Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This list of targets includes expensive and value options at each position to help you build a winning roster.
C - Phillip Danault, MTL ($4,300)
The Montreal Canadiens center may not be the flashiest or the most expensive player but he's shown results lately. Danault has three assists in his past three games, and is coming off of a 4.5 point performance with an assist, two blocks and three SOG in a 5-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. It could be a tough test against goalie Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals on Monday, but Danault is a low-risk, high-reward play.
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C - Mikael Backlund, CGY ($5,900)
The Calgary Flames have won 12 of their past 17 games and it's coincided with the play of Backlund. He's tied for the Flames lead in points (27) and has seven goals and 12 points in his past 10 games. The SOG will be there (99 in 42 games) and he's also had nine PPP, the same amount he had in 82 games last season. Backlund is skating on the second line with Matthew Tkachuk and Michael Frolik, and they've arguably been more productive than the top line that includes Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Backlund is priced fairly for the matchup against the Winnipeg Jets.
W - Nikolaj Ehlers, WPG ($5,700)
Elhers has shown chemistry with linemates Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine this season. Laine has a concussion and will be sidelined for the foreseeable future, meaning Drew Stafford will slide in his spot, but Ehlers should continue to produce regardless. He has 14 goals, including nine in his past 10 games and goals in four straight. Ehlers is tied for the Jets lead in points with Scheifele (37) and may feel added pressure with Laine out. He's averaging 5.0 DraftKings points in the past 10 games and has 23 points in 23 home games; the Jets host the Flames on Monday.
W - Miles Wood, NJD ($3,400)
If you want a balanced lineup, sometimes you need to settle for a lower-tiered player. Wood has five goals and seven points in 22 games with the New Jersey Devils, but has points in three of four games. Wood averages 1.8 DraftKings points per game but has had two straight games of at least 3.5 points. It would be nice to see him shoot more (34 SOG) but Wood has been using his speed lately to drive to the net and make plays happen, whether it's been a goal, an assist or creating a scoring chance. New Jersey needs all the offense it can get right now and Wood, 21, could provide that against the Florida Panthers on Monday.
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W - Tanner Pearson, LAK ($5,000)
Pearson (11 goals) and Jeff Carter (22 goals) account for 34 percent of the Los Angeles Kings' 97 goals this season. Pearson has four goals and seven points in 10 games -- including three in his past four -- and is a handful of players on the Kings who's shown any offensive flash this season. Sometimes it's best to roll with the hot hand and that's a reason to roll the dice with Pearson against the Dallas Stars.
D - John Carlson, WSH ($4,100)
Carlson makes for a good option here because he's priced lower than a lot of other defensemen, but contributes both offensively and defensively. He has four goals and eight points in 10 games and five goals and 22 points for the Capitals. Carlson has 95 SOG and 56 blocks, good for 3.2 DraftKings points per contest and is an all-around contributor.
D - Jake Muzzin, LAK ($4,100)
Muzzin doesn't offer the offensive flash of other defensemen but had a two point game in a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. He's averaging two SOG per game and almost a block and a half per game. Because the Kings don't score much, he likely will accumulate points for blocks and SOG.
G - Peter Budaj, LAK ($7,900)
Budaj has been everything and more that the Kings could have hoped for when they relied on him ever since Jonathan Quick was injured. He's been a workhorse with 32 starts, a 2.03 goals-against average, .919 SV% and four shutouts. Budaj has allowed three goals or fewer in each of his past nine starts and is 12-2-1 at Staples Center this season.
UTIL - Tyler Seguin, DAL ($7,700)
The Stars may be struggling but one player who isn't is Seguin. He has 14 goals and 39 points and is among the League's scoring leaders. Seguin has had at least 73 points in each of the past two seasons and is on a point-per game pace this season. He already has the same amount of power-play goals he did last season (seven), and has 10 points (four goals) in his past 10 games. The 4.2 DraftKings points per game are why he's priced high but it's worth spending up for a player of his caliber on a four-game night.
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