We had a solid DraftKings lineup last night, however we didn’t get enough production from too many players. Our Penguins stack did all of the scoring for Pittsburgh and Mark Scheifele notched a pair of assists for the Jets, but that’s about there the production ended. Our Capitals mini-stack didn’t eclipse their value and Kyle Connor didn’t notch a point despite the Jets scoring seven goals on the night. We did get a win from Connor Hellebuyck, but we will look for a more consistent lineup on tonight’s two-game slate.
C – Joe Pavelski (SJ) – $5,800 vs. VGK
Pavelski and the Sharks face a dire game tonight on home ice as they will need a win or else go to Vegas down 3-1 in the series. Pavelski hasn’t been overly production with just two assists over his last four games, but he’s fired 11 shots on goal over the last two, showing he is capable of bringing a solid floor to the table. Marc-Andre Fleury has been cooled off the in the Vegas crease over the last couple of games by yielding seven goals, so I’ll roll with Pavelski and the Sharks in tonight’s Game 4.
C – Patrice Bergeron (BOS) – $7,300 vs. TB
The Bruins are rolling on home ice right now where they will be tonight as the series switches to Boston for tonight’s Game 3. The Bruins averaged 5.5 goals per game on home ice in round one while their power play clicked at a whopping 38.9% clip in round one as well. Bergeron enters play red-hot at the moment, notching three goals and four assists over his last three games, so let’s roll with the high floor and very high ceiling tonight.
W – Evander Kane (SJ) – $5,500 vs. VGK
Kane notched his fourth goal of the playoffs in the Sharks’ Game 3 overtime loss, and he too brings a nice floor to the table tonight. Kane is a shot on goal machine has he’s averaged 4.83 shots per game in these playoffs after recording 307 shots on goal in the regular season. He forms a 5v5 and PP1 stack with Pavelski tonight so let’s roll with this duo in a must-win for the Sharks.
W – Chris Tierney (SJ) – $3,900 vs. VGK
This is an interesting play. It appears Tierney will skate on the top line in between Pavelski and Kane tonight, so we have a 5v5 stack here. Tierney has skated 21+ minutes in each of the last two games and should likely see similar ice time tonight. He has an assist and seven shots on goal in that span. He is certainly capable of offense as Tierney potted 17 goals in the regular season and he is also a threat on the penalty kill after posting two goals and two assists while short handed in the regular season.
W – David Pastrnak (BOS) – $7,200 vs. TB
If it weren’t for the play of Jake Guentzel in Pittsburgh it would be Pastrnak who would be the story of these playoffs. The young singer has lit up this postseason to the tune of 18 points in just nine games, or two points per game. He managed 11 points in four home games in round one and has tallied a goal and six assists over his last three games. Needless to say, roll with Pastrnak tonight.
D – Charlie McAvoy (BOS) – $4,100 vs. TB
McAvoy may be a rookie but he appears to be a cool and calm veteran out there on the Bruins’ blueline. He has been a productive player lately as well, notching a goal and a pair of helpers over the last two games while he’s regularly seeing 23+ minutes a game. I would like to have gotten Torey Krug in this lineup for the three-man PP1 stack, however McAvoy forms a three-man 5v5 stack with Bergeron and Pastrnak while giving us exposure to a productive Bruins’ second power play unit tonight.
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D – Mikhail Sergachev (TB) – $3,900 vs. BOS
The Bruins haven’t been the best defensive club in these playoffs so we will grab some Lightning exposure tonight beginning here with Sergachev. The rookie blueliner had a massive regular season with nine goals and 40 points to go with 141 shots on goal. He’s been a productive player as of late too with a pair of goals, an assists and six shots on goal over his last three games. He will form a second power play unit mini-stack with our utility player tonight.
G – Martin Jones (SJ) – $7,400 vs. VGK
I wouldn’t blame you if you were wary about using Jones due to his play in this series, but I’m looking for a bounce back effort from the veteran netminder tonight. Remember, it was Jones who was in the Stanley Cup finals just two years ago when he posted a 2.16 GAA and a .923 Sv%, and this year he sports a 2.30 GAA and .923 Sv%. He’s had a tough three games in this series, but he was a rock while posting a .970 Sv% in round one, so let’s look for a rebound effort from a very good goaltender tonight.
UTIL – Tyler Johnson (TB) – $4,500 vs. BOS
Our Lightning mini-stack is complete here with Johnson. He snapped a four-game goalless drought with a snipe in the Lightning’s Game 2 win, while he also fired five shots on goal to boot. He’s registered 13 shots over his last three games while skating on the second line with Brayden Point as well as the second power play time where the forms that aforementioned mini-stack with Sergachev.