Last night’s GPP-aimed lineup paid some real nice dividends! Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen combined for two goals and two assists to give our Avs stack some production. Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk and Morgan Rielly combined for a goal and three assist to give us some production there! We also got an assist from Kyle Palmieri and four shots from Patrick Maroon to give us some decent production there. Lastly, we notched a 40-save win from Frederik Andersen, giving us a real solid lineup across the board! Let’s keep it going on tonight’s three-game slate.
C – Eric Staal (MIN) – $7,200 vs. WPG
The Wild returned home for Game 3 in a 2-0 hole, and climbed out some with a six-goal offensive explosion, one of which came off the stick of Staal who has a massive career resurgence in the regular season. Staal bagged 42 goals on 241 shots prior to the postseason, the most goals he’s scored since the 2005/2006 season which was his second in the league. The Wild are an excellent home team and Staal notched 42 points in 41 home games at home so let’s look for that resurgence to continue tonight.
C – Bryan Little (WPG) – $4,400 vs. MIN
We have some expensive pieces in this lineup so we need to find some cost-savings somewhere and that begins here with Little. It was a fairly disappointing regular season for Little as his 16 goals and 43 points in 82 games was essentially the same as his 21 goals and 47 points from last year, but he only skated in 59 games a year ago. That said, he is still capable of offense and he centers the second power play unit, so I’ll roll the dice with the veteran in a difficult road matchup tonight.
W – Jason Zucker (MIN) – $5,700 vs. WPG
While Staal had a resurgent year, Zucker had a breakout year. After scoring 22 goals and 47 points last season, Zucker smashed those marks with 33 goals and 64 points this season. You could go with either Zucker or Granlund in this spot as they both skate on the top line with Staal, but Zucker skates on the same power play unit as Staal while Granlund skates on the Koivu/Parise unit. Given the amount of scoring he did in the regular season I have no problem rolling with Zucker at an attractive price.
W – Mathieu Perreault (WPG) – $3,500 / Jack Roslovic (WPG) – $3,700 vs. MIN
The reason I have listed both players here is because Perreault’s status for tonight’s game is unclear after missing Games 2 and 3. If he doesn’t play, Roslovic would step into his place again next to Little on the third line and second power play unit. Perreault had a fine season with 17 goals in 70 games while Roslovic had 14 points in 31 regular season games, but also exceeded value with two assists in Game 2. Either way, we have a third line and PP2 mini-stack here, just check who is in before game time.
W – Artemi Panarin (CLS) – $8,100 vs. WAS
Panarin has been on a massive tear for quite some time. Over his last 25 games, Panarin has notched 41 points. Over his last seven games, he has notched three goals and 15 assists. He has recorded a multi-point game in each of those seven contests. He’s the hottest player in the entire postseason right now, which makes him a must as the series switches to Columbus tonight against the Capitals and their 21st-ranked defense from the regular season.
W – Cam Atkinson (CLS) – $6,800 vs. WAS
The run Cam Atkinson has been on recently isn’t too shabby either. It was a real tough go earlier in the season for Atkinson, but that is now well in the past. Over his last 13 games, Atkinson has 13 goals and six assists. For the most part, he has been doing the scoring and Panarin has been doing the assisting, something I don’t see changing for this contest tonight. This is one of, if not the most dynamic duo in the entire NHL as we speak.
D – Seth Jones (CLS) – $5,800 vs. WAS
We have a real nice three-man stack here with Jones as he and his Blue Jackets teammates above provide real solid floors. Jones is quickly turning into an elite NHL defenseman as he is excellent at both ends of the ice. On the offensive end, he scored 16 goals, added 41 assists, took 249 shots and blocked 124. He scored seven of those 16 goals on the power play and has 10 points over his last five games.
D – Jared Spurgeon (MIN) – $5,000 vs. WPG
I’ll go with Spurgeon over Matt Dumba in this spot as he will form a 5v5 and PP2 stack with Staal and Zucker. I find it hard to label this the second power play unit as I believe they are more dangerous than the Koivu unit, so let’s call them 1B. Spurgeon is a nice under-the-radar offensive defenseman that posted nine goals, 28 assists, 110 shots and 127 blocks in 61 games this season. He will see some nice minutes again tonight so let’s roll with this Wild stack.
G – Jonathan Quick (LA) – $8,300 vs. VGK
This is a calculated risk as the Kings face elimination already tonight on home ice. It certainly hasn’t been Quick’s fault as he has posted a lovely .945 Sv% through the first three games of this series. The reason I like Quick a lot tonight, other than that Sv%, if that he very rarely gets blown out, and even if he doesn’t get the win he still puts up solid fantasy points in losing efforts. That said, hopefully the Kings can reward their netminder with some goal support for the first time in the series.
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