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.
Jack Eichel, C, Buffalo Sabres
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DraftKings price: $5,100
It’s good to take the chance on a rookie every once in a while and Eichel could provide a decent return Sunday at the Edmonton Oilers. Eichel, the second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, leads all rookies with 86 shots on goal through 26 games. The second-line center has played well with two goals, one assist, five blocked shots and 12 shots on goal in the past five games. Teams have been faring well against the Oilers. Edmonton has given up an average of 30.4 shots and 2.96 goals against through 27 games.
Mike Hoffman, W, Ottawa Senators
DraftKings price: $5,600
Selecting Hoffman is a total roll of the dice. On one hand, the top-line wing is in the midst of a six-game point streak with eight goals, two assists and 31 shots on goal. On the other hand, all hot players have to cool off at some point. It’s best to proceed cautiously when deciding on Hoffman against the New York Rangers on Sunday. The Rangers lead the League with a 2.04 goals-against average through 27 games. New York also gives up 31.5 shots per game so Hoffman has the chance at keeping up the 5.16 shots-on-goal average he’s established over his current scoring streak.
Jake Muzzin, D, Los Angeles Kings
DraftKings price: $4,400
The points have come in bunches for Muzzin this season. Prior to a goal and two assists Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins to bring his season point total to 13 (two goals, 11 assists), nine of Muzzin’s previous 10 points came as a result of two separate point streaks. Based on that track record, the second-unit defenseman should be primed for a productive game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Mike Smith G, Arizona Coyotes
DraftKings price: $6,400
With the Coyotes visiting the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday and Hurricanes coach Bill Peters confirming goaltender Cam Ward will get his second start in as many days, it’s wise to go with either Smith or Arizona backup Anders Lindback ($6,300) in DraftKings lineups. Ward did not play well in the second game of back-to-back starts earlier this season, losing 4-1 at the Washington Capitals on Oct. 17. Considering that either Coyotes goalie will not likely be heavily owned, they can make a huge difference with a good performance at Carolina. With daily fantasy sports, sometimes it’s all about having luck on your side.