NOTE: These picks do not include two Saturday afternoon games.
Spend up for: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (DraftKings price: $6,900)
McDavid will not be below $7,000 much longer, so take full advantage of another potential offensive explosion at home against the Winnipeg Jets, who allow the most DraftKings points to opposing centers. McDavid is fresh off a five-point game and has four goals, eight assists and 15 shots on goal in six games since returning from injury. He's priced fifth among centers but is $1,600 cheaper than Tyler Seguin with a better matchup.
Value pick: Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes ($4,900)
Staal has 42 points in 43 games against the New York Islanders and has been better at home (3.0) than on the road (2.4) this season in DraftKings points per game. He's in line for a shooting percentage correction (6.7 percent on 134 SOG) and is off the DFS radar because he has no goals and two assists in his past 10 games. He should have extremely low ownership, making him an intriguing option in large contests.
Spend up for: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks ($6,200)
The Toronto Maple Leafs allow the sixth-most DraftKings points per game to opposing wings, so Sedin is primed to end his stretch of four games without a point (eight SOG in span). He had an assist and seven SOG against the Maple Leafs earlier in the season (5.5 DraftKings points) and can be easily stacked with his brother Henrik Sedin ($4,800).
Value pick: Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators ($5,500)
Ryan has at least a point in 34 of his 55 games this season, tied for the seventh in the League. He faces the Columbus Blue Jackets on the road; he has one goal and three assists against them in two games this season. The Blue Jackets allow the second-most DraftKings points to opposing wings, so roll out Ryan with confidence; he's tied for 22nd at his position in DraftKings price.
Spend up for: John Klingberg, Dallas Stars ($6,300)
Klingberg has a tough matchup against the Washington Capitals but has frequent exposure to Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin and offers serious DraftKings salary-cap relief compared to top-priced defensemen Brent Burns ($8,200) and Erik Karlsson ($7,700). Klingberg had two assists and two SOG (5.0 DraftKings points) at the Capitals earlier in the season, and has 24 points in 26 home games. He has eight points and 25 SOG in his past eight games.
Value pick: Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks ($5,000)
Vlasic extended his point streak to six games Thursday with an assist, two blocks and one SOG (3.5 DraftKings points), and reached 30 points for the season. The Sharks host the Arizona Coyotes, who are on the second of a back-to-back and allow the most DraftKings points to opposing defensemen. Vlasic is always a threat for a multishot, multiblock game and is producing points at the highest rate of his career.
Spend up for: Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks ($8,400)
Crawford got a poor outing out of his system Thursday against the Dallas Stars, allowing four goals on 18 shots faced for a negative DraftKings showing. He's lost two straight, but his shutout potential remains sky-high any given night at United Center, where Chicago hosts the Anaheim Ducks. He's 18-7-1 with a .944 save percentage and seven shutouts at home.
Value pick: Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks ($7,200)
Jones has been one of the breakout goalies after being a backup for the first two seasons of his NHL career, so it's a wonder he's still tied for 13th among goalies in DraftKings price. After a slow start at home this season, Jones has won four of his past five at SAP Center with 11 goals allowed in that span. He's on plenty of rest after getting the night off Thursday, and will face the Coyotes coming off a 33-save shutout at the Blackhawks earlier in the week.
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