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DraftKings lineup: Rookie Quine fitting in just fine

Islanders forward could remain on top line with Tavares, Okposo

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

C - John Tavares, New York Islanders ($8,000)

Tavares picked apart the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference First Round series, totaling nine points (tied for second in the NHL), four power-play points (tied for fifth) and 30 SOG (third). He scored the tying goal late in regulation and the winning goal in double overtime of Game 6 in a legendary performance to lift New York to its first playoff series win in 23 years. The Islanders will have had two days off before facing the Tampa Bay Lightning, against whom Tavares had two goals, three assists and eight SOG in three games in the regular season (5.3 DraftKings points per game).

C - Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks ($6,000)

Kesler has goals in back-to-back games for the Ducks, who hope to reverse their recent fortunes in another Game 7 at home. Because of his well-rounded coverage, Kesler has had at least 2.0 DraftKings points in five of six games this series. He remains on the Ducks' third line with usual linemates Jakob Silfverberg and Andrew Cogliano, and plays on the first power-play unit with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Co. Kesler has two points (one goal, one assist) in three career Game 7s, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

W - Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders ($6,400)

Okposo was the Islanders' best possession player in the first round in terms of Shot Attempts ratio and SAT Relative percentage. Playing on a line with Tavares at even strength and on New York's top power-play unit, he posted one goal, five assists, two power-play points and 28 SOG in six games. He had 6.0 or more DraftKings points four times in the series, and is priced fifth among wings.

W - Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning ($4,400)

Drouin has six points in seven games (including the regular season) since being recalled, including four assists and 13 SOG in the Lightning's five-game series against the Detroit Red Wings. He had three power-play assists in Game 4, and Tampa Bay will be relying on Drouin's accelerated development to solve the Islanders' strong penalty kill, which ranks fifth among playoff teams (86.7 percent) and finished fourth in the regular season (84.5). He offers exposure to Tampa Bay's second line and first power-play unit, and is still considerably cheaper than Ondrej Palat ($5,200), whom he has outperformed this postseason.

Video: NYI@FLA, Gm5: Quine wins game with PPG in double OT

W - Alan Quine, New York Islanders ($3,200)

Quine, recalled late in the regular season by the Islanders, has played more playoff games than regular-season games in his career but made a huge impact in the first round against Florida. He had three points in six games, including a power-play goal in double overtime of Game 5. He also had three blocks and 11 SOG for an average of 2.3 DraftKings points in the series. He played most of the series alongside Ryan Strome and Shane Prince, but received a top-line trial with Tavares and Okposo for much of Games 5 and 6, posting a secondary assist on Tavares' series-winning goal.

D - Nick Leddy, New York Islanders ($4,800)

Leddy, eighth among defensemen in price, had one assist, six blocks and 10 SOG in three games against the Lightning in the regular season, an average of 3.3 DraftKings points per contest. He had three assists, 10 blocks and 12 SOG in the six playoff games against the Panthers, and scored four of his five regular-season goals on the road. This lineup consists of four Islanders skaters considering Lightning goalie Ben Bishop is 5-4-1 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .890 save percentage against New York in his career.

D - Mattias Ekholm, Nashville Predators ($4,300)

Ekholm opened the scoring in Game 6, and has two goals, 11 blocks and eight SOG in six games (2.6 DraftKings points) this series against the Ducks. He's priced 11th among defensemen and can return value even if he does not record a point in Game 7. He's fourth among Predators defensemen in ice time per game this series (21:16), and is averaging 2:26 of power-play time per game.

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

Anything can happen in a Game 7, but this bit of history stands out: home teams are 95-67 (.586) in Game 7s. Considering Andersen, who's likely to get the start for Anaheim, is 12-1-3 at home this season (including the playoffs), you have to like his chances of returning value. He has a .939 save percentage through six games against the Predators (including the regular season) and has a .944 even-strength save percentage in four games this series. He has a chance to bounce back from his only Game 7 outing, when he allowed five goals on 26 shots faced to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks last postseason.

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

Veteran experience can be key in Game 7s, but sometimes it can be just as important to have new blood in these games. Last postseason, Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals broke out in Game 7 with the tie-breaking goal to beat the Islanders. It wouldn't be surprising to see a similar moment from Rakell, 22, who had 20 goals and 23 assists in the regular season but has been limited to two points and 11 SOG in six games this series. Perry, Rakell's frequent linemate this season, has been with the Ducks for their four straight Game 7 losses, but could benefit from having a young, emerging center in this high-pressure situation.


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