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: Panthers 3 - N.Y. Islanders 4 -- Lightning 0 - Red Wings 2 -- Blues 3 - Blackhawks 2 -- Predators 3 - Ducks 2.
I will be going game-by-game to breakdown DFS targets, lines and Vegas stats.
Washington Capitals (-150) @ Philadelphia Flyers (+130)
The Capitals lead the series 2-0 and I don't see them slowing down one bit. The Capitals have held the Flyers to only one goal, which makes Branden Holtby and excellent play. He has a save percentage of 0.988% and is averaging 9.5 fantasy points this series. Look for him to have another nice game for the Caps', regardless of them being on the road. Alex Ovechkin is a guy in play for me, but only in tournaments. His price-tag is just way too high up there -- and I believe there are much better, cheaper options than him (he does have huge upside which is great for tournaments), but wouldn't use him in cash. Nicklas Backstrom is another guy I love on the Capitals. He has four points in the first two games of this series and still has a very attractive price-tag. And if you are looking to save some money when drafting a defensemen then John Carlson is your guy! He has ten blocked shots and three points this series. I recommend stacking Carlson, Holtby and Backstrom.
On the Flyers side of things, although I don't recommend stacking them -- there are some decent cash/tournament plays on this squad that can help you save some money. One of those guys is Brayden Schenn. He stepped up nicely with Sean Couturier out with an upper-body injury. Schenn finished the game with three shots on goal and a helper, which was good for 3.5 fantasy points. Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere are all decent tournament plays, but more contrarian. They are all a crucial part to the Flyers' offense -- and these guys are hoping to turn things around playing in front of the home crowd.
John Carlson (D), Capitals
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|$5,900||7||23:03||3||0||Even 1, PP 1||8.25|