup with two assists against the Avalanche on Thursday.
D - Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI ($4,500)
Ekman-Larsson has scored 17 of his 28 points at home and his woeful plus/minus (minus-22) won't hurt you in DraftKings. He will likely play more than 25 minutes against the Penguins and should break even on blocks and SOG alone. He has a point in five of his past nine games and should continue to benefit from having Max Domi ($4,800) back on Arizona's first power-play unit. Ekman-Larsson and Domi each assisted on Christian Dvorak's power-play goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.
G - Braden Holtby, WSH ($8,200)
Holtby is 18-5-1 with a .932 save percentage and six shutouts at home this season, and has won 13 straight decisions since Jan. 1. The Washington Capitals offense has been on fire since that date, outscoring their opponents 89-40 in their past 20 games. The Anaheim Ducks, even after a 5-2 win at the Sabres on Thursday, have been outscored 86-74 in 30 road games. Holtby is closing in on the NHL record for most consecutive wins by a goalie (Gilles Gilbert won 17 straight for the Boston Bruins in 1975-76).
UTIL - Chris Kunitz, PIT ($4,200)
Kunitz leads the list of under-the-radar veteran forwards (LINK: https://www.nhl.com/news/patrick-marleau-and-jason-pominville-among-veterans-with-fantasy-upside/c-286628826?tid=277729150) on the Penguins' first line with Sidney Crosby. Kunitz has six points in his past six games and has 11 SOG in his three-game point streak. He's a lineup lock in DFS with his price extremely low. Crosby was held without a point at the Avalanche on Thursday but should get his 999th and 1,000th NHL points at the Coyotes.
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