There are only two games on tonight’s slate because the Ducks completed the sweep of the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. I normally do not publish a post when there are only two games on the schedule, but since this is the end of the season, tonight is a slight exception. Below I have outlined top picks at each position to consider when building your lineup for tonight’s contests. In addition, there are “other popular plays” and “top value plays” listed in certain circumstances. Just keep in mind that such a small slate (especially in the playoffs) makes everything more difficult to predict. There is a sample lineup based on the recommended picks at the bottom of the post.
DFS NHL 4/20/17 Lineup Results
Last night’s lineup cashed. Sergei Bobrovsky was, once again, no match for the Penguins, giving up five goals as the Penguins closed out the series. Evgeni Malkin tallied three assists (two on the power-play) and added two shots; unfortunately, Jake Guentzel was not involved in the offense but had exceptionally high ownership, which made him somewhat of a non-issue. Marc-Andre Fleury came away with a 5-2 win against the Jackets. To his credit, he made 49 saves and earned 43.2 fantasy points. The other elimination game took place between the Predators and Blackhawks, as Nashville swept the favored Hawks with a 4-1 win. Filip Forsberg tallied an assist and added a shot and two blocks, but it was Ryan Ellis who had a strong game with two assists, one shot and four blocks, good enough for 24 fantasy points. As of the time of this posting (1:45am EST), Mark Letestu had a power-play goal and one shot for 14.1 fantasy points, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic had 9.6 fantasy points with one shot and five blocks.
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Toronto @ Washington – 7:00pm EST (Game 5: series tied 2-2)
Boston @ Ottawa – 7:30pm EST (Game 5: OTT leads 3-1)
TOR: vs. WSH:
BOS: vs. OTT:
No goalies have been confirmed at the time of this posting, but it’ll likely be Andersen-Holtby and Rask-Anderson unless someone gets hurt or is ill.
Daily Fantasy NHL 4/21/17 Picks
Derick Brassard ($5,400)
Derick Brassard has points in each of the last three games, including two goals and five points. He and Bobby Ryan have played extremely well and will be looked to for offense as the Sens have a chance to close out the series tonight in Ottawa. Brassard plays on Ottawa’s second line and second power-play unit.
Tyler Bozak ($5,700)
Tyler Bozak has a point in all four games so far this series, including two goals and two assists. He has averaged 16.1 fantasy points per game and is very reasonably-priced at only $5,700. He skates on Toronto’s first line and first power-play unit.
Nicklas Backstrom ($7,600)
Nicklas Backstrom has points in each of the last three games, including two goals and five points. He plays on the Capitals’ first line and first power-play unit. He has averaged 20.3 fantasy points per game in his last three games.
Other popular plays: Auston Matthews ($7,200)
Bobby Ryan ($4,900)
Bobby Ryan has been the Senators’ best skater in the postseason, scoring points in all four games and having points in five straight games going back to the regular season. He has three goals and five points as well as 13 shots through four games. Ryan skates on Ottawa’s second line and second power-play unit.
Alex Ovechkin ($8,600)
Alex Ovechkin has scored a goal in each of the last three games and has played very strong two-way hockey. His ice time was limited in Game 3 but was better in Game 4. Assuming the Capitals do not spend the whole game in the penalty box, his ice time should be back to normal tonight. Ovi has three goals (two on the power-play), 18 shots and four blocks through four games; he has averaged 18.1 fantasy points per game in the series and 23.5 per game over the last three. He skates on Washington’s first line and first power-play unit.
James van Riemsdyk ($6,400)
James van Riemsdyk has points in three out of four games so far this series, including a power-play goal in Game 4. He scored a point in each of the games in Washington, registering a goal, an assist, 11 shots and two blocks in those two contests. He skates on Toronto’s first line and first power-play unit and will be a net-front presence at even strength and on the power-play once again.
Other popular plays: T.J. Oshie ($7,500), David Pastrnak ($6,700), Mitch Marner ($6,100), Tom Wilson ($3,600)
Top value play: Zach Hyman ($3,600)
Erik Karlsson ($7,200)
Erik Karlsson has points in all four games this series and has points in seven straight games and in nine out of his last 10 going back to the regular season. He has five assists, 11 shots and eight blocks this series, averaging 17.7 fantasy points per game. Karlsson skates on Ottawa’s first power-play unit.
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