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DraftKings picks: Blues eye playoff breakthrough

Steen, Brouwer valuable wings for Game 1; DFS lineup

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

C - Nick Bonino, Pittsburgh Penguins ($4,400)

Bonino has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) and 37 shots on goal in 15 games since Evgeni Malkin's injury. He's second among Penguins forwards in ice time per game (17:38) in the stretch, and has been a fixture alongside Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin on the second line. He's priced 12th among centers on this three-game slate to open the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and has combined for 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 19 games over the past two postseasons with the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.

C - Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning ($3,200)

Filppula has bounced around the lineup this season, but is always dangerous in the postseason. He has 72 points in 135 career playoff games with the Detroit Red Wings and Lightning, and faces his former team for the second straight postseason. He has charged into the playoffs with one goal, two assists and six SOG in his final two regular-season games, and has been playing alongside resurgent Jonathan Drouin. Line stacking can be risky in the playoffs, but not for such a low combined price.

W - Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks ($6,600)

Panarin led all rookies with 77 points in 80 games, finishing tied for ninth in the League in scoring. His power-play point (24) and SOG totals (187) were strong as well, and he has become a fixture on a line with Art Ross Trophy winner Patrick Kane. Panarin leads the League in points this month (13 in five games), had three points and 16 SOG in five games against the St. Louis Blues this season, and is priced ninth among skaters.

Video: STL@FLA: Steen backhands a beauty past Montoya

W - Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues ($5,900)

Steen has two goals, five assists and 41 SOG in 12 games over the past two postseasons. He had 52 points in 67 games this season, with 21 on the power play. He has five assists and 12 SOG in six games since returning from injury, and is a high-end DFS option for an affordable price (tied for eighth among wings). If the Blues make a statement on home ice against the Blackhawks, expect Steen to be heavily involved.

W - Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning ($3,800)

Drouin, who played alongside mostly Filppula on Saturday in the Lightning's regular-season finale, has goals in back-to-back games with six SOG since being recalled from the American Hockey League. Steven Stamkos remains sidelined because of injury, so Drouin can get used to top-six minutes in the Eastern Conference First Round after playing six of Tampa Bay's 26 games in their run to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. He's still priced under $4,000 and is worth a flier with an opportunity to prove himself on the big stage.

D - Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins ($7,300)

Letang is by far the best defenseman option for Wednesday, so don't hesitate to spend up for him in DFS. He is fourth among skaters in price behind Kane, Sidney Crosby and Vladimir Tarasenko, but is more valuable per dollar because he covers points (0.94) and SOG per game (3.07) as well as elite forwards and averages 1.7 blocked shots per game in 2015-16. He has 13 points in his past 10 games and has been a DFS lineup lock throughout the second half of the season.

D - Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks ($6,100)

An underrated stacking strategy is to draft a first-unit power-play defenseman and forward, and that's what you could employ in this spot with Panarin and Seabrook. Seabrook averages 3.3 DraftKings points per game this season (tied for third among Wednesday D-men), but has been an even greater offensive force in the absence of Duncan Keith, who will serve the final game of his suspension in Game 1 at the Blues. Seabrook has more points on the road than he did at home this season, and has one goal, six assists, 11 blocks and 10 SOG in his past five games (5.1 DraftKings points per contest).

 Video: TOR@TBL: Bishop stones Boyes, Nylander in the 1st

G - Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning ($8,200)

If there's any goalie worth trusting Wednesday based on regular-season performance, it's Bishop. He finished 35-21-4 with the best goals-against average (2.06) and second-best save percentage (.926) among goalies with at least 15 outings, along with the second-most shutouts (six). Whether or not he has received goal support, he has been as steady of a DFS option as they come. The Red Wings pose a threat in the series, but look for the Lightning to take care of business in Game 1 at Amalie Arena, where Bishop is 46-17-4 in the past two regular seasons.

UTIL - Troy Brouwer, St. Louis Blues ($4,300)

Brouwer is flying under the radar with four goals, six assists, 10 blocks and 22 SOG in his past 10 games (4.0 DraftKings points per contest). He's 26th in price among wings and an easy way to round out your lineup given his chemistry with linemates Robby Fabbri and Paul Stastny. He brings 78 games of postseason experience to the Blues, who have not won a playoff series since 2012-13.

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