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DraftKings lineup: Johansen stellar against Sharks

Predators center has 10 points in seven games against San Jose this season

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

C -- Ryan Johansen, Nashville Predators ($5,600)

Johansen, priced fifth among centers, had an assist in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round to extend his Stanley Cup Playoff point streak to three games. He has at least 3.0 DraftKings points in five of his past six games with power-play points in two of his past three. Johansen has 20 points in 24 home games since joining the Predators and 10 points in seven games against the San Jose Sharks in the regular season and playoffs combined.

C -- Paul Stastny, St. Louis Blues ($4,700)

Stastny has no goals, three assists, three blocks and 19 shots on goal in 10 playoff games for a disappointing 1.7 DraftKings points per contest. That said, he led the Blues with 39 assists in the regular season and is due for a breakout in Game 4. Stastny got back on the right track in Game 3 with one assist, one block and one SOG for 3.0 DraftKings points, and is skating on a line with goal-scoring threats Alexander Steen and Troy Brouwer.

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W -- Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks ($7,900)

Pavelski ranks second in goals per 60 minutes (2.29) behind Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning (2.66) among players with at least eight playoff games. The Sharks captain salvaged his DFS value with strong peripheral coverage (two blocks, three SOG) in Game 3. Prior to that game, he had points in four straight for an average of 6.9 DraftKings points per contest. Including the postseason, he has 49 points in 45 road games.

W -- Troy Brouwer, St. Louis Blues ($4,000)

Brouwer had one goal and one assist in Game 3, his second-straight multipoint game and fourth game with at least one point in his past five. His price remains affordable, and he can easily be stacked with his pass-first linemate Stastny. The Blues' size and physicality is beginning to wear down the shorthanded Dallas Stars, and their second-line power forward is largely responsible.

W -- Colin Wilson, Nashville Predators ($3,300)

Wilson has the most games with at least one point (eight) this postseason. He has a four-game point streak and has become a lineup lock in DraftKings because he continues to provide bang for your buck with very little change in cost; he was priced at $2,700 for Game 1 of the first round against the Anaheim Ducks and has risen to $3,300 for Game 4 against the Sharks. He even played 1:44 on the power play in Game 3.

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D -- Roman Josi, Nashville Predators ($7,300)

Josi is averaging 4.4 DraftKings points per game this postseason, and that average is indicative of how steady he has become on a game-to-game basis. Regardless of whether the Predators offense is clicking, his productivity has held true with at least 2.0 DraftKings points in each of his 10 playoff games, at least 3.5 in nine, and at least 4.0 in seven. He's averaging 26:56 of ice time and has combined for seven assists, 34 blocks and 25 SOG (most among skaters without a goal) this postseason.

D -- Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks ($4,900)

Vlasic, who missed time late in the regular season because of injury, is quietly regaining form as a well-rounded DFS option with two assists, eight SOG and 10 blocks in his past three games for an average of 4.3 DraftKings points per game. For comparison's sake, he is averaging the same DraftKings points per game (3.0) in the regular season and playoffs combined as John Klingberg of the Stars, yet is priced $1,100 cheaper. The upside in drafting Vlasic as your second defenseman is crystal clear.

G -- Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues ($8,500)

Elliott is 6-4 this postseason with a .933 save percentage and 6.2 DraftKings points per game. He's well-accustomed to playing past regulation, and has at least 6.0 DraftKings points in each of his first three games in the second round against the Stars. He's the most expensive goalie in Thursday contests because he's the safest option by a good margin. He has allowed nine goals in five games against the Stars in the regular season and postseason combined.

UTIL -- Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks ($3,700)

Donskoi has been quiet in his past two games with one block and three SOG, but had an assist in Game 1 against the Predators and scored two goals in the series-clinching win in Game 5 of the first round against the Los Angeles Kings. His 6.1 shot attempts relative percentage is tied for 16th among forwards with at least eight games played this postseason, so the Sharks will count on his possession savvy as they look to regain their rhythm in Game 4.


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