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: Mark Scheifele, WPG ($6,500)
Scheifele's five-game point streak came to an end Friday, but he should have an easy time starting a new one against the Vancouver Canucks. The Winnipeg Jets center has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games, and the Canucks will play the second of a back-to-back set. Scheifele is the fifth highest-priced center for the four-game late slate and arguably has the highest ceiling with 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 36 home games. Try stacking him with linemate Mathieu Perreault ($4,500), who has eight points (three goals, five assists) during a five-game point streak.
Video: PHI@WPG: Scheifele blisters home Wheeler's feed
VALUE CENTER: Pavel Zacha, NJD ($3,300)
The New Jersey Devils rookie enters Saturday on a six-game assist streak with at least 2.0 DraftKings points in each of those contests. During the streak, Zacha is third on the Devils in scoring and tied for first with four power-play points. He's averaging 15:01 of ice time in his past six games, up more than one minute from his season average, and plays on the second power-play unit. New Jersey had scored a PP goal in six straight games entering Saturday, and the Dallas Stars had the worst penalty kill in the NHL (73.9 percent) entering Saturday.
TOP WING: Phil Kessel, PIT ($6,400)
With no wings priced above $7,000, ownership percentage should be evenly distributed throughout the position with four games for late contests. Kessel has been a beast at home with 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 37 games (4.3 DraftKings points per game). The Pittsburgh Penguins take on their rival, the Philadelphia Flyers, and are trying to keep hold of home-ice advantage for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Steve Mason, who has allowed at least three goals in three of four games, likely will start for the Flyers, giving Kessel a decent shot at scoring; he has one goal in his past 18 games.
Video: NJD@PIT: Kessel scores with quick release on rush
VALUE WING: Reid Boucher, VAN ($2,800)
Boucher scored two goals and had four shots on goal (8.0 DraftKings points) in a 4-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. He has four goals, one assist and 19 SOG in his past eight games, and the Canucks will want to distribute minutes more evenly throughout the lineup on the second of a back-to-back. Boucher played 1:27 on the power play against the Wild on the second unit with Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi, and the Jets entered Saturday 29th in the League on the penalty kill (76.4 percent). Also target rookie forward Brock Boeser ($2,900), who scored his first goal in his NHL debut Saturday after signing with the Canucks earlier in the day.
TOP DEFENSEMAN: Cam Fowler, ANA ($5,400)
With the top two defensemen on this slate likely to be out, Fowler becomes the de facto top play. Sure, Justin Schultz ($5,900) has a bit more upside, but Fowler's floor is much higher, making him the safer play with a cheaper salary. Fowler has four assists, 18 blocked shots and 27 SOG in his past 10 games (3.1 DraftKings points per contest). The Anaheim Ducks play the New York Rangers at home, with New York on the second of a back-to-back and goalie Henrik Lundqvist expected to start for the first time since March 7. Lundqvist will have some rust, so Fowler getting on the score sheet is likely.
Video: COL@ANA: Fowler wires a quick shot past Pickard
VALUE DEFENSEMAN: John Moore, NJD ($3,100)
Moore has been the Devils' most consistent defenseman on offense recently, entering Saturday with three goals and two assists in his past six games. He also has five blocked shots and 13 SOG in that span, and has at least 2.0 DraftKings points in six of seven. The Stars are allowing the seventh-most DraftKings points to defensemen this season, and there's a chance they will start Antti Niemi, who has allowed 16 goals in his past five games.
GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Steve Mason, PHI ($6,800)
If you're looking for an against-the-grain option for tournaments, Mason and the Flyers are practically playing for their playoff lives Sunday against the Penguins. That desperation is mostly caused by a 1-0 shutout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, when Michal Neuvirth was in net for Philadelphia. Mason had won two of his past three starts and made 23 saves in a 4-0 shutout win against Pittsburgh on March 15. The Penguins will be less lethal on offense should Evgeni Malkin (upper body) remain out.
Video: PHI@MIN: Mason snares Spurgeon's sharp wrister
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