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DraftKings outlook: Lightning at Penguins, Game 7

Kunitz has points in six of past eight games; Killorn remains underrated

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

NOTE: Player prices are for two-game contests spanning Wednesday, May 25 (one game) and Thursday, May 26 (one game).

SPEND UP FOR:

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins ($7,900)

Game 7s are tough enough to win at full strength, so the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have played the most games (42) by far in the past two Stanley Cup Playoffs combined, could see injuries to captain Steven Stamkos and goalie Ben Bishop finally catch up to them in the final game of the Eastern Conference Final. Crosby and Phil Kessel have done a ton of damage on separate lines for the Penguins this series, with Crosby having at least one point in four of the six games, 22 shots on goal in the series and game-winning goals in each of Pittsburgh's three wins. He can be conveniently stacked with even-strength linemate Conor Sheary ($3,500) to balance out their average prices to $5,700 apiece. Crosby has 59 points in 49 home games this regular season and playoffs combined, and has three points (two goals, one assist) in four career Game 7s.

STEADY PERFORMER:

Alex Killorn, Tampa Bay Lightning ($5,500)

Killorn has the third-most points League-wide in the past two postseasons combined, and is in a favorable spot alongside Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov at even strength. He had five SOG in Game 6 against the Penguins, salvaging his DraftKings output despite not having a point. He has seven points (three goals, four assists) and is averaging 3.1 DraftKings points per contest through nine games this regular season and playoffs against Pittsburgh, and has one goal and one assist in two career Game 7s. He also has improved his road play of late with two goals and two assists in his past five games. Killorn is seventh among wings in DraftKings price.

VALUE PICK:

Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins ($5,000)

After a slow start to the postseason, Kunitz has become a fixture alongside Evgeni Malkin on the Penguins' third line. He has 3.0 or more DraftKings points in six of his past eight games, and has three goals, two assists, one block and 15 SOG during a four-game point streak. He has eight points (four goals, four assists) in nine games against the Lightning during the regular season and playoffs combined, and his price has only risen $200 since the beginning of the month.

DEFENSEMAN TO WATCH:

Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins ($3,600)

Maatta has had an injury-ravaged postseason, limited to 11 of the Penguins' 17 games, but is healthy at the perfect time given the Penguins' replacement-by-committee approach to Trevor Daley (broken ankle) being out for the playoffs. Maatta, priced $1,100 above the DraftKings minimum, has assists in back-to-back games with a combined 7.0 DraftKings points in the span (two blocks, four SOG). His usage has picked up with more than 17 minutes played in Game 5 and more than 22 minutes played in Game 6. Four of his six goals in the regular season came at Consol Energy Center.

BETTER GOALIE OPTION:

Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins ($8,100)

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop would have the edge if he were healthy considering four of his five career series-clinching wins have been shutouts, but Murray has clearly earned the trust of his teammates and Penguins coach Mike Sullivan in winning the job back from Marc-Andre Fleury. He won his first career elimination game in Game 6 on the road, and is 5-1 with a .927 save percentage at home this postseason. He has allowed two goals or fewer in eight of his 14 starts, and gives the Penguins new blood to potentially sway their poor all-time Game 7 home record (2-7). Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is expected to start for the Lightning, has racked up saves as a result of facing a high shot volume since taking over in Game 1, but has allowed 18 goals in six games this series.

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