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: Connor McDavid, EDM ($8,200) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 5.0
McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers have been far from perfect this postseason, but their ability to bounce back should have DFS owners selecting the NHL scoring champion for Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). McDavid, still seeking his first mulitpoint game in the playoffs, combined for two points (one goal, one assist) and five shots on goal in two games following a loss in the first round against the San Jose Sharks.
Video: ANA@EDM, Gm3: McDavid snipes in top-shelf beauty
VALUE CENTER: Nick Bonino, PIT ($4,500) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 2.5
The injury to Sidney Crosby (concussion) means Bonino will be elevated to second-line center behind Evgeni Malkin ($8,100) for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bonino skated with Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust after Crosby left Game 3, and has had success against the Washington Capitals when playing with strong linemates over the past two postseasons. Last season, he had five points in six games against the Capitals playing mostly with Phil Kessel. He scored a goal in Game 1 of this series.
Video: PIT@WSH, Gm1: Bonino pots go-ahead goal off rush
TOP WING: Jakob Silfverberg, ANA ($5,700) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 8.5
Over the past three postseasons combined, Silfverberg ranks fourth in points per game (1.03) among players with at least 30 games played. He has eight points (four goals, four assists) and 24 SOG in seven games against the Oilers this season, including 10.5 DraftKings points (two goals, one assist, five SOG) in Game 3. He's as high-floor an option as you'll find below the $6,000 mark. In the playoffs, he's been on Anaheim's first power-play unit (three power-play points) and ranks sixth in SOG (29 in seven games).
Video: ANA@EDM, Gm3: Silfverberg slots home rebound in front
VALUE WING: Jordan Eberle, EDM ($4,900) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 0.5
Eberle is without a goal through his first nine NHL playoff games (two assists, 17 SOG), but had 51 points (20 goals, 31 assists) in the regular season and should remain among Edmonton's top-six forward group for Game 4 against the Ducks. Eberle has no goals on 14 SOG in eight games against Anaheim this season but has salvaged his DraftKings value with four assists in that span (2.1 DraftKings points per game). He will likely have low ownership but cannot be overlooked with so much lineup flexibility on this two-game slate. He's averaging 2:01 per game on the power play in the playoffs (one PPP).
Video: VAN@EDM: Eberle sends a feed that redirects in
TOP DEFENSEMAN: John Carlson, WSH ($5,000) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 1.0
Carlson is averaging 3.1 DraftKings points per game in the playoffs despite being held to two points (one goal, one assist) in nine games. He's tied for second with teammate Kevin Shattenkirk among defensemen in SOG (27) and has a strong blocks total (18). He has been held without a point through three games against the Penguins but is due for an eventual scoring uptick playing 23:17 per game (1:35 on power play). He had three assists in three regular-season games against Pittsburgh and was a point-per-game player (12 points in 12 games) last postseason.
Video: TOR@WSH, Gm2: Carlson buries a blistering PPG
VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Shea Theodore, ANA ($3,900) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 2.0
Theodore, for such a low price, deserves to be rostered after scoring at least 6.5 DraftKings points for the third time in seven games this postseason. He had two assists, four blocks and two SOG in Game 3 against the Oilers, and ranks third in playoff points among defensemen behind Ryan Ellis (Nashville Predators) and Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators). Even with the return of Ducks defensemen Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen, Theodore is averaging 2:19 per game on the power play through three games this series.
Video: ANA@CGY, Gm3: Theodore ties it with his second goal
GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Braden Holtby, WSH ($7,500) - DRAFTKINGS POINTS TOTAL: 0.0
Holtby allowed two late goals in Game 3, but ultimately did enough to earn a much-needed road win with 28 saves on 30 shots faced (6.6 DraftKings points). This has been a rocky postseason for Holtby, who has allowed three or more goals in five of nine games. Although it may seem unlikely that he'll win back-to-back games in Pittsburgh, the price is right ($200 cheaper than Marc-Andre Fleury) and the Penguins are severely depleted without Crosby, forward Conor Sheary (concussion) and defenseman Kris Letang (neck surgery). Holtby has a .933 save percentage in 28 road playoff games.
Video: WSH@PIT, Gm3: Holtby denies Rust's slight break
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