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.
Ryan Johansen (FDraft: $10,500 DK: $5,200 FD: $5,700): The center is in a great spot tonight as the Nashville Predators travel up to face the Ottawa Senators. The Sens have not done well against opposing centers this season, and they are allowing an NHL worst 3.88 goals per game this year. Johansen is on the first line and first power play unit for the Predators, giving him ample chances to be involved in a scoring play. Johansen is averaging more than 19 minutes of ice time per game this year, presenting him with a lot of opportunity with his team... Read More
Brendan Gallagher (FDraft: $13,300 DK : $6,500 FD: $6,000) The Montreal Canadiens will host the Ottawa Senators tonight who are on the second game of a back-to-back. Brendan Gallagher is tied with Max Domi for the team lead in goals at 14 this season. However, Gallagher is their primary shooter having registered 116 shots this season, almost four per game. This is 27 more than the next highest shooter on the Canadiens (Drouin). While Montreal is only averaging 3.16 goals per game on the season, they’ve been red hot in December, averaging 3.71 through seven games. During this span, Gallagher has... Read More
Dylan Larkin (FDraft: $13,700 DK: $6,500 FD: $6,700): Our first daily fantasy NHL Must-Have gets a nice matchup on home ice tonight when the Ottawa Senators travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings. The Wings are favorites (-130) with a total set for 6.0 goals. Ottawa have been absolutely horrendous defensively, as their 3.72 goals against per game rank dead last in the league. Detroit are only scoring a mere 2.8 goals per game, but this is a perfect matchup for them to exploit and get pucks into the back of the net. Larkin leads the way with... Read More
Sam Reinhart (FDraft: $12,400 DK: $5,800 FD: $5,700): The Buffalo Sabres will host the Arizona Coyotes in what should be a phenomenal game to watch as the Sabres have had more one-goal finishes than any other team in the league. Sam Reinhart has broken out since the end of November when he replaced Jason Pominville on the team’s top line. He also plays on the team’s top power play unit. Reinhart has benefited greatly playing alongside Jack Eichel as he is currently riding a seven-game point streak with five goals and five assists. The Arizona Coyotes have been hit or miss... Read More
Elias Lindholm (FDraft: $13,700 FD: $6,500 DK: $6,800): Our lone daily fantasy NHL Must-Have gets a tremendous matchup on home ice tonight when the Philadelphia Flyers travel to Calgary to take on the Flames. Vegas lists the Flames as heavy favorites (-175) with a total set for 6.5 goals, so we should see plenty of pucks flying into the back of the net in this one. Calgary’s top line of Gaudreau-Monahan-Lindholm is one of the most productive lines in all of hockey. In his first year with Calgary, Lindholm has chipped in 34 points (16G, 18A), to go along with... Read More