Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: NHL Draft Kings Strategy for Feb. 7

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IFebruary 7, 2015

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 6: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Edmonton Oilers at the TD Garden on November 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Saturday's slate of games in the NHL features a wide array of matches to choose from, so narrowing a lineup down can be arduous. Ahead of an eventful Saturday, let's look at some of the best value players at each position in DraftKings.

C Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins ($5,500)

Thanks to Patrice Bergeron's production dipping recently, daily owners can add him to the lineup for a reasonable asking price. After scoring a goal in two of his last three games, the center now faces a porous New York Islanders defense.

Along with those goals, Bergeron also came away with three blocked shots against the New York Rangers. Going against an Islanders defense that has allowed 3.75 goals over the last four games, expect Bergeron to thrive on Saturday.

W Ryan O'Reilly, Colorado Avalanche ($5,300)

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 27: Ryan O'Reilly #90 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Nashville Predators during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on January 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Daily players looking for good value will want to look no further than Ryan O'Reilly. Though he had an off night on Thursday, O'Reilly was efficient in the two games prior. In fact, he had six points in his last seven games before facing the Detroit Red Wings.

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At an asking price of just $5,300, he is a solid play against the Minnesota Wild. Though they've played well recently, the Wild still rank 23rd against opposing left wings, giving O'Reilly a chance to get back on track again.

D Alex Goligoski, Dallas Stars ($4,600)

MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 27: Alex Goligoski #33 of the Dallas Stars passes the puck against the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL game at the Bell Centre on January 27, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Whether it's offensively or defensively, Alex Goligoski has been a fantasy standout recently. His last time on the ice, Goligoski scored a goal and tallied an assist against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to that, the defenseman blocked six shots and had two hits.

All told, Goligoski has 11 combined fantasy points over the last two performances. He's not much more than a mid-tier defenseman, but Goligoski comes at a low asking price right now. Adding him against the Buffalo Sabres can help owners pay more for high-salary wings or centers.

G Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings ($7,600)

Getting a quality goaltender at a reasonable price is nearly impossible. But with the up-and-down play for Petr Mrazek recently, his price is slightly down. After his salary dropped to $6,700 heading into Colorado, Mrazek responded with a shutout victory.

Now that he's locked in, fantasy owners can trust him against an Arizona Coyotes team that ranks 29th against opposing goalies. Lock in Mrazek at a decent price while you still can before he continues his success in Arizona.

This selection comes with one caveat. Mrazek has played a lot recently, so the recent call up of Jonas Gustavsson from Grand Rapids might mean he gets a day off. If that happens, Gustavsson's price of $6,700 makes him an even better deal against the Coyotes. Plan to play either goalie with this great matchup.

UTIL Alex Killorn, Tampa Bay Lightning ($4,200)

Jan 13, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) controls the puck during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Killorn Last 10 Games
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Over his last 10 games played, Alex Killorn has nine points on two goals and seven assists. Extending his point streak to four games on Thursday with an assist, Killorn is a promising option in a utility role.

With his price actually dropping $400 since Thursday, look for Killorn to continue the streak against the Los Angeles Kings. Having so many offensive weapons around him makes Killorn a great addition on Saturday.

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