C - Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins ($8,100)
Crosby was on the ice for all three goals by T.J. Oshie of the Washington Capitals in Game 1 on Thursday, finishing with no points, one shot on goal, one block and a minus-3. Though it may not be nearly as it easy for Crosby to rack up points as he did in the first round against the New York Rangers (eight in five games), no one would be surprised to see him bounce back to help the Penguins steal Game 2 on the road Saturday. He won 19 of 28 faceoffs and played more than 22 minutes in Game 1. He has four points, four blocks and 17 SOG in six games against the Capitals this season (including playoffs), and was tied with Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks for the most points League-wide from Nov. 19 to the end of the regular season (76 in 62 games).
C - Nick Bonino, Pittsburgh Penguins ($5,100)
Bonino has been nearly as consistent as Crosby lately, scoring 12 points (three on power play) in his past 10 games for an average of 4.0 DraftKings points. He has four points, 10 blocks and 10 SOG in six games against the Capitals in the regular season and playoffs combined, and is riding a three-game point streak. He had one goal, one assist, two blocks and two SOG for 7.0 DraftKings points in Game 1, and continues to thrive on a line with Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin.
W - Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning ($5,200)
Palat has goals in two of his past three playoff games, highlighted by his goal and five SOG in Game 1 against the New York Islanders on Wednesday. He's playing on a line with Jonathan Drouin and Vladislav Namestnikov, but also periodically switches back to his more familiar spot alongside Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov when the Lightning need a spark. He's averaging 19:26 per game this postseason, second among Lightning forwards. He's priced eighth among wings in DraftKings.
W - Justin Williams, Washington Capitals ($5,000)
Williams, who has 30 goals (six game-winners) and 80 points in 122 career postseason games, has been unusually quiet this time around, posting two assists in Game 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers but being held scoreless in Washington's other six games. His price has dipped $400 since April 7, but he is showing signs of a breakout with six SOG over his past two games. He had 22 goals and 52 points in 82 regular-season games, and remains in a favorable spot alongside Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson.
W - Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning ($4,400)
Drouin continues to produce since being recalled, so why not continue to roll him out in DFS? He had another assist in Game 1 against the Islanders to go along with two SOG for 3.0 DraftKings points, and his DraftKings price has not risen. Despite not scoring a goal through six playoff games, he has five assists and 15 SOG for an average of 2.9 DraftKings points per contest. As long as he's in the top six and on the Lightning's first power-play unit, he's worth rolling out as a value pick.
D - John Carlson, Washington Capitals ($6,100)
Carlson ended his three-game point drought with an assist in Game 1 against the Penguins, and also chipped in four blocks and five SOG for 6.5 DraftKings points. He has 12 points, 21 blocks and 36 SOG in his past 10 games dating back to the regular season, an average of 5.7 DraftKings points per game. He has been more productive than top-priced defenseman Kris Letang (4.8, $7,300) in the span, so take advantage of the sizable price gap.
D - Trevor Daley, Pittsburgh Penguins ($4,600)
Daley did not have a point in Game 1 against Washington, but returned value with four blocks and three SOG for 3.5 DraftKings points. He has three points, 13 blocks and seven SOG in five games against the Capitals in the regular season and playoffs combined. Usually at least a secondary power-play factor, Daley was tasked with limiting the opposition and driving possession solely at even strength in the series opener, logging 21:57 of such ice time. He's priced eighth among defensemen.
G - Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning ($8,400)
Bishop has been shaky against the Islanders this season, going 1-3-0 with 16 goals allowed in four games, including when he was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots faced in Game 1. The Lightning should be desperate to send the series back to Brooklyn tied, so expect a rebound from Bishop, the most efficient goalie in the NHL this regular season. He's 22-12-3 with a .924 save percentage and three shutouts in the regular season and playoffs combined at Amalie Arena, and is priced behind Braden Holtby and Thomas Greiss in DraftKings. Last postseason, Bishop responded from an outing of five goals allowed with a shutout on two separate occasions in the series against the Rangers.
UTIL - Shane Prince, New York Islanders ($3,100)
Prince had two goals, two blocks and three SOG for 8.5 DraftKings points in Game 1 against the Lightning, with each of the goals being assisted by linemates Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome. He also scored a goal in Game 3 of the first round against the Florida Panthers. He has 15 SOG in seven games this postseason, and has been an opportunistic player in terms of generating scoring chances at even strength. He has four goals, four blocks and 11 SOG in five games against Tampa Bay (including regular season) for an average of 3.9 DraftKings points. Just because you're drafting Bishop doesn't mean you should shy away from cheap exposure to the Islanders' top-six group.
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