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.
Carl Soderberg, C, Colorado Avalanche
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DraftKings price: $4,200
Soderberg has been a consistent source of fantasy production recently with eight points (two goals, six assists), 14 blocked shots and 18 shots on goal in his past nine games. It's worth taking the buy-low risk on the second-line and second-unit center on the power play when the Avalanche host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, ROOT). The Penguins are 28th in the NHL with an average of 31.7 shots against per game through 26 games this season.
Brad Marchand, W, Boston Bruins
DraftKings price: $5,700
A meeting of two Original Six teams tends to bring out the best in players and it's recommended to consider a few picks from either the Bruins or Montreal Canadiens for the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, RDS). Marchand has three goals (one short-handed), four blocked shots and nine SOG in his past three games, and can bring a decent return on investment. The first-line forward has also been good on the road this season with 12 points (nine goals, three assists), seven blocked shots and 40 SOG in 12 games.
Ryan McDonagh, D, New York Rangers
DraftKings price: $4,800
The Rangers captain has gone long stretches without earning a point but enters the game at the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; SN, MSG+) coming off his best performance of the season with three points (goal, two assists), three blocked shots and one SOG in a 4-1 win at home against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. McDonagh has done very well against the Canucks in his career with four points (two goals, two assists), 10 blocked shots and 15 SOG in six games.
Reto Berra, G, Colorado Avalanche
DraftKings price: $7,000
The Avalanche benefit from playing the struggling Penguins, who have lost four of their past five games while averaging 2.4 goals during that span. Berra got the start in the Avalanche's last game against the Penguins, a 4-3 loss on Nov. 19 at Pittsburgh. Colorado's backup goalie has been a serviceable fantasy player at home this season with 50 saves on 56 shots despite his 0-2-0 record in two starts at Pepsi Center.