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DraftKings outlook: Blues at Stars, Game 7

Klingberg long overdue for breakout; Fabbri leads rookies in playoff points

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

NOTE: Player prices are for two-game contests spanning Wednesday, May 11 (one game) and Thursday, May 12 (one game).

BREAKOUT CANDIDATE:

John Klingberg, Dallas Stars ($5,800)

The fourth-best defenseman in terms of points per game (0.76) in the regular season has been held in check against the St. Louis Blues all season long; he has one assist in six games in the Western Conference Second Round, and that's his only point in 10 games against them (including regular season). His price has dipped $500 since the first-round series against the Minnesota Wild, but he remains on Dallas' first power-play unit and has chipped in decent peripherals with 19 shots on goal and 15 blocks in addition to his four playoff points (one goal, three assists) through 12 playoff games. He's long overdue for a multipoint outburst and it just might come in Game 7 at home, where he has 33 points in 43 games this season (including playoffs).

YOUTH MOVEMENT:

Robby Fabbri, St. Louis Blues ($4,300)

Fabbri leads all rookies in playoff points (10 in 13 games) and is tied for second among all skaters with four multipoint games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has risen to the occasion with six points in as many playoff road games, and is operating on the second line with experienced forwards Paul Stastny and Troy Brouwer. In terms of playoff points per 60 minutes, he's 14th in the League (3.08) among players with at least eight games played.

STEADY PERFORMER:

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Jason Spezza, Dallas Stars ($6,100)

After being held without a point in each of the first two games against the Blues, Spezza is riding a four-game point streak into Game 7. He's tied for third in the NHL with 13 playoff points yet is still only priced 11th among skaters for contests including Game 7s on Wednesday and Thursday. He's averaging just under three SOG per game this postseason (30 in 12 games), and helps your DraftKings cause with second-line and first-unit power-play exposure.

CLUTCH FACTOR:

David Backes, St. Louis Blues ($5,100)

Backes has been excellent against the Stars this season with nine points, eight blocks and 16 SOG in 11 games (including playoffs) for an average of 3.1 DraftKings points per contest. He's been a point-per-game player this series, and leads the League in game-winning goals (three) and overtime goals (two). He's on the third line at even strength, but plays on the first power-play unit with Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk, Alexander Steen and Jaden Schwartz. He's 19:41 per game in the playoffs, 17th among forwards with at least eight games played.

PROJECTED GOALIES:

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen ($7,700) was first off the ice Wednesday morning and is expected to get the start in Game 7. The Blues, meanwhile, will likely stick with Brian Elliott ($8,500) after Jake Allen made a relief appearance in Game 6. Lehtonen is 3-1 in the series but remains a DFS liability with his .905 save percentage. Elliott is the more expensive option but the safer bet considering he is 2-1 with a .942 SV% on the road in the series.

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