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.
Brandon Dubinsky, C, Columbus Blue Jackets
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DraftKings price: $4,500
Injury and lineup implications are always worth monitoring in daily fantasy, so be sure to consider Dubinsky, who has points in each of his first three games since John Tortorella, who coached him years ago with the New York Rangers, has taken over in Columbus. He skated on the top line Thursday at practice alongside Ryan Johansen ($5,500), who's set to return from an illness, and Cam Atkinson ($4,700), who's red-hot of late. Brandon Saad (illness) will be out Friday against the Washington Capitals, so this is a big opportunity for Dubinsky and the suddenly upstart Blue Jackets to make up some ground against one of the top teams in the Metropolitan Division.
If you have more salary cap room to invest in centers, definitely consider the Boston Bruins' David Krejci ($5,700) and the Washington Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,600), who have been elite-level producers and remain priced much lower than they should be in DraftKings.
Brett Connolly, W, Boston Bruins
DraftKings price: $3,000
Connolly has played with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on Boston's second line of late and has goals in three straight games and points in four straight. The Bruins are the highest-scoring team in the NHL this season (4.13 goals per game), so don't be surprised if this trend continues against the Florida Panthers minus Aleksander Barkov and likely Jaromir Jagr. Roberto Luongo is expected to start after dealing with cramps Tuesday, but he's likely not 100 percent. Connolly only sees 1:34 per game with the man advantage and has not done any damage in those situations, but is priced near the bottom of the barrel and worth stacking with Bergeron ($6,000; 4.5 DraftKings points per contest).
Mark Streit, D, Philadelphia Flyers
DraftKings price: $4,600
The Buffalo Sabres are starting backup goalie Linus Ullmark, who allowed four goals on 28 shots faced in his first NHL start last Saturday against the New Jersey Devils, so this could be the game where the Flyers offense busts out of its funk. Their top power-play unit features Streit, Claude Giroux ($6,800) and slumping Jakub Voracek ($6,500), who has the most shots on goal (40 in nine games) in the NHL among players still without a goal. Considering the Flyers were dealt surprising blows with home losses to Buffalo and New Jersey this week, I see them coming out with a purpose offensively and like Streit's chances at a multipoint game. Most DFS owners will seek more reliable stacks than Voracek and Streit, so this an opportunity to feast on an inconsistent yet high-upside pair that will likely have low ownership.
Devan Dubnyk, G, Minnesota Wild
DraftKings price: $7,200
The Blackhawks have totaled only three goals in their past three games entering their second leg of a road back-to-back set in Minnesota. The Wild had the League's best penalty kill last season, but have underachieved out of the gate this season (78.3 percent, 23rd in NHL). Luckily for their sake, Dubnyk has been dominant at home with a 4-0-0 record, one shutout and a .931 save percentage. He's tied for eighth in price among goalies and is my value goalie choice if you don't have the flexibility to spend up for Henrik Lundqvist ($7,900) at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs.