DraftKings NHL: Saturday Breakdown

DraftKings NHL: Saturday Breakdown

This article is part of our DraftKings NHL series.

SLATE PREVIEW

The Kevin Shattenkirk revenge tour is just one game from completion. The former Rangers' castoff fired the overtime winner through a Patrick Maroon screen past Anton Khudobin to give the Lightning a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. They went 3-for-4 on the power play and that has been the biggest difference maker; the Stars went 0-for-3 last night and they're 1-for-14 in the series.

Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov combined for five points but none were goals, while the Lightning's big stars came through once again with Brayden Point scoring their first two goals and Nikita Kucherov setting a postseason record for most assists by a winger with 25. The Stars now need to win three straight, which they did against Calgary and Vegas.

All salaries reflected are for FLEX positions. Puck drop is at 8 p.m. EDT as usual.

GOALIES

Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB ($10,600): Vasilevskiy hasn't exactly been lights out, but he's been very good when he needs to be - especially when the Lightning are on the penalty kill. The Lightning have been excellent at closing out games this postseason, going 3-1 in elimination games and sporting a perfect 9-0 record when leading after the first period. As usual, expect Vasilevskiy to face fewer shots and be the favorite to win.

Anton Khudobin, DAL ($10,400): At this point, fatigue must be a factor for the career backup. Khudobin has only appeared in back-to-back games twice during the season and the playoffs. And in both cases, he came in relief. After a strong performance in Game 1, Khudobin has posted a sub-.903 save percentage in three straight games. He'll face plenty of shots again as he usually does, but it feels like the Lightning will close it out either tonight or Game 6.  

VALUE PLAYS

Mattias Janmark, DAL ($2,000): Janmark is a really solid value play for someone who offers some offensive upside while being productive throughout the series with three points and receiving plenty of playing time.

Jason Dickinson, DAL ($2,000): Reaching for Stars with the lowest salaries is generally a decent value because the depth players provided much of the offense up until Game 4. Dickinson is a good bet for blocked shots because he's a pretty good defensive player. However, his upside is not nearly as high as Janmark's.

LINE STACKS

Tampa Bay

Brayden Point (C - $8,600), Nikita Kucherov (W - $11,000), Ondrej Palat (W - $8,200)

The Lightning's big line has come through in nearly every game this postseason. It's expensive, but if the Lightning score goals – and they will – you can bet at least one of these guys contributed.

Yanni Gourde (C - $6,000), Blake Coleman (W - $7,200), Barclay Goodrow (W - $4,600)

Gourde scored a PPG and usually has the most offensive upside. And while Coleman and Goodrow have gone cold, they're staples on the penalty kill and have combined for five blocked shots and put another three on goal. It's a relatively inexpensive line stack that can contribute in multiple categories.

DEFENSEMEN

Victor Hedman, TB ($8,800): Hedman's in a class of his own and remains as worthy of picking as any forward.

Miro Heiskanen, DAL ($7,800): The scoring rate has dropped off significantly since the Colorado series, but Heiskanen remains a big part of the Stars' offense. He's only produced two points this series, but usually gets plenty of shots on net and blocks quite a few of them too.

Mikhail Sergachev, TB ($7,000): Sergachev is productive in all areas except when scoring, so his two apples in Game 4 were a nice surprise. He gets plenty of power play time but rarely capitalizes. Most of the time Sergachev will end up with a few shots and blocked shots, so he's a bit of a reach at this salary.

John Klingberg, DAL ($6,800): Either him or Heiskanen is usually on the ice when the Stars score. And despite getting little from their top line this series, the depth forwards have picked up the slack. Klingberg has four points this series and might be the better value play with the hot hand.

Kevin Shattenkirk, TB ($6,400): Shattenkirk's overtime winner clocked in at just 75.9 mph and he's scored four points on just five shots over the past three games. He's catching fire at the right time, but you never know when he might turn in a performance with zeroes across the board.

Jamie Oleksiak, DAL ($3,000): Oleksiak's a sneaky play because he blocks so many shots. He's averaged 12.3 fantasy points over the past two games, with six blocked shots in each.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jason Chen
Jason joined RotoWire in 2013. In 2014, he was a finalist for the FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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