Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: NHL Draft Kings Strategy for Feb. 21

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IFebruary 21, 2015

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 07:  Tomas Tatar #21 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates after scoring a third period goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game at Gila River Arena on February 7, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 3-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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In the words of Loverboy from 1981, "Everybody's working for the weekend." Yes, it's a Canadian band, and this is a story about NHL fantasy, so it fits. It also works for those who have worked all week and hope to turn that money into more earnings. Here's a look at some of the players to choose in DraftKings daily leagues to do just that.

C Bryan Little, Winnipeg Jets ($5,700)

Feb 16, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (18) celebrates his goal on Edmonton Oilers  goalie Viktor Fasth (35) during the second period at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
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Looking for a quality second center who's surging? Look no further than Bryan Little of the Winnipeg Jets.

Little has 11 points over his last nine games, including five games with multiple points. Needless to say, he's been on fire this month, but his price has dropped significantly after a poor performance on Thursday night.

Saturday presents a favorable matchup for the Jets' top center against the Toronto Maple Leafs. During his lone game against the Leafs, Little tallied one goal and two assists. That's production daily owners can stand behind.

Expect quality production from Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler as well, who benefit from being on Little's line. All three have cohesion and should shine on the top line along with the first power-play unit.

W Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings ($5,300)

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At just 24 years old, Tomas Tatar has emerged as the best offensive weapon for the Detroit Red Wings. Ranking first in goals (24) and third in points (42), Tatar is blossoming into a fantasy star. 

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock referenced his breakout campaign this season.

"Tats has the skill set and has the drive to be real good," Babcock said, via Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News. "And he's ultra-competitive. That adds up to getting better each and every day and you're here (in the NHL) and you're serious about your craft."

Facing a Dallas Stars team that ranks 30th against left wings, Tatar should have another strong night. Producing three goals and five assists in his last seven games, start Tatar with certainty as a second or third wing.

D Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning ($5,100)

Jan 27, 2015; Raleigh, NC, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defensemen Victor Hedman (77) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
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In just 40 games played this season, Victor Hedman has still had a huge impact for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The defenseman has only four points in the last 10 games but has made his presence felt in myriad facets of the game.

Coming off a game where he blocked nine shots and registered two hits to surpass five fantasy points, Hedman is simply a dependable defenseman. Against the Arizona Coyotes, Hedman should be plugged into any lineup at the No. 2 spot with confidence.

G Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning ($7,400)

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 31: Goalie Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning makes a save against Nick Foligno #71 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at the Amalie Arena on January 31, 2015 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI v
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He's no Carey Price or Marc-Andre Fleury, but Ben Bishop has been solid in the crease all season. In order to put together a productive lineup at every position, Bishop should be the choice over Price ($9,600) or Fleury ($9,000) on Saturday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning goalie turned away 24 of 25 shots in a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. That was good enough for his second straight game with six or more fantasy points in DraftKings leagues.

His reward? A matchup with one of the most porous offenses in the Coyotes. Given the fact that the Coyotes have lost four straight and six of their last seven and scored only 11 goals over that stretch, look for Bishop to have a huge night.

UTIL Jordan Staal, Carolina Hurricanes ($4,200)

When looking at Jordan Staal's overall numbers this season, his two goals and 13 overall points don't seem spectacular. Taking the fact that he's only played in 20 games since his return from a broken right fibula, those are actually noteworthy stats.

Alongside brother Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty on the Carolina Hurricanes top line, Staal's points will keep coming against the New Jersey Devils. Still at a reasonable price, plug Staal into a utility spot against a team that ranks 24th against centers.

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