We are heading into the third night of the NHL playoffs and tonight represents the first of many DraftKings Cheat Sheets that I will be releasing during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
I will be attempting to release a Cheat Sheet each day with a new sponsored contest for you guys to join and try to win some cash!
Tonight’s featured contest has a $3 entry fee with a $17,000 prize pool! The top 1,301 finishers will be paid out and first place will take home $1,500! Join HERE and Good Luck!
If you are a first time user on DraftKings, they will give you a 100% bonus up to $600 on your first deposit.
DraftKings lineups are made up of eight skaters and one goalie. Each player is allotted a salary based off of performance and you have $50,000 to build the best team possible that consists of 2C, 3W, 2D, 1UTIL and 1G.
Players will accumulate points as follows:
Goal = +3 pts
Assist = +2 pts
Shot on goal = +0.5 pts
Blocked Shot = +0.5 pts
Short Handed Point = +1 pts
Shootout Goal = +0.2 pts
Hat Trick Bonus = +1.5 pts
Goalies will accumulate points as follows:
Win = +3 pts
Save = +0.2 pts
Goal Against = -1 pts
Shutout Bonus = +2 pts
(Goalies WILL also receive skater points, if they score a goal or record an assist)
To help you build the ideal one-day lineup here are my top centres, wingers, defensemen, goalies and value picks for the March 28th games.
JONATHAN TOEWS – @ NSH ($6,400)
Toews, to no one’s surprise was excellent in game 1 of the playoffs. He tallied an assist and the game-tying goal in the third period and then another assist in the game-winning goal in double overtime. His postseason numbers are off of the charts, so you can’t go wrong with him in Game 2.
NICKLAS BACKSTROM – vs. NYI ($5,500)
The Capitals were stymied by the Islanders in game 1, but they will be playing with a ton of desperation tonight, so Backstrom makes for a strong option at $5,500. The Capitals were 0/2 on the PP in Game 1, look for the league’s number-1 PP to get on the board tonight.
SAM BENNETT – @ VAN ($4,500)
Bennett looked excellent in his playoffs debut. He had one assist and four shots on goal in 14:58. The Flames will go with the same lineup again tonight, so Bennett will play a key role again tonight and comes as a bit of a bargain.
Value Picks: David Desharnais – vs. OTT ($3,700) / Evgeny Kuznetsov vs. NYI ($3,600)
ALEX OVECHKIN – vs. NYI ($9,400)
The Capitals only got 25 shots on Jaroslav Halak in Game 1, eight of those came from Alex Ovechkin. He was very involved in the Capitals offence and I expect them to be much better tonight in a must-win Game 2 on home ice.
JAMES NEAL – @ CHI ($6,200)
Neal did not get on the scoreboard in Game 1, but he managed to register nine shots on goal. He had 10 shots in his final two games of the regular season, which is a good sign. If that continues, the goals will come. With Corey Crawford back in after a shaky first game, Neal might find twine tonight.
MARIAN HOSSA – @ NSH ($6,000)
Hossa picked up an assist in the third period and a helper on the game-winner in double OT. Hossa played over five minutes on the power-play and registered six shots. He has always been a solid playoff performer so take a look at Hossa tonight.
Value Picks: Alex Burrows – vs. CGY ($3,900) / Devante Smith-Pelly ($3,200)
P.K SUBBAN – vs. OTT ($7,000)
There has been a ton of controversy surrounding Subban and his slash on Mark Stone in Game 1. I’m sure 99% of Senators fans wanted him to be suspended and usually when that happens, that player has a huge impact on the next game. He picked up two assists in just 9:05, so imagine what he will do with a full game.
DUNCAN KEITH – @ NSH ($5,200)
Keith played a ridiculous 39:51 in the double OT win on Wednesday. Despite playing all those minutes, he was able to score the game winner 7:49 into the second OT. He also had an assist earlier in the game has has registered a point in 59.6% of the playoff games he has appeared in.
Value Picks: Seth Jones – vs. CHI ($3,800) / Patrick Wiercioch @ MTL ($3,100)
CAREY PRICE – vs. OTT ($9,200)
Price gave up three goals on 36 shots in the Canadiens 4-3 win over the Senators in Game 1. Price has given up three goals in each of his last three games, but has won each of those games. It would be rare to see Price give up three goals in four consecutive games, look for an MVP-like performance tonight.
COREY CRAWFORD – @ NSH ($8,100)
Crawford was yanked after allowing three goals on 12 shots in the first period of Game 1. Despite Scott Darling coming in and stopping all 42 shots that he faced in the 4-3 double overtime win, the Blackhawks will go back to Crawford in Game 2. Look for Crawford to bounce-back in a big way and give his team a 2-0 series lead.
EDDIE LACK – vs. CGY ($8,000)
Lack allowed two goals on 30 shots in the Canucks 2-1 loss to the Flames in Game 1. The game-winning goal came with 30 seconds left in the third period and was a tough pill to swallow for Lack and the Canucks. Even though they lost, Lack looked good and the Canucks will be desperate to tie the series up tonight.