There are four games on tonight’s slate, including Rangers-Canadiens, Blue Jackets-Penguins, Blackhawks-Predators and Sharks-Oilers. The Blue Jackets and Blackhawks face elimination, whereas the other two series are tied 2-2.
DFS NHL 4/19/17 Lineup Results
Last night’s lineup did not cash. Sean Monahan, Derick Brassard, Rickard Rakell and Morgan Rielly all registered points, but the rest of the lineup did not produce enough to finish in a cash position. The Wild shut out the Blues 2-0, which meant that Jaden Schwartz and Jake Allen contributed minimally; Zach Parise did not play a role in either goal. Though Justin Williams had a great game, it didn’t translate into fantasy production; the same can be said of Kevin Bieksa, though his team completed its sweep of the Calgary Flames in last night’s 3-1 win.
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NY Rangers @ Montreal – 7:00pm EST (Game 5: series tied 2-2)
Columbus @ Pittsburgh – 7:00pm EST (Game 5: PIT leads 3-1)
Chicago @ Nashville – 8:00pm EST (Game 4: NSH leads 3-0)
San Jose @ Edmonton – 10:30pm EST (Game 5: series tied 2-2)
NYR: Henrik Lundqvist (not yet confirmed) vs. MTL: Carey Price (not yet confirmed)
CBJ: Sergei Bobrovsky (not yet confirmed) vs. PIT:
CHI: vs. NSH: Pekka Rinne (not yet confirmed)
SJS: Martin Jones (not yet confirmed) vs. EDM: Cam Talbot (not yet confirmed)
Daily Fantasy NHL 4/20/17 Lineup
Evgeni Malkin ($8,900)
Evgeni Malkin has points in all four games so far this series, including two goals and six assists. He plays on Pittsburgh’s second line and first power-play unit and has averaged more than 25 fantasy points per game through four games against the Blue Jackets. Pittsburgh has a very good chance of closing out the series tonight, and Malkin has been the most consistent Penguin so far this postseason.
Mark Letestu ($3,500)
Mark Letestu and the Edmonton Oilers are coming off an embarrassing 7-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 and will be eager to rebound tonight. He is one of the veteran players on the team and will be looked to as a leader. It’s possible Todd McLellan will change up the line combinations, but if that is the case then it’s likely Letestu will get ice time as if he’s a third-line player. Letestu skates on Edmonton’s top power-play unit, which will have to be good at home tonight if the Oilers want to be successful. He has two assists, 12 shots and five blocks through four games this postseason.
Also Consider: Sidney Crosby ($9,100), Connor McDavid ($8,600), Jonathan Toews ($7,100), Logan Couture ($6,400), Ryan Johansen ($6,400), Calle Jarnkrok ($3,700), William Karlsson ($3,400)
Filip Forsberg ($7,600)
Filip Forsberg has points in all three games so far this series, including two goals and four points. He plays on Nashville’s first line and first power-play unit. He has 11 shots in just his last two games, which comes out to 17.6 fantasy points on its own. Forsberg and the Predators will try to close out the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in Nashville, which will be a tall task. However, Forsberg has had a strong series and should be a popular play in cash contests after scoring two goals in Game 3.
Jake Guentzel ($6,800)
Jake Guentzel’s ownership rate in Game 4 was higher than 50 percent, and it’s extremely likely it will be even higher tonight. That makes him a must-start in cash contests, though he’s worthy of starting based on his stats alone. He has five goals and six points in his last three games, and he has 10 goals and 14 points in his last nine games going back to the regular season. He has six points, 15 shots and five blocks in the Pens’ first-round series against Columbus. Guentzel skates on Pittsburgh’s top line with Sidney Crosby, and he plays on the team’s second power-play unit. He has been stellar in the last few games of this series and could have another big night at home tonight in Game 5.
Alexander Radulov ($6,200)
Alexander Radulov has been one of Montreal’s strongest players over the last few games of this series. Though he did not register a point in Game 1, he has since scored two goals and six points in the last three games. He skates on Montreal’s first line and first power-play unit.
Michael Grabner ($3,700)
Michael Grabner did not find the scoresheet in the two games at Madison Square Garden but was able to score a goal in both games held in Montreal. That bodes well for his chances tonight, as does the fact that he has been generating shots on goal on a consistent basis and therefore has strong peripheral coverage. After scoring 27 goals in the regular season, Grabner has two goals, 12 shots and two blocks so far this series. He skates on New York’s fourth line but has still generated more scoring chances than most of the Rangers’ top-six forwards. At $3,700, Grabner is a solid value option with promising potential to have a strong fantasy performance.
Also Consider: Patrick Kane ($8,500), Phil Kessel ($7,300), Joe Pavelski ($7,200), Leon Draisaitl ($6,200), Milan Lucic ($5,500), Nick Foligno ($5,400), Marian Hossa ($4,800), Josh Anderson ($3,700), Joel Ward ($3,500),
Kevin Fiala ($3,500), Zack Kassian ($3,400), Scott Hartnell ($3,300), Matt Calvert ($3,200), Pavel Buchnevich ($3,100)
Ryan Ellis ($5,000)
Ryan Ellis has points in back-to-back games and has earned at least 9.6 fantasy points in all three games against the Blackhawks. His peripheral stat coverage has been some of the most consistent production among all defensemen so far in the postseason. Specifically, he has registered three shots and three blocks in all three games, which comes out to 9.6 fantasy points on its own. He added a goal in Game 2 and an assist in Game 3 to finish those games with 21.6 and 17.6 fantasy points, respectively, giving him an average of 16.3 fantasy points per game.
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