The scenes shift in the conference finals. The Tampa Bay Lightning host Games 3 and 4 in the East while the Chicago Blackhawks host in the West. With the venue changes, the last line change will be vital and could very well make a difference. Wednesday and Thursday night is the slate we are covering. Games 3 and 5 are typically very pivotal. We will have some interesting choices in the NHL Targets this time around.
For those wanting to just take it a bit easy with these overlaps, here is a “low stakes” type of GPP just for you:
Ben Bishop ($8800) – The goalie made 35 saves in game 2 and although he created some dangerous situations for himself, he was clutch enough where Henrik Lundqvist was not. That does still feel weird. Bishop outplayed Carey Price in Round 2 and you can see the seeds for it happening again here. It may happen and it may not. The only two goals the Tampa netminder gave up was on the power play. Honestly both teams were not so good on the penalty kill. As for 5 on 5, Bishop was stellar stopping every single shot that came his way.
Others to Consider: Henrik Lundqvist ($9300), Corey Crawford ($8900).
Tyler Johnson ($7500) – Attempting to ride the wave err PDO wave is dangerous but Johnson is the type of player that causes match-up problems even on off nights. The question is should the center be up in the highest tier of pricing? Maybe he should replace Steven Stamkos but hey it just makes the “second line center” more attractive and a stronger buy along with his linemates. At this point, stacking them may just be a good idea no matter the result.
Jonathan Toews ($7300) – Chicago needs a command performance from its number one center as Anaheim has proven to be quite the formidable foe. Toews and Patrick Kane on home ice should be fun to watch on special teams and at even strength. They just tend to skate that little bit faster in the friendly confines. The first twenty minutes will be important to watch as the kind of night Toews has may just be dictated by the pace set early on.
Others to Consider: Derrck Brassard ($6600), Ryan Kesler ($7000), Andrew Cogliano ($4500).
Values: Marcus Kruger ($2800), J.T. Miller ($3000).
Patrick Kane ($8900) – So the winger is still more of a cash play but you may want to sneak him into some of your GPP plays for Game 3. Chicago just plays different at United Center and Kane just loves the showtime. He still has 11 points in his last ten games and you figure his speed will be an asset on a night where Chicago really will need it. This is the time and though you may be tempted to sneak in Marian Hossa too, the real deal is Mr. Kane from South Buffalo.
Jakob Silfverberg ($6700) – The forward is worth the ride anyway because that speed and hands cannot be taught. In the playoffs, against bottom paired defensemen, Silfverberg can eat them alive and even guys named Seabrook and Keith. He is only in his mid 20’s ladies and gentlemen. The winger will only get better from here. With Ryan Kesler creating the space, he might just have another good night in him for Game 3.
Others to Consider: Nikita Kucherov ($7000), Corey Perry ($8900), Chris Kreider ($6000), Ryan Callahan ($5300), Carl Hagelin ($4400).
Values: Teuvo Teravainen ($3000), Jesper Fast ($2500)
Victor Hedman ($7200) – This is high risk only because of the inflated price tag but in the playoffs the $1500 per point metric gets inflated to about $1700 or $1800 for forwards and defensemen. People always have to understand that the pricing algorithms are a little higher. Hedman is arguably the engine for Tampa Bay and if he is going, that means good things for your lineup. We are willing to test him out once again to see if we get the desired results.
Ryan McDonagh ($7000) – The Captain is truly now a Captain. Now it may not ultimately make much of a difference in this series. However, McDonagh has been very good from a DFS standpoint in these playoffs and will come out fired up along with the rest of the Rangers for Game 3. Again, it comes down to execution. The defenseman could have had more points but too many times his teammates just could not finish. Expect some possible wild times in Tampa on Wednesday.
Others to Consider: Anton Stralman ($3700), Hampus Lindholm ($4200), Brent Seabrook ($5000), Dan Boyle ($3900).
Values: Marc Staal ($2700), Clayton Stoner ($2500). — Stoner gets a nod only for his ability to block three or four shots a game.
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. There will also be a few more last minute options as well. The reason for last minute changes is some trends do change on the fly and with the later start times (8:00 pm ET), that can never hurt.
Good luck on this two night slate!