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DraftKings outlook: Blues at Sharks, Game 3

Donskoi in line for points; Backes continues to impress

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Fantasy Staff Writer

DraftKings Daily Picks: Thursday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Thursday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Thursday night including Jay Bouwmeester and Logan Couture

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NOTE: Player prices are for two-game contests spanning Thursday, May 19 (one game) and Friday, May 20 (one game).

BREAKOUT CANDIDATE:

Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks ($3,600)

Donskoi plays on a line with Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture, and he's fit in nicely. He has three goals and six points in his past 10 games (2.4 DraftKings points). Although Donskoi is pointless in his past four games -- his last points (two assists) came in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Nashville Predators -- his linemates constantly generate chances. Couture has an NHL-leading 19 points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so Donskoi should at least be in line to be on the ice and possibly fit into a goal or two. His price alone makes him a good option to pair with Couture ($6,300) and/or Marleau ($5,600), or other top-end stars in this contest.

STEADY PERFORMER:

David Backes, St. Louis Blues ($5,100)

Granted there are a lot of players who could be in this category, but Backes' price makes him a good fit. In his past 10 games, Backes has five goals and four assists (3.7 DraftKings points per contest). He has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) and 27 shots on goal in the playoffs. He is making the most of his shots with a 25.9 percent shooting percentage. Three of his goals have been on the power play and three have been game winners. Backes does it all, taking faceoffs and throwing hits (stats which don't count in DraftKings), but he also has eight blocks in his past 10 games. His price and what he brings to the table make him a great option.

AFFORDABLE FLIER:

Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues ($3,900)

Lehtera was held scoreless in Game 2, but had points in his previous three games (one goal, two assists). You won't get blocks or shots from him (three blocks, 13 SOG), and he is averaging close to 2.0 DraftKings points per contest in his past 10 games (1.8), but his price and the fact that he plays on a team that can score make him worth it. Lehtera had 41 points in the regular season and three points in five games against the Sharks.

GOALIE MATCHUP:

Brian Elliott ($8,600) vs. Martin Jones ($8,300)

Elliott has averaged 5.1 DraftKings points per contest in his past 10 games, allowing 20 goals, and has a .930 save percentage. He allowed three goals on 23 shots in a 4-0 loss to the Sharks in Game 2, but kept them in the game and allowed one goal on 32 shots in a 2-1 win in Game 1. In his only game at SAP Center this season, Elliott had a 37-save shutout in a 1-0 win. He was 12-4-3 on the road this season with a 1.80 GAA, .937 SV% and three shutouts. 

Jones not only is $300 cheaper but has two shutouts in his past three games, including a 26-save shutout in Game 2. He's allowed one goal or fewer in three of his past five starts, is averaging 5.3 DraftKings points per contest in his past 10 games and has allowed nine goals in six home games in the playoffs. Each goalie could be in for a big game, but Jones and the Sharks are 5-1 at home this postseason.

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