The postseason is already flying by as tonight could be the final night of the first round of the playoffs! If Boston and Washington can win their respective road games, the candle will be put out on an entertaining first round. That said, I’m not so sure it’s going to be easy as the home teams have their backs against the wall. Let’s see if we can put together a profitable lineup on this tiny two-game slate!
C – Evgeny Kuznetsov (WAS) – $6,700 vs. CLS
Kuznetsov has grabbed his team by the throat over the last couple of games and willed them to a 3-2 series lead entering tonight’s Game 6 in Columbus. He has bagged a pair of goals and added three helpers over those two games with six shots on goal. He has now scored five times in five games this series. With Kuznetsov skating as the Capitals’ first line center and on the top power play unit, I’ll look for further production in tonight’s Game 6.
C – Tyler Bozak (TOR) – $3,900 vs. BOS
I really like Bozak at this sub-$4K price tonight against the visiting Bruins. Despite skating just over 11 minutes in Game 5 thanks to a rash of penalties, the veteran pivot scored a goal and assisted on the eventual game-winner in the 4-3 victory. He now has two goals and two assists in the series. He skates as the Maple Leafs’ third line center at 5v5, but also on the top power play unit for a Leafs’ team that ranked second in the NHL with a 24.9% clip in the regular season. Excellent value upside here.
W – Alex Ovechkin (WAS) – $7,800 vs. CLS
Ovechkin showed just what type of floor he brings to the table in Game 5. He was held of the scoresheet, but Ovechkin fired seven shots on goal to have him with a decent score at the end of the night. He’s scored three goals and added three helpers in five games this series, but he’s also fired a whopping 30 shots on goal, or six per game. Very high floor and very high ceiling with this play.
W – James van Riemsdyk (TOR) – $5,200 vs. BOS
Van Riemsdyk showed off his slick mitts from in tight again in Game and his go-ahead power play marker ended up being the game winner. It was van Riemsdyk’s third goal of the series, all of which have come on the power play. He scored 36 goals in the regular season to lead the club while he hasn’t skipped a beat so far in this series. He is a big part of a Maple Leafs’ power play that has clicked at 30% for the series.
W – Boone Jenner (CLS) – $4,300 vs. WAS
I don’t expect the Blue Jackets to throw in the towel tonight either, so I’m going to grab some one off exposure to this group tonight. It begins here with Jenner who has scored one goal and added an assist in the series, but Jenner has also fired 21 shots on goal and blocked eight shots as well. Blocking almost two shots per game while averaging 4.2 shots per game is an excellent floor while he has offensive upside thanks to his spot on the second line and second power play unit.
D – John Carlson (WAS) – $6,000 vs. CLS
I am going to complete this Washington three-man stack here with Carlson who gives this trio a super-high floor and ceiling in this matchup. Carlson has been a beast on the Capitals’ back end in this series, scoring a goal, adding seven assists, taking 14 shots on goal and blocking eight shots as well. He brings excellent cross-category production to the table and should be relied upon heavily to help Washington close out the series tonight in Columbus.
D – Morgan Rielly (TOR) – $4,800 vs. BOS
The addition of Rielly into this lineup gives us two three-man PP1 stacks, something I like very much. As mentioned, Toronto had the league’s second ranked regular season power play while they’re clicking at 30% so far in this series. Rielly has five assists in five games in the series after enjoying a career year with 52 points on 182 shots in the regular season. If Toronto can get a few reps on the power play tonight I like how this stack shakes up.
G – Frederik Andersen (TOR) – $7,900 vs. BOS
After shutting the door on the Bruins in Game 5 in Boston, I’m looking for another stellar performance from Freddy Andersen tonight. Andersen turned aside 42 of 45 shots in Saturday’s win, many of which were high difficult saves while short handed. Andersen had a tough go in the first two games of the series, but has been excellent since and simply cannot be blamed for the Bruins’ goals that have went in since that time. With his back against the wall, I like the chances of Andersen coming up big for the blue and white tonight.
UTIL – Josh Anderson (CLS) – $3,400 vs. WAS
It’s not very often I roster two players on the same team who don’t form a stack at 5v5 or on the power play, but with the utility spot the last one filled I will easily grab Anderson who is an excellent play for this price range. Despite skating in just 63 regular season games, Anderson potted 19 goals on a whopping 188 shots on goal. He has one goal and two assists in the series, and with his team’s back against the wall I expect a big effort from the gritty winger tonight.
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