Anaheim and Tampa Bay took critical steps in Game 3 with big one goal wins but can they do it again in Game 4? Chicago and New York are going to be angry and hungry to even their series. Game 3 taught us a lesson or three as the high scoring Tampa team did it again. Then Anaheim surprised us all by killing off four first period penalties en route to a 2-1 victory. The Game 4’s aim to have even more twists. Let’s try to make sense of this with some NHL Targets.
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 ($8900) – The scoring figures to come down a little bit in Tampa while heading up a bit in Chicago. At this point in the series, maybe goaltending stands up? It has to, right? Though the previous two games had a little of everything, expect some semblance of order or a good chance at a win. Something tells me you will still want a hedge here just in case. However, Bishop has looked shaky before and bounced back anyway. It is a funny thing with him and these playoffs.
Others to Consider: Corey Crawford ($9300), Henrik Lundqvist ($8800).
Tyler Johnson ($8600) – Our question was answered as Johnson is now on the level of pricing reserved for Steven Stamkos. Yes there is considerable pressure to maintain that but 12 goals in 16 playoff games makes it obvious that the undrafted pivot is ready to keep on firing on all cylinders. Tampa has a plan and their biggest offensive threat just seems too fast for New York to stop right now. Maybe the Rangers should have looked at that Detroit tape more.
Andrew Shaw ($4800) – Chicago is going to need that secondary scoring and a lot of players will probably own Toews while trying to get a second look at the gold so to speak. Shaw just has this weird knack of coming up big in these types of crucial playoff games so his price may not match his production necessarily but taking risks is the name of the game here from this point on.
Others to Consider: Derick Brassard ($6200), Jonathan Toews ($7700), Nate Thompson ($3400).
Values: Brian Boyle ($2900), Rickard Rakell ($2800).
Patrick Kane ($8800) – So we got hosed in Game 3 by Kane. Let’s be honest. He did have his chances like Toews but could not cash in. It has been a nasty sort of round to gauge things but we are undeterred. The fourth game if this series plays out to pattern should be around five goals combined. That may be enough leeway to still get multiple point potential out of the right winger. He is even more of a cash play now than ever.
Nikita Kucherov ($6800) – The forward is on the hottest line in the playoffs right now and made Henrik Lundqvist silly in overtime. There are not many players that can say that but the winger has proven a great complement all year long with a nice shot to boot. The Rangers are having fits trying to contain him and the other triplets so though they may be pricey, you have to ride them until they are constantly stopped.
Others to Consider: Ondrej Palat ($7300), Corey Perry ($8500), Alex Killorn ($5100), Brandon Saad ($4100), Patrick Maroon ($5300).
Values: Emerson Etem ($2900), Jesper Fast ($2500)
Victor Hedman ($6400) – This is high risk only because if the algorithm suggests something, it might be a blip but it may be a sign too. That is especially true when it comes to the playoffs but Hedman plays at a different gear at home and if he is carrying the puck a ton into the offensive zone then it is a pretty good thing. He is also the engine that can make the power play go too. We will gamble here once again but may be pushing it like always.
Ryan McDonagh ($7000) – You got to pay to play here but yes this is worth one more kick at the can. It is the time of year where both the Tampa and New York power plays seem to be clicking at the same time. If goals are more at a premium then McDonagh can provide even more value with blocked shots and shots on net. Yes you have to spend but do not worry besides the Captain, we have more choices to consider below.
Others to Consider: Simon Despres ($3500), Kevin Klein ($3500), Brent Seabrook ($5500), Dan Boyle ($4600).
Values: Marc Staal ($2600), Clayton Stoner ($2500). — Honestly neither choice is all that appealing but they are values so use as needed based on your lineup.
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. There will be likely changes via social media because Tampa and New York has a volatility to it that it did not have several days ago obviously.
Good luck on this two night slate!