We head into a Monday with just three games as the playoffs continue with Game 3’s and many questions abound.
For those wanting to take it easy, here is a “low stakes” type of GPP just for you:
Henrik Lundqvist ($9200) – This is going to be a bigger risk than most would anticipate but Pittsburgh definitely found a way to light up Lundqvist for four goals on Saturday. Will that get him mad because that performance certainly should have. The road has been kinder to the all world goalie in the playoffs and especially against the Penguins. If the Rangers expect to come out with a win, they are going to have to get that 30+ saves from Lundqvist and he will have to be the best penalty killer on the team.
Ondrej Pavelec ($8600) – Pavelec has played rather well in the first two games of the season with little luck to show for it and no wins. The electric atmosphere in Game 3 presents the best chance to win yet for him. Basically he stopped 37 of 39 shots but Winnipeg cracked more than he did as they gave up the lead in the third period again. It goes to show that the goalie can play in the playoffs. He just needs a little help from his teammates.
Others to Consider: Devan Dubnyk ($8400), Jake Allen ($8500)? — Allen might be a high risk GPP play.
Sidney Crosby ($9000) – A slightly late blindside hit seems to trigger Crosby for once instead of rattling him and his two goals turned the tide in a big road win for Pittsburgh. Can he continue the trend? The point is this. He has to if the Penguins have any chance in advancing past the New York Rangers. The Rangers road record will be quite a challenge and now Crosby looks to present a counter to that challenge.
Jori Lehtera ($3600) – Yes Game 2 turned into the Vladimir Tarasenko show and rightfully so but we take on another high risk GPP play in Lehtera as he has played pretty steady considering the stage. St. Louis plays in Minnesota on Monday and if they are going to win, the Blues are going to need this line and Lehtera’s playmaking ability to help them win. Below we have hedges for you to use.
Others to Consider: Derek Stepan ($5100), Mikko Koivu ($4600), Brandon Sutter ($4300)
Values: Rickard Rakell ($3000), Nick Spaling ($2800)
Zach Parise ($8200) – This will be the home play as the Wild and their leader seem to just respond amazingly well in their friendly confines. More shots on goal and more scoring chances are a must for the captain. St. Louis presents some unique challenges and basically that means a speed rush player with high volume shooting has to convert his chances. Then there is the power play and that is an area Parise needs to be better, period!
Blake Wheeler ($6700) – Let’s cook up some home stacking as we roll Winnipeg in a game of their lives. Their first home playoff game as the new Jets will be a spectacle to see and the fans will be the most vocal we have seen in these playoffs. Wheeler is the type of player that has fed off this crowd many times before. You may be able to feed off his linemates as well in a slightly more risky GPP stack. If Winnipeg is going to score, Monday night is the night.
Others to Consider: Jason Pominville ($7100), Andrew Ladd ($5300), Jason Zucker ($4700), Michael Frolik ($4100), Blake Comeau ($3700).
Values: Emerson Etem ($2900), Steve Downie ($2700).
Dustin Byfuglien ($7400) – Call me nuts but Byfuglien has to have the game of his life if he ultimately wants to see Winnipeg get back in this series. “The Buff” needs to be the stuff. The shots have to start hitting the net and the Jets power play which looks a whole lot better at home has to finally show up and the defenseman is one of the big reasons why. It is vital that he is front and center in the offensive mix Monday night.
Marco Scandella ($4200) – You may be able to use Matthew Dumba if you cannot afford Scandella but this is another low risk, moderate reward possibility. The more time Scandella does see mixed on the power play, the more his confidence grows. The same goes for his ice time. Ryan Suter and Jonas Brodin are more shutdown guys. Minnesota needs Scandella to be a more two way player and more importantly has DraftKings point potential.
Others to Consider: Kevin Shattenkirk ($7000), Jacob Trouba ($4300), Marc Staal ($3100), Matthew Dumba ($3100).
Values: Simon Despres ($3000), Adam Pardy ($2700).
Thanks for reading guys, and hopefully the picks help you out. If you have any questions, fire them away at me on twitter @ChrisWasselDFS, and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Good luck today!