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NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.
Please note, these players were chosen early in the day, so make sure to check NBC Sports EDGE's player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.
Additionally, it is worth reminding everyone that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 2W, 2D, 2UTIL 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UTIL) and Yahoo has a $200 budget for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G).
There are five games scheduled Friday night.
Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota) – W - $9,600 FanDuel, $7,800 DraftKings, $31 Yahoo
Kaprizov is one of the hottest players in the league right now scoring seven goals and 17 points in his last nine contests. That’s pushed him up to 17 goals and 49 points in 37 games this season. Even at his high price point, he’s worthy of consideration.
Joe Pavelski (Dallas) – W - $8,400 FanDuel, $6,500 DraftKings, $26 Yahoo
Pavelski has been nearly unmatched lately with four multi-point games in his last five contests. He stayed hot on Tuesday by scoring two goals and two assists. That gives him 19 goals and 48 points in 40 contests.
Roope Hintz (Dallas) – C - $7,900 FanDuel, $6,300 DraftKings, $23 Yahoo
Pavelski’s teammate, Hintz, has been on a roll too. Hintz has scored a goal and an assist in each of his last four games and has recorded at least a point in seven of his last eight contests. He has 19 goals and 36 points in 38 contests in 2021-22.
Mats Zuccarello (Minnesota) – W - $7,400 FanDuel, $5,700 DraftKings, $22 Yahoo
With a goal and an assist on Monday, Zuccarello has now recorded at least a point in each of his last nine games and multiple points in his last four contests. He has 12 goals and 38 points this season despite being limited to 32 games.
Bargain Bin: Evgeni Malkin (PIT) - $7,300 FanDuel/$6,000 DraftKings/$25 Yahoo, Clayton Keller (ARI) - $6,500 FanDuel/$4,700 DraftKings/$18 Yahoo, Kevin Fiala (MIN) - $6,300 FanDuel/$4,800 DraftKings/$20 Yahoo, Dylan Strome (CHI) - $5,400 FanDuel/$2,800 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Marcus Foligno (MIN) - $5,400 FanDuel/$2,800 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Robby Fabbri (DET) - $5,100 FanDuel/$3,000 DraftKings/$16 Yahoo
Cale Makar (COL) - $7,500 FanDuel, $7,300 DraftKings, $30 Yahoo
Makar is one of the safer bets out there when it comes to defensemen. He’s contributed at least a point in 27 of his 37 games and has accumulated 11 multi-point contests. He has 17 goals and 41 points in 2021-22, which puts him in first place among blueliners in terms of points-per-game (min. 10 games played).
Bargain Bin: Moritz Seider (DET) - $6,200 FanDuel/$4,700 DraftKings/$18 Yahoo, Jared Spurgeon (MIN) - $5,800 FanDuel/$4,000 DraftKings/$20 Yahoo, Alex Goligoski (MIN) - $5,400 FanDuel/$2,900 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo
Darcy Kuemper (COL) - $8,300 FanDuel, $8,400 DraftKings, $35 Yahoo
Kuemper has been one of the NHL’s best goaltenders in the month of January, posting a 7-0-1 record, 2.37 GAA, and .923 save percentage in 10 starts. It’s been a solid season for him overall too. Through 29 starts, he has a 20-5-1 record, 2.64 GAA, and .913 save percentage in 29 contests.
Bargain Bin: Tuukka Rask (BOS) - $8,100 FanDuel/$8,500 DraftKings/$23 Yahoo