Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: NHL DraftKings Strategy for March 7

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

ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 15:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals reacts after assisting on a goal against the Anaheim Ducks on February 15, 2015 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Now that everyone has settled down following the NHL trade deadline, the first Saturday since features 10 games to be picked apart. DraftKings owners will be looking to find the best bargain-bin players in order to afford high-value stars. Here's a look at the best players regardless of price and value skaters for Saturday.

Top Value Players

C David Desharnais, Montreal Canadiens ($4,500)

Best DraftKings NHL Player for March 7
Pos.No. 1No. 2No. 3
CEvgeni Malkin ($9,000)Steven Stamkos ($8,900)Patrice Bergeron ($7,800)
WAlex Ovechkin ($9,300)Max Pacioretty ($8,400)Jakub Voracek ($7,700)
DP.K. Subban ($7,000)Shea Weber ($6,400)Victor Hedman ($5,600)
GCarey Price ($9,500)Braden Holtby ($9,000)Tuukka Rask ($8,700)
Information courtesy of DraftKings.com

Looking for a center at a reasonable price to pair with a player such as Evgeni Malkin or Steven Stamkos? David Desharnais might be the perfect fit for your lineup.

The Montreal Canadiens center has the benefit of playing alongside Max Pacioretty and has cashed in during the last five games. During that span, Desharnais has two goals and four assists while Pacioretty has just four points.

On Saturday, the Canadiens face a porous Arizona Coyotes defense that ranks 29th against centers. Expect Pacioretty to tickle the twine and Desharnais to continue his production.

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

Nov 15, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward David Desharnais (51)reacts with teammate Max Pacioretty (67) after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA
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Speaking of weak defensive play, Alex Killorn also has a favorable matchup. Going up against the Dallas Stars, a team that ranks 30th against left wings, Killorn should remain a potent option for DraftKings owners.

Also similar to Desharnais, Killorn benefits from having one of the top NHL players in Steven Stamkos on his line. He's also on the first power-play unit with Stamkos, which paid dividends on Thursday, per the Lightning's official account:

Logging over 18 minutes on the ice per game in his last five contests, Killorn will remain a mainstay on the stat sheet for the Lightning.

D Jason Garrison, Tampa Bay Lightning ($4,300)

Starting to notice a trend? Well, that's just how productive the Tampa Bay Lightning have been at home this season. Along with Stamkos and Killorn, Jason Garrison is another smart pickup for daily owners.

Despite playing on the second pairing for the Lightning, Garrison has found ways to produce with six assist over his last seven games. With an average of more than 3.6 fantasy points per game in his last nine contests, he should be a lock for any fantasy lineup at his price.

G Eddie Lack, Vancouver Canucks ($7,000)

Jan 20, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison (5) shoots against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Do you lack the salary to afford a quality starting goalie? Well then, Eddie Lack is a perfect choice at a bargain price.

OK, that was a little corny, but it's also a truthful statement. The Vancouver Canucks' backup for Ryan Miller has been up and down but is still averaging 4.5 fantasy points over his last four starts. John Shannon of Sportsnet noted just how important Lack was on Thursday night:

Given his recent success, Lack is already a promising option. Tack on the fact he's getting a chance against San Jose after Jacob Markstrom was peppered by the Sharks, and Lack looks like a reliable goalie.

UTIL Ryan Spooner, Boston Bruins ($3,400)

The Boston Bruins second line has been a productive one recently. Ryan Spooner just so happens to be the center for that line and has three points in his last three games.

Spooner has taken over following a David Krejci MCL injury and filled in admirably. Centering the line with David Pastrnak and Milan Lucic, the 23-year-old is a perfect utility player while his price is still below the $4,000 mark.

Feb 22, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Bruins center Ryan Spooner (51) warms up prior to a game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
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