Last night’s lineup wasn’t overly productive, but it was a pretty tough night to have cross-lineup production. We did get a goal from Joe Paveslki, but that was all the goal scoring that the lineup had to offer. The roll of the dice on Martin Jones also paid off as he notched a shutout in the Sharks’ 4-0 Game 4 win. If you didn’t have the Lightning second line it would have been tough to do well last night. Nonetheless, let’s move on to another two-game slate tonight.
C – Sidney Crosby (PIT) – $9,000 vs. WAS
With the way Crosby’s line continues to produce and the fact that the Penguins can be a lethal offense on home ice I find it very difficult not to utilize his group again tonight. Crosby notched another multi-point game on Tuesday in the losing effort, his third multi-point game over his last four. He enters tonight’s contest ranked third in postseason scoring with 17 points in nine games and it’s time for him to lead his troops to victory again in tonight’s pivotal Game 4.
C – Paul Stastny (WPG) – $5,600 vs. NSH
The Jets’ are looking awfully dangerous right now so we definitely want some exposure to this group as well. Stastny had himself a game in Game 3, notching a goal and two assists to give him two goals and five helpers over his last four games. Stastny skates as the Jets’ second line center, however he also gets a spot on the lethal top power play unit. Considering the Jets were the NHL’s highest home scoring team by far in the regular season this seems like a real solid play at an attractive price tonight.
W – Jake Guentzel (PIT) – $7,100 vs. WAS
It’s darn near impossible to leave this guy out of any lineup right now. Guentzel is tied for the playoff scoring lead with 19 points in nine games entering play tonight after tallying a goal and an assist in Tuesday night’s loss. With Evgeni Malkin back in the Penguins’ lineup Guentzel has lost his spot on the top power play unit, however he has scored just one of his eight playoff goals on the man advantage so I’m not too concerned about that aspect of it this evening.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,500 vs. WAS
All this guy does right now is score goals. Hornqvist was red-hot entering these playoffs and he has continued his goal scoring right into the second round. The gritty winger has scored 15 goals over his last 21 games and has recorded nine points in seven postseason contests to date. He should once again flank Crosby at both 5v5 and on the top line which makes this a three-man 5v5 stack this evening.
W – Patrik Laine (WPG) – $7,300 vs. NSH
The scary thing about the Jets lighting the lamp so much in these playoffs is that Laine hasn’t been doing much damage at all, and you know it’s coming. He’s notched an assist in three straight games, but Laine has not scored a goal in the series and over his six games as a whole. That said, he has fired a whopping 15 shots on goal over the last two games and when this guy scores, he scores in bunches, so let’s look for that to start tonight as he forms a 5v5 and PP1 stack with Stastny tonight.
W – Brett Connolly (WAS) – $3,400 vs. PIT
The Penguins haven’t exactly been a stout defense as of late and Matt Murray has struggled lately as well, so let’s get some Capitals’ exposure in this lineup. It would be nice of Connolly moved onto the top line tonight in Tom Wilson’s absence, however even he if doesn’t I don’t mind the play. Connolly has a solid scoring touch with 15 goals in 70 games this regular season while he will also form a PP2 mini-stack with one of our defensemen in tonight’s Game 4.
D – Tyler Myers (WPG) – $3,900 vs. NSH
Myers won’t skate on the same power play unit as Laine and Stastny, but I don’t mind his value upside tonight. He has been providing that value consistently in these playoffs as Myers has averaged 12 FanDuel points per game over his last six. He has recorded two goals and two assists, 11 shots and nine blocks over those six contests, giving us real nice cross-category production like he did in the regular season.
D – Matt Niskanen (WAS) – $4,000 vs. PIT
Niskanen eclipsed his value in Tuesday night’s win thanks to his game-tying goal while he has also delivered solid value throughout the playoffs. He has just one goal and two helpers in the postseason, but is a steady source of blocks as well with 16 of those over the last five games. He’s also registered a shot on goal in each game in these playoffs, so I will take the value upside of this mini-stack and run with it.
G – Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) – $8,000 vs. NSH
Considering the home ice advantage tonight I am pretty shocked to see Hellebuyck as the lowest priced goaltender on this slate. This is an easy decision for me, and even if it doesn’t pan out it’s the right play. Pekka Rinne is struggling big-time in the Predators’ crease, so the win upside is solid considering how the Jets’ offense has clicked lately. He has won 15 of his last 17 decisions and went 30-5-2 at home this year. Lock this guy in at a very reasonable price.