C – Sidney Crosby (PIT) – $9,000 vs. WAS
The Penguins return home for Game 3 tonight after having wrestled away home ice advantage from the Capitals thanks to their come from behind Game 1 victory. The Penguins were the league’s second highest scoring team at home in the regular season at 3.63 goals per game and also tied for the first with a 26.7% clip on the power play at home. Enter Crosby who continues to produce for the Penguins despite a quiet Game 2. Crosby has seven goals and eight helpers in eight postseason games, numbers that should take another step forward tonight.
C – Mark Scheifele (WPG) – $7,600 vs. NSH
There is no one hotter in the playoffs than the Jets top center. Over the last four games, Scheifele has bulged twine a whopping seven times while adding two assists in that time to boot. Two of those markers have come on the power play, and that’s a good thing considering the Jets sported a lethal 25.7% clip with the man advantage at home in the regular season where they will be tonight after splitting in Nashville. Might as well ride Scheifele while he is smoking hot.
W – Jake Guentzel (PIT) – $7,000 vs. WAS
Guentzel’s price has sky rocketed in these playoffs, but for very good reason. He has been white-hot all postseason long, scoring seven goals and adding 10 assists for 17 points in just eight games. He has flanked Crosby in all situations over the last three games thanks to an injury to Evgeni Malkin. Malkin may return tonight which could cost Guentzel his top unit power play time, but regardless I’m rolling with the kid while he continues to be a constant on the scoresheet.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,400 vs. WAS
We will complete our three-man Penguins stack right away with the addition of Hornqvist. While Crosby and Guentzel have obtained most of the headlines on the Pens, let’s not scoff at Hornqvist’s production either. He has scored three goals and added five assists in six games in these playoffs. He and Crosby should certainly form a 5v5 and PP1 duo tonight unless Mike Sullivan puts Hornqvist back alongside Malkin should he return. Either way, Hornqvist makes for a solid play.
W – Kyle Connor (WPG) – $4,800 vs. NSH
I like the price we are getting Connor at here as he skates alongside on the white-hot Scheifele at 5v5 play on the Jets’ top line. He hasn’t had nearly the same success as his center, however Connor had an assist in three straight games before being held scoreless in Game 2 of this series. Still, he’s seeing big minutes that include second unit power play minutes while he is more than capable of breaking out of his seven-game goalless drought as he bagged 31 as a rookie in the regular season.
W – Brett Connolly (WAS) – $3,500 vs. PIT
We are going to need some value somewhere along the line here and we will get it with Connolly tonight. Connolly scored his first goal of the playoffs in Washington’s Game 2 win over the Pittsburgh and racked up 18.4 FanDuel points as a result. He is shooting the puck much more lately with three shots in back-to-back games and eight over his last three. He skates on the second power play unit where he will form a mini-stack with one of our defenseman tonight.
D – Tyler Myers (WPG) – $4,100 vs. NSH
I am spending down on the blueline tonight beginning here with Myers. That isn’t to say he doesn’t have upside, either. Myers will form a mini-stack with Connor on the second Jets’ power play unit, but he also brings a nice floor to the table by himself. He scored six goals, added 30 assists, took 150 shots and blocked 116 while skating in all 82 regular season games. He’s added a pair of goals and an assists in these playoffs and should see solid minutes tonight on home ice.
D – Dmitry Orlov (WAS) – $4,300 vs. PIT
Orlov is the blueliner who will form the PP2 mini-stack with Connolly tonight in Pittsburgh. He’s had a quality postseason, scoring once and adding three assists over his last four games. He’s also added two blocks in each of his last six games and at least two shots in five of those six games. He had 31 points, 125 shots and 116 blocks in 82 regular season contests, so he also brings a very respectable floor to the table tonight.
G – Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) – $8,300 vs. NSH
Hellebuyck took a step back in Game 2 after a brilliant Game 1 effort, however he still saw more than 40 shots for the second straight game after not seeing more than 30 in the first round. Hellebuyck was the clear hero in Game 1 with his 47-save performance, and given his work at home this season he’s my guy tonight. Hellebuyck went 30-5-2 with a 2.31 GAA at home in the regular season and has yielded just three goals in three home starts in these playoffs. I wouldn’t look too much further than the breakout star on this slate tonight.
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