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DraftKings lineup: Sharks leaning on road success

Couture, Pavelski, Jones safe DFS targets for Game 6 in Nashville

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

C - Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks ($6,200)

After scoring a breakaway goal on four shots on goal in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Nashville Predators, Couture has at least a point in eight of 10 games in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He's the most expensive center on this two-game Monday slate, but is 11th among skaters. He has 13 points in 10 postseason games with six coming on the power play (tied for second in NHL), where he plays on San Jose's first unit. It was an injury-shortened regular season for Couture, but he's making DFS owners forget all about that with this playoff surge.

C - Jason Spezza, Dallas Stars ($6,000)

Spezza has assists in three straight games and is tied for the NHL lead in road playoff points (eight in five games) with Brent Burns of the Sharks. He has 12 points in 11 games this playoffs and 64 points in 67 career postseason games. He hadn't played in the playoffs since 2012-13 with the Ottawa Senators prior to this season, but has reminded DFS owners how dangerous he still is at 32 years old.

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

Pavelski had two goals in the Sharks' Game 5 outburst -- a 5-1 win -- and is the second-leading goal scorer in the 2016 playoffs (eight) behind Nikita Kucherov (nine) of the Tampa Bay Lightning. His 35 playoff SOG are 12th in the League and his six power-play points are tied for second. He has also expanded on his high shooting percentage from the regular season (17 percent in 2015-16; 16.3 since 2013-14) by converting on 22.9 percent in the playoffs. Pavelski also has eight blocked shots in 10 playoff games, rounding out his category coverage for an average of 5.4 DraftKings points per contest. He has 49 points in 46 road games this regular season and playoffs combined.

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W - Troy Brouwer, St. Louis Blues ($4,200)

Brouwer has been a consistent force in the Western Conference Second Round against the Dallas Stars, combining for three goals, two assists, four blocks and 13 SOG in five games. Although hits don't count in DraftKings, he is winning battles for the Blues on each end with 16 hits this series and 52 through 12 playoff games, ranking third in the NHL behind Matt Martin of the New York Islanders (69) and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (55). Brouwer scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round and is a proven performer in big spots.

W - Colin Wilson, Nashville Predators ($3,600)

Wilson remains the best value pick in the game with points in 10 of 12 playoff games. He had an assist and two blocks in Game 5 against the Sharks, and likely won't go down without a fight as the Predators face elimination at home. He's riding a six-game point streak and is averaging 4.7 DraftKings points per contest in the span. He's sticking with James Neal and Mike Fisher on Nashville's revamped second line and is still only $1,100 above the DraftKings minimum price.

D - Roman Josi, Nashville Predators ($7,400)

Whether the Predators win or lose, Josi is worth the price of admission in DFS. He was held without a goal or assist in Game 5 but chipped in a block and six SOG for 3.5 DraftKings points, his ninth straight game with at least that output. Bank on Josi's peripheral stats and likelihood of him adding an assist or two as the foundation of your lineup. He has seven assists, 19 blocks and 26 SOG in eight games against San Jose (including regular season) for an average of 4.6 DraftKings points per contest. He had an assist in each of the Predators' first two home games this series.

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D - Paul Martin, San Jose Sharks ($3,200)

The Sharks veteran defenseman is paired with Burns, meaning he carries even-strength exposure to their potent offense. He is averaging 22:39 of ice time per game this postseason with three assists and seven SOG. Those numbers won't wow anyone, but his blocks total sure will; he has 31 in 10 playoff games, fourth-most in the NHL. Two of his assists came in Game 4 at Nashville, so he's more than capable of turning in a well-rounded road performance.

G - Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks ($8,200)

Although Jones lost two games in Nashville this series, he gave San Jose a chance to win in Game 4, stopping 41 of 45 shots faced in a triple-overtime loss (4.2 DraftKings points). He then allowed one goal on 25 shots faced at home in Game 5 for 6.8 DraftKings points. With a 25-9-3 road record (including regular season), Jones is a threat to steal Game 6 on the road and help the Sharks punch their ticket to the Western Conference Final.

UTIL - Valeri Nichushkin, Dallas Stars ($3,300)

Nichushkin, 21, remains a work in progress but is in a great spot alongside Spezza at even strength on Dallas' second line. He has no points in eight playoff games but five of his nine postseason SOG came in Game 5 at home against the Blues. His large frame and untapped DFS potential make him a wild-card choice with the Stars facing elimination. 

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