There are four games on tonight’s slate, two of which are elimination games as Minnesota and Calgary are one loss away from ending the season and hitting the golf course. Today’s Daily Fantasy NHL 4/19/17 lineup has players representing seven out of the eight teams competing tonight. In today’s NHL where every team has at least two talented scoring lines, it’s difficult to predict which line will be hot on any given night. Therefore, the widespread representation is an attempt to cover as many teams as possible, and to have representatives from teams’ top two lines and power-play units (where possible). There is also an Alternate Daily Fantasy NHL 4/19/17 lineup at the bottom of this post.
Daily Fantasy NHL 4/18/17 Results
Last night’s lineup cashed, though it was a close call in a few contests. Anyone who went with the top guns on the San Jose Sharks had a monster night and cashed easily. However, since the strategy behind yesterday’s lineup was to pick popular players, the lineup was able to cash even without guys like Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture. Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin came through once again, each earning 21+ fantasy points in the Penguins’ 5-4 loss to Columbus. Though the Blue Jackets scored five goals, the Brandon Dubinsky-Cam Atkinson duo was not involved in any of the goals; it was Columbus’ bottom-six forwards that took care of business. The same can be said for Chris Kreider and Zack Kassian; the Rangers and Oilers only scored two combined goals on the night (the Oilers were shut out), so neither player had particularly effective nights. Though teammate Brent Burns had a much bigger night, Marc-Edouard Vlasic still came away with 16.5 fantasy points with a power-play assist, two shots and three blocks; he was benched for most of the second half of the third period since the Sharks beat the Oilers 7-0. Shea Weber also tallied an assist and added two blocks, though Carey Price did not come away with the win. He made 30 saves, however, and finished the night with 16 fantasy points in Montreal’s 2-1 loss.
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Washington @ Toronto – 7:00pm EST (Game 4: TOR leads 2-1)
Ottawa @ Boston – 7:30pm EST (Game 4: OTT leads 2-1)
Minnesota @ St. Louis – 9:30pm EST (Game 4: STL leads 3-0)
Anaheim @ Calgary – 10:00pm EST (Game 4: ANA leads 3-0)
WSH: Braden Holtby (confirmed) vs. TOR: Frederik Andersen (confirmed)
OTT: Craig Anderson (confirmed) vs. BOS: Tuukka Rask (confirmed)
MIN: Devan Dubnyk (confirmed) vs. STL: Jake Allen (confirmed)
ANA: John Gibson (confirmed) vs. CGY: Brian Elliott (confirmed)
No goalies have been confirmed at the time of this posting. However, it would be very surprising (though not impossible) if the match-ups were not Holtby-Andersen, Anderson-Rask, Dubnyk-Allen and Gibson-Elliott. The only goalie who is slightly in question is John Gibson since he got pulled in Game 3; however, he is the likely starter.
Daily Fantasy NHL 4/19/17 Lineup
Sean Monahan ($7,100)
Sean Monahan has scored a goal in all three games of the Flames’ first-round series against the Ducks. The Flames face elimination tonight after blowing a 4-1 lead in Game 3, and Monahan will be a big part of the team’s effort to stay alive. He has three goals and four points in the series, and he skates on Calgary’s first line and first power-play unit.
Derick Brassard ($5,000)
Derick Brassard didn’t have a great regular season with only 14 goals and 39 points in his first year with the Senators. However, his playoff success has carried over from his days with the Rangers, and he now has two goals and four points in the last two games. He skates on Ottawa’s second line with the red-hot Bobby Ryan ($4,600), and he plays on the Sens’ second power-play unit.
Also Consider: Ryan Getzlaf ($7,800), Auston Matthews ($6,900), Tyler Bozak ($5,500), Mikael Backlund ($5,200)
Zach Parise ($7,100)
Zach Parise and the Wild face elimination tonight in St. Louis and must win to stay alive. Coach Bruce Boudreau has changed up the lines, according to reports from yesterday’s practice. Parise now finds himself on the team’s second line and second power-play unit. Though that’s not as ideal as being on the first line and first power-play unit, he has been a go-to guy for the offense-starved Wild team.
Jaden Schwartz ($6,500)
Jaden Schwartz has points in all three games in the series as a member of the Blues’ first line and first power-play unit. Vladimir Tarasenko will be a more popular play, but Schwartz has provided consistent offense and will save you $1,400.
Rickard Rakell ($6,200)
Rickard Rakell tallied two assists in Game 3 after scoring goals in both of the first two games of the series. He plays on Anaheim’s first line and second power-play unit and has averaged 16 fantasy points per game this series.
Justin Williams ($5,300)
Justin Williams has points in all three games in the Capitals’ series against the Maple Leafs, including two goals and four points. He has points in six straight games going back to the regular season, including four goals and nine points. Williams skates on Washington’s second line and second power-play unit (though he has gotten time on the Caps’ first power-play unit as well).
Also Consider: David Pastrnak ($7,000), Mitch Marner ($6,100), David Backes ($4,900), Bobby Ryan ($4,600),
Kris Versteeg ($4,200), Vladimir Sobotka ($3,600), Zach Hyman ($3,500)
Morgan Rielly ($4,600)
Morgan Rielly has points in each of the past two games, including a goal in Game 2 and two assists in Game 3. He was a popular play in Game 3, which should make him a smart option in tonight’s cash contests. Rielly has a goal, two assists, eight shots and 11 blocks through three games in the Leafs’ first-round series against Washington.
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