Just when you think you have this figured out, you do not anymore. We tried to ride Tampa for a third straight game and got burned worse than overcooked bacon and believe me, no one like burnt bacon. It has not been an easy time of things but with the Game 5’s upon us, the time is now to try and give it a few more rides before the Stanley Cup Final. Let’s get down to work.

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Goalie

Henrik Lundqvist ($8800) – Coming off a 38 save performance, you almost expected Lundqvist to rise up about $400 or $500 and yet he remained steady. That should hopefully give you a few hundred dollars to spend in another place. Does Lundqvist typically get better as series go on? Absolutely, in Games 5-7 against Washington he was a stone wall with an incredible save percentage. While Tampa is going to be more difficult, at the very least the games should be close.

Others to Consider:  Frederik Andersen ($8900), Ben Bishop ($8900).

Center

Ryan Getzlaf ($8700) – Our hope is that home sweet home helps Getzlaf pot a few assists for us against Chicago. At the very least, he should fire a few shots on net. It is a tough risk because basically you need about six DraftKings points to make this worthwhile. Hopefully for our sake, we get bailed out by the talented first line of Anaheim and particularly Getzlaf who has only one goal in the playoffs which just seems too low.

Brad Richards ($4600) – The hard part of picking players now is trying to go a tiny bit outside the box without sandbagging ourselves here. Richards has seven points in his last ten games. Also, with the speed slowing down in the West, he has seen more and more ice time of late. The center sees a good deal of power play time and over 18 minutes a night so the opportunities are there. At this low of a price, hey why not!

Others to Consider:  Derick Brassard ($5700), Jonathan Toews ($7300), Nate Thompson ($3700).

Values: Rickard Rakell ($2600).  — Values are slim pickings at this point. Trend carefully.

Winger

Chris Kreider ($5400) – So the risks gets huge at this juncture as we try and ride Kreider and you may even want to gamble with a Rick Nash duo stack here. Kreider often saves his best for later in series and we are in the crucial best of three phase. The winger has six goals in his last ten playoff games and has been a major thorn in the side of Tampa in this series. If he can avoid taking dumb penalties then the fantasy potential is very high.

Alex Killorn ($6700) – The forward is playing a good bit over 20 minutes a night for Tampa and maybe this is another night of flipping a coin between the Tampa lines to see who will get the points. The Lightning are probably good for two goals. It is just a question of nailing the production right. Killorn again has played very well of late and has even had a little hard luck. His numbers could be even higher. We will bite on this one.

Others to Consider: Ondrej Palat ($7900), Corey Perry ($8600), Patrick Sharp ($4500), Brandon Saad ($3800), Patrick Maroon ($5200).

Values:  Ryan Callahan ($2700), Emerson Etem ($2500)

Defense

Duncan Keith ($5900) – This is high risk only because Keith’s offensive value seems to have peaked and many are expecting the points not to really come the rest of this series. Hey these are things that could be worse. Either way, Chicago is a tough team to knock down and especially Keith, who has had his moments despite playing nearly half a game a night the past week. After all, there are much worse options.

Ryan McDonagh ($7000) – You got to pay to play here but let’s roll on McDonagh one more time. The defenseman has been faring quite well aside from Game 4. The home confines should help a little I would think as McDonagh had chances in Game 4 but missed at least one open net and a pass that missed one more time. Hopefully, he gets back into the scoring column with that price tag, he kind of has to.

Others to Consider: Victor Hedman ($6200), Kevin Klein ($4500), Francois Beauchemin ($4900), Simon Despres ($3700).

Values:  Nikita Nesterov ($3000), Marc Staal ($2500). — Honestly neither choice is all that appealing but Nesterov has point potential that is higher than Staal’s. 

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!