NOTE: This contest does not include the St. Louis Blues-Chicago Blackhawks game Sunday afternoon.
C - John Tavares, New York Islanders ($7,700)
Tavares, the most expensive center for Sunday, is a lineup building block considering he has two goals, two assists, 11 shots on goal (7.8 DraftKings points per contest) in two games against the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference First Round. He has 40 points in 38 games at Barclays Center, 16 points in his past nine games, and 15 points and 50 SOG in 15 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Islanders have 45 Shot Attempts For compared to 31 Shot Attempts Against with Tavares on the ice in the series.
C - Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning ($5,700)
Johnson has an NHL-best six points in two games this postseason after finishing tied for the most points in the 2015 playoffs with 23 in 26 games. In nine games against the Detroit Red Wings in the past two postseasons, he has eight goals, five assists and 23 SOG. His ownership will continue to rise, but he's still a no-brainer in DFS priced below $6,000.
W - Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks ($6,700)
Perry had an assist and five SOG in Game 1 against the Nashville Predators, and will be relied upon heavily by the Ducks to even their series. He has points in three straight games dating back to the regular season, and has scored 23 of his 34 goals this season at Honda Center. Perry, priced fourth among wings, is playing on the Ducks' first power-play unit with Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell; he's on a line with Rakell and Jamie McGinn at even strength.
W - Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers ($6,100)
Huberdeau was productive against the Islanders this season with one goal, three assists, four blocks and 15 SOG in five games. He has 11 points and 31 SOG in his past 10 games, plays on the top line and first man-advantage unit with Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr, and is coming off 6.0 DraftKings points in Game 2 (one assist, one block, seven SOG).
W - Andreas Athanasiou, Detroit Red Wings ($3,000)
Taking a stab at an affordable depth-line forward with scoring potential can open up your DFS budget. Athanasiou fits the bill priced $500 above the DraftKings minimum for Game 3 against the Lightning. He had nine goals, five assists and 53 SOG in 37 regular-season games, and is a deceptive playmaker on Detroit's fourth line. He has no points and five SOG in two games this series, but scored goals in two of the Red Wings' final three regular-season games.
D - Nick Leddy, New York Islanders ($4,600)
Leddy mans the top power-play unit for the Islanders and presents a favorable forward-defenseman stacking option with Tavares to offset the center's high price. He at least one assist (two total), block (three) and SOG (four) in each of the first two playoff games against the Panthers, had 20 power-play points this season, and a power-play assist in Game 2. He's priced 10th among defensemen but carries multipoint potential any given night, especially averaging more than 25 minutes per game so far in the series.
D - Jason Garrison, Tampa Bay Lightning ($3,500)
The Red Wings allowed the sixth-most DraftKings points to opposing defensemen in the regular season. Garrison's assist in Game 2 was his first point against Detroit in six games this season, but his 10 blocks and 12 SOG have salvaged his DFS value in the season series. Garrison is averaging more than 21 minutes per game in this series, and played five minutes of power-play ice time in Game 2.
G - John Gibson or Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks ($7,900 each)
Nashville won Game 1 on the road, but it would be shocking if the Ducks didn't bounce back in Game 2 given the Predators' road inconsistency. The Ducks were 25-10-6 at Honda Center in the regular season, with Andersen and Gibson pitching two home shutouts apiece. Each has a .929 save percentage or better at home this season, and whomever starts will cost fewer DraftKings dollars than Roberto Luongo, Ben Bishop, Thomas Greiss or Pekka Rinne. Nashville dropped six of its final seven regular-season road games, and Rinne's regular-season road SV% was .902.
UTIL - Rickard Rakell, Anaheim Ducks ($4,700)
Rakell plays on a line with Perry in all situations, and that duo is an affordable stack that should carry low DFS ownership. Rakell was quiet in Game 1 (first game back from appendicitis) with two blocks and one SOG, but still has two goals, two assists, three blocks and six SOG in four games against the Predators (including playoffs). He had a breakout season with 20 goals, 23 assists, 30 blocks and 169 SOG (2.8 DraftKings points per game), and should avoid Ryan Johansen and Mike Ribeiro for much of his even-strength time with Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler commanding so much attention.
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