DraftKings NHL: Tuesday Playoff Picks
DraftKings NHL: Tuesday Playoff Picks

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GOALIE

Sergei Bobrovsky, CLS vs. TB ($7,300): The Blue Jackets are on the verge of a historic upset, and Lightning are unlikely to have Victor Hedman and two other vets in the lineup. They've simply outplayed the Lightning, who have gotten listless performances form their stars, taken undisciplined penalties and continue to struggle against the Jackets' physicality and aggressiveness. Bob has allowed just two goals on 55 shots.

CENTER

Ryan O'Reilly, STL vs. WPG ($6,800): He was just one of seven Blues skaters with good possession numbers to finish Game 3, and despite scoring just one goal in the series has been arguably the most important player in the playoffs; his 68 total minutes played leads all forwards in the playoffs. He plays in nearly every situation and over the past two games has registered 10 shots and played more than 22 minutes per game.

Paul Stastny, VGK vs. SJ ($5,500): Vegas' "second line" could put to shame half of the league's first lines, and all three members lead the league in playoff scoring. Stastny scored five points in a blowout win in Game 3, and the Sharks will be swimming upstream with Erik Karlsson looking less than 100 percent and Joe Thornton serving a suspension.

WING

Artemi Panarin, CLS vs. TB ($6,200): Panarin and the Jackets should have their way again against the Lightning's depleted defense and shaky goaltending, especially on the power play. The Lightning finished the season with the league's best power play and penalty kill, yet in the playoffs they've yet to score a power-play goal and have managed to kill off just half of their penalties. Through three games Panarin has scored four points.

Nikita Gusev, VGK vs. SJ ($4,700): There has been no official word on his playing status as of this morning, but Gusev is a potential game-breaking addition to an already stacked team. Gerard Gallant will be reluctant to touch his top two lines and they'll be able to ease Gusev into the lineup with a 2-1 cushion in the series, so Gusev's upside is capped, but once unleashed he has top-six potential after leading the KHL in scoring this season. Josh Bailey ($4,200) and Kevin Labanc ($4,000) are other options in this price range.

Alexandre Texier, CLS vs. TB ($2,600): He recorded his first playoff point in Game 3 with an assist and in a very short amount of time he's earned John Tortorella's trust. He's playing well at even strength and even getting some power play time, which makes him a great value pick with the Jackets having all the momentum going into Game 4. His line with Nick Foligno ($4,300) and Josh Anderson ($4,500) have been very effective despite their lack of points.

DEFENSE

Dustin Byfuglien, WPG at STL ($5,700): He leads all defensemen with five points and has regained his spot on the Jets' top power play unit. Game 3 was the first time Jordan Binnington allowed more than four goals, so it's an encouraging sign for a Jets offense that's starting to wake up. He's the cheapest among the elite defensemen.

Devon Toews, NYI at PIT ($3,700): He's the only Islanders defenseman to record a point on the power play, and also leads them in shots with eight. He doesn't get a ton of playing time, but he does have some offensive upside that the others don't, and the Penguins have not been very good in their own zone all series.

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