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DraftKings lineup: Keith, Toews excel in crunch time

Blackhawks have wealth of experience, past production facing elimination

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

DraftKings Daily Picks: Saturday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Saturday

he NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Saturday including Matt Cullen, Brent Seabrook and Nate Thompson

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NOTE: This lineup is for two-game Saturday contests and does not include the New York Rangers-Pittsburgh Penguins afternoon game.

C - Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks ($6,100)

Toews has had a relatively underwhelming Stanley Cup Playoff in terms of point production, but is winning more than 58 percent of his faceoffs and remains dangerous entering Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues at United Center. He has no goals, three assists and 15 shots on goal in five games this series, but has 105 points in 122 career postseason games, including 10 game-winning goals (two in overtime). He played much of Game 5 alongside NHL regular-season scoring champion Patrick Kane, so he's a ripe breakout pick as the Blackhawks look to force Game 7. Toews has 12 points in 16 career postseason games facing elimination, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

C - Rickard Rakell, Anaheim Ducks ($4,600)

Rakell, playing alongside usual linemate Corey Perry, has points in back-to-back games and at least 2.0 DraftKings points in three straight. He has six points in seven games against the Nashville Predators in the regular season and playoffs combined, and is priced seventh among centers for two-game Saturday contests.

W - Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks ($6,500)

Perry has yet to score a goal on 15 SOG through seven games against Nashville (including regular season), but his breakout could be on the way given Rakell's recent success. Perry has 32 goals and 76 points in 94 career postseason games, and scored 23 of his 34 goals in the regular season at Honda Center. If you're worried Perry is priced too high based on his body of work so far, stack him with Rakell to offset the cost.

W - Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues ($5,300)

Schwartz has goals in three straight playoff games, each coming on the power play, and has added two assists, five blocks and 11 SOG in five games this series against Chicago. He's playing alongside frequent linemates Jori Lehtera and goal-scoring phenom Vladimir Tarasenko, and is fully healthy after missing most of the regular season because of injury.

W - Robby Fabbri, St. Louis Blues ($4,200)

This 20-year-old rookie has played beyond his years in the Western Conference First Round, with multipoint outings in two of his past three games. He had one goal, one assist and three SOG for 6.5 DraftKings points in Game 5, and is seeing nearly two minutes per game (1:55) on the power play in the series. He has seven points and 19 SOG in nine games against the Blackhawks in the regular season and playoffs.

D - Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks ($6,200)

Keith is a roll-every-night defenseman in DFS, and proved it again in Game 5, when he was held without a point but chipped in four SOG and one block for 2.5 DraftKings points. He has a block in each of his four playoff games against the Blues, and has totaled three goals, one assist and 16 SOG in the series. Keith has 14 points in 16 games facing elimination, according to Elias.

D - Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks ($4,600)

Vatanen has assists in back-to-back games, and is bound to bust out of his 16-game goal drought dating back to Feb. 26. He was priced in the mid-to-low $5,000 range for most of the regular season, but is available at a discount for Game 5 against the Predators at home. Vatanen averages 3.1 DraftKings points per contest at Honda Center compared to 2.3 on the road in the regular season and playoffs combined. He is averaging 24:08 of ice time per game and 2:52 on the power play in the series, offering exposure to each of the major DraftKings categories.

G - Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks ($8,200)

Andersen has been the Ducks' savior, stopping 57 of 58 shots faced to help them overcome a 2-0 series deficit with two road wins in Nashville. He's averaging 9.2 DraftKings points in the playoffs, and is now 16-7 with two shutouts in 25 career playoff games. Andersen is priced third among four projected goalies for two-game Saturday contests, and has the most favorable draw of the bunch. He's 3-1-0 against Nashville this season and 11-1-3 with a .931 save percentage at Honda Center this season.

UTIL - Andrew Shaw, Chicago Blackhawks ($4,200)

Shaw served his one-game suspension and returns to the lineup and Blackhawks' top-six forward group Saturday for Game 6. He had a huge DraftKings showing in Game 4 with one goal, two assists and five SOG, and has seven points in eight games against the Blues in the regular season and playoffs combined. He has been much more effective scoring at home (27 points in 40 regular-season and playoff games) than on the road (11 points in 42 games). In a best-case scenario, he'll stick on the left wing of Toews and Kane.

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