Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This list of targets includes expensive and value options at each position to help you build a winning roster.
C - Patrice Bergeron, BOS ($6,800)
The Boston Bruins center has one goal in his past eight games but has found a way to generate DraftKings points: shots on goal. The Ottawa Senators have allowed at least 35 SOG in four of their past five games, and the Bruins enter Wednesday first in the NHL with 32.9 SOG per game. Bergeron has 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 60 career games against Ottawa, which has allowed nine goals in its past two home games. Your options will be limited on a night with two games, but Bergeron offers a safe pick at center.
C - Dominic Moore, BOS ($2,900)
If the idea of paying up for Bergeron isn't for you, Moore quietly has been productive on the Bruins' fourth line. He has two goals (one shorthanded) and an assist in his past four games, and has had at least 3.0 DraftKings points in four of his past six. Moore will get plenty of opportunities to block shots playing on the penalty kill (average of 2:01 per game) and could return value with such a low salary. It's hard to trust any Carolina Hurricanes centers against Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens, so a full-blown stack of the Bruins-Senators game might be your best route to cash.
W - Alexander Radulov, MTL ($6,200)
Radulov has been the Canadiens' most productive forward with a goal and eight assists in his past eight games. He undressed Matt Hoffman for a goal in a 4-3 loss to the Senators on Tuesday and has at least 4.5 DraftKings points in his past two games. Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward has been lights out recently, allowing five goals on a five-game win streak, but Radulov has been impressive at home this season. The forward has 15 of his 17 points and is averaging 3.7 DraftKings points per contest in 12 games at Bell Centre.
W - Elias Lindholm, CAR ($4,400)
Yes, it would be wise to avoid most Hurricanes forwards Thursday, but you'll also need to go against the grain for tournament lineups. Lindholm is on a three-game point streak and has a goal and three assists in his past five games. What's most surprising about Lindholm lately has been his ability to block shots; he has nine in his past three games. The wing is averaging 18:27 of ice time per game and plays in all situations (2:48 per game on the power play, 1:30 per game shorthanded).
D - Andrei Markov, MTL ($5,000)
If you can believe it, Markov enters Wednesday tied for first with teammate Shea Weber among NHL defensemen with 17 points (two goals, 15 assists). His salary is starting to rise, up $900 since Nov. 15, though Markov is very affordable. He has six assists in his past four games, including two against the Hurricanes in a 3-2 loss on Nov. 18. Markov is another Montreal player who has played well at home; he has 12 points, 14 blocks and 20 SOG in 13 games at Bell Centre.
D - Brandon Carlo, BOS ($3,600)
With Zdeno Chara ruled out against the Senators, Carlo should be thrust into his role as Boston's No. 1 defenseman. Carlo already was playing big minutes (22:21 per game) and will continue to get blocked shots on the penalty kill (3:30 shorthanded per game). Also, consider his new defense partner John-Michael Liles ($3,400), who will be expected to play big minutes and will see time on the power play.
G - Carey Price, MTL ($8,600)
With four starting goaltenders to choose from, it will be incredibly difficult to fade Price, who is 10-1-1 with a 1.75 goals-against average, a .945 save percentage and two shutouts at home. The Canadiens limited the Hurricanes to 18 SOG when Al Montoya allowed three goals on Nov. 18, so with Price in net, it's safe to expect a better outcome against Carolina at Bell Centre. Price has been somewhat pedestrian lately, having allowed nine goals in his past three starts, but is 13-5-2 with a 2.09 GAA and .935 SV% in 20 career games against the Hurricanes.
G - Tuukka Rask, BOS ($7,600)
The Senators are 28th in the NHL in scoring (2.16 goals per game) and have 25 goals in 11 home games. Rask has been stellar on the road, going 7-1-0 with a 1.24 GAA and .958 SV% in eight starts away from TD Garden. Though the Bruins may dictate play and keep the puck in the offensive zone for much of the game, the Senators aren't too bad at generating offense either (31.3 SOG per game). Rask is $1,000 cheaper than Price and has a much better matchup against Ottawa.
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