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DraftKings lineup: Contrarian upside in Flyers, Wild

Simmonds, Granlund primed for Game 3 breakouts on home ice

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

C - Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals ($6,500)

Backstrom has four points (one goal, three assists), four blocks and five shots on goal in two games in the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers, and has six points in as many games against them this season (including regular season). He had 40 points in 39 road games this season and skates with Alex Ovechkin at even strength and on the Capitals' power play, which went 2-for-2 in Game 2.

C - Cody Eakin, Dallas Stars ($4,200)

Eakin assisted on Jamie Benn's goal in Game 2 against the Minnesota Wild. With Tyler Seguin out for Game 3 because of injury, Eakin will continue to center Benn, who finished second in the regular season with 89 points, and have exposure to high-percentage scoring chances. He has four points in seven games against the Wild this season (including regular season), and is averaging 2.8 DraftKings points per contest on the road as opposed to 1.6 at home.

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W - Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks ($7,800)

Pavelski is a huge reason the Sharks won the first two games of the Western Conference First Round against the Los Angeles Kings. He had multipoint outings in each game, totaling three goals, one assist, one block and six SOG. Pavelski has torched the Kings for 14 points in seven games this season and has found a way to score despite being matched up against Anze Kopitar, one of the top defensive forwards in the League. Pavelski is third among wings in price behind Ovechkin and Benn, but has outperformed each through two playoff games.

W - Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers ($6,700)

Simmonds doesn't have a point in the Flyers' first two games against the Capitals, but had six SOG in Game 2. He's due for a goal (none on 19 SOG in six total games against Washington this season), but the situational stats are in his favor; he has scored 21 of his 32 goals this season at Wells Fargo Center, the site of Game 3 on Monday. Simmonds has nine points, three blocks and 36 SOG in his past nine games and should have a lower ownership because of his struggles to begin the series.

W - Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild ($4,200)

The Wild head home in a 2-0 series deficit, and Zach Parise remains out with injury. That said, Minnesota is more than capable of a single-game offensive surge, especially with Erik Haula back in the lineup for secondary scoring help. Granlund, who has 13 points in 25 career playoff games, plays alongside Mikko Koivu on the first line and top power-play unit, and was knocking on the door in Game 2 with seven SOG in 21:25 of ice time. He has at least 2.0 DraftKings points in each of his past six games (regular season and playoffs), and has seen a SOG uptick in his past 10 games (28).

D - John Carlson, Washington Capitals ($5,900)

Carlson, priced sixth among defensemen, is in the midst of a five-game point streak with multipoint outings in three of his past four games. He has two power-play goals, one assist, 10 blocks and seven SOG in two games this postseason, and averaged 0.70 points per game in the regular season, ninth among defensemen. He's on the top power-play unit with Backstrom, Ovechkin and Co., and is only priced this moderately because of the time he missed because of injury in the regular season.

D - Marco Scandella, Minnesota Wild ($3,800)

Scandella is the best high-floor option among defensemen priced below $4,000. He scored a goal in Game 2 against the Stars, and has a combined four blocks and six SOG in two games this series. Four of his five goals in the regular season came at Xcel Energy Center, and he's averaging 2.6 DraftKings points per contest in his past 10 games. Scandella played more than 20 minutes in Game 2 and is skating on the Wild's second power-play unit.

G - Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks ($7,600)

Jones is priced seventh among Monday goalies but ranks third in DraftKings points per game for the season behind Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth. He is 5-1-1 this season (including playoffs) against the Kings and had six shutouts in the regular season (three at home). Even with a 2-0 series lead, the pressure is on the Sharks to take care of business at SAP Center. The bottom line is Jones should be priced higher given his breakout season and dominant start to the postseason against his former team.

UTIL - Sam Gagner, Philadelphia Flyers ($3,300)

Gagner does not have a point in the first two games of his playoff career, but has four shots on goal and is in a favorable spot on the Flyers' second line with Brayden Schenn and Michael Raffl, and on the second power-play unit. With only three games on the Monday schedule, selecting a top-six forward like Gagner with power-play exposure and likely minimal ownership gives you the opportunity to reap the rewards of a unique play and spend up at other positions. He's $800 above the DraftKings minimum price.


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