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DraftKings daily fantasy value picks for Dec. 8

by Pete Jensen

Each day during the 2015-16 season,'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.

Calle Jarnkrok, C, Nashville Predators

DraftKings price: $2,900

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Jarnkrok played nearly 20 minutes Monday in a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins and more than four minutes with the man advantage for the Predators alongside James Neal ($6,300) and Filip Forsberg ($5,600) in most situations. Nashville's game against the Chicago Blackhawks could be high-scoring, so roll out this convenient, against-the-grain stack on the road instead of spending up for Patrick Kane ($8,800) like most DFS owners will do. Jarnkrok is priced near the bottom of the barrel and carries far greater upside in this contest than his low DraftKings points per game (1.7) indicates.

Teuvo Teravainen, W, Chicago Blackhawks

DraftKings price: $3,900

Teravainen is back with Jonathan Toews ($6,100) and Marian Hossa ($5,100) at home against the Predators. Pekka Rinne is 3-4-3 on the road this season with an .887 save percentage, and it won't get any easier visiting the United Center and being next in line for the Patrick Kane show (22-game point streak). But there's some hidden value in stacking Teravainen with either Toews or Hossa while everyone else rides the Kane train. Kane's line will draw one of the toughest defensive pairs in the League with Shea Weber and Roman Josi for most of the game, leaving the Teravainen-Toews-Hossa line with an opportunity to exploit Nashville's depth defensemen. Teravainen scored a goal Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets after being reunited with Toews and Hossa, so he has a chance to gain some consistency against the Predators, who are on the second of a back-to-back.

Dmitry Kulikov, D, Florida Panthers

DraftKings price: $3,200

At the surface, Kulikov does not seem like a very steady pick based on his totals of no goals, three assists, 23 blocks and 33 SOG in 19 games this season. But if you consider the fact that Kulikov played first-unit power-play minutes his last game with Aaron Ekblad, Jaromir Jagr, Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, there's certainly low-risk upside. The Ottawa Senators, who allow the most SOG per game in the League (34.0), visit the Panthers, who have the third-best home man-advantage conversion percentage in the NHL (29.2). Kulikov, 25, has untapped offensive potential as evidenced by his eight goals back in 2013-14, so you can't ignore him if he's playing meaningful minutes.

Cory Schneider, G, New Jersey Devils

DraftKings price: $7,400

If you're looking to spend up for a goalie like Braden Holtby ($8,000) or Jake Allen ($7,700) but can't seem to make everything fit within your DraftKings salary cap, spell yourself some relief and go with Schneider on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Devils are 8-4-0 on the road and Schneider is largely responsible for that, with a 7-2-0 road mark and a sparkling .930 save percentage in those games. He's allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of his past 15 starts, and is worth rolling out on a nightly basis, especially when he's cheaper than the other elite goalies and going against Toronto, which has one of the worst home records in the League (4-5-3).


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