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.
Victor Rask, C, Carolina Hurricanes
DraftKings price: $4,400
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A ton of Friday lineups will have the Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl ($2,800), who has three goals, four assists and 10 shots on goal and will be centering Taylor Hall ($6,700) on the top line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins moving down to replace injured Connor McDavid. That said, Draisaitl is bound to eventually slow down and it's inconvenient that Jordan Eberle, who's making his season debut for Edmonton against the Pittsburgh Penguins, will not be available in this DraftKings contest. Rask, who has five-plus DraftKings points in three of his past four games, should be much less-owned than Draisaitl and also has a high ceiling. He had three assists at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 1 and is playing with Eric Staal ($5,600) and Kris Versteeg ($4,300). As dominant as the Dallas Stars offense has been, Antti Niemi has given up three-plus goals in each of his past five games, while Kari Lehtonen had negative points in one of his two starts over the past two weeks. The Hurricanes are also an underrated possession team, with the third-best shot attempts percentage in the League.
Chris Kreider, W, New York Rangers
DraftKings price: $4,900
Based on recent performance, this could be viewed as a contrarian play, but I see it as a favorable matchup for the Rangers and a chance for their second-line duo of Kreider and Derek Stepan ($5,300) to emerge from their recent slumps. Kreider could see a shooting percentage correction soon, as he only has one goal in 12 games this season on 30 SOG (2.5 per game). He's the type of speedy, physical player that presents a matchup nightmare for the Colorado Avalanche, who have won two of seven home games this season with 26 goals allowed in those games (T-2nd most in NHL). This is the time and place for Kreider and Stepan to combine for multipoint games and lead the Rangers to a road victory, especially with Rick Nash listed as day-to-day because of injury.
John Klingberg, D, Dallas Stars
DraftKings price: $5,200
This was a tough choice between Klingberg and Brent Seabrook of the Chicago Blackhawks, so roster both if you have the flexibility. Each costs $500 less than Kris Letang (most-expensive 'D') on a night where the salary structure makes it easy to roster anyone at their position. Klingberg (14 blocked shots) doesn't produce like Seabrook (22) in that category, but has been much better than him in road situations with six points and 14 SOG in seven games alongside the League's top two point-getters in Jamie Benn ($8,000) and Tyler Seguin ($8,700). Klingberg mans the top power-play unit with those two, Jason Spezza ($5,900) and Patrick Sharp ($5,900), so he has a high floor on the road against the Hurricanes, who have allowed 14 goals in four home games this season. Klingberg has been the most consistent point producer among 'D' in the League, with at least a point in 10 of his 13 games.
Frederik Andersen, G, Anaheim Ducks
DraftKings price: $7,000
Andersen has received some much-needed goal support during this homestand, allowing him to earn back-to-back home wins to get the ball rolling for Anaheim. He faces the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are playing the second of a back-to-back set, at Honda Center, where he has a .942 save percentage this season. These slow-starting teams will have plenty of urgency, especially with Columbus having won at the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings this week, but I see Ryan Getzlaf making an impact in his return to the lineup and Andersen coming out on top in a low-scoring affair. Andersen is tied for sixth in price among goalies and is $1,000 cheaper than Henrik Lundqvist (at Colorado).