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 - Alex Galchenyuk, MTL ($7,000)
Galchenyuk has been dominant at Bell Centre this season with 14 points, 22 shots on goal and seven blocks in 11 games (4.4 DraftKings points per game). He faces the Toronto Maple Leafs, whom he scored 6.5 DraftKings points against on Oct. 29. He's riding a six-game point streak into a favorable matchup and is priced tied for sixth among centers on this busy Saturday slate.
C - Ryan Johansen, NSH ($5,300)
Johansen stands out among the rest of the centers in the low-$5,000 range, and has points in three straight with seven SOG in the span. He had five SOG against the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 10 and is centering red-hot James Neal (14th in price among wings), who has at least one goal in six straight games. Johansen has nine points and 40 SOG in 16 career games against the Blues. If you need a much cheaper second center, Nic Petan ($3,400) of the Winnipeg Jets has points in three straight skating with Blake Wheeler.
W - Joe Pavelski, SJS ($6,800)
Pavelski has 47 points and 180 SOG in 56 career games against the Arizona Coyotes, and has eight points and 34 SOG in 11 road games this season. He's always an explosive DFS option and a convenient stack with linemate Joe Thornton ($5,400), and the Coyotes are allowing the fifth-most DraftKings points to opposing wings.
Video: SJS@FLA: Pavelski buries a quick pass to tie the game
W - Brandon Sutter, VAN ($4,100)
The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Vancouver Canucks on the second game of a back-to-back and Sutter is seeing top line and first power-play minutes with Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin. Look for him to exploit the Blackhawks' League-worst penalty kill (67.3 percent) and keep his point streak alive. He has goals in three straight games with an assist and 13 SOG in the span, and has 29 SOG in his past 10 games. He also has scored eight points in 10 home games this season.
D - Alex Pietrangelo, STL ($5,000)
Pietrangelo is a stable, low-priced defenseman who can return DFS value even when he doesn't get a point. He had an assist, four blocks and two SOG Thursday against the Sharks and is averaging 3.4 DraftKings points per contest in his past 10 (four points, 18 blocks, 29 SOG). He still offers exposure to the Blues power play, averaging 2:43 per game (three power-play points) in those situations.
D - Andrei Markov, MTL ($4,300)
An even cheaper power-play defenseman is Markov, who patrols the first unit with Shea Weber in Montreal. He's been on fire with points in six straight games entering Friday, a total of two goals, six assists, three blocks and eight SOG in that span (3.9 DraftKings points per contest). He has nine points in 11 home games this season and 51 points in 70 career games against the Maple Leafs.
G - Devan Dubnyk, MIN ($8,200)
Dubnyk has been as impressive as any goalie League-wide this season; he leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.48), save percentage (.952) and shutouts (four). He's 13-7-1 with a .936 save percentage and three shutouts in 23 career games against the Colorado Avalanche, and was impressive even in a loss to them Nov. 5 (31 saves on 32 shots faced). Considering the Avalanche could be without Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog again because of injuries, Dubnyk is an absolute no-brainer in this spot.
Video: BOS@MIN: Dubnyk dives to poke away breakaway attempt
G - Jake Allen, STL ($7,800)
Allen is 5-0-2 with a 1.27 GAA, .951 SV% and a shutout in seven home games, and faces the Predators, who have won two of nine road games this season. If you would rather to spend up for Pavelski and not pursue the Johansen-Neal stack, then Allen is a convenient play for $400 cheaper than Dubnyk. Allen has struggled mightily on the road, but he's won two straight at home and the splits clearly favor him in this spot.
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