We saw two more teams with their backs against the wall last night, and both Vancouver and Nashville staved off elimination for at least one more game. There are three games on the docket tonight, with both Pittsburgh and Ottawa one loss away from seeing their seasons come to an end.
Here are my top cash games options for tonight’s games:
Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens – $9,300 – Price has been his brilliant self thus far in this series, posting a 1.67 GAA and .946 SV% through the first four games. He owned a 25-8-4 record with a 1.95 GAA and .933 SV% (with five shutouts) in 37 starts at the Bell Centre during the regular season and was absolutely terrific down the stretch; posting a 20-6-4 record with a 1.74 GAA and .939 SV% (with 7 shutouts) in 30 starts after the All-Star break. After grabbing a 3-0 lead in this series, the Canadiens should be highly motivated to wrap things up tonight before all of the momentum shifts to the Senators.
Others to Consider: Jake Allen, Henrik Lundqvist
Derrick Brassard – New York Rangers – $5,200 – Brassard has the luxury of playing alongside Rick Nash on the Ranger’s top forward line, and he’s taking full advantage of it. The former first-round pick has scored goals in three of the four games in this series and torched the Penguins for a pair of goals and three assists in their four meetings during the regular season. Brassard scored 13 of his 19 goals this season at Madison Square Garden and is seeing plenty of action as the center of the #2 power-play unit.
David Desharnais – Montreal Canadiens – $4,000 – With his line mate Max Pacioretty now having a couple of games under his belt in this series, Desharnais’ $4,000 asking price looks like a tremendous value. Desharnais picked up a pair of assists in the last game at the Bell Centre and was much more successful on home ice during the regular season, posting 10 goals and 21 assists in 41 home games. Desharnais logged over three minutes (of the 4 total PP minutes for the Canadiens) of playing time on the power-play in game four.
Others to Consider: David Backes, Tomas Plekanec, Jori Lehtera, Sidney Crosby
Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis Blues $9,100 – Tarasenko showed off his world-class skill set in St. Louis’ 6-1 victory in Game #4, scoring a key goal in the first period and later adding one of the prettiest break-away goals of the season. He’s now tallied five goals and an assist thus far in this series and scored three goals and chipped in two assist during their four meetings in the regular season. Tarasenko posted 20 goals and 20 assists in 38 games at the Scottrade Center and his continued offensive production is likely the key to this series.
Kevin Hayes – New York Rangers – $3,800 – Hayes finished the regular season out in style, scoring four goals and adding nine assists over the final 13 games and the first round pick from the 2010 draft finished his rookie campaign with a rock-solid 17 goals and 28 assists in 79 games. Hayes stands at 6’5’’ and 225lbs and the Rangers are utilizing his size on their #1 power-play to cause matchup problems down low for the Pittsburgh defensemen. Hayes scored the game-winner in overtime on Wednesday night and his modest asking price opens up the door for you to roster guys like Tarasenko.
Others to Consider: Zach Parise, Rick Nash, Mike Hoffman, Brendan Gallagher, Jason Pominville
Kevin Stattenkirk – St. Louis Blues – $7,300 – While he’s certainly not cheap, Shattenkirk was the top offensive defenseman in the game today before a stomach injury shut him down for the majority of the last two months of the regular season. However, he’s clearly back to 100% and has proven it by tallying seven assists in the first four games of this series. Shattenkirk is the quarterback of the Blue’s very dangerous #1 power-play unit and the blue-liner scored three goals and added 20 assists in 30 games at the Scottrade Center.
Keith Yandle – New York Rangers – $5,500 – Yandle hasn’t been too active this series thus far (two assists in four games), but the Rangers acquired him for his passing ability and for his skill set on the power-play. With the Penguins being one of the most penalized team in the NHL, he should find himself with plenty of scoring opportunities. The $5,500 price-tag looks quite reasonable for a defenseman with offensive upside.
Others to Consider: P.K. Subban, Alex Pietrangrelo, Ryan Suter, Andrei Markov, Erik Karlsson
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)