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: John Tavares, NYI ($7,000)
The New York Islanders are in a push for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Tavares will have a lot of say in if that happens or not. Tavares has 25 goals and 33 assists in 67 games this season, including 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past 10 games. He has a four-game point streak and two goals in two games against the Carolina Hurricanes this season. Tavares will be at home Monday, where the Islanders are 20-8-6, and there's a good chance he'll find the scoresheet.
VALUE CENTER: Nick Bonino, PIT ($4,100)
Sometimes in DFS you go with the hot hand, and that is exactly what the Pittsburgh Penguins center is. He has 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 66 games this season, including a hat trick against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday and a goal against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Eleven of his points have come in the past 10 games and Bonino is the beneficiary of playing with gifted linemates every night. He should make an impact against the Calgary Flames.
Video: PIT@EDM: Bonino flips Wilson's feed into the twine
TOP WING: Brad Marchand, BOS ($7,300)
The Boston Bruins are 10-3-0 since Bruce Cassidy took over as coach last month and Marchand has continued to flourish with nine goals and six assists in the 13 games. He's up to 32 goals and 38 assists this season and is averaging 4.3 DraftKings points per contest. Marchand has eight goals and 12 points in 10 games and 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 36 road games. The Bruins will visit the Vancouver Canucks.
VALUE WING: Jake Guentzel, PIT ($4,800)
It doesn't matter where Guentzel is slotted in the lineup for the Penguins, he has produced. Guentzel had a goal, an assist and four SOG (7.0 DraftKings points) in a 3-0 win against the Canucks on Saturday. He has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 30 games this season, including four goals and four assists in the past 10 games. Guentzel had a goal and two SOG (4.0 DraftKings points) in a 3-2 shootout loss against the Flames on Feb. 7.
Video: PIT@VAN: Guentzel buries Sheary's feed in front
TOP DEFENSEMAN: Roman Josi, NSH ($6,000)
Josi got his 40th point of the season on Saturday and is one of five defensemen to get at least that many points in each of the past four seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau (Dustin Byfuglien, Erik Karlsson, Duncan Keith and Kevin Shattenkirk are the others. Brent Burns has done it, but was a forward in 2013-14). To be in that elusive company suggests Josi is a smart pick; he's third in price among defensemen but tied with Victor Hedman for first in points per contest (3.9). Josi has two goals and nine assists, and is averaging 1.9 blocks and 2.7 SOG in his past 10 games. The Nashville Predators defenseman is a good pick against the Winnipeg Jets.
VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Anthony DeAngelo, ARI ($3,300)
After going 11 NHL games without a point, including a stint in the American Hockey League with Tucson, DeAngelo had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 win against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. He had four SOG and a block for 7.5 DraftKings points. DeAngelo has four goals and seven assists in 27 games this season for the Arizona Coyotes, and has 38 blocks and 50 SOG with seven power-play points. He is a great value at this price against the Colorado Avalanche considering he averages 2.4 DraftKings points per game.
GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Tuukka Rask, BOS ($7,700)
Although Brian Elliott of the Flames is the extremely hot goalie with two straight shutouts, he's playing the dangerous Penguins offense. Rask will play the freefalling Canucks, who have lost three straight and were shut out on Saturday. Vancouver ranked 28th in the League in scoring entering play Sunday and Rask has allowed one goal in each of his past two games. Rask (4.3 DraftKings points per game) has a 2.23 GAA, .915 SV% and six shutouts this season. He is also tied for 10th among goalies in price in this contest.
Video: PHI@BOS: Rask gets across to stone Couturier
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