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.
C - Alexander Wennberg, CBJ ($5,800)
Wennberg may not be much of a scoring threat, but leads the Columbus Blue Jackets in assists (26) and is third in scoring (34 points). He has 17 power-play points, and although the Carolina Hurricanes penalty kill is tied for first in the NHL (88.0 percent), it hasn't faced the League's top ranked power play. Expect the Blue Jackets' offense to get back on track after scoring six goals the past three games. Wennberg also has been slightly better on the road, averaging 3.1 DraftKings points per game.
Video: CBJ@WPG: Wennberg stickhandles, scores nifty PPG
C - Ryan O'Reilly, BUF ($5,600)
Since returning from an injury, O'Reilly has a goal and three assists in his past two games. The Buffalo Sabres power play hasn't reached its potential, but has scored three times in the past three games. The Philadelphia Flyers' penalty kill is middle of the pack this season (16th, 81.7 percent) and has been more susceptible on the road (20th, 79.7 percent). O'Reilly led all Sabres forwards in ice time (24:03), and had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.
W - Vladimir Tarasenko, STL ($7,900)
For some reason Tarasenko's salary has dropped $300 since he began a three-game goal streak with two against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2. He will look to continue his torrid pace against the Boston Bruins, who have allowed at least three goals in three of their past four games. Even if Tarasenko is held off the scoresheet, he is a consistent contributor of shots on goal, with at least three in seven of 10 games. The 25-year-old has had success against Boston, scoring three goals with two assists in six career games.
Video: DAL@STL: Tarasenko rips a wrister from slot for PPG
W - Anthony Mantha, DET ($5,100)
Mantha has established himself as one of the more valuable forwards in DFS, tied for 11th among wings in DraftKings points per game (3.5) despite being priced considerably lower. He has points in eight of his past 10 games (seven goals, five assists) and has been a beast away from Detroit. Mantha has nine goals, four assists, 11 blocked shots and 42 SOG in 14 road games. The Detroit Red Wings play the Chicago Blackhawks for the first time this season, so expect Mantha to want to make his mark on the rivalry early.
W - Joel Ward, SJS ($4,100)
It's somewhat crazy to think the veteran wing was a healthy scratch by San Jose Sharks coach Pete DeBoer. But clearly the time off the ice has lit a fire under Ward, who has a goal and three assists in his past two games. The Sharks offense might have turned a corner after a 6-3 win against the Red Wings on Saturday. Ward helped set up two goals in that game and should be considered a cheap, punt play for use in big tournaments.
D - Brent Seabrook, CHI ($4,600)
Seabrook has been mired in a slump; he hasn't scored since Nov. 8 against the Calgary Flames and has two assists in his past 10 games. His shot volume has gone down considerably, as has his playing time recently, but he's had success against the Red Wings in his career. He has eight goals and 23 assists with 101 SOG in 57 games against Detroit. Seabrook likely will have low ownership because of his struggles, making him a nice contrarian play for tournaments.
D - Nikita Tryamkin, VAN ($3,000)
With defenseman Ben Hutton day to day for the Vancouver Canucks, the hulking 6-foot-7 rookie has played over 20:00 of ice time in back-to-back games. He's skating on the Canucks' second pair with Luca Sbisa, and has an assist, five blocks and two SOG in two games (5.5 DraftKings points total). Tryamkin can be had for basement pricing and shouldn't be heavily owned, making him an appealing tournament play.
Video: VAN@CGY: Tryamkin opens scoring on odd bounce
G - Anders Nilsson, BUF ($7,300)
The Flyers offense isn't as imposing as it was during the beginning of the season. Philadelphia has also lacked defensive discipline, which should help Nilsson's prospects of picking up a win at home. The Flyers have allowed 24 goals in their past seven games and have lost six straight on the road. You normally won't find a goalie with a .926 save percentage priced this low in DFS. Nilsson should see a high volume of shots against Philadelphia and could afford to allow three or more goals should he reach 30 saves with a victory. He gets a well-deserved home start after going 1-1-2 with a .910 SV% in his past four outings (all on road).
UTIL - Brad Marchand, BOS ($6,400)
Other than David Pastrnak, Marchand has been the Bruins most consistent scorer this season. He has points in seven of 10 games (four goals, four assists, 26 SOG), and at least 3.5 DraftKings points in five of the past six. Marchand hadn't been accustomed to playing big minutes earlier in his career, but is on pace to play an NHL-high for him of 19:04 of average ice time per game. He's being used more heavily on the power play, and has scored four goals in eight career games against the Blues.
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