Last night’s DraftKings NHL DFS Picks were pretty solid, all things considered. We managed to get in on the only Bruins’ goal with the Bergeron/Pastrnak duo while we also got a goal from Joe Paveslki of the Sharks. We didn’t have Ondrej Palat who scored twice, but we did have linemate Tyler Johnson who assisted on one of those goals. Lastly and most importantly, our dice roll on Martin Jones paid off as he notched a 34-save shutout and was easily the highest scoring goalie on the night. We will look to keep up the good work on another two-game slate tonight.
C – Sidney Crosby (PIT) – $7,800 vs. WAS
With the Penguins remaining on home ice for tonight’s Game 4 and Crosby’s line continuing to do the vast majority of the Penguins’ scoring, we will roll with his top line once again tonight. Crosby enters play tonight with 17 points across nine postseason contests, the third-most points in these playoffs. He notched his third multi-point effort in the Pens’ Game 3 loss, so no reason not to roster Captain Sid again tonight.
C – Paul Stastny (WPG) – $5,000 vs. NSH
The Jets’ offense is feeling it right now, and we are going to try and duck some ownership in this lineup by moving down to the second line while retaining our top power play unit exposure. Stastny had a huge game in Game 3, notching a goal and two assists. He now has two goals and five assists over his last four games. He has fit in real nice on this Jets’ team and with Winnipeg leading the league in home scoring by far this seems like an attractive play tonight.
W – Jake Guentzel (PIT) – $6,300 vs. WAS
Guentzel is the hottest hockey player on the planet right now so I’m not about to leave him out of this lineup. He enters tonight’s contest leading the playoffs in scoring along with David Pastrnak with 19 points across just nine games. He racked up another multi-point game in Tuesday night’s Game 3 loss, also his third multi-point effort over his last four contests. Lock this guy in without thought tonight.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $5,900 vs. WAS
All this guy is doing right now is scoring goals. Over his last 21 games, Hornqvist has bagged 15 goals. He is an absolute monster on the Penguins’ top power play unit and certainly a handful in front of the opposing net. Hornqvist hasn’t suited up for all the playoff games so far, however he has been extremely productive when active with nine points across seven postseason games. He forms a three-man 5v5 stack with Crosby and Guentzel while he’s obviously forming a mini-stack with Sid on the top power play group.
W – Patrik Laine (WPG) – $6,100 vs. NSH
The scary thing about the Jets’ offense right now is the fact that they are scoring a ton of goals and yet Laine has not recorded a goal in the series. In fact, the Finnish sniper hasn’t scored in each of his last six games. While he’s notched an assist in three straight, the goals are certainly going to come. He’s recorded 15 shots over his last two games and when the goals come they will come in bunches. I’m looking for tonight to be the night he kick starts his scoring.
D – Tyler Myers (WPG) – $3,800 vs. NSH
While Myers doesn’t form a power play stack with either Laine or Stastny, I still like his value upside tonight. Over his last six games, Myers has scored two goals, added two assists, taken 11 shots and blocked nine. I’m a big fan of consistent production and that’s what we’ve been seeing from the hulking blueliner. He also gives us exposure to the second power play unit, so let’s lock in Myers at a reasonable price here.
D – Matt Niskanen (WAS) – $3,600 vs. PIT
Same deal here with Niskanen. While he has just a goal and two assists in this postseason, Niskanen also brings some nice peripheral stats to the table. He has blocked 16 shots over his last five games while he’s had at least one shot on goal in every postseason contest so far. He is a member of the Capitals’ second power play unit and with the Penguins struggling a little bit on the back end and Matt Murray not in a groove right now, I think some low-owned Capitals exposure makes sense.
G – Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) – $8,200 vs. NSH
It’s a tough matchup of course, but I see little reason to deviate from Hellebuyck tonight. He has won 15 of his last 17 decision and was dominant at home with a 30-5-2 record at Bell MTS Place this season. Let’s keep in mind that Pekka Rinne is struggling big-time at the other end of the ice and Hellebuyck has a lethal offense that paced the league in home scoring this season in front of him. Lock and load the breakout star tonight.
UTIL – Chandler Stephenson (WAS) – $3,200 vs. PIT
Stephenson forms a nice little mini-stack here with Niskanen. For the third time in his last five games, Stephenson eclipsed value on Tuesday night. Over those five games, he’s tallied two goals and three assists. It’s extremely difficult to find point-per-game players in this price range, and as long as he is skating next to Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie on the Capitals’ second line, Stephenson offers excellent value upside in a decent road matchup tonight.
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