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 - Nathan MacKinnon, COL ($6,500)
MacKinnon has been racking up shots on goal of late; he had 10 against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday and has 39 in his past 10 games. But with Matt Duchene out of the lineup and the Colorado Avalanche lines fluctuating, he has struggled to score in that stretch with three points and none Tuesday. The good news is Duchene (concussion) could return Thursday against the Dallas Stars, and MacKinnon has always been strong against them (two points Oct. 15; 13 points, 37 SOG in 14 games). The Stars are allowing the most DraftKings points to opposing centers.
C - Tyler Johnson, TBL ($5,000) with Nikita Kucherov, TBL ($7,200)
Center Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely after sustaining a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee Tuesday, so expect the Tampa Bay Lightning to reconfigure their lines against the Buffalo Sabres. Kucherov has had well-documented success playing with Johnson, and the two should, at the very least, be together at even strength or on the power play. Kucherov has the most road points (15 in eight games) in the NHL, and Johnson should take on a bigger role without Stamkos against the struggling Sabres (1-3-2 at home, worst in NHL).
W - Nikolaj Ehlers, WPG ($5,300)
Ehlers has nine points in eight road games and has been a DFS lineup lock lately whether with Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine or on a separate line. He plays the Philadelphia Flyers, who have allowed 28 goals in nine home games (third most in NHL), and is fresh off his fourth multipoint outing in a seven-game span. Priced outside the top 30 wings in DraftKings, Ehlers plays on the Jets first power-play unit, and the Flyers rank 25th in penalty-kill percentage (78.8).
W - Brayden Schenn, PHI ($5,100)
The Flyers have remained competitive despite giving up so many home goals, scoring 30 in those games (eighth in NHL). Schenn, a non-factor in road games thus far, has scored all 10 of his points in nine home games with seven blocks and 19 SOG (4.0 DraftKings points per game). He offers exposure to Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds on the top line and first power-play unit, and is worth drafting for such a moderate price.
D - Damon Severson, NJD ($4,700)
The New Jersey Devils will be without forward Taylor Hall for the next 3-4 weeks because of a left knee injury, but Severson has been providing just as much offense from the blue line. He is tied for the Devils lead with 12 points in 15 games and has points in back-to-back games. He had a goal, three blocks and two SOG for 5.5 DraftKings points Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. The Devils visit the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, and Severson had one assist, two blocks and one SOG for 3.5 DraftKings points against them Oct. 18.
D - Alexander Edler, VAN ($4,200)
The Vancouver Canucks are averaging the second-fewest goals per game in the League (2.00) and Edler is likely among the most frustrated of the bunch. He leads the Canucks in ice time per game (24:42) and averages 2:19 with the man-advantage yet has no even-strength points and one power-play goal in 16 games. His fortunes should eventually turn for the better, but DFS owners can fall back on his low price and strong peripherals (37 SOG, 41 blocks) until then. He's averaging 2.6 DraftKings points per game, an impressive feat during such a lengthy scoring drought.
G - John Gibson, ANA ($7,800)
If you're unable to spend up for the Tampa Bay Lightning starting goalie in such a favorable matchup, Gibson provides a discount of at least $400 at home against the Devils, who will be without Hall and Michael Cammalleri. Gibson stopped 33 of 34 shots in a home win Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers and has been a safe play at Honda Center (4-2-0, .918 save percentage).
G - James Reimer, FLA ($7,300)
Reimer is confirmed to start on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. He's averaging 3.1 DraftKings points per game and should have added motivation facing his former team. He has not been overly impressive since joining the Panthers as Roberto Luongo's backup but has been a stable performer with a 2-2-1 record and three or fewer goals allowed in each of his five starts. He's one of the most affordable projected goalies on this 10-game DFS slate.
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