Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This lineup has been constructed with expensive and value picks and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.
C - Jeff Carter, LAK ($6,700)
To put things simply, Carter enjoys playing against the New Jersey Devils. In 46 career games, the Los Angeles Kings center has 20 goals, 26 assists and 154 shots on goal against New Jersey. Don't forget, the Devils allowed four goals on 27 shots to the Kings in a 4-2 loss on Nov. 19, when Carter scored and had six SOG (6.0 DraftKings points). The veteran won't cripple your budget for use in tournaments, and has a high floor for cash games.
C - Sean Monahan, CGY ($5,300)
It's hard to bank on any player going up against Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens, but Monahan is one of the hottest players in the NHL; he's on a five-game goal streak and also has two assists in that span. If that wasn't enough to convince you, Monahan has at least three SOG in eight of 10 games (37 total). It also helps that Price has been pedestrian lately, allowing at least three goals in six of his past seven games. Monahan is an ideal cash-game play with a low salary and high floor.
Video: EDM@CGY: Monahan finds twine on shorthanded breakaway
W - Conor Sheary, PIT ($5,800)
If there's a player on more of a tear than Monahan, it's Sheary, who has two goals in three of his past four games. Sheary also has three assists to go with his six goals during a four-game point streak, playing on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust. They combined for nine points in a 5-1 win against the Boston Bruins on Sunday, and could continue to have success against the St. Louis Blues at home. Sheary is more than a point-per-game player at PPG Paints Arena this season, with 22 in 21 games (4.0 DraftKings points per contest).
W - Nino Niederreiter, MIN ($5,000)
The Minnesota Wild forward had a four-game point streak (three goals, three assists) end in a 4-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Sunday. He'll look to start anew against the Dallas Stars, who have allowed 22 goals in their past five games (1-3-1). Niederreiter has two goals, one assist and five SOG in three games against Dallas this season (3.5 DraftKings points per contest). The Wild have had no problem scoring on the Stars (11 goals in three games), and Niederreiter is a cheap option with high upside.
Video: ARI@MIN: Niederreiter redirects puck for PPG in 3rd
W - Frank Vatrano, BOS ($4,800)
In continuing our trend of inexpensive options, Vatrano is a nice boom/bust option for tournaments. The Boston Bruins wing missed 34 games because of a foot injury and hasn't quite found his scoring touch. Still, he's averaging 2.75 SOG per game (44 in 16), and scored twice with six SOG (9.0 DraftKings points) against the Detroit Red Wings in a 6-5 shootout loss Jan. 18. Vatrano's spot in the Bruins' top-six forward group seems solidified after he played 18:52 against the Penguins.
D - Dustin Byfuglien, WPG ($6,000)
Byfuglien has been playing some of his best hockey lately for the Winnipeg Jets, which has translated into solid DFS production. He has at least 4.0 DraftKings points in four straight, peaking at 7.0 (two assists, two blocks, four SOG) in a 5-3 win against the Blues on Saturday. The Jets struggled against the San Jose Sharks in a 5-2 loss on Jan. 16, but despite not making the score sheet, Byfuglien had two blocks and six SOG for 4.0 DraftKings points. Winnipeg may be able to take advantage of a San Jose team on the second of a back-to-back on the road, meaning Byfuglien should have no trouble hitting tournament value.
Video: WPG@LAK: Byfuglien's point shot bounces in for PPG
D - Matt Niskanen, WSH ($4,800)
As long as John Carlson is out, Niskanen is a chalk play at defenseman. The Washington Capitals are scoring at an astronomical rate; that's a bit of an exaggeration, but 4.72 goals per game in the past 11 entering Monday isn't too bad. Niskanen is on the point on the first power-play unit, and leads the Capitals in ice time per game (23:59) and has two goals, six assists and 18 SOG in the past 10 games. All of this production for under $5,000 is too good to pass up, and Washington has a strong matchup against the Ottawa Senators, who allowed seven goals to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.
G - Philipp Grubauer, WSH ($7,900)
Grubauer is slated to start in goal Monday against the Carolina Hurricanes. The backup goalie has been fantastic in limited action this season, going 9-1-2 with a 2.05 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. He is 7-1-2 in his past 10 games, and has at least 4.0 DraftKings points in seven of his past eight. All you're really looking for is a win from Grubauer, which is likely considering how the Capitals have been playing lately.
Video: WSH@DAL: Grubauer denies Sharp's breakaway attempt
UTIL - Derek Forbort, LAK ($3,700)
Forbort has quietly been a steady presence on the Kings defense. He's getting consistent playing time (19:44 per game) while contributing nicely with 96 blocks in 46 games. He also has two goals, 12 assists and 52 SOG this season, all strong numbers for a bottom-pairing defenseman. Los Angeles could put up a lopsided amount of goals against the Devils, and an assist would instantly make Forbort a worthy lineup selection given his low-tier salary.
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