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.
Frans Nielsen C, New York Islanders
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DraftKings price: $4,600
Nielsen is on the verge of a three-game point streak with two goals and two assists over the past two games. The second-line center saw some power-play minutes in a 4-0 win against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, clocking 3:57, although his two goals scored were at even strength. DraftKings owners should be confident selecting Nielsen as their second center Thursday as the Carolina Hurricanes visit Barclays Center. Nielsen has seven goals, nine assists, 17 blocked shots, one shorthanded goal and 43 shots on goal in 27 games against Carolina.
Adam Henrique, W, New Jersey Devils
DraftKings price: $4,800
Henrique remains a bargain-priced forward despite averaging a point per game with six goals and three assists over nine games. Henrique should be a strong play Thursday as the Devils visit the Philadelphia Flyers based on his five goals, three assists, five blocked shots and eight shots on goal in four road games. The first-line forward also has good career numbers against Philadelphia with nine goals, six assists, 14 blocked shots and 24 shots on goal in 17 games.
Andrei Markov, D, Montreal Canadiens
DraftKings price: $4,700
The veteran Markov has the exact statistics (one goal, nine assists in 10 games) as his defensive partner P.K. Subban ($6,000 in DraftKings), but is priced much cheaper. Markov has nine of 10 points on the road, with one goal and eight assists over six games, which should bode well as the Canadiens visit the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Markov has nine assists, 12 blocked shots and 19 shots on goal in 16 games against the Oilers.
Ryan Miller, G, Vancouver Canucks
DraftKings price: $7,300
DraftKings owners will need to check if Miller starts Thursday at the Dallas Stars and, if he is getting rested, will have until before 8:30 p.m. ET to make the decision on another goaltender. Canucks coach Wille Desjardins said following morning skate that Miller was likely to start. Miller is fresh off dealing the Canadiens their first loss of the season in a 5-1 win at Vancouver on Tuesday. The American goaltender is 3-0-0 on the road with 72 saves on 74 shots and an 0.65 goals-against average.