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Fantasy Hockey Picks: DraftKings NHL Stars vs. Golden Knights Showdown Targets For September 14

Matt Meiselman gets you ready for Monday’s DraftKings fantasy hockey slate with ownership and pricing analysis.

Vegas Golden Knights v Dallas Stars - Game Four Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Monday’s NHL Showdown slate brings us Game 5 between the Dallas Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights, with the Stars coming into this one off of two consecutive victories. The Stars now hold a 3-1 series lead and the Golden Knights continue to be plagued by an inability to put the puck in the net, even while generating plenty of scoring chances. Tonight’s Game 5 is scheduled for 8 p.m. E.T., as the Knights look to stay alive in this elimination game.

Set your DraftKings lineups here: NHL Showdown $20K Sticks [$5K to 1st] (DAL vs VGK)

Series Top Performers and Ownership Trends

Series Leaders

Goals: Jamie Benn, DAL (2)

Points: Jamie Benn, DAL (4)

Shots: Nate Schmidt, VGK (14)

Even with the Stars leading the series 3-1, the statistical leaders for the series are somewhat balanced and this is likely because the Stars have won games predominantly thanks to strong goaltending. The Golden Knights have outshot the Stars, 131-92, in the series but Stars goalie Anton Khudobin ($10,600) has been excellent, stopping 119 of the 125 shots he’s faced. Ownership for Showdown contests has also skewed toward the Golden Knights, and it’s likely either because of the shot volume or simply because there’s still an expectation that they’re the better team and are bound to start converting chances sooner rather than later. For the series, the top-owned skaters have tended to be players like Shea Theodore ($9,400) and Max Pacioretty ($10,000), while the Stars’ top players have had second-tier ownership.

DraftKings Showdown Strategy

For tonight’s showdown slate, it’s probably reasonable to expect that the Golden Knights’ best players will again be among the most popular, so banking on an offensive turnaround won’t necessarily be a sneaky strategy. Goaltender ownership has climbed throughout the series, however, so there potentially is an edge to be had if Game 5 finally produces a high-scoring game. None of the previous four games have topped five goals and only 12 total goals have been scored in the series. So while the top-end Knights will likely be a focal point for most people again, the top-end Stars and lower-tier Knights could be the way to differentiate on this slate.

Value Plays

Alex Tuch ($6,600), Chandler Stephenson ($4,400), Nick Cousins ($4,600)

The Golden Knights’ third line has been underperforming through most of the playoffs but there are definitely some talented players here and they’ve remained cheap due to this lack of production. They’ll likely be pretty contrarian too, so pivoting off of the first or second line to this third line could be the way to get offensive exposure while differentiating yourself from the field.

Set your DraftKings lineups here: NHL Showdown $20K Sticks [$5K to 1st] (DAL vs VGK)

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All views expressed are my own. I am an employee of DraftKings and am ineligible to play in public DFS or DKSB contests.