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DraftKings lineup: Stack Perron with Getzlaf

Ducks wing to return from injury, play on top line in Game 1

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

C - Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks ($6,100)

Toews had a dip in point production this season (58 in 80 games) compared to 2014-15 (66 in 81), but has been buzzing offensively lately. He had seven shots on goal in Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues, and had a six-game point streak (three goals, five assists) with seven blocks and 15 SOG to close out the regular season. His career Stanley Cup Playoff production speaks for itself; he has 102 points, 38 power-play points, 310 SOG, and 10 game-winning goals in 118 games. If the Blackhawks push back in Game 2, expect Toews to be largely responsible.

C - Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks ($6,500)

Getzlaf, priced fourth among centers for Friday contests, is even closer to a point per game (94 points in 97 games) than Toews in his playoff career. He did not have any points in two games against the Nashville Predators this season, but has 31 points in 39 home games this season and gets linemate David Perron back from injury in Game 1. Getzlaf has seven points with 13 blocks and 29 SOG in his past 10 games, and carries multipoint upside any given night.

W - Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers ($6,100)

Jagr should find the scoresheet in Game 2 after peppering Thomas Greiss with five SOG in Game 1, including a golden opportunity late that could have tied the game. The 44-year-old became the oldest player in NHL history with 60 points in a season, and has 11 points and 22 SOG in his past 10 games. With 41 points in 40 home games this season, Jagr is as safe of a bet to bounce back as you'll find contest-wide.

W - David Perron, Anaheim Ducks ($4,600)

Perron, who hasn't played since March 20 because of a shoulder injury, will return to the lineup for Game 1. He has 20 points and 51 SOG in 28 games since being traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 16. Many will shy away from Perron because of the injury concern, but his chemistry with Getzlaf should not be underestimated; they recorded a common point on 11 team goals in their stint together in the regular season.

W - Colin Wilson, Nashville Predators ($2,700)

Wilson has taken a huge step back this season, but saw some time late in the regular season on the top line with Ryan Johansen and James Neal. That lineup trend makes him a bargain priced $200 above the DraftKings minimum, and a glaring sleeper for Game 1 considering his recent playoff success. Wilson scored five goals on 19 SOG in six games in the Western Conference First Round against the Blackhawks last postseason, with four power-play goals. He won't see as much power-play usage this time around, but you have to like his chances of chipping in a point with multiple SOG -- especially given his recent shot volume (11 SOG in past four games) and success against the Ducks this season (one goal, three assists, four SOG in three games for 3.7 DraftKings points per contest).

D - Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks ($5,900)

Keith returns from his six-game suspension for Game 2, and can instantly change the scope of the series. Keith averages 3.2 DraftKings points per contest this season with 43 points, 130 SOG and 116 blocks. His price, seventh among D-men, has dipped below $6,000 because of his absence and recent slump (one point in nine games), but he has two points, six blocks and seven SOG in three games against the Blues this season and is the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner, after all. Keith had 21 points in 23 games last postseason, and had a monster playoff series against the Blues in 2014 (two goals, five assists, 10 SOG in six games). The power-play combination of Keith and Toews could pay large dividends in DFS.

D - Colton Parayko, St. Louis Blues ($4,900)

The rookie defenseman had 33 points this season and has a high floor in Game 2 against the Blackhawks. He did not score a point in Game 1, but returned value with five blocks and three SOG (4.0 DraftKings points) in more than 20 minutes of ice time. He has two assists, 15 blocks and 12 SOG in six games against the Blackhawks this season, and even saw 2:47 of power-play time on the second unit in Game 1. He's priced 11th among D-men.

G - Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings ($7,800)

Howard kept Detroit in Game 1 with 31 saves on 34 shots faced, and picked up 3.2 DraftKings points despite the loss. He's 2-2-0 against the Tampa Bay Lightning this season with a .921 save percentage, and has three career playoff shutouts. Petr Mrazek has not started since March 29, and Howard allowed two goals or fewer in four of his final five regular-season games. He's a contrarian play in Game 2, but the price is attractive; he's seventh in cost out of eight projected starters for Friday.

UTIL - Frans Nielsen, New York Islanders ($5,300)

If Game 1 was any indication, the Panthers-Islanders series could be a high-scoring one. A back-to-back set only adds to that probability. Nielsen, who thrived alongside surging John Tavares and Kyle Okposo in the final week of the regular season, had one goal, one assist, one block and one SOG (6.0 DraftKings points) in the series opener. The pending unrestricted free agent offers top-line and first power-play exposure against the Panthers, against whom he has one goal, three assists, five blocks and five SOG in four games this season. Thirteen of his 21 goals have come on the road (including playoffs).


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