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 include players from the eight-game night schedule only, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. This does not include players from the 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET games.
Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver Canucks
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DraftKings price: $5,000
Sedin should be a nightly staple in all DraftKings lineups because of his affordable price and consistent play this season. The veteran center has points in 15 of the past 18 games with six goals and 16 assists over that span. Sedin has a good chance to continue his strong play at home against the Boston Bruins (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, NESN) with 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and 14 shots on goal in 11 games played at Rogers Arena.
Filip Forsberg, W, Nashville Predators
DraftKings price: $5,500
When owners have the chance to grab a first-line and first-unit power-play forward at $5,500 or less, they should make it happen. Forsberg snapped a recent five-game scoring drought with three goals and two assists in the past four games. Owners should take the chance on the young Swede when the Predators visit the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m. ET; NHL Network, FSN-TS, FS-D). Forsberg hasn’t scored in three career games against Detroit but has 11 shots on goal.
Justin Faulk, D, Carolina Hurricanes
DraftKings price: $5,800
Faulk was red hot with a recent seven-game point streak but hasn’t recorded a point in three consecutive games. The cold spell is not likely to continue as Faulk has not gone more than three straight games without a point this season. The Hurricanes’ top defenseman should get back on track at home against the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; Sportsnet, TVA Sports, FS-CR) with 13 points (six goals, seven assists), nine blocked shots and 49 shots on goal in 13 games at PNC Arena this season.
Jaroslav Halak, G, New York Islanders
DraftKings price: $7,200
Based on backup goalie Thomas Greiss’ start in a 2-1 shootout win against the St. Louis Blues on Friday, it is possible that Halak returns to the crease Saturday when the Islanders visit the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m. ET; CITY, MSG+). While DraftKings owners should always consult the game day blogs for confirmation of starting goalies, choosing Halak should prove an excellent value pick Saturday. The veteran goaltender is 2-0-1with a 1.25 goals-against average in his past three starts and despite a 1-2-2 record in five road starts this season, Halak has been solid in away games with 117 saves on 126 shots and a 1.76 GAA.