Alex Galchenyuk, C, Montreal Canadiens
DraftKings price: $4,700
Galchenyuk has been inconsistent this season, but has seen a major uptick in shots on goal in his past 10 games (3.8 per game; season average: 2.5), to go along with seven points and three blocks. He's been playing with Brendan Gallagher ($6,000) and Tomas Plekanec ($5,100) lately, and is playing the Philadelphia Flyers, who allow the fifth-most DraftKings points to opposing centers. His home splits aren't his strength (15 points in 28 games), but he has one goal, one assist and five SOG in two games against the Flyers this season and is tied for 14th among centers in price.
Brandon Saad, W, Columbus Blue Jackets
DraftKings price: $5,600
On a five-game night, you need to seek high-floor options on the wing for as cheap as you can find. Saad, who's tied for 23rd in the League in SOG (170) entering Thursday, has two goals, two blocks and 15 SOG in his past four games for an average of 3.6 DraftKings points, which is similar to his season average (3.3). He has been much better at home (4.2 DraftKings points per contest) than on the road (2.5), so roll him out with confidence against the Buffalo Sabres, whom he scored a goal against with three SOG in a game earlier this season. He's 11th on the wing price scale.
TJ Brodie, D, Calgary Flames
DraftKings price: $4,700
With Dennis Wideman suspended, Brodie has picked up the slack for Calgary with nine assists, nine SOG and 10 blocks in his past nine games. The options are limited on defense Friday, so there's a great chance Brodie, priced 12th at his position, will fit your budget. He has two assists and two blocks (5.0 DraftKings points) in one game this season against the Vancouver Canucks, and sees power-play exposure on the second unit. Although his SOG production can be a liability, his point production (0.70 per game; tied for ninth among 'D' with at least 40 games played) cannot be questioned.
Joonas Korpisalo, G, Columbus Blue Jackets
DraftKings price: $7,100
Korpisalo plays the Sabres, who allow the third-most DraftKings points per contest to opposing goalies. He's 6-1-3 in his past 10 games with a .935 save percentage and a stellar 6.0 DraftKings points per contest. He has been strong at home this season (5-2-3, .928 SV%) and could be worthwhile even if he loses because he'll rack up saves with the Blue Jackets allowing 31.2 SOG per game this season, sixth-most in the NHL. Since Jan. 1, Korpisalo is tied for the fourth-best even-strength SV% (.943) in the NHL among goalies with 10 or more games in that span. The only goalies ahead of him are Corey Crawford (.951), Brian Elliott (.950) and Cory Schneider (.947).
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