National Hockey League (NHL) Must-Haves are our most highly recommended players for any given slate. Our experts select these picks above the rest and have determined they are most likely to reach or exceed value. These are the foundational players that we advise building your lineups around.
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Must-Have #1 Aleksander Barkov (DK: $7600 FD: $8300) The Florida Panthers have the pleasure of hosting the New York Rangers tonight in what should be a high scoring game. The Panthers are one of the league’s highest scoring teams averaging 3.53 goals per game. This is largely in part due to their power play that ranks 5th converting 25% of the time. Barkov centers the teams top line and top power play unit and is currently riding a nice 7 game point streak with 6 goals and 6 assists over that stretch. Barkov should be able to do plenty of... Read More
Must-Have Evgeni Malkin (DK: $6800 FD: $8200): The Pittsburgh Penguins take on the New Jersey Devils tonight in a fun division rivalry game. Evgeni Malkin has been phenomenal this season and is 4 game point streak. With Crosby being sidelined for the foreseeable future, Malkin has been moved to the top line and will have a new linemate in Jake Guentzel. In addition, Malkin also runs the Penguins top power play unit. The Penguins are one of the higher scoring teams in the league averaging 3.25 goals per game, while the Devils are giving up 3.65 goals per game which... Read More
Aleksander Barkov (DK: $6700 FD: $8300): The Florida Panthers will host the Winnipeg Jets tonight, and Florida should light the scoreboard on fire once again. The Panthers are the 4th highest scoring team in the league at 3.56 goals per game, mainly due to Barkov and company. Barkov centers the Panthers top line and top power play unit. Barkov’s 24 points, 5 goals and 19 assists, is currently 8th in the league and he is riding a 6-game point streak. Florida has been dominant on home ice averaging 3.84 goals per game, while the power play scores at a 28%... Read More
Jack Hughes (DK: $4,400 FD: $5,100 ): The young skater is rounding into form, and he’s got an exploitable matchup tonight. The Ottawa Senators are allowing nearly 11 shots per game, and 2.8 points per game to opposing centers. This sets up Hughes nicely as his Devils are projected 3.7 goals in this home contest. Hughes has an exceptional Corsi over the last five games, and also has shot the puck twice per contest in this span. He’s underpriced and has excellent upside, so lock him in at C this evening.
Evgeni Malkin (DK: $6400 FD: $8000): The Pittsburgh Penguins will take on the New York Rangers tonight in what could be a back-and-forth match. The Penguins will be missing Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby tonight, which may help Malkin’s fantasy production. With Crosby out injured tonight, Malkin should see increased ice time against one of the league’s worst defenses. Malkin was injured earlier in the year but in the four games since his return, he averages four shots per game while recording a goal and four assists. The Rangers are allowing the 10th-most goals per game this season at 3.33,... Read More