Last night’s DraftKings NHL DFS Picks were fantastic as we notched some solid profits with the Bruins’ big line doing some damage while Nathan MacKinnon was up to his old tricks once again.
Patrice Bergeron, as expected, grabbed his team by the throat and willed them to a Game 4 victory on the road as he scored twice and added seven shots on goal with a blocked shot to boot. David Pastrnak also found the back of the net while notching an assist, three shots and an pair of blocks as well. Torey Krug also got in on the action with two assists of his own to complete a super-productive Bruins three-man stack.
Next up it was Nathan MacKinnon’s turn and he didn’t disappoint. MacKinnon scored a goal and fired a whopping seven shots on goal to go along with a block as well. The remainder of the Avs stack wasn’t overly productive, however, as Alexander Kerfoot registered just one shot while Tyson Barrie registered a shot and two blocks.
Our Blue Jackets mini-stack was decent, but only because of Oliver Bjorkstrand who notched an assist and three shots on goal. Ryan Dzingel posted a zero which is a real shame considering I got him under 5% owned on a two-game slate.
Finally, Philipp Grubauer was certainly the right choice in net as he posted a 32-save shutout over the Sharks to even the series at two heading back to San Jose.
It was an excellent night and so let’s keep rolling into the weekend on tonight’s two-game slate!
C – Jordan Staal (CAR) – $4,800 vs. NYI
The Hurricanes have the Islanders on the ropes after winning each of the first three games of the series and thus looking for the sweep tonight on home ice. I simply believe there’s too much momentum going for this Hurricanes team and the home crowd will be rocking for this one tonight, so I am going to line up a three-man Hurricanes stack beginning here with Staal who has been fabulous in these playoffs. Staal has four goals across 10 playoff games so far, but he’s been super-clutch in scoring a couple of them. One was the tying marker in Game 7 against Washington to send the game to overtime while he played the OT hero in Game 1 of this series as well. He has a goal and an assist in this series so far along with four shots on goal. Staal gets Sebastian Aho’s old winger by his side tonight in Nino Niederreiter and Teuvo Teravainen, so there is a good chance this line is going to be in on the scoring against a rattled Islanders club tonight.
C – Roope Hintz (DAL) – $4,400 vs. STL
The Stars can put a stranglehold on the Blues tonight if they can win Game 5 in St. Louis and therefore head home with a chance to clinch the series in front of their home crowd. Hintz has been dynamite in these playoffs as well as he’s used his speed and skill to give the Blues defense fits after doing the same thing to the Predators’ elite back end in round one. He had two goals and three points in six round one games, but the truth is he deserved more. That said, he’s been electric in this second round series with three goals and five points in four games while he’s seen a steady increase in ice time as well, skating a series-high 16:09 in Game 4. The Stars have put their lines into a blender a little bit as well as Hintz will see Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov on his side while Tyler Seguin skates with Jason Dickinson and Mats Zuccarello. I am going to duck the ownership of Seguin and roll with the Hintz line as I look for the rookie to stay white-hot in tonight’s pivotal Game 5.
W – Teuvo Teravainen (CAR) – $6,300 vs. NYI
Teravainen quietly has some of the best skills in this league and his numbers are there to back it up as he’s been a major factor in these playoffs. He started relatively quiet with just one assist through the first three games of the Washington series, but since then Teravainen has tallied five goals and one assist for six points over his last seven contests. He’s also put four shots on goal in three of his last five games. He was fantastic in Carolina’s Game 3 win on Wednesday as he notched a pair of goals on four shots and skated more than 18 minutes, however he’s actually skated at least 21 minutes in two of the three games in this series. It would certainly be nice to see the Hurricanes get their power play going as it sits at just 8.8% for these playoffs, not because DraftKings rewards power play points – because they don’t – but because this is going to be a three-man power play stack as well once we include our defenseman. It’s rare to see a team get to the Conference Final with a dud power play, so look for the Canes’ top unit to get things going in this one tonight.
W – Jamie Benn (DAL) – $6,000 vs. STL
After a regular season that fell well below his standards, Benn has been wonderful in these playoffs and big reason why the Stars find themselves with a chance to take a 3-2 series lead tonight in the Western Conference Semifinal. Benn was excellent from the get-go in this postseason as he has three points across the first three games of the first round series against Nashville and has three points across four games in this series. In total, Benn has scored two goals and added seven assists for nine points in 10 playoff games to this point. He’s also averaged 3.1 shots per game in the playoffs as well. Benn and Hintz are going to skate together on the Stars’ second line tonight as well as the top power play unit and Dallas’ power play as been solid to the tune of a 21.9% clip to this point while Benn’s lone goal of the series indeed came with the man advantage. Simply looking for Benn to stay hot as his chemistry with Hintz continues.
W – Alexander Radulov (DAL) – $7,300 vs. STL
Radulov has been moved down to the second line with Hintz while Hintz has taken his spot on the top power play unit as well, but it’s pretty tough to say the so-called demotions are performance-related as Radulov has been excellent in this postseason. He scored four times and had six points in six round one games against the Predators while he has one goal and two assists over his last two games entering this one tonight as he enjoyed a two-assist game in Dallas’ Game 4 victory on Wednesday. It’s been a continuation of a dynamite regular season for the Russian as Radulov notched 29 goals and 72 points on 209 shots this season while those 72 points matched last season’s total. The only difference is Radulov played in all 82 games last season but missed 12 games this season as he was the only Star to register a point-per-game clip at or over one. He was arguably Dallas’ best regular season player and he’s been a big-time factor in these playoffs as well.
D – Justin Faulk (CAR) – $4,600 vs. NYI
Faulk comes to us at a real nice price considering the floor he brings to the table and the fact he’s been productive in this postseason. Faulk scored a beauty of a goal in the Hurricanes’ Game 3 win, but it certainly wasn’t a traditional goal for a defenseman. Faulk caught a flip pass coming out of the penalty box, when in on a breakaway and roofed a backhand to the give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead at the time. The goal was his first of the playoffs, but he’s also added three helpers for a decent four points in 10 playoff games to this point. That said, he’s been excellent in the peripheral categories as well as he fired seven shots on goal in Game 3 to give him 14 in this series so far, good for 4.67 shots per game after averaging 3.29 shots per game in the first round against the Capitals. He’s also blocked two shots in two of his last four and four of his last seven games, so I am digging the cross-category upside we’re getting with Faulk as he completes our three-man even strength and top power play unit stack tonight.
D – Devon Toews (NYI) – $3,400 vs. CAR
They are on the ropes in a must-win tonight and while I believe the Hurricanes get the job done and win this one tonight, I don’t think it’s going to be a shutout and I will look to get some value of Toews as a result. The good news with Toews is that he has taken over the spot as the lone defenseman on the Islanders’ top power play unit as he will form an even strength and power play stack with our utility player tonight. The 25-year-old is highly touted in the Islanders organization as he got 48 regular season games under his belt and produced a solid five goals and 18 points in that time on 81 shots. Four of those points came on the power play and those numbers become even more impressive when we realize he averaged just 17:54 of ice time per game, a small number for a defenseman. Toews scored one of two Islanders goals in Game 3, giving him three points in seven playoff games so far while he’s averaged two shots per game in this series. He’s also averaged a block per game as well and I will certainly take this kind of production at this price tonight.
G – Ben Bishop (DAL) – $7,500 vs. STL
The Blues have managed to make Ben Bishop look human after he was not human for much of the second half of the regular season. Bishop owns just a .906 Sv% across the four games in round two after posting an elite .945 mark in round one. That said, Bishop was excellent in the Stars’ Game 4 win as he turned aside 27 of 29 shots, good for a .931 Sv%. He owns a .937 Sv% in the two games the Stars have won in this series and just a .870 mark in the Stars’ two losses, and clearly I think Dallas wins this game tonight so I might as well roll with Bishop in net considering his success in Stars victories in this series. It’s obviously not going to be easy as the Stars are listed as +130 underdogs on the moneyline tonight, but Bishop has been good on the road all season long and I don’t see why that changes tonight. I love the value here and I will look for a Stars upset in St. Louis tonight.
UTIL – Anders Lee (NYI) – $5,300 vs. CAR
The Islanders need someone to step up and produce offense tonight and why not have it be their captain who has been okay in these playoffs but could certainly be better. He was solid in round one with a goal and two helpers in the Islanders’ four-game sweep of the Penguins while he has just one assist in this series and just three shots on goal over his last two games. However, leaders often step up in the postseason and as the Islanders’ captain I believe Lee will have an inspired performance tonight and I also believe we can get him at reasonable ownership considering his lack of production and the Islanders’ lack of offense in this series. He’s seen a huge boost in ice time in this series from round one, skating at least 18:42 in all three games after hovering around 15-16 minutes per game in round one. This is a guy that has scored 102 goals over the last three regular seasons, so let’s look for him to get back into the goal column and team up with Toews for some production tonight.