Last night’s FanDuel NHL Picks were solid and disappointing all at once. Our three-man Penguins stack accounted for all the goal scoring Pittsburgh has to offer as Crosby, Guentzel and Hornqvist each tallied a goal while Crosby and Guentzel assisted on each other’s. The disappointing part came later in the night when the Jets scored seven goals, however Kyle Connor and Tyler Myers combined for just one assist on the night. Mark Scheifele notched two helpers, but no goals. It was a good lineup but I felt it could have easily been better. We will look for that better lineup on tonight’s two-game slate.
*The makeup of this lineup is a little different than normal as I’m looking to take advantage of a line change from one team.
C – Joe Pavelski (SJ) – $7,100 vs. VGK
The Sharks are going to need to win tonight’s Game 4 in San Jose or they are in big-time trouble heading back to Vegas down 3-1. Pavelski has tallied two assists through the three games in this series so far, but has brought solid floors to the last couple games thanks to 11 shots and three blocks to go with those two assists in that span. He should continue to see big-time minutes tonight while he has that attractive floor thanks to that heavy shot total as well.
C – Chris Tierney (SJ) – $3,400 vs. VGK
Here is the wrinkle in the lineup that I was referring to above. It’s extremely rare for me to roster two centers on the same team on FanDuel, but it’s worth it tonight. The reason is that it appears Tierney has been moved up to the top line and will center Pavelski and Evander Kane at 5v5 play this evening. This move is done due to defensive reasons as Tierney is the Sharks’ most reliable defense forward. However, he scored 17 goals in the regular season and I think he makes for a terrific value play as he has skated 21+ minutes in each of the last two games with an assist and seven shots in that span.
W – Evander Kane (SJ) – $6,900 vs. VGK
We will complete our three-man Sharks stack in short order here with Kane. Kane tallied a goal in the Sharks’ Game 3 overtime loss, his fourth goal of these playoffs. He brings a real solid floor to the table as he loves to shoot the puck as evidenced by his 4.83 shots per game in these playoffs. The power forward scored 29 goals on a whopping 307 shots in the regular season so look for the shooting gallery to continue tonight in this three-man stack.
W – Brad Marchand (BOS) – $7,700 vs. TB
Another reason I love getting Tierney in this lineup is it gives me the cost-savings to use the Bruins’ big guns tonight on home ice against Tampa Bay. Boston tore apart the Maple Leafs on home ice in round one as they are averaging 5.5 goals per game at the TD Garden in these playoffs to go along with a 38.9% power play. Marchand is white-hot right now, notching two goals and six assists over his last three games. He is yet another player with a high floor in this lineup and there’s no reason not to want to pay up for him in this matchup tonight.
W – David Pastrnak (BOS) – $7,900 vs. TB
If it weren’t for the postseason that Jake Guentzel is having it would be Patrnak who would be the story of these playoffs. He enters tonight’s contest with a cool 18 points across nine playoff games. Like Marchand, Pastrnak has done vicious damage over the last three games with a goal and six assists in that time. He has 11 points over four home games in these playoffs so go ahead and roster the young winger in this matchup tonight.
W – Yanni Gourde (TB) – $5,300 vs. BOS
The Bruins weren’t exactly a stout defense over the last handful of games so I don’t’ mind notching some Lightning exposure tonight too. Gourde has tallied a goal and an assist over his last two games after a regular season in which he surprised his way to 25 goals and 64 points in 82 games. He gives us exposure to the Lightning second power play unit where he will form a mini-stack with one of our defenseman tonight.
D – Charlie McAvoy (BOS) – $4,200 vs. TB
I would definitely like to get Torey Krug into this lineup for the power play purposes, but for cost reasons I’m going to pay down and get the 5v5 three-man stack with McAvoy. The young blueliner looks like a calm and cool veteran out there as he is logging 23+ minutes per night alongside veteran Zdeno Chara on the Bruins’ top pairing. He has a goal and two assists over his last two games and figures to play a big role while giving us second unit power play exposure tonight.
D – Mikhail Sergachev (TB) – $4,000 vs. BOS
We have completed our Lightning mini-stack here with the addition of Sergachev. Like McAvoy, Sergachev has brought plenty of value upside to the table over the last few games as he’s notched two goals and an assist with six shots over his last three games. He had an incredible rookie year, scoring nine goals, adding 30 assists and taking 141 shots on goal despite logging small minutes on the Lightning blueline. He also forms a 5v5 and PP2 mini-stack with Gourde this evening.
G – Martin Jones (SJ) – $7,800 vs. VGK
Jones has not been good in this series after shutting down the Ducks in round one, but I’m going to roll the dice on home tonight in Game 4. The Sharks yielded just 2.59 goals per game at home in the regular season while sporting the league’s second-ranked home penalty kill at a stout 88.6%. Jones sported a solid 2.39 GAA at home this season and had a .970 Sv% in round one. It’s only a matter of time before he gets it going and I’m looking for tonight to be the night at a real attractive cost.
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