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.
Mark Scheifele, C, Winnipeg Jets
DraftKings price: $4,800
The Jets’ second-line center is heating up with an assist in each of the past two games and three blocked shots in a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, which are Scheifele’s season totals in those two categories. If Scheifele follows the same scoring pattern Sunday against the visiting Minnesota Wild, he should get another assist since he had a goal in each of his first three games followed by two straight scoreless efforts and now is in the midst of back-to-back games with an assist.
Mats Zuccarello, W, New York Rangers
DraftKings price: $5,000
Zuccarello has shined at Madison Square Garden with four points (two goals, two assists) out of six scored at home this season. The speedy first-line winger covers all DraftKings categories with four goals, two assists, seven blocked shots and 21 shots on goal over nine games. While he has been held scoreless in four career games against the Calgary Flames, the Rangers’ opponent Sunday; Zuccarello proves to be a worthy selection with a goal, two assists, four blocked shots and eight shots on goal in the past three games.
Ryan Suter, D, Minnesota Wild
DraftKings price: $5,000
With assists in five of seven games, Suter is as close to a sure thing as DraftKings contestants will get at such an affordable price on a light Sunday night. Although the blocked shots (10) and shots on goal (11) are lacking, so far, Suter makes up for it as one of the top playmaking defensemen in the NHL. Wild coach Mike Yeo entrusts the power play to Suter as the only defenseman on the top unit and DraftKings contestants should select the veteran blue liner with confidence as the team plays Winnipeg on the road Sunday. Suter has two goals, three assists, 35 blocked shots and 31 shots on goal in 19 career games against the Jets.
Antti Raanta, G, New York Rangers
DraftKings price: $7,500
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that Raanta will get his second start of the season Sunday as the Flames visit MSG. While the Finnish goaltender is the second-most expensive goalie to Rangers every day starter Henrik Lundqvist ($7,900) in DraftKings on Sunday, it’s hard to argue against selecting Raanta since he was perfect at home with a 4-0 win against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 19 in his only other start this season. Raanta has also been good against the Flames in his career with a 2-0-0 record, 2.79 goals-against average and 54 saves (on 61 shots) in three starts.