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DraftKings outlook: Islanders at Lightning, Game 5

Johnson continues to put up points; Kulemin a value pick

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Fantasy Staff Writer

Note: Player prices are for three-game contests spanning Sunday, May 8 (one game) and Monday, May 9 (two games).

Breakout candidate:

Nikolay Kulemin, W, New York Islanders ($3,200)

Kulemin's price is pretty low considering he has a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists) and has earned 3.5, 4.0 and 4.0 DraftKings points per contest in his past three games, respectively. He has 55 blocks and 110 shots on goal this season, which aren't high totals, but he's good for 2-3 shots per game. Kulemin played with Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey in Game 4, but could be moved because coach Jack Capuano is never shy about shifting his lines and the Islanders scored one goal in their previous game. Kulemin could be a sneaky pick for his price.

Steady performer:

Tyler Johnson, C, Tampa Bay Lightning ($6,100)

Johnson is tearing it up again in the Stanley Cup Playoffs like he did last season when he had 13 goals and 23 points in 23 games. This postseason, he has four goals and 12 points, and has a point in six of nine games. Johnson has averaged 3.9 DraftKings points per contest in his past 10 games, including more than 4.0 points in four of those games. For all his injury troubles and struggles at times during the regular season, Johnson is proven he is a playoff performer; he has 18 goals and 37 points in 39 career playoff games. Lastly, nine of his 12 points in the playoffs have come at Amalie Arena, where Game 5 will be played.

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Value pick:

Josh Bailey, W, New York Islanders ($3,200)

Bailey returned to the lineup for Game 3 after missing the first two games of the series, and had two goals and five shots on goal. Though Bailey clearly won't do that every game -- he had four multi-point games in 81 games during the regular season -- he knows he has to be better or else he'll find himself sitting in the press box. He's been on the ice for two of the Islanders' playoff overtime goals, so he has a knack for making plays and being on the ice, but needs to be more consistent. The low price is worth a gamble; it's low-risk, high-reward and you can save some money and spend it elsewhere.

Better goalie option:

Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning ($8,400)

Bishop is the better option and $100 more than Thomas Greiss, the likely starter for the Islanders. Bishop's regular-season numbers have carried over to the playoffs; he's 7-2 with a 2.12 goals-against average and .931 save percentage, and has averaged 5.8 points per contest in his past 10 games. Bishop has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of nine playoff games and in 12 of 15 since the 2015 playoffs. Bishop has also made 30 or more saves four times in the playoffs, so he should see a lot of rubber, helping to add to his DraftKings points total.


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