There are two games a night for the rest of the week unless a sweep occurs, but until further notice, we slug our way through the slates for you, the reader. It is an Eastern Conference kind of Wednesday, and here are some targets to consider.
For those wanting to take it easy, here is a “low stakes” type of GPP just for you:
Braden Holtby ($8800) – Honestly, after a 1-0 shutout, it is hard to stay away from Holtby, even with the underlying numbers being the way they are. The Rangers and Capitals are so hell bent at times to playing futile hockey that the Vegas bookies set the over/under at 4 1/2 for a reason. This is a major test, and the dead even money line means Holtby will be tested a lot.
Others to Consider: Henrik Lundqvist ($9200), Ben Bishop ($9000)
Tyler Johnson ($7800) – Ah, so in doubt… why not roll with the best triplet of them all. This is not going to be easy, and there is definitely moderate risk here. With last line change, Jon Cooper has the luxury of springing them on Montreal when they can. Johnson is obviously dangerous on the power play as well, and Montreal has not really found an answer to stop the second line center other than the center slowing himself down.
Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5300) – Kuznetsov has been a force in the postseason, and you can expect a few more goals on Wednesday, as everything about Game 3 was just silly and almost sad for all of its futility. That being said, the Rangers definitely fear Kuznetsov (at least a little bit), and that may be just enough for people to consider saving a little money and owning him over Niklas Backstrom.
Others to Consider: Niklas Backstrom ($6500), Steven Stamkos ($9000), Derick Brassard ($4900), Alex Galchenyuk ($3700)
Values: Dominic Moore ($2800), Bryan Flynn ($2700)
Rick Nash ($8500) – Because there is a way to sit there and just take risks, most people will be a little leery of starting Nash. He did have seven shots on goal last game, and he had a bunch of scoring chances. One of these has to go in come Game 4. Even if the Rangers do not win, a good daily fantasy night is quite possible for the winger, as we projected him as high as six to seven DraftKings points. Let’s see what happens.
Alex Ovechkin ($9300) – We ride the studs in a low scoring game because the offenses will often center around them almost exclusively. It will be a ton of fun to see if the Rangers clamp down even harder on the left winger because they need to, considering he had at least three high danger scoring chances last game. It is not often Ovechkin misses like he did in Game 3.
Others to Consider: Nikita Kucherov ($7300), Max Pacioretty ($8700), Joel Ward ($4700), Chris Kreider ($4300)
Values: Dale Weise ($2800), Brandon Prust ($2500)
Victor Hedman ($7500) – This is a high risk play, and people will be asking how? Simple, Hedman had a high impact DFS night in Game 2, and there are definite questions about Game 3. Yet, it is just tough to look away from Hedman. When you have limited choices, sometimes players just get on a roll, and this could be one of those cases where the Tampa offense should feed off the crowd some. That makes Hedman a gamble worth taking.
P.K. Subban ($8000) – No one really knows what Montreal has left in the tank, but one expects guys like Subban to fight tooth and nail to their last shot in this series. If there is one player that could ignite the power play for Montreal, that would be this defenseman. He has to step it up no matter what. Otherwise, Tampa Bay really does make this a short series.
Others to Consider: Mike Green ($4800), Dan Girardi ($4300), Jeff Petry ($3600), Andrei Markov ($4400)
Values: Alexei Emelin ($2900), Marc Staal ($2700)
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!