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DraftKings outlook: Sharks at Blues, Game 2

San Jose has shown ability to adjust; Backes sustaining playoff surge

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

NOTE: Player prices are for two-game contests spanning Tuesday, May 17 (one game) and Wednesday, May 18 (one game).

SAFEST SUPERSTAR:

Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks ($8,000)

Pavelski is one of four players (Phil Kessel, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov) with two multigoal games this postseason. He has at least one point in nine of his 13 playoff games with at least one shot on goal in each of the 13. On top of being better than a point-per-game player this postseason, he's tied for the League lead in goals (nine) and is averaging more than 3.5 SOG per game. Of all the remaining elite scorers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Pavelski is arguably the most well-rounded and consistent. His price reflects such (tied for second among skaters), but you don't want to miss a potential outburst from a player who combined for five points (two goals, three assists) in a pair of Game 2s against the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators.

STEADY PERFORMER:

David Backes, St. Louis Blues ($5,200)

Video: SJS@STL, Gm1: Backes opens the scoring late in 1st

Backes, who could become an unrestricted free agent after the season, left much to be desired offensively in the regular season but has been at his best at the most crucial time of year for St. Louis. He has goals in back-to-back games, points in four straight games with 13 SOG in the span, and nine points in his past seven games. He had one goal, one block and five SOG in Game 1 for 6.0 DraftKings points in addition to 11 hits (not factored into scoring). His goal in Game 1 came on the Blues' first power-play unit in a net-front situation, and it's also promising to see him playing with Alexander Steen again after the Blues moved Jori Lehtera back to Vladimir Tarasenko's line.

BREAKOUT CANDIDATE:

Colton Parayko, St. Louis Blues ($5,300)

Parayko's peripheral coverage this postseason has kept him afloat despite his inconsistent scoring ways. The rookie defenseman has no goals and two assists in his past eight games, but has 16 shots and 16 blocks in the span. He's averaging 2.3 DraftKings points per contest despite being held without a goal or assist through four games against the Sharks, making him a high-floor threat again in Game 2. He played 19:11 in Game 1 and had a stretch earlier in the postseason with points in four of six games.

VALUE PICK:

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

Donskoi has been held without a point in his past three games, but his single-game DFS ceiling remains high as the cheapest Sharks' top-six forward by far. He has three goals and one assist in seven road games this postseason and is only $1,200 above the DraftKings minimum price. He skated alongside Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau on San Jose's second line in Game 1 and also on its second power-play unit. He's in boom-or-bust territory, but could easily break out for a multipoint game (he has two such games this postseason) to help the Sharks steal one on the road.

GOALIE MATCHUP:

Video: SJS@STL, Gm1: Jones robs Stastny on the doorstep

Martin Jones ' mid-series adjustments have been strong this postseason, with a 2-0 record and three goals allowed on 66 shots faced (.955 save percentage) in two Game 2s, and a 2-1 record with 87 saves on 93 shots faced (.935 SV%) following playoff losses. The Sharks starter is $400 cheaper than Blues goalie Brian Elliott despite near-identical DraftKings points per game averages through their past 10 games (Elliott: 5.1; Jones: 4.9).

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