Now this is going to be exciting. We already have the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, but we have two Game 7’s over the next two days to determine who goes on to the Western Conference Final. It starts with the Stars vs. the Blues tonight and continues tomorrow with the Sharks vs. Predators.
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Here’s a quick explanation on how to build your lineup an play! You have $50,000 in Salary space, to build a team that consists of 2C, 3W, 2D, 1G and 1 Util. Below you will find how skaters and goalies scoring works!
• Players will accumulate points as follows:
- Goal = +3 PTS
- Assist = +2 PTS
- Shot on Goal = +0.5 PTS
- Blocked Shot = +0.5 PTS
- Short Handed Point Bonus (Goal/Assist) = +1 PTS
- Shootout Goal = +0.2 PTS
- Hat Trick Bonus = +1.5 PTS
• Goalies only will accumulate points as follows:
- Win = +3 PTS
- Save = +0.2 PTS
- Goal Against = -1 PTS
- Shutout Bonus = +2 PTS
• Goalie Scoring Notes:
- Goalies WILL receive points for all stats they accrue, including goals and assists.
- The Goalie Shutout Bonus is credited to goalies if they complete the entire game with 0 goals allowed in regulation + overtime. Shootout goals will not prevent a shutout. Goalie must complete the entire game to get credit for a shutout.
Below I’ve listed my top DFS line stacks, defensemen and goalies as well as a few sample DraftKings lineup for tonight
Tomas Hertl ($5,100) – Joe Thornton ($5,900) – Joe Pavelski ($7,900)
The Sharks dropped Game 6 in Nashville, but return home for Game 7 and Thornton comes in riding a three-game point streak, having collected four assists and 3.5 DraftKings points per game (FPPG). After a hot start to the series, Pavelski has recorded a point in just one of the last four games, Game 5, when he scored two goals. Despite the lack of production, he has averaged 4.0 shots per game which makes him a relevant fantasy play every night. Despite playing on one of the hottest lines in the playoffs, Hertl has just five points (2G / 3A) in 11 postseason games thus far. He has had a tough time producing points, but has remained a good play because he is averaging 3.33 shots per game and 3.08 FPPG in the first six games of this series.
Colin Wilson ($3,800) – Mike Fisher ($4,200) – James Neal ($6,500)
Despite the win in Game 6, it was the first game of the series in which Fisher did not record a point. Even with the five-game point streak coming to an end, Fisher still has four goals, two assists and 5.08 FPPG in the first six games of the series. While Fisher’s streak came to an end, Wilson’s lived on, extending to seven games. Over that time he has four goals, five assists and 4.86 FPPG. He scored in Game 7 of Round 1, so there’s no reason to think he won’t have an impact on Thursday’s game.
Robby Fabbri ($4,300) – Paul Stastny ($4,800) – Troy Brouwer ($4,200)
The Blues stumbled out of the gate in Game 6, but wound up outshooting the Stars 37 to 14 en route to the loss. Brian Elliott had a tough start which contributed greatly to the loss. Heading onto the road is tough, but if the Blues play like they did in the final 40 minutes of Monday’s game, they should win the series. Fabbri–Stastny–Brouwer has probably been their most consistent line in the series and is a line that combined for one goal, two assists and 11 DraftKings points in Game 7 vs. the Blackhawks. Stastny has two goals, two assists and 4.4 FPPG in his last four. Fabbri has one goal, four assists and 3.0 FPPG in his last five and finally Brouwer is at three goals, two assists and 4.2 FPPG over that same span.
Brent Burns ($8,600)
It is hard to talk about defensemen and not talk about Burns. He was tremendous all year and hasn’t slowed down at all in the playoffs. He hasn’t posted lower than 2.0 DraftKings points in a game this series and has totalled two goals, five assists and 5.75 FPPG in the first six against Nashville.
Kevin Shattenkirk ($6,900)
Shattenkirk has been a model of consistency in the postseason, because he fires 2.4 shots and blocks 1.8 shots per game. A lot of defensive zone pressure is taken off of him by the Bouwmeester-Pietrangelo pairing, so he can focus on offence more. He is third, behind only Burns and John Carlson in power-play points among defensemen in the postseason and should be counted on to have a big game in Game 7.
Ryan Ellis ($4,500)
Ellis has cranked things up in the last four games, picking up four assists, seven blocks and four shots. All of that has given him an average of 3.4 FPPG. He is not Weber or Josi, but he is an effective piece on a solid No. 2 power-play unit and comes with a very digestible $4,500 price tag.
Brian Elliott ($8,500)
Game 6 was ugly for Elliott, but he has been nothing short of sensational in the playoffs and there’s no reason not to expect a bounce-back performance in Game 7. In Game 7 against the Blackhawks, he stopped 31 of 33 shots for 7.2 DraftKings points. In the first six games of the series, he has averaged 4.4 FPPG and that is with an ugly -2.2 performance on Monday.
Martin Jones ($8,200)
It is tough to pick goalies in Game 7 situations, but as tightly contested as the Sharks-Predators series has been, it’s tough not to go with the home team. Jones has allowed four goals in three of the last four games (all on the road), but has averaged 7.33 DraftKings points in his first three starts on home ice in this series.
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