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DraftKings lineup: Predators' new trio making music

Wilson-Fisher-Neal line sparks Nashville with Ribeiro scratched

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

NOTE: Player prices are for three-game contests on Saturday, May 7. 

C - Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks ($5,900)

Thornton had a power-play assist and four shots on goal in Game 4 against the Nashville Predators, logging more than 32 minutes in the Sharks' triple-overtime loss. Thornton has seven points (two goals, five assists), four blocks and nine SOG for an average of 3.2 DraftKings points per contest against the Predators in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs combined. He continues to thread the needle consistently as a passer and is a nightly DFS threat alongside Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns in most situations.

C - Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators ($3,900)

Fisher had a breakout Game 4 with two goals, four blocks and five SOG for 10.5 DraftKings points, highlighted by his triple-overtime goal. Though it will be tough for Fisher to replicate that performance, he has a great chance to return value in Game 5 if he sticks on the newly constructed line with James Neal and Colin Wilson; the trio combined for each of Nashville's four goals in Game 4. Although Fisher has averaged 2.2 DraftKings points per game in the regular season and playoffs combined, he has a four-game point streak with three goals, two assists, six blocks and 16 SOG this series (6.0 per game).

W - Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars ($8,200)

Benn had the most home goals (29) in the NHL during the regular season, and four of his five goals this postseason have come at American Airlines Center. Entering Friday, he leads the postseason in scoring with 14 points in 10 games and is second on the Stars in playoff SOG per game (3.0) behind Patrick Sharp (3.4). His physicality and complete offensive arsenal make him a matchup nightmare, even with his elite linemate Tyler Seguin sidelined.

W - Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks ($5,100)

Hertl has gone three straight games without a goal, but has one assist and 10 SOG in the span and was buzzing for scoring chances in overtime of Game 4. He has a better DraftKings points per game average for the season at SAP Center (3.3) compared to on the road (2.7). His price somehow dipped after 3.0 DraftKings points in Game 4, so draft him with confidence as he plays on Thornton and Pavelski's line at even strength. He's tied for 18th among wings in price.

W - Colin Wilson, Nashville Predators ($3,400)

Wilson, one of the biggest surprise stories of the postseason, continues to warrant ownership in DraftKings. He's riding a five-game point streak and had a hand on three (one goal, two assists) of Nashville's four goals in Game 4. He's tied with Benn for the postseason lead with 11 even-strength points in as many games. He's back among the Predators' top-six group with usual second-line center Mike Ribeiro having been scratched in consecutive games. With greater usage and a minimal change in price, there's every reason to believe Wilson can keep the ball rolling in Game 5.

D - John Carlson, Washington Capitals ($6,400)

Carlson is second among defensemen in points (10), tied for first in power-play points (six), first in SOG (45) and tied for 18th in blocks (19). He's a point-per-game player this postseason, and has four straight games of 4.0 or more DraftKings points. He has eight points, 13 blocks and 31 SOG in seven games against the Pittsburgh Penguins this regular season and playoffs combined. He's priced seventh among defensemen in DraftKings but is second at the position in DraftKings points per game in the playoffs behind Burns, who is $2,200 more expensive.

D - Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks ($5,000)

Vlasic is becoming a lineup lock in DraftKings as a result of his heavy playoff minutes and steady category coverage. He had one assist, three blocks and seven SOG in 43:18 of ice time in Game 4, his sixth-straight game of at least 3.0 DraftKings points. He sees power-play time for San Jose and is priced 13th among defensemen. 

G - Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals ($8,600)

Holtby has lost three straight games for the first time since losing Games 5 through 7 last postseason against the New York Rangers. He has allowed eight goals on 91 shots faced (.912 save percentage) in that span. But the Capitals, who face elimination in Game 5 at home against the Penguins, should bounce back considering Holtby has won 70 percent (53 of 76) of his games this regular season and playoffs combined.

UTIL - Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars ($3,400)

Faksa has five points, eight blocks and 14 SOG in 10 postseason games for an average of 2.4 DraftKings points per contest playing mostly on Dallas' third line centering Ales Hemsky and Antoine Roussel. He won 11 of 18 faceoffs, scoring a goal on three SOG for 4.5 DraftKings points in 18 minutes of ice time in Game 4 against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. The 22-year-old has game-breaking speed and awareness, as evidenced by his two goals this series -- the first when he outraced the Blues defense in Game 2 and the second off a turnover in Game 4.

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