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DraftKings NHL: Wednesday-Thursday Playoff Picks

Neil Parker

A loyal Cubs, Cowboys and Maple Leafs fan for decades, Neil has contributed to RotoWire since 2014. He previously worked for USA Today Fantasy Sports.


Andrei Valisevskiy, TB vs. WAS ($7,400):
While it's important to be careful of overreacting to small samples, the Lightning made a few simple adjustments in Game 3 and limited the Caps to three high-danger scoring chances through the first two periods. Vasilevskiy bounced back with a 36-save win, and now, Tampa Bay can even the series heading back to Amalie Arena. His salary is well below the other three starting goalies in the player pool, too.


William Karlsson, VGK vs. WPG ($6,700):
The storybook season continues for Karlsson, as he's now marked the scoresheet in eight of his past 10 games for five goals and seven assists. His 15.6 shooting percentage during that stretch is sustainable, and with an average of 22:11 of ice time (2:58 on the power play) during the postseason, Karlsson is positioned to continue leading the way for the Golden Knights.

Steven Stamkos, TB at WAS ($6,100): This salary doesn't match Stamkos' current hot stretch. He's been visibly more dangerous during this series and drove possession with a 60.0 Corsi For percentage at five-on-five in Game 3. He's also now up to a six-game point streak with five goals, four assists and three multi-point showings.


Blake Wheeler, WPG at VGK ($6,500):
The Winnipeg captain has been on the ice for an impressive 4.72 goals and 13.09 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes during the postseason. After being held off the scoresheet for just the fourth time all postseason, a rebound showing at this price would make Wheeler an excellent return on investment.

Reilly Smith, VGK vs. WPG ($5,500): While linemates William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault are clogging the headlines, Smith is filling up the scoresheet. Following a career-best regular season, Smith has been even better during the playoffs with a point in 10 of the past 11 games for one goal, 13 assists and 27 shots. His 3.7 shooting percentage is unsustainably low, and he's already priced for profit.

Ondrej Palat, TB at WAS ($4,300): The move to the No. 1 line alongside Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov made a notable difference for the Lightning in Game 3, and Palat collected an assist and two shots. The trio has long-standing chemistry with 6.77 goals per 60 minutes over the past three regular seasons.


Victor Hedman, TB at WAS ($5,000):
Take the savings Hedman provides and run. He's locked into a huge role (26:08 of ice time with 4:02 on the power play) and sports an eight-game point streak. His secondary contributions (17 shots and 12 blocked shots during the heater) shouldn't go unnoticed, either.

Shea Theodore, VGK vs. WPG ($4,400): Another discounted defenseman, Theodore is the lone power-play quarterback of a No. 1 unit in this price range. He's having a strong postseason with two goals, five assists, 24 shots and 16 blocked shots, and he's also been on the ice for more high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes (16.05) than any defenseman remaining in the playoffs.

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