The overlap continues, as there is one game on Monday night and two games on Tuesday night. Yes, they are all Game 3’s, so the venues shift. Now it is going to get interesting. Please note that Tampa Bay resumes their series on Wednesday.
For those wanting to take it easy, here is a “low stakes” type of GPP just for you:
Braden Holtby ($9000) – Honestly, this is the toughest game to predict, but if a goalie wins this, you get the feeling it might be lower scoring again. It’s a 2-1 and 3-2 kind of league. Goalies have to find ways to win these first home games in their own building, so there is a little extra pressure on Holtby. The problem in Game 2 was the goalie could not steal the game. He needs to in Game 3, and home ice should help at least a little.
Others to Consider: Devan Dubnyk ($8500), Karri Ramo ($8000)
Jonatahn Toews ($7400) – Ah so in doubt, let us roll with Toews – even on the road. It has often been our experience to go with the stronger options presented, and Toews is still one of those. The center gets good opportunities, and no matter what, that means there’s the chance for high fantasy point totals. People need to realize that it is not always about x’s and o’s but that it is about point potential, and Toews carries plenty of that.
Evgeny Kuznetsov ($4700) – Kuznetsov has four goals in the postseason already. It seems whenever he has the puck, he is a danger to score. People know it, and the Washington power play seems to know it too. That just may be the boost needed by the Capitals, as well. They have had chances, but to convert, they need a little more Kuznetsov flare here.
Others to Consider: Ryan Getzlaf ($8800), Sean Monahan ($5800), Mikko Koivu ($4500)
Values: Matt Stajan ($2900), Marcus Kruger ($2900)
Zach Parise ($8500) – Because of the venue change, you must strongly consider Parise, as now it makes the most optimal sense. The left winger has had his chances, but just could not find the twine in game number two. He looked great in Game 1, however. If Chicago’s defensive performance in Game 2 was a fluke, then Parise is in for a rather good night. Parise is too good to be kept down for very long in a series like this.
Alex Ovechkin ($9200) – We cannot pass up Ovechkin on Monday night even if we wanted to. The temptation to play him over other wingers that come on Tuesday (even Rick Nash on Monday) is just too great at the moment. This left winger has a way of firing a bunch of pucks on net and finding the back of the net, even against Henrik Lundqvist. Game 3 could be high point potential at even this high of a price.
Others to Consider: Corey Perry ($9100), Johnny Gaudreau($5500), Joel Ward ($4400), Jason Pominville ($6300)
Values: Jesper Fast ($2700), Bryan Bickell ($2700)
John Carlson ($7800) – This is where I say spend it! Carlson is going to get quite a few chances, especially with last line change. That tends to benefit a player like him the most, and it does so on the man advantage situations more than anything else. Game 3 is going to be a pivotal game, and there should be enough of a budget to make room for the best defenseman on the board.
T.J. Brodie ($4800) – You have to take your shots in short slates, and playing Brodie is one shot to take. We are still awaiting on the series status of Mark Giordano also (who is participating fully in practice). In the meantime, Brodie is still getting his chances on the man advantage, so do not be surprised if he were to sneak in a goal and/or an assist with his numbers on Tuesday. The Flames have to win Game 3.
Others to Consider: Dennis Wideman ($6200), Dan Girardi ($4300), Francois Beauchemin ($3800), Marco Scandella ($3900)
Values: Simon Despres ($3000), Matt Dumba ($2900)
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.
Good luck this weekend!