NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL games during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (until end of conference finals). This article includes expensive and value plays and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.
TOP CENTER: Ryan Getzlaf, ANA ($7,000) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 8.0
Getzlaf has an amazing second half of the regular season, totaling 45 points in his final 40 games. He was especially dominant after the Anaheim Ducks acquired his linemate, right wing Patrick Eaves, on Feb. 24; Getzlaf had 27 points in his final 19 regular-season games. Getzlaf had five points in four Stanley Cup Playoff games against the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference First Round, and brings a wealth of postseason experience to counter the young Edmonton Oilers. He has 104 points in 108 career playoff games and had seven points in five regular-season games against the Oilers.
Video: CGY@ANA, Gm2: Getzlaf nets go-ahead PPG off Bouma
VALUE CENTER: Paul Stastny, STL ($4,500) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 3.0
Stastny returned from a foot injury in Game 5 against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, and scored one goal on four SOG (5.0 DraftKings points) to help the St. Louis Blues advance to play the Nashville Predators. Stastny had no points and seven shots on goal in four regular-season games against the Predators, but is in a favorable spot on the first line with Vladimir Tarasenko. He also has a solid playoff track record with 33 points in 49 career games and was productive when healthy in the regular season (40 points in 66 games).
TOP WING: Leon Draisaitl, EDM ($6,600) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 10.5
Draisaitl adjusted well to the line shuffling and adversity he faced in the Western Conference First Round against the San Jose Sharks. He did not have a point in Games 1-4, but responded with two assists and four SOG in Game 5 and scored one goal on one SOG with three blocked shots in Game 6. After playing center early in the series, he was moved back to the top line with Connor McDavid, where he did most of his regular-season damage (77 points in 82 games). He led the Oilers with eight points (six goals) in five regular-season games against Anaheim.
Video: EDM@SJS, Gm6: Draisaitl goes five-hole on break
VALUE WING: David Perron, STL ($3,800) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 0.0
Perron performed well against the Predators in the regular season with four points and 15 SOG in five games (3.5 DraftKings points per game). He's playing on the second line with Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen and could take advantage of the potentially rusty Predators, who swept the Chicago Blackhawks in four games but have not played in nearly one week. Perron had three SOG in each of his final two games against the Wild, and had an assist in Game 3 at home.
TOP DEFENSEMAN: Cam Fowler, ANA ($5,200) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 2.5
Fowler (knee) could return for Game 1 against the Oilers after missing the entire series against the Flames -- a development that could shake up the Ducks' power-play equation. Defenseman Shea Theodore emerged in the first round by scoring five points including two power-play points in four games, but Fowler should immediately rejoin the first unit with Getzlaf once he returns. Fowler led the Ducks in regular-season ice time per game (24:50) by a wide margin, and was one of four defensemen with at least 39 points, 15 PPP, 186 SOG and 130 blocks. The others were Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Rasmus Ristolainen.
Video: COL@ANA: Fowler wires a quick shot past Pickard
VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Ryan Ellis, NSH ($5,100) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 5.0
Ellis scored four points and added 10 SOG and 13 blocked shots in four playoff games (5.1 DraftKings points per game), making him one of the most valuable players at his position in the opening round. He finished the regular season with eight points and 31 SOG over his final 11 games, reaping the benefits of even-strength exposure to puck-moving defenseman Roman Josi. Ellis had three or more blocked shots in each of the four games against the Blackhawks, and has covered peripheral categories against the Blues this season (one assist, 12 blocks, eight SOG in five games).
Video: NSH@CHI, Gm2: Ellis buries a slapper through traffic
GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Jake Allen, STL ($7,900) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 1.6
Allen was, without a doubt, the biggest reason the Blues advanced past the Wild as quickly as they did. The Blues were heavily outshot (182-134) in the series, but Allen's .956 save percentage was second only to Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (.976; highest in first-round series since Patrick Lalime's .985 SV% in 2002, per Elias Sports Bureau) among playoff starters. Allen has a chance to feed off that performance in Game 1 at home, where he's 7-4-1 with a .920 save percentage in 12 games since the Blues replaced coach Ken Hitchcock with Mike Yeo on Feb. 1. Allen is 1-1 at Scottrade Center this postseason with 66 saves on 69 shots faced (.957 SV%).
Video: STL@MIN, Gm5: Allen stones Zucker with quick glove
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