The NHL playoffs are underway, and we have a four-game slate on our hands tonight. If you missed last night's action -- here were the final scores: N.Y. Islanders 5 - Panthers 4 -- Flyers 0 - Capitals 2 -- Wild 0 - Stars 4 -- San Jose Sharks 4 - Kings 3.
I will be going game-by-game to breakdown DFS targets, lines and Vegas stats.
Detroit Red Wings (+136) @ Tampa Bay Lighting (-150)
The Lightning took game one by a final score of 3-2 and are looking to take game two in front of the home-crowd. This is a nice game to target on tonight's slate, as a lot of the Detroit-Tampa Bay players are inexpensive, which will allow you to pay-up for some of those high-priced studs you really love.
The Lightning's top center Steven Stamkos is going to be out for the next 1-3 months, so Tyler Johnson will continue to skate with the first-line, which makes him one of the more appealing options at the center position. In game one, Johnson had two assists and two blocked shots, which was good for five fantasy points. Another guy I absolutely love in the Lightning's first-line is Nikita Kucherov. He will be doing the heavy-lifting on the Lightnings first-line without his partner in crime: Steven Stamkos. Kucherov finished the game with two goals, one assist and had four shots on goal. He is one of the pricier guys on Tampa Bay's side, but is worth the price-tag. With the Red Wings averaging 2.2 goals per game (22nd in NHL), goalie Ben Bishop is certainly in play and in my opinion -- the top goalie of the night. The Red Wings average 2.2 goals per game (22nd in NHL) He had a save percentage of .944% in game one and had a 20-11 record when playing at home this season. And if you are looking for a punt-play tonight, then Jason Garrison is your guy. He is dirt-cheap on DraftKings with a price-tag of $3,400 and will be skating with the second-line as well as the first power-play unit.
On the other side -- Pavel Datsyuk is a guy to target. He was scoreless in game-one, but he took seven shots and had a blocked shot. You know Datsyuk won't go scoreless this entire series, so look for him to put some points up on the board tonight. If you are looking to do a mini-stack with the Red Wings, I also like Justin Abdelkader. He had a goal in game one with four shots on goal. He is a nice guy to pair up with Datsyuk. Gustav Nyquist is another guy in play for the Red Wings. He plays with the second-line, and racks up most of the points with that unit. I wouldn't be surprised if he scored the most fantasy points for the Red Wings tonight. Goalie Jimmy Howard could be a decent contrarian play against the Lighting, especially with their struggles executing with a man advantage.