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 ($7,500)
The Edmonton Oilers have had no answer for Getzlaf in the Western Conference Second Round. The Anaheim Ducks' captain has multipoint games in four of five in the series, including a four-point night (two goals, two assists) in Game 4 on Wednesday. He has at least 10.0 DraftKings points in back-to-back games, and at least 3.0 in eight of nine Stanley Cup Playoff games this season. The one con when considering Getzlaf is his ownership percentage will likely be very high. So if you're building a tournament lineup, also consider Ducks center Ryan Kesler ($5,900).
Video: EDM@ANA, Gm5: Getzlaf nets slapper from the point
VALUE CENTER: Mark Letestu, EDM ($3,900)
Letestu's value is directly linked to the Oilers' power play. He's on the first unit with Connor McDavid, Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl, and has a power-play assist in back-to-back games. Letestu was tied for the Oilers' lead with McDavid after getting six shots on goal in a 4-3 double-overtime loss in Game 5 on Friday. He has six points (three goals, three assists) with 10 blocks and 23 shots on goal in his past 10 playoff games, good for 3.3 DraftKings points per contest, 1.0 higher than his season average.
TOP WING: Filip Forsberg, NSH ($6,700)
With few elite options at center, it may be best to invest in multiple top wings. Forsberg lands in that group, tied for the playoff lead among Nashville Predators forwards with seven points (three goals, four assists). Four of those seven points have come in four games at home, where Forsberg is averaging 4.4 DraftKings points per game. The Predators are 4-for-13 on the power play in the second round against the St. Louis Blues through five games, with Forsberg playing on the top unit. There are safer options at wing, but Forsberg figures to offer low ownership with a high ceiling.
Video: NSH@STL, Gm1: Forsberg deflects in PPG off skate
VALUE WING: Drake Caggiula, EDM ($3,600)
Continuing the trend of cheap Oilers forwards, Caggiula is another player who should see some time with McDavid. The rookie left wing has scored in back-to-back games, putting up at least 4.5 DraftKings points in each. Caggiula is starting to get a reputation for scoring in big spots; his goal with 1:42 left in Game 4 forced OT, and he gave Edmonton a 3-0 lead in Game 5. He's beginning to develop that clutch gene, and the Oilers will need Caggiula to provide a spark again if they want to extend their series with the Ducks to Game 7.
TOP DEFENSEMAN: Alex Pietrangelo, STL ($5,700)
Chances are that plenty of lineups will hone in on the Predators' top three defensemen: Roman Josi ($6,400), Ryan Ellis ($5,600) and P.K. Subban ($5,400). This will make Pietrangelo an appealing GPP play given his production in the second round vs. Nashville. The Blues' captain has three assists, 13 blocks and 13 SOG in five games against the Predators, good for 3.8 DraftKings points per game. He has at least 3.5 DraftKings points in four straight, with 10 of his 13 SOG this round coming in the past two games. If St. Louis can get its power play rolling (1-for-14 in the series), that would only add to Pietrangelo's appeal.
Video: STL@FLA: Pietrangelo taps in PPG for 300th NHL point
VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Kris Russell, EDM ($3,600)
It's unclear for now whether Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera will be able to play in Game 6. If he can't go, Russell would likely pick up some additional playing time and a spot on the second power-play unit. Even with Sekera on his pair, Russell has produced with three assists in his past three games. He's also back to doing what he does best: blocking shots. Russell, who has blocked at least 201 shots in each of the past four seasons, has 15 in his past two games.
GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Pekka Rinne, NSH ($8,000)
You're going to want to keep things simple with four goalies to choose from, so go with the safest in Rinne. The Predators can advance to their first Western Conference Final with a win at home. Rinne has been excellent at Bridgestone Arena all season, going 25-6-5 with a 2.11 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 38 starts, regular season and playoffs combined. In the playoffs, he's 4-0 with a 1.17 GAA and .959 SV% at home. Rinne should also see a high volume of shots from the Blues, who have at least 30 in three of five games in the series.
Video: STL@NSH, Gm4: Rinne extends for pair of pad stops
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