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DraftKings outlook: Penguins at Lightning, Game 4

Kessel making Conn Smythe case; take advantage of Johnson's price

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

NOTE: Player prices are for two-game contests spanning Friday, May 20 (one game) and Saturday, May 21 (one game).

STEADY PERFORMER:

Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins ($7,100)

At this point Kessel is among the top Conn Smythe Trophy candidates. He leads the Penguins with seven goals and 16 points in 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games and is better than a point-per-game player in his playoff career (37 points in 36 games). His chemistry with Nick Bonino and Carl Hagelin has carried the Penguins through the ups and downs of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but Kessel's power-play prowess has taken his production to new heights. He's tied with Crosby for the Penguins lead and tied for third in the NHL with eight power-play points. He's also tied for the most shots on goal (57) among players on the four teams in the conference finals. The best part is he's still priced well given his production, seventh among skaters in DraftKings price.

VALUE PICK:

Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning ($5,100)

Johnson's DraftKings price dropped from $6,100 in Game 2 to $5,000 in Game 3. He scored one goal on four shots on goal in Game 3 and his price has only risen to $5,100 for Game 4, so take full advantage. He has three goals and three assists in six games against the Penguins (including regular season), and has scored 13 of his 19 goals this season (regular season and playoffs) at Amalie Arena. And his 37 points the past two playoffs are the most in the League. His linemate Nikita Kucherov also continues to produce, so stack them in DFS considering Johnson's sudden discount.

DEFENSEMAN TO WATCH:

Brian Dumoulin, Pittsburgh Penguins ($3,100)

You could have guessed Kris Letang leads the Penguins in ice time in the series against the Lightning, but you might be surprised to learn Dumoulin ranks second at 22:04 per game. Dumoulin had one assist in Game 2, two blocked shots and one shot on goal in Game 3, and is averaging 2.0 DraftKings points per game during the postseason (1.5 combined regular season and playoffs). Counting Game 6 of the second round against the Washington Capitals, when he had one assist and two shots on goal, he has put together respectable DraftKings showings in three of his past four games. He's still seeking his first goal of the season in 93 games despite 118 shots on goal in the regular season and playoffs. He's priced $600 above the DraftKings minimum price and is worth taking a chance on as your second defenseman. It would allow you to spend the bulk of your DraftKings dollars elsewhere.

GOALIE SPOTLIGHT:

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning ($8,100)

Vasilevskiy has lost two of three games in the conference final but you almost wouldn't know it by his strong daily fantasy profile. He had 7.0 DraftKings points in Game 1 (25 saves on 26 shots) and has followed with back-to-back outings of at least 38 saves for 4.6 DK points in Game 2 and 4.8 in Game 3. He has a .935 save percentage in four playoff games and remains a threat to help the Lightning even the best-of-7 series in Game 4 Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA sports). Ben Bishop won't play Friday, so lean on Vasilevskiy, the cheapest projected goalie in the two remaining series.

INJURY NOTES:

Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist's status is uncertain for Game 4 after he sustained a hand injury blocking a shot late in Game 3. Hornqvist ($7,000), who has played on Crosby's right wing for the majority of the postseason, has gone two games without a goal but has salvaged his DraftKings worth with four blocked shots and seven shots on goal in the span. He's tied for seventh in the League with 47 shots on goal in 14 games. ... Lightning captain Steven Stamkos (blood clot) won't play in Game 4.

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