Each day during the 2015-16 season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will identify one player at each position worth owning in DraftKings daily fantasy hockey contests. Based on factors including but not limited to matchups, line combinations, power-play usage, statistical coverage and recent production, we'll provide you with lower-priced options that can help you build a winning lineup.
Players accumulate points in DraftKings for each goal (3 points), assist (2), shot on goal (0.5), blocked shot (0.5) and shootout goal (0.2). Bonuses are given for shorthanded points (1) and hat tricks (1.5). Goalies accumulate points for each win (3) and save (0.2), and lose a point for each goal allowed. Goalie bonuses are given for a shutout (2) where the goalie completes the entire game with no goals allowed in regulation (and overtime, if applicable). Shootout goals will not prevent a shutout, and goalies will receive points for any goals or assists they score in a game. Penalty minutes, hits, plus-minus and PP points DO NOT count in DraftKings. DraftKings lineups must include nine players (2 C, 3 W, 2 D, 1 G, 1 FLEX) and fit within the $50,000 salary cap.
NOTE: These picks and salaries are for nine-game DraftKings contests on Saturday, Dec. 12. These contests do not include the 1 p.m. ET game between the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins.
Ryan Johansen, C, Columbus Blue Jackets
DraftKings price: $5,800
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Considering Johansen averages 4.1 DraftKings points per contest at home this season with 14 points (eight on power play) and 40 SOG in 13 games, he's well worth rolling out against the New York Islanders at Nationwide Arena. He's tied for 12th on the center price scale and is $3,000 cheaper than Tyler Seguin ($8,800) with similar upside on any given night. Johansen's shot volume has been outstanding of late, with 37 SOG in his past 10 games and 11 in his past two. The Islanders have allowed six goals over their past two road games, and Columbus will be desperate to get its offense going with Sergei Bobrovsky injured and backup Curtis McElhinney in net.
Jeff Skinner, W, Carolina Hurricanes
DraftKings price: $4,100
Skinner has been lighting it up of late, even prior to his hat trick Friday against the Anaheim Ducks. He has nine points and 26 SOG in his past 10 games with six goals on 10 SOG in his past four games. He presents a cheap, under-the-radar stacking option with Victor Rask ($4,500) on the road against the Arizona Coyotes, who could start Anders Lindback on the second of their back-to-back set -- which means the game could end up high-scoring. Arizona has played the fewest home games in the League thus far (11), but has been generous to opponents with 28 goals allowed. If you need a cheap wing to round out your lineup, why not ride the hot hand with this high-volume shooter in a favorable matchup?
Ryan McDonagh, D, New York Rangers
DraftKings price: $4,800
The New York Rangers' injuries and puck-possession weakness are being exploited in recent games, and they are on the second of a back-to-back set against the Flames, who have won eight straight home games. But so much about daily fantasy is anticipating a pushback and having a short memory, so the Rangers are a great contrarian play in this spot. Considering McDonagh, the Rangers captain, has been such a high-floor player in terms of covering shots on goal (57) and blocked shots (54) through 30 games, I expect him to be involved in picking apart the Flames and to provide at the very least foundational support to your lineup. If he adds a point, he'll be on his way to a 4-6 point night in DraftKings, which would provide great value with him priced 22nd among defensemen.
Martin Jones, G, San Jose Sharks
DraftKings price: $7,000
Jones has been subpar at home this season (3-6-0, .894 save percentage, one shutout), but the Sharks need him to stop their five-game losing streak in their return to SAP Center against the Minnesota Wild. Even without forward Logan Couture, who's out indefinitely after surgery to close a small arterial bleed in his right thigh, the Sharks' power play is potent and bound for an outburst. It could come against the Wild, who have the fifth-worst penalty kill in the League this season (76.5 percent). The Sharks have also had two days of rest following their road trip, while Minnesota will be on the second leg of a back-to-back. Jones, who will be forgotten about in many large DFS contests, has had his fair share of impressive games this season and is tied for 19th at his position in price in this contest.