With his return to the lineup, Marian Hossa rounds out arguably the best top-six forward group in the NHL. Let the games begin.
Hossa will see his first action since Feb. 13 when the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Dallas Stars on Friday. He is expected to rejoin Jonathan Toews and recent trade acquisition Andrew Ladd on the second line.
The veteran right wing ranks 170th in Yahoo leagues even after a nine-game injury absence. His recent fantasy track record is clear, as he finished 41st among all players in 2013-14 and 33rd last season. He's 68 percent owned and may be available in some shallow formats.
Hossa's coverage is well-rounded, highlighted by strong plus-minus (plus-10) and shots on goal totals (164; three per game). He has shot a very low percentage (6.1; 10 goals), but could be bound for a correction in Chicago's 14 remaining games.
Chicago's top line and power-play unit consists of Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov, while its second man-advantage group had Toews, Ladd, Teuvo Teravainen (LW, 11 percent owned) and Andrew Shaw (RW, 17 percent owned). It's always worth waiting a game or two to see a player's usage and the ripple effect throughout the lineup, but Hossa likely will take Shaw's place in the power-play equation -- and certainly at even strength.
DraftKings daily fantasy outlook: Hossa is tied for 17th in price ($5,300) among wings and averages 2.9 DraftKings points per contest this season. He has a shorthanded goal and four SOG in two games against Dallas this season and 35 points in 39 career games against them.
The Stars, despite their elite standing in the Western Conference, are tied for the fourth-worst save percentage (.902) in the NHL, so Hossa is a ripe value option who should return value.