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: Penguins 3 - Rangers 1 -- Lightning 3 - Red Wings 2 -- Blues 4 - Blackhawks 3 -- Ducks 3 - Predators 0
I will be going game-by-game to breakdown DFS targets, lines and Vegas stats.
Washington Capitals (-165) @ Philadelphia Flyers (+149)
Capitals are one game away from sweeping the Flyers -- and I think they get job done. They are just way too much for the Flyers to handle. The Capitals have scored a total of 12 goals, in three games, and are the top stack of the night. Lines one and two are in play, regardless of their high price. One guy to target is Brenden Holtby. He has been dominant against the Flyers and should have another outstanding game. He has only allowed two goals, in three games this series. He has a save percentage of .981%, and is the top goalie on tonight's slate. Other guys to target from the Capitals include: Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams (in that exact order). Ovechkin price-tag is way up there, but as we saw last game, he has the ability to hit over 10 fantasy points against the Philly. If you can't afford Ovechkin -- I recommend going Carlson, Backstrom and Holtby. They have been dominant all series and have combined for an average of 15.7 fantasy points against the Flyers this season (in seven games).
As for the Flyers, they have not shown much sign of life against the Capitals -- and I will be fading most of these guys tonight. While I will not be paying up for any of their expensive guys, I do have some value plays I would like to share with you. One of those guys is Brandon Manning. He is listed at $2,700 on DraftKings and is an absolute steal. He is averaging three fantasy points per contest and even recorded an assist in their last one. Another bargain play who I do not love as much, but is worth mentioning, is Nick Shultz. He is listed at $3,500 on DraftKings and has put up some nice value for that price-tag. He has ten blocked shots this series and is averaging two fantasy points per contest. It might not be all that impressive, but if you pair him up with Brandon Manning -- you could easily pay-up for some of those studs on the Capitals.