The Conference Finals had to end sometime and this will be it. This is going to be a spectacular end to a hell of a round. We get the privilege of two seventh games to determine the Stanley Cup Finalists. It means a bit of an odd slate that usually has a tendency to gravitate toward goaltending but remember the West. Oh, remember the West. The East could even feature a little more scoring than expected though that depends all on who scores first in Game 7. That could be a problem but we forge onward anyway.
For those wanting to just take it lightly, we have the perfect GPP for you on this huge weekend:
Henrik Lundqvist ($9300) – You pay to win the game! That’s right. You heard it correctly! You pay to win the game! Lundqvist’s price tag hopped up a few hundred dollars because of the Rangers record at home in Game 7’s since 1992. Everyone knows it. Everyone knows how important the first goal is too. Lundqvist tends not to give those up. There are obscene numbers I can pull from almost everywhere but Lundqvist has to be your starter given the uncertainty in the West and the Rangers again in a Game 7.
Others to Consider: Ben Bishop ($8800), Frederik Andersen ($8900).
Tyler Johnson ($8300) – Our knowledge of the risk is high but you figure Tampa has at least a goal or two in them at minimum. Then the chances of the triplets being involved is pretty high so if Johnson say gets you five or six DraftKings points, that is a decent return. The line shoots a lot and one figures that maybe this is the line that gets rewarded in the Game 7.
J.T. Miller ($4400) – This is fun because Miller basically went from almost value play up $1300 in a week basically which is a big deal. Miller has been playing on the top line with Derick Brassard and Rick Nash plus seeing power play time along with it. He went from dog house to penthouse in rather short order. It is not a lot of money to spend on a line that gave Tampa fits in Game 6.
Others to Consider: Ryan Kesler ($7300), Derick Brassard ($6600), Andrew Cogliano ($4100).
Values: Nate Thompson ($2800), James Sheppard ($2800). — Values are slim pickings at this point. Trend very carefully in Game 7’s ladies and gentlemen.
Jakob Silfverberg ($5300) – For a $1700 drop, I am going to push my chips and ride Silfverberg in Game 7. It is not a proud move but he has 11 points in his last ten playoff games and was close several times in Chicago to lighting the lamp. One has to think that Kesler line is going to be a real pain in the neck for the Blackhawks. If you are on the fence on this, consider that the winger is below DraftKings average price of $5555.
Patrick Kane ($8700) – The spotlight is on showtime because of the stage. Let’s be honest! Kane had a goal and an assist in Game 6 and Chicago may need even more than that in Game 7. There is no tomorrow if the Blackhawks lose so here we are. The winger has had his chances to be even more dominant and with a goalie that has been a bit rough around the edges of late, Kane can be frightening around the net.
Others to Consider: Ondrej Palat ($7900), Alex Killorn ($6700), Rick Nash ($8000), Brandon Saad ($6700), Patrick Maroon ($4200), Matt Beleskey ($4800), Corey Perry ($8500).
Values: Ryan Callahan ($2700), Bryan Bickell ($2600). — Just watch for lineup changes.
Cam Fowler ($5100) – The needle on the price did not move so why not play this one again. If the same production comes, then the value hits. Fowler in Game 7 could be quite dangerous against a depleted Chicago defense that will have to be tired at some point. That is the going thought. Fowler loves to carry the puck and punish which will anger Blackhawks players but create space for opportunities that could lead to points.
Keith Yandle ($4600) – You just have to laugh at this price but we are going to take this every single day and a month of Sundays. Yandle is almost $1000 below the DK average and if Game 7 does wind up being a little more higher scoring than usual deciding games at MSG, then Yandle is worth a shot. This is going to be a fun adventure to see which defensemen are the unlikely heroes of sorts.
Others to Consider: Duncan Keith ($7800), Victor Hedman ($6200), Anton Stralman ($3600), Sami Vatanen ($6200),
Values: Nikita Nesterov ($3000), Clayton Stoner ($2600), Marc Staal ($2500). — The choices are slim but hey this is go big or go home territory. We gamble hard here!
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 both series may have unexpected scratches once again so do not be surprised when it does happen.
Good luck on this two night slate!