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DraftKings NHL: Wednesday-Thursday Picks

Chris Morgan

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We've still got two series in action, with one game per day, providing some stability for DraftKings players. That's all well and good, but you want more than stability. You want success, and hopefully these players can help bring you that.

GOALIE

Craig Anderson, OTT vs. PIT ($7,700): Anderson has been excellent in this series thus far, and he has a 2.28 GAA and .920 save percentage in the postseason. Those first two games were in Pittsburgh, too, and now Anderson gets to head home. The Senators only allowed 2.32 goals and 29.4 shots on net at home this year. With the Penguins dealing with injuries, their offense may not be as potent as usual.

CENTER

Ryan Johansen, NAS vs. ANA ($6,200): Johansen had a five-game point streak earlier in the playoffs, and before Game 3, he'd notched two points in three straight games. He also tallied 23 power-play points during the regular season, and in his six games before Game 3, he averaged 3:28 of ice time with the extra man. The Ducks have the 14th-ranked penalty kill in this postseason, which could bode well for Johansen.

Kyle Turris, OTT vs. PIT ($5,100): Turris started 35.3 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, and he also played 3:22 per game with the extra man, tallying 17 power-play points. While he hasn't managed a point in this series, he has five points in his last nine games, and he did score a career-high 27 goals in 78 games this season. The Penguins gave up the third-most shots on net this season (32.6), and that figure is up to 34.4 in the playoffs.

WING

Jakob Silfverberg, ANA at NAS ($6,400): Silfverberg has been prolific at putting the puck on the net in the postseason, leading all players with 55 shots. He's done well against the Predators as well, lighting the lamp twice. Additionally, heading into Tuesday's Game 3, Silfverberg had averaged 3:11 per game with the extra man.

James Neal, NAS vs. ANA ($5,100): Neal has been just as prolific as a shooter as Silfverberg recently, as he's tallied 30 shots on goal in his last seven contests. He's notched five goals in that time, one of which came on the power play. Heading into Game 3, John Gibson had a 2.80 GAA and .911 save percentage, and the Ducks have allowed more goals per game in the playoffs than any of the remaining teams.

Conor Sheary, PIT at OTT ($4,600): Sheary's playoffs haven't gone all that well, but opportunity could be on his side, as Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Rust are both day-to-day with injuries. With Hornqvist missing Game 2 and Rust getting hurt during that game, Sheary's minutes increased considerably. He could find himself playing alongside either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, and the latter leads the playoffs in scoring. This is still a player who scored 23 goals in 61 games, and maybe puck luck and opportunity will combine to bring him out of his funk.

DEFENSE

Ron Hainsey, PIT at OTT ($3,200): Injury could also lead to more opportunity for Hainsey. With Justin Schultz now banged up, Hainsey could be on the top pairing for the Penguins in Game 3. With Schultz missing a chunk of Game 2, Hainsey played 24:49, a postseason high. Hainsey could contribute
offensively, as he has two points in his last five games, but he also has 32 blocked shots in 14 games. At the very least, he should be able to add a little fantasy value defensively.

Hampus Lindholm, ANA at NAS ($3,200): Lindholm has averaged 2.2 fantasy points per game, which is good for a player at this relatively low price. He tallied six goals on 94 shots in 66 games this year, and he has a goal on five shots in this series. Lindholm also blocked 94 shots this season, and he's added 27 blocked shots in the playoffs. The Predators attempted 58.6 shots per 60 minutes this year, eighth in the NHL, so Lindholm should be able to get in front of a few pucks.

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