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DraftKings lineup: Trust Brassard's home success

Rangers center has 41 points in 40 games at MSG, continues postseason prowess

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

C - Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins ($7,200)

The Penguins played so well in Malkin's absence that he split time on different lines in his Game 2 return, posting a power-play assist and one block for 2.5 DraftKings points. He played some even-strength minutes alongside Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist, but also saw time on the third line with Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary. Malkin, one of six players to average better than a point per game (58 points in 57 games) in the regular season, is on Pittsburgh's top power-play unit, and could even draw more favorable matchups at 5-on-5 if he's on the third line. He's tied for seventh in price among skaters for Tuesday. 

C - Derick Brassard, New York Rangers ($6,000)

All of a sudden, the Rangers have a chance to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference First Round at home in Game 3. Brassard, tied for the seventh-most home points (41 in 40 games) League-wide in the regular season, has a high ceiling alongside J.T. Miller and Rick Nash. Brassard has one goal, two assists and six shots on goal in two games this series, and is averaging 3.0 DraftKings points per contest in six games this season against the Penguins (including regular season). He led the Rangers with 27 goals in the regular season and had 16 points in 19 games last postseason.

W - Andrew Ladd, Chicago Blackhawks ($5,300)

Ladd has had mixed results since being traded to the Blackhawks with 12 points and 38 SOG in 19 regular-season games, and no points, two blocks and 12 SOG in three postseason games. But even in a down season, he combined for 25 goals (10 on power play) with the Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets. If his shot volume remains high, it's only a matter of time before he snaps out of his Stanley Cup Playoff funk, especially considering he's averaging 18:11 per game in the series and 3:45 on the power play.

W - Craig Smith, Nashville Predators ($4,900)

The only consistency in Smith's production this season has been at Bridgestone Arena; he has scored 27 of his 37 points at home, and is fresh off a rare road outburst with one goal, one assist and three SOG in Game 2 against the Anaheim Ducks. He offers exposure to Filip Forsberg on the Predators' second line and averaged 2.43 SOG per game in the regular season.

W - Andreas Athanasiou, Detroit Red Wings ($3,100)

Athanasiou has been a spark plug for the Red Wings, and is making a serious push for more ice time. He finished third in regular-season goals per 60 minutes (1.62; minimum 30 games played) behind only Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (1.87) and Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks (1.65). Athanasiou posted one goal and four SOG in 9:05 of ice time in Game 3, and is priced $600 above the DraftKings minimum price. He's in a depth-line role alongside Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar, but carries game-breaking potential on any given shift.

D - Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks ($6,100)

Keith proved in each of his first two games back from suspension that he's worth the price of admission in DraftKings. He had a multipoint outing (one goal, one assist) with four SOG and one block (7.5 DraftKings points) in Game 2, and posted five SOG and one block (3.0) despite being held without a point in Game 3. He's destined for 25 or more minutes in Game 4, and should be worth your while again in DFS. He has four points, eight blocks and 16 SOG against the Blues this season (including regular season).

D - Kevin Klein, New York Rangers ($4,200)

Klein, priced 20th among defensemen, is covering each of the three major DraftKings categories with five points (one goal, four assists), 26 blocks and 17 SOG in his past 10 games. He has scored 18 of his 26 points at Madison Square Garden and is looking for his first point of this series. He has four SOG and five blocks in the first two games. The Rangers can rely on Klein for late-game heroics; he has four game-winning goals this season, including an overtime winner.

G - Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks ($8,200)

The Blackhawks, in danger of falling into a 3-1 series hole, need to respond in Game 4 at United Center. Fantasy owners should trust Chicago's pedigree in this spot -- especially Crawford's home success. The Blackhawks goalie led the League in save percentage (.940; minimum 10 games played) and shutouts (seven) at home in the regular season. Crawford has an NHL-leading 26 wins in 33 home games with a .935 SV% in the past four postseasons.

UTIL - Nick Bonino, Pittsburgh Penguins ($4,800)

Bonino was among the League leaders in scoring in the final month of the regular season with 16 points in as many games. He has remained alongside Phil Kessel and former Rangers forward Carl Hagelin on the Penguins' second line, and has three assists, four blocks and two SOG so far in the series (5.0 DraftKings points per game).

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