NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests 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.
Note: This contest includes the Game 3s between the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, and Game 3 between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.
TOP CENTER: Evgeni Malkin, PIT ($8,000) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 7.0
Entering play Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins center leads all scorers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 11 points (two goals, nine assists). Prior to being held off the scoresheet in Game 1 against the Washington Capitals, Malkin had at least one point in each game of the playoffs. In addition to averaging 4.3 DraftKings points per contest this season, Malkin has dominated the Capitals with five goals in five games (including playoffs), and has 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) in 36 regular-season games against Washington in his career.
Video: CBJ@PIT, Gm2: Malkin slams Crosby's feed into cage
VALUE CENTER: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM ($4,600) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 2.0
The Edmonton Oilers have taken a 2-0 series lead against the Anaheim Ducks, and although Nugent-Hopkins hasn't performed well offensively, his game has come alive. Nugent-Hopkins was scoreless in six games against the San Jose Sharks in the first round, but has an assist in each of his past two games. He had one shot on goal and two blocked shots in a 2-1 win on Friday, good for 3.5 DraftKings points. The good news is he plays well against Anaheim with four points (two goals, two assists) in seven games this season.
TOP WING: T.J. Oshie, WSH ($7,000) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 3.0
It might seem odd picking Oshie as the top wing above teammate Alex Ovechkin ($8,300) and Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues ($7,600), but it's hard to argue with Oshie's production. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Oshie has three goals and five assists, and points in six of seven games. His price has only gone up $200 since the start of the playoffs despite having at least 4.0 DraftKings points in four of his past five games. Not to mention Oshie has had success against the Penguins this season with three goals and eight assists in five games (6.9 DraftKings points per game).
Video: TOR@WSH, Gm5: Oshie puts home rebound for PPG
VALUE WING: Jaden Schwartz, STL ($5,900) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 2.0
Schwartz is leading the St. Louis Blues in points in the playoffs with seven (three goals, four assists) and is second with 21 SOG. He has points in five of six playoff games, including each of the past three games. Schwartz has at least 3.5 DraftKings points in each of his past three games despite being limited SOG (six) and blocked shots (three). After scoring 55 points (19 goals, 36 assists) during the regular season, it appears Schwartz has carried that success into the playoffs, and it should continue against the Nashville Predators on Sunday.
TOP DEFENSEMAN: Roman Josi, NSH ($6,300) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 4.5
Josi has four points (two goals, two assists) in six playoff games and is a big reason the Predators have won five of six in the postseason. He's also has 20 SOG and 19 blocked shots in six games, including at least four SOG in three games and four blocked shots in four games. His ability to cover both offensive and defensive categories makes him the top pick, as does the fact that 10 of his 14 goals and 33 of his 53 points (including postseason) have come at home where the Predators will be for Game 3 on Sunday.
Video: CHI@NSH, Gm4: Josi wires a one-timer past Crawford
VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Andrej Sekera, EDM ($4,400) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 1.0
Sekera has points in three of his past four games after not scoring in the first four games of the playoffs. He scored a goal and had three SOG and one blocked shot (5.0 DraftKings points) against the Ducks in Game 2 on Friday, and has at least 3.5 DraftKings points in each of his past four games. Sekera also has 19 blocked shots in the playoffs, including at least three in five of his past six games.
GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: John Gibson, ANA ($7,400) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 4.8
Gibson ranks fifth of the six projected starters in price, only ahead of Jake Allen of the Blues ($7,300). Although he allowed four goals on 31 shots in a 5-2 loss in Game 1 (1.4 DraftKings points), Gibson made 21 saves allowing two goals in Game 2 (2.2 DraftKings points), but the Ducks were unable to provide him with any offense. After losing two games at home, the Ducks face a crucial Game 3 on Sunday. Although he has one win in six games against the Oilers this season with a 2.81 GAA and .906 SV%, expect a bounce-back performance from Gibson, who is averaging 5.2 DraftKings points in his past 10 games dating to the regular season.
Video: EDM@ANA, Gm2: Gibson dives to stop Eberle's attempt
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