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 ($7,700)
Getzlaf leads the Anaheim Ducks with 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the Western Conference Second Round against the Edmonton Oilers going into Game 7 at Honda Center in Anaheim on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). He's averaging 6.1 DraftKings points per game in the playoffs and 3.4 shots on goal per game. Getzlaf has come up big when the Ducks have needed him all season. If they are able to end their five-game losing streak in Game 7s, Getzlaf no doubt will be a factor.
VALUE CENTER: Mark Letestu, EDM ($3,900)
Letestu's price didn't go up after Game 6 when he had two goals, two assists and five shots on goal (12.5 DraftKings points) in a 7-1 Oilers win. He had assists in back-to-back games prior and has 12 shots on goal in his past three games. He's mostly been flying under the radar but has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 12 playoff games, and eight power-play points. His price is well below what it should be considering how well he has performed during the postseason.
Video: ANA@EDM, Gm6: Letestu goes top shelf from close range
TOP WING: Alex Ovechkin, WSH ($8,000)
Ovechkin would love to shed his reputation of not being able to win the big game, and capping a three-game winning streak against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a victory in Game 7 on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) would help that. The Washington Capitals stayed alive in the playoffs winning their past two games despite one point from Ovechkin, a goal in Game 5. He has five points (two goals, three assists) in the series and likely will be driving the Capitals' offense against the Penguins.
VALUE WING: Justin Williams, WSH ($5,600)
Williams has gone two straight games without a point and has three assists in six games in this series. But that shouldn't deter you from picking him. Known as "Mr. Game 7," Williams has thrived in winner-take-all situations during his NHL career. He's 7-0 with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and has the most points in Game 7s in NHL history. Expect him to come up big against the Penguins at home.
Video: TOR@WSH, Gm5: Williams one-times overtime winner
TOP DEFENSEMAN: Cam Fowler, ANA ($5,100)
Fowler is the fourth-highest priced defenseman Wednesday but the most likely to produce. He had one assist, two blocked shots and one shot on goal in Game 6, good for 3.5 DraftKings points in a game where his team was outplayed and scored one goal. Fowler has five points (one goal, four assists) in six postseason games, including two points on the power play. He has at least one point in four of six games against the Oilers and is capable of joining the rush and setting up plays in the offensive zone.
VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Kris Russell, EDM ($3,900)
Russell has been a shot-blocking machine during the postseason with an NHL-high 48 in 12 games (4.0 per game). That alone translates to 2.0 DraftKings points per game. In five of his past 10 games he has at least five blocked shots, including seven in Game 4 and eight in Game 5. Russell usually isn't going to contribute much offensively, but he has four assists in his past four games. At this price, he's one of the best values you can get.
Video: EDM@FLA: Russell finishes tic-tac-toe passing play
GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT ($7,400)
After allowing a total of nine goals in Games 5 and 6, Fleury has a shot at redemption. He's mostly played well during the playoffs, with a .921 save percentage, and he had faced at least 30 shots on goal in 10 straight games prior to Game 6, when he made 21 saves on 26 shots. Fleury has been in big games before and allowed a total of nine goals in the first four games against the Capitals. Fleury has played well in Game 7s, with a 2.29 goals-against average in five games.
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