Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This article includes expensive and value plays and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.
TOP CENTER: Jack Eichel, BUF ($7,000)
Eichel has been magnificent when healthy this season, scoring 48 points in 49 games. The 20-year-old missed 21 games because of an early-season ankle injury, but has 20 power-play points and is closing in on 200 shots on goal (197). He has scored at least a point in 16 of his past 18 games, and had two goals, one assist and five shots on goal against the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 13 (10.5 DraftKings points). He's averaging 5.9 DraftKings points per game (15 points, four blocks, 40 SOG) over his past 10 games.
VALUE CENTER: Joe Thornton, SJS ($5,000)
Thornton, who had 82 points in 82 games last season, got off to a slow start but has finally regained his scoring touch with seven points during a five-game point streak. His price remains moderate against the St. Louis Blues, whom he's scored 54 points in 49 career regular-season games against. With constant exposure to San Jose Sharks scorers Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns, Thornton is a no-brainer on this 12-game DFS slate.
Video: WSH@SJS: Thornton picks the corner with one-timer
TOP WING: Tyler Seguin, DAL ($6,900)
The Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks have each fallen out of contention, but Seguin should still have a big night against a favorable opponent. He has 31 points and 122 SOG in 33 road games, and three assists and seven SOG in two games against Vancouver. He hasn't gone more than two games without a point all season, so expect him to break out of his two-game scoring drought with authority.
VALUE WING: Joshua Ho-Sang, NYI ($3,300)
Ho-Sang has six points (three goals, three assists) in eight NHL games after a pair of multipoint games against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday and Tuesday. He is playing top-six minutes on a line with Andrew Ladd and Ryan Strome, and has also seen some shifts with John Tavares on occasion. Ho-Sang, $800 above the DraftKings minimum price, puts his three-game point streak on the line against the Winnipeg Jets, who have been outscored 114-97 in road games.
Video: NYI@CAR: Ho-Sang collects blocked shot, buries PPG
TOP DEFENSEMAN: Seth Jones, CBJ ($4,800)
Despite the emergence of rookie Zach Werenski as the Columbus Blue Jackets' prime power-play defenseman, Jones is having a breakout season, with most of his damage coming at even strength. Jones is tied for third among defensemen in even-strength points (33) behind Brent Burns (48) and Erik Karlsson (38), and is coming off a two-assist game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. He has had success against the Florida Panthers with two assists, two blocks and seven SOG this season.
VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Jakob Chychrun, ARI ($3,200)
Chychrun has four points, four blocks and nine SOG in his past three games for an average of 5.2 DraftKings points. He has seen an uptick in power-play (1:15) and overall ice time (18:02) in the span, and two of his three points against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday came with the man-advantage. Drafting Ho-Sang and Chychrun allows you enough flexibility to roster three skaters of at least $6,500.
GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL ($7,900)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have the most points in the NHL since Feb. 4 (27; 12-2-3) entering Wednesday, and their remaining schedule bodes well for their goalies with eight of their final 13 coming at home. That stretch begins against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday in a game with Stanley Cup Playoff implications in the Eastern Conference. Vasilevskiy is 6-0-1 with a .958 save percentage since the Lightning traded Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings, and is 11-6-3 with a .918 SV% at Amalie Arena this season.
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