NHL DFS – Wednesday Playoff Edition

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The grueling NHL season may be over, but there is still time to work on your NHL DFS lineups – Playoff Edition.  The playoffs are upon us and open with an exciting three-game slate, featuring experience versus inexperience.  Let’s see who comes out on top!

Minnesota Wild @ Winnipeg Jets

Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins

Los Angeles Kings @ Vegas Golden Knights

C – Sidney Crosby – Penguins (DK $7,100/FD $9,000)

Nothing against the Flyers, but I may pick on them a bit tonight based on Jake Elliott’s two starts against the Pens this season with a .531 GAA.  The Penguins in the last few seasons have been a fantastic playoff team led by none other than Sid the Kid.  His teammate, Evgeni Malkin has slightly outproduced him recently, however, I won’t pass up a guy with eight NHL all-star appearances, three Stanley Cups, and two Hart Awards.  Crosby is $200 cheaper than Malkin on FD and $100 cheaper on DK.  Save that extra dough on a position that you may need at the back end of your line-up.  He had a point in eight of the last nine games with six goals and six assists and a +3.  The Kid finally had a healthy season, playing in all 82 games and finishing with a CF% of 60.9 and a FF% of 62.3.  Look for the loaded Penguins to kick-off the playoffs hot at home with Crosby leading the way.

W – Jake Guentzel – Penguins (DK $5,000/FD $5,400)

In just his second year in the NHL, Guentzel had 22 goals and 26 assists.  He has exceeded 10 FP in his last two matchups of the season against the Blue Jackets and Senators.  Guentzel was on a 17 game stretch where he had six multi-point performances.  He may be a slight risk to play, but if you can hit with him in your lineup, he can be had for a pretty good value.  He has been famine in line ups at times, but against Elliott, I think he’ll feast on that first line with Crosby.

D – Shea Theodore – Golden Knights (DK $4,400/FD $4,600)

First off, T-Mobile Arena is going to be an absolute madhouse tonight, as those fans have shown up night in and night out.  It is rare to have an expansion team experience so much success this early in its lifespan, and they have been a pleasure to watch.  Theodore has been hot as of late, with two goals and seven assists with a +2 in his last ten games.  He gets a ton of ice time at 20:21/g and sees time on the first power-play unit.  He took 144 shots in just 61 games as a defensemen trailing only Colin Miller, with 21 more games, taking 177 shots, as a blue-liner.  Jonathan Quick will be getting his first look at at the Knights tonight, so we’ll see how it all plays out.


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