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Top Lines of the Night
Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks
Filip Forsberg ($6,300) – Ryan Johansen ($5,800) – Viktor Arvidsson ($6,200)
This line continues to power the Predators in this series, helping the team to its 3-0 lead in the series. Forsberg had a big third game, netting a pair of goals and firing off six shots on goal (SOG). He now has points in all three games in the playoffs and 11 SOG. Johansen joins his linemate with points in all three games after he posted an assist in Game 3. Arvidsson also dished out an assist and had five SOG in Game 3, giving him two points and nine SOG in the series. Roll this line until the Hawks can slow it down.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Evgeni Malkin ($8,100) – Phil Kessel ($6,600) – Bryan Rust ($4,600)
Malkin continues to dominate the playoffs, leading the NHL in scoring so far in the postseason. Malkin has eight points in the series, with three multi-point games. He had two assists in Game 3, giving him back-to-back multi-point games. Kessel has points in three of the four games in the series, with two multi-point games and three special teams points. Kessel leads the Penguins with 17 SOG so far, which is third in the NHL playoffs at the moment. Rust has been a solid contributor to this line with two goals and seven SOG in the series. He is a favorable value option to consider.
Superstar to Build Around
Joe Pavelski ($6,900) – Pavelski snapped out of his playoff funk in a big way in Game 4. After being held scoreless in Games 2 and 3, Pavs struck twice and added an assist to help lead the Sharks to a 7-0 win. One of his goals and his assist came on the PP and he added four SOG in the game as well to cap a 10.5 FPTs outing. Pavelski now has four points and 10 SOG in the series as play returns to Edmonton tonight.
Value on Offense
Rick Nash ($5,100) – Nash has looked very solid most of the playoffs so far for the Rangers. He is tied with Michael Grabner for the team lead with two goals and 12 SOG so far. His goal in the second period of Game 4 was the difference. He is a great price tonight and is guaranteed big minutes.
Kevin Fiala ($3,300) – Fiala has come up huge for the Predators in the last two games, scoring a goal in both and having one come on the PP. He tallied the game-winner in OT in Game 3 and fired off seven SOG. He is skating with confidence now and should get plenty of chances to shoot going forward and getting a solid amount of playing time in the top-six rotation.
Pekka Rinne ($7,900) – Rinne continues to play sterling hockey against the Blackhawks, and you should roll him out until he cools off. After posting back-to-back shutouts to open the series, he was up to the task in Game 3, stopping 34 of 36 shots. He leads the NHL playoffs with a 0.61 Goals Against Average (GAA) and a .979 Save (SV).
Martin Jones ($7,500) – While the Sharks’ offense didn’t show up through the first three games, Jones has been fantastic all series. He’s 2-2 in the postseason, but he’s only allowed five goals in the series. Jones is third in the playoffs in both GAA and SV% and is keeping the Sharks in every game so far.
Value on Defense
Duncan Keith ($4,900) – Keith is always a solid option from the blueline for the Blackhawks and has remained that in the playoffs. He collected an assist in Game 4, giving him three assists so far in the playoffs. He’s averaging just under 3.0 FPTs per game so far in the series.
David Savard ($4,100) – Despite only having one point in the playoffs in four games, Savard is a solid play tonight thanks to his peripheral category coverage. Savard is averaging 3.0 FPTs per game in the series so far, thanks to his 13 blocked shots and seven SOG. He will chip in the occasional point but will garner most of his fantasy value from his defense and shot totals.
Power Play Defensemen
Brent Burns ($8,100) – Burns finally looked like the dominant player that he was for most of the season in Game 4. He snapped out his scoreless funk that had kept him off the scoresheet the entire playoffs so far with three assists, all coming on the PP. He added five SOG and three blocked shots to cap off a 10.0 FPTs night. Burns is tied with a myriad of players for second in the playoffs with 18 SOG.
Shea Weber ($6,100) – Weber pushed his playoff point streak to three games with an assist in Game 4. He has been playing fantastic all-around hockey this series with one power play goal, two assists, 12 blocked shots and 11 SOG in four games.
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