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DraftKings lineup: Couture dominant two-way threat

Sharks center has at least 7.0 DraftKings points in three straight playoff games

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

DraftKings Daily Picks: Tuesday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Tuesday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Tuesday night including Alexander Steen and Joonas Donskoi

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NOTE: This lineup is for four-game contests spanning Monday, May 2 (one game) and Tuesday, May 3 (three games).

C - John Tavares, New York Islanders ($7,800)

Tavares was held without a point for the second time in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games and had three shots on goal in Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. But as the series shifts back to Brooklyn, DFS owners can fall back on Tavares' home success from the regular season and the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Florida Panthers. He had 40 points in 38 regular-season games at Barclays Center and has five in three games this postseason. He has seven points in five games against the Lightning this regular season and playoffs combined.

C - Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks ($6,000)

Couture has points in four straight playoff games, including three straight multipoint games. He was a two-way menace in Game 2 against the Nashville Predators with one goal, one assist, two blocks and four SOG; he also won seven of 10 faceoffs. Two of his three goals against Nashville have come on the power play, where he plays alongside Brent Burns, Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau. Couture has torched the Predators this season (including playoffs) with four goals, six points, four power-play points, two blocks and 19 SOG in four games. He's $100 cheaper than he was for Game 2, and is priced eighth among centers for Monday/Tuesday contests.

Video: NSH@SJS, GM2: Couture bangs home rebound in front

W - Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues ($5,300)

Schwartz has had at least two SOG in each of his past three games, totaling eight in the span to go along with seven blocks. He has gone two games without a point, but had seven in as many games in the first round against the Chicago Blackhawks and has three in four games against the Dallas Stars (including regular season). He's priced 16th among wings and remains on a line with goal-scoring threat Vladimir Tarasenko.

W - Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning ($4,500)

Drouin's price has risen $100 after his second multipoint game of the playoffs. He's averaging 5.3 DraftKings points per contest in two games this series against the Islanders. He's still on the Lightning's first power-play unit with Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson, and on the second line with Valtteri Filppula and Alex Killorn. Continue to take advantage of a rare DraftKings price discrepancy based on results so far this postseason; Drouin is priced the same as teammate Ryan Callahan, whom he has outperformed by a large margin this postseason.

W - Colin Wilson, Nashville Predators ($3,200)

Wilson's breakout postseason has continued, with him having 4.0 or more DraftKings points in each of his past three games. He had an assist and five SOG in Game 2 for 4.5 DraftKings points, and has seven points and 19 SOG in nine games this postseason. Even with all this recent production, he's priced $700 above the DraftKings minimum price. He's a lineup lock as long as he's priced near the bottom of the barrel.

D - Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins ($7,400)

Letang's four-game point streak ended in Game 2 on Saturday, but he had one of the best peripheral outings we've seen this postseason with five blocks and six SOG for 5.5 DraftKings points. Such reliability makes him worth a DFS investment any day of the week, especially at home, where he has 39 points in 38 games this season (including playoffs).

D - Mattias Ekholm, Nashville Predators ($4,300)

Ekholm has points in three of his past four playoff games and had a breakout showing in Game 2 at the Sharks. He scored a goal, had three blocks and five SOG in more than 22 minutes of ice time for 7.0 DraftKings points, dominating the offensive zone for much of the third period. He can salvage any pointless game with blocks and SOG production, and has one goal, four SOG and four blocks in three home games this postseason. He's priced 20th at his position, making him a convenient selection as a second defenseman on your roster.

Video: NSH@SJS, Gm2: Ekholm beats Jones from distance

G - Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins ($8,100)

Four of Murray's five postseason starts have come on the road (3-1-0), and he had a stellar DraftKings outing in his lone home game with 38 saves on 41 shots faced in a Game 5 win against the New York Rangers in the first round (7.6 DraftKings points). The 21-year-old has been composed since taking over last round and continues to give the Penguins a chance to win every night. Including the regular season, Murray is 5-1-1 with a .923 save percentage at Consol Energy Center. Pittsburgh has also provided consistent goal support this postseason, leading the League with 3.71 goals per game.

UTIL - Alan Quine, New York Islanders ($3,400)

Quine has played four straight games alongside mostly Tavares and Kyle Okposo, and has a four-game point streak as a result. He has combined for one goal, three assists, four blocks and seven SOG in the span. His price jumped $200 after 3.0 DraftKings points (one power-play assist, one SOG, one block) in Game 2 against the Lightning, and he remains a must-add value option considering he's become a focal point of the Islanders offense after a late-season recall.

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