Nikita Kucherov — TBL ($11,000 | 👑 $16,500)
Kucherov is coming off of a ridiculous Game 1, scoring one goal and four assists for 37.5 DraftKings points. He is the most expensive player on the slate but it’s hard to fade a winger that has three goals and nine assists (12 points) in his last five games. TBL1 is the top stack of the night. They all play together on the top power-play unit and are averaging a series-best 3.26 xGF/60 on 5v5.
Brayden Point — TBL ($9,000 | 👑 $13,500)
Point is coming off of a five-point (2G / 3A) game as well and is riding a seven-game point streak, scoring four goals with 12 assists (16 points) over that stretch. He is $2,000 cheaper than Kucherov, making him the better one-off play if you want to cram in Andrei Vasilevskiy or other high-priced skaters in without having to punt too many players at the bottom of your lineup. However, when Point has a big game, Kucherov usually does as well, so stacking them together is the prudent play.
Victor Hedman — TBL ($8,800 | 👑 $13,200)
Hedman is scorching hot as well, having scored a goal in three straight games and has racked up nine points (5G / 4A) in his last six games. Head coach Jon Cooper is still inexplicably playing Mikhail Sergachev over Hedman on the top power-play unit, which limits his upside a bit but he’s still a terrific option and the most trustworthy defenseman on the slate.
Brock Nelson — NYI ($8,600 | 👑 $12,900)
If the Islanders are going to score tonight, NYI2 is their most-likely source. The Nelson line, will go head-to-head with TBL2 for the majority of the night and that’s the best-case scenario when facing the Lightning–TBL2 is giving up an average of 28 SCA/60 in the playoffs. Nelson is near a point-per-game in the postseason and has four goals and three assists while averaging 3.4 shots per game in his last five games.
Anthony Beauvillier — NYI ($8,200 | 👑 $12,300)
If you’re going to stack Tampa Bay but want to squeeze in some of NYI2, Beauvillier is the play. He has been a totally different player in the postseason, going from 0.57 points-per-game in the regular season to 0.71 in the playoffs. He is averaging a terrific 3.2 shots per game, which gives him a good floor and is a bit cheaper than Nelson.
Ondrej Palat — TBL ($7,600 | 👑 $11,400)
Palat is a terrific play in Game 2. He is very reasonably priced and brings exposure to Kucherov and Point at 5v5 and on the man-advantage. Despite them combing for 10 points in Game 1, Palat had just one goal and two shots for 12.8 DK Points. Still, he’s on a six-game point streak, picking up six goals and two assists (eight points) during that time. He’s shooting a lot more than he did in the regular season, providing him with a stable floor with plenty of upside.
Derick Brassard — NYI ($4,000 | 👑 $6,000)
Brassard doesn’t play a ton (12:21 ATOI) but has been making the most of his opportunities. He ranks fourth on the Islanders in shots/60 and is averaging 2.4 shots per game in his last eight games. Over that stretch, he has two goals and four assists so there is a decent floor with upside here. He skates on a PP unit with Nelson and Beauvillier, so he correlates with NYI2 as well.
Nick Leddy — NYI ($3,800 | 👑 $5,700)
Leddy has been a much better DFS play in recent games. He doesn’t have great offensive upside but is averaging 1.8 shots and 3.0 blocks in his last four games. That’s a 6.6 DK Point floor, making him a solid bottom of your roster play.