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.
David Backes, C, St. Louis Blues
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DraftKings price: $4,300
The Blues captain reaped the benefits of playing on the top line Monday with wingers Alex Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko in a 3-2 home win against the Winnipeg Jets. The veteran center ended a four-game scoring drought with two goals, including the game winner, and an assist. The Blues visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, who are 29th in the NHL with a 3.44 goals-against average in 18 games. Backes has performed great against the Blue Jackets in his career with 16 goals, 18 assists, 21 blocked shots and 99 shots on goal in 43 games.
Adam Henrique, W, New Jersey Devils
DraftKings price: $4,700
Daily fantasy hockey is mostly about playing the percentages. While knowing the percentage of DraftKings owners that select a specific player is just guess work, taking a lower-priced forward facing a team that has a League-worst 3.74 GAA in 19 games this season brings a bit more certainty. Henrqiue will go for a three-game scoring streak when the Devils visit the Calgary Flames on Tuesday as he attempts to add to his team-leading eight goals and two short-handed goals. The top-line and first power-play unit forward has done well against the Flames in the past with three goals, two assists, two blocked shots and eight shots on goal in four career games.
Seth Jones, D, Nashville Predators
DraftKings price: $4,200
Jones is one of the best value picks when he plays at home as he has nine (one goal, eight assists) of his 10 points this season in nine games at Bridgestone Arena. The young defenseman will look to continue his recent strong play when the Anaheim Ducks visit Tuesday with a goal, four assists, two blocked shots and seven shots on goal in the past three games. Jones has put up good numbers against the Ducks with one goal, three assists, nine blocked shots and 17 shots on goal in seven career games.
Reto Berra, G, Colorado Avalanche
DraftKings price: $6,800
Berra is set for his fifth consecutive start, according to the Denver Post, when the Avalanche visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Swiss goaltender will try to extend his road winning streak to four with 89 saves on 92 shots, a 1.50 GAA and one shutout in that span. Berra leads the NHL among goalies with at least eight games played with a 1.50 GAA and .953 save percentage. The Colorado goalie beat the Maple Leafs in his only career start with 35 saves on 38 shots in a 4-3 shootout win on Nov. 6, 2014.