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: Tyler Seguin, DAL ($7,100)
The Dallas Stars are six points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, but Seguin has produced like an all-star. He has 22 goals and 43 assists in 65 games, including two goals and 12 assists in his past 10 games. Seguin has been one of the best DFS players this season, averaging 4.4 points per contest and has six multipoint games in his past nine. He's also a SOG machine with 246 and at least five in four of his past five games. Seguin is tied for third in price among centers but even against a stingy Washington Capitals defense, he should make a decent play.
Video: BOS@DAL: Seguin cashes in on second chance in front
VALUE CENTER: Ryan Spooner, BOS ($3,900)
Spooner and the Boston Bruins have played well under coach Bruce Cassidy (8-2-0). He has three goals and four assists in that stretch and is up to 11 goals and 23 assists on the season. He had a goal in a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and has gained confidence offensively. He doesn't have a point in one game against the Ottawa Senators this season, but has been more effective on the road (eight goals, 12 assists) than at home (three goals, 11 assists), where the Bruins will be against the Senators on Monday.
TOP WING: Patrik Laine, WPG ($7,300)
The Winnipeg Jets rookie forward hasn't slowed down all season. He has 32 goals (second in the League) and 26 assists for 58 points (13th). Laine, the fourth most expensive wing in the contest, has nine goals and six assists in his past 10 games, good for an average of 6.0 DraftKings points per game. Five of his past six games he's had multiple points and he has 20 goals in 27 home games. The Jets host the San Jose Sharks on Monday. Laine is $1,000 cheaper than Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin but has been producing at a higher rate and is worth taking instead.
Video: COL@WPG: Laine cranks home a slap shot
VALUE WING: Mathieu Perreault, WPG ($4,500)
Perreault and Laine have shown great chemistry; Perreault has three goals and eight assists in his past seven games and seven goals and 21 assists in 49 games this season. He's averaging 3.8 DraftKings points per contest this season, up from 2.3. Perrault has at least one point in a seven-game point streak, making his low price worth it, especially if stacked with Laine. Perrault also averages more than two SOG per game and should be able to pile up some points even if he doesn't score.
TOP DEFENSEMAN: Victor Hedman, TBL ($6,600)
Hedman is among the top defensemen in scoring (12 goals, 43 assists) in 61 games this season. He's behind Brent Burns ($8,500) and Erik Karlsson ($7,300) both in price in this contest and points this season. However, the Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman has a good matchup against the New York Rangers on Monday, a team he's had good numbers against in the postseason. Hedman has averaged 3.9 DraftKings points per game and has five goals and eight assists in his past 10 games. He's also already matched his NHL career high in points and has been an offensive juggernaut for the Lightning, ranking second in points (55) behind forward Nikita Kucherov (63).
Video: CAR@TBL: Hedman fires PPG top shelf to open scoring
VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Dmitry Orlov, WSH ($3,800)
Orlov had a goal, two SOG and a block in a 2-1 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and has five goals, 24 assists and 29 points in 64 games. He has 98 SOG and 77 blocks, and has been one of the better puck movers on the Capitals defense. Even after the Capitals acquired Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 27, Orlov has still managed to chip in offensively and defensively. The Capitals, who have won 15 straight games at home, host the Stars on Monday.
GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Tuukka Rask, BOS ($7,600)
Rask is 30-15-4 and has been an excellent play in DFS. He has a 2.26 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and six shutouts, averaging 4.2 DraftKings points per contest. On a four-game night, he's the ninth most expensive, but the Bruins goalie is one of the best options. He has six wins, including a shutout, in his past 10 starts and has allowed three combined goals in his past two. Rask will play at the Senators; he is 16-7-4 with a .919 SV% and three shutouts on the road this season.
Video: NYR@BOS: Rask gets back to make late blocker save
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