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DraftKings lineup: Shoot for the Stars

Ja. Benn, Russell, Lehtonen make for solid triple play with Dallas

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Fantasy Staff Writer

Note: This contest does not include the New York Rangers- Pittsburgh Penguins game Saturday afternoon.

C - Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks ($5,900)
He was second in the League with 63 assists and tied for fourth with 82 points during the regular season. Although he didn't have a point in Game 1 of the Sharks' Western Conference First Round series against the Los Angeles Kings, Thornton has two goals and 10 assists in his past 10 games (3.3 DraftKings points per contest). He took 121 shots during the regular season but Thornton is more known for his set-up work. In five regular-season games against the Kings he had three goals and five assists, and he's almost a point-per-game player against the Kings in his career (72 points in 75 games). Thornton should get a point or two in this one.

C - Vincent Lecavalier, Los Angeles Kings ($3,100)

Although Lecavalier has gone without a goal in seven games and has two in the past 14, his price makes him worth it. The last time he scored was March 28 when he had two goals against the Sharks. Three of his 10 goals this season have come against the Sharks, so he's had success against them. Lecavalier might not score, but he should at least get a couple of shots on goal. Anything else is a bonus at this price.

W - Marcus Johansson, Washington Capitals ($4,100)

Johansson had two assists in a 2-0 win in Game 1 of the Capitals' Eastern Conference First Round series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday and has two goals and six assists in his past seven games. He gets chances on the power play as well, playing 7:16 with the man-advantage in Game 1. No matter who he plays with, Johansson is a threat to get on the score sheet, and the Capitals were the second-highest scoring team in the League during the regular season.

Video: MIN@DAL, Gm1: Ja. Benn seals the win on empty net

W - Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars ($8,300)

There's a reason Benn is the second-highest priced wing behind the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin ($8,800). But if you're going to spend a lot for one player, Benn is the one. He had one goal and two assists in a 4-0 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series Thursday. He also had three shots on goal and 8.5 DraftKings points. Even if he is without teammate Tyler Seguin for Game 2 on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, FS-SW, FS-N, FS-WI), Benn should have another solid game against the Wild. Benn has six goals and 12 points in his past 10 games, good for 4.3 DraftKings points per games. He's worth every penny of his price tag and likely will get a few points.

W - Brayden Schenn, Philadelphia Flyers ($5,900)

Schenn likely will move to center from right wing on the second line for Game 2 against the Capitals on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports, CSN-DC, CSN-PH) because of an upper-body injury sustained by Sean Couturier that will keep him out for at least two weeks. He had personal NHL-bests with 26 goals and 33 assists in 80 regular-season games, and has two goals and five assists in his past 10 games. (3.1 DraftKings points per game). Schenn also had two goals in four regular-season games against the Capitals this season. You figure the Flyers will score a goal against the Capitals, and he's a good option to get one.

Video: PIT@WSH: Johansson collects his second goal of game

D - Matt Niskanen, Washington Capitals ($5,000)

Niskanen has three assists, 16 blocked shots and 18 shots on goal in his past 10 games, which explains his average of 2.5 DraftKings points per game despite the low offensive totals. He's part of the Capitals' second power-play unit and had 3:20 of power-play ice time in Game 1 on Thursday.

D - Kris Russell, Dallas Stars ($4,600)

Russell is a good option because of his price combined with his ability to block shots. He had 210 in 62 regular-season games; his 3.4 blocked shots per game was the most among players to skate in more than 10 games. Russell has four assists in 10 games. His offense is down from last season, but on a potent Stars team he's always a threat to get a point. Expect to see him in shooting lanes and blocking shots in Game 2.

G - Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars ($7,500)

Lehtonen ranks behind three goalies starting Saturday in terms of price and is tied with Martin Jones of the Sharks, but Jones is facing a more potent offense in the Los Angeles Kings. Although Lehtonen didn't have great numbers during the regular season, he had a 22-save shutout in Game 1 against the Wild, good for 9.4 DraftKings points. There's no reason to think he won't start again. The Stars could get center Tyler Seguin back, and the Wild remain without leading scorer Zach Parise and fourth-leading goal scorer Thomas Vanek. If Antti Niemi starts in goal for the Stars, take him; you'd save $100 as his price is $7,400.

UTIL - Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles Kings ($5,700)

Toffoli had a personal NHL-high 31 goals this season after 23 last season, and has increased his goal output the past three seasons. He had no points and two shots on goal (1.0 DraftKings points) in Game 1 against the Sharks but has five goals in his past 11 games. Toffoli also has points in six of nine games.

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