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DraftKings lineup: Tarasenko seeks defining moment

Blues wing brings elite goals-per-game average into Game 7

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

C - Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks ($6,800)

Getzlaf has a three-game streak of at least one point, block and shot on goal, totaling one goal, three assists, four blocks and four SOG in the span. He's the highest-priced center for two-game Monday contests, but is worth spending up for considering he has five points, seven blocks and 21 SOG in seven games for an average of 3.7 DraftKings points per game against the Nashville Predators this season (including Stanley Cup Playoffs). He's close to a point per game in his postseason career with 99 points, including five game-winning goals, in 102 games.

C - Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues ($4,000)

Lehtera centers goal-scoring phenom Vladimir Tarasenko at even strength, and has assists in two of his past three games. His peripheral totals are spotty, but his chances of picking up an assist or two in Game 7 are more than reasonable, making him worth the risk priced this low. He has scored 23 of his 37 points this season (including playoffs) at Scottrade Center, and he's an affordable stack to offset Tarasenko's steep cost.

W - Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues ($7,900)

Similar to John Tavares' series-clinching heroics for the New York Islanders in Game 6 on Sunday, the time has come for Tarasenko, another new-age superstar forward, to help the Blues overcome their history of playoff shortcomings against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Tarasenko has 14 goals in 19 career postseason games, the best goals-per-game average among active players with at least 15 games played. He has four goals, six points and 24 SOG in six games this series, and has nine goals and 13 points in 11 games against the Blackhawks this regular season and playoffs.

Video: STL@CHI, Gm6: Tarasenko goes top-shelf to pad lead

W - Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks ($5,800)

Hossa's regular season struggles were largely because of a low shooting percentage (6.8), but he is beginning to heat up late in the Blackhawks' Western Conference First Round series against the Blues. He has goals in back-to-back games and points in three straight, with a combined 17 SOG in the span. He's still somehow priced below $6,000, so take full advantage in DFS. Hossa, who's playing alongside Marcus Kruger and Andrew Ladd since Chicago put Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the same line, has the second-best Shot Attempts Relative percentage among regular Blackhawks skaters this postseason.

W - David Perron, Anaheim Ducks ($4,700)

After a slow start to the series against the Predators following his return from injury, Perron has three points, three blocks and six SOG in his past two games (5.8 DraftKings points per game). He plays alongside Ryan Getzlaf at even strength and is seeing 2:14 of power-play ice time per game in the playoffs. He was one of the biggest beneficiaries of a midseason trade League-wide, and has a chance to combine on at least one point with Getzlaf to help the Ducks advance.

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

Keith's price is still too low based on what he has accomplished in this series and his career when facing elimination (14 points in 17 such games). He has gone two games without a point, but has two blocks and six SOG in the minor slump. He can be expected to log close to 30 minutes in this do-or-die Game 7 for the Blackhawks. It should also give fantasy owners peace of mind that he has scored 60 percent of his points (this regular season and playoffs combined) on the road.

D - Kevin Bieksa, Anaheim Ducks ($3,500)

Bieksa has played at least 19 minutes in each of his past three games, totaling one assist, five blocks and four SOG (2.2 DraftKings points per contest). He has three career postseason game-winning goals, including one in double overtime in 2011 to help the Vancouver Canucks advance past the San Jose Sharks. He's priced $1,000 above the DraftKings minimum.

G - Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks ($8,300)

Picking a goalie in Game 7 of Blackhawks-Blues is a complete toss-up, and also risky considering the teams rank fifth and seventh, respectively, in goals per game this postseason. Nashville, meanwhile, ranks 14th out of 16 qualifying teams with 1.80 goals per game, and Andersen is largely responsible for their offensive drought. The Ducks goalie change for Game 3 has turned the tide of the series, with Andersen winning three straight allowing three goals on 87 shots faced (.966 save percentage).

UTIL - Ryan Garbutt, Anaheim Ducks ($2,600)

If you're already stacking Getzlaf and Perron, why not round out the line for $100 above the DraftKings minimum price? Such a move would allow you to spend up elsewhere and take a flier on one of the lowest-priced top-six forwards on the slate. Garbutt scored a goal in Game 5 with one SOG and one block (4.0 DraftKings points), and is just as likely as Perron to be on the receiving end of a Getzlaf feed at even strength. You can draft the whole line for $14,100.


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