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 - Claude Giroux, PHI ($6,400)
Giroux has a three-game point streak entering Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes at home, and is playing on a Philadelphia Flyers line with Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn, who returned from his suspension Thursday. Giroux also has been effective on the power play, with three of his five assists in those situations. Giroux has 26 points in 27 games against the Hurricanes and is priced eighth among centers on this 12-game DFS slate.
C - Vincent Trocheck, FLA ($4,900)
Trocheck, even with Florida Panthers forwards Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad injured, has remained with usual linemates Reilly Smith and Jussi Jokinen (questionable for Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche). It's only a matter of time before the points start piling with his line generating so many shots on goal. He has two goals on 13 SOG but no assists, largely because Smith (no goals on 10 SOG) and Jokinen (no goals on four SOG) have yet to score.
Video: FLA@TBL: Trocheck chips home goal to tie game in 3rd
W - Nikita Kucherov, TBL ($6,300)
Kucherov is tied for 12th among wings in DraftKings price after a $200 price drop from his last game. He has no goals on nine SOG for the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, and two assists and two blocked shots for an average of 2.4 DraftKings points per contest. This is a potential bounce-back spot for Kucherov and the Lightning on the road against the Ottawa Senators, who have allowed 16 goals in their first four games.
W - Tanner Pearson, LAK ($4,200)
Pearson missed the Los Angeles Kings' first two games because of a suspension but has returned with back-to-back multipoint games and a total of seven SOG mostly with center Jeff Carter. With the Kings rolling Anze Kopitar with Tyler Toffoli on their first line and Carter with Pearson on their second, they have a chance to overwhelm the Vancouver Canucks, who are 4-0-0 but have yet to play a road game.
Video: LAK@DAL: Pearson finishes own rebound to take lead
D - Brent Burns, SJS ($8,100)
Burns has become one of the most dynamic offensive players in the game. He covered all DraftKings categories at an elite level last season and is more than replicating his performance so far with nine points, 11 blocked shots and 25 SOG in five games for an average of 7.8 DraftKings points per contest (most among Saturday skaters). The San Jose Sharks play the Detroit Red Wings, who will be on the second of a back-to-back, and Burns will continue to pile up points sharing so much ice time with Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Logan Couture.
D - Aaron Ekblad, FLA ($4,200)
Florida's offense has been inconsistent with 11 goals in four games, but its defense has been stingy (nine goals allowed). Ekblad is largely responsible, playing 24:10 per game with five blocked shots and two or more SOG in each of his four games (13 total). He does not have a point this season, but has a chance to change that against inconsistent Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov. Ekblad has been paired with Keith Yandle on the power play, so expect the points to eventually come.
G - Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL ($7,900)
Vasilevskiy already has a chance to close the starts gap in Tampa Bay. Ben Bishop allowed four goals on 16 shots against the Avalanche on Thursday, and Vasilevskiy could get the start on the road against the Senators. He stopped 32 of 34 shots in his only game, against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 15, and is sixth among goalies in price.
Video: NJD@TBL: Vasilevskiy robs Bennett with a big pad save
G - Cory Schneider, NJD ($7,600)
Schneider has been outstanding with a 2.00 goals-against average and .938 save percentage, but is 1-2-1 because the Devils have been outscored 8-6. More offensive support should come over time as Taylor Hall and the offense develops chemistry, but Schneider has been returning DraftKings value, with 4.8 DraftKings points per game. New Jersey has a 92.8 penalty kill percentage, and its Saturday opponent, the Minnesota Wild, has a struggling power play through four games (12.5 percent).
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