Sorry, there was supposed to be a Cheat Sheet on Friday, but my power went out for over seven hours and I wasn’t able to get an article up. To make up for it, here is a Monday Cheat Sheet and there will be two more this week on Wednesday and Friday.
- Add even more excitement to the NHL playoffs
- Prove your NHL knowledge
- Compete with other hockey fans around the globe
- $1,000 prize pool
- First place wins $100
- Only $3 to Enter!
- $2,500 prize pool
- First place wins $550
- $33 to Enter!
Here’s a quick explanation on how to build your lineup an play! You have $50,000 in Salary space, to build a team that consists of 2C, 3W, 2D, 1G and 1 Util. Below you will find how skaters and goalies scoring works!
• 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 Bonus (Goal/Assist) = +1 PTS
- Shootout Goal = +0.2 PTS
- Hat Trick Bonus = +1.5 PTS
• Goalies only will accumulate points as follows:
- Win = +3 PTS
- Save = +0.2 PTS
- Goal Against = -1 PTS
- Shutout Bonus = +2 PTS
• Goalie Scoring Notes:
- Goalies WILL receive points for all stats they accrue, including goals and assists.
- The Goalie Shutout Bonus is credited to goalies if they complete the entire game with 0 goals allowed in regulation + overtime. Shootout goals will not prevent a shutout. Goalie must complete the entire game to get credit for a shutout.
Below I’ve listed my top DFS line stacks, defensemen and goalies as well as a few sample DraftKings lineup for tonight
Evgeni Malkin – vs. TBL – $7,000
It is borderline crazy that the Penguins have made it this far with Malkin and Sidney Crosby struggling offensively. Malkin has been held off of the scoresheet for the last five games, but is coming off of a seven-shot performance in Game 1 of the Easter Conference Final. He isn’t scoring, but it isn’t for a lack of trying. With Andrei Vasilevskiy between the pipes for Game 2, look for Malkin and the Penguins to have a little more success tonight.
Logan Couture – @ STL – $6,200
Couture leads all players with 17 points (7G / 10A) in the playoffs—tied for second in assists and third in goals—but remains reasonably priced at $6,200. The Sharks outplayed the Blues in Game 1 and if they can do that again in Game 2 they could tie the series up. Despite being held off of the scoresheet on Sunday, Couture still has three goals, four assists and 5.7 DraftKings points per game in his last five games.
Nick Bonino – vs. TBL – $5,200
If you want to avoid the struggling Malkin and Crosby, Bonino remains a great option on the Penguins’ second line. He didn’t pick up a point in Game 1, but had three blocks and two shots to salvage 2.5 DraftKings points. He is third on the team in playoff points and makes for a great stack with Phil Kesssel.
Value Option: Jori Lehtera – vs. SJS – $3,900
Lehtera comes into Game 2 on a three-game point streak, having scored one goal with two assists over that span. He isn’t an elite offensive option, but he is cheap and plays on an explosive line with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz.
Phil Kessel – vs. TBL – $6,900
Kessel had one assist and 4.0 DraftKings points in the Penguins’ losing effort in Game 1. The assist extended his point streak to three games—two goals, three assists and 6.17 FPPG over that span—and gave up 13 points (5G / 8A) in the playoffs, most on the team.
Patrick Marleau – @ STL – $5,600
Marleau was held scoreless in Game 1, but has four points (2G / 2A) and 3.75 FPPG in his last four contests. Playing on a line with Couture makes them a strong stack option and with the way Couture is scoring, Marleau is bound to pick up some points along the way.
Jaden Schwartz – vs. SJS – $5,100
Schwartz has just three gaols in 15 playoff games, but has collected 12 points along the way including seven assists and 2.9 FPPG in his last 10 contests. His lack of goals has his salary at a reasonable price and playing alongside Tarasenko means he could go off on any night.
Value Option: Joonas Donskoi – @ STL – $3,700
Donskoi is the third member of the Sharks’ second line and represents a decent punt play—he has one goal, two assists and 2.4 FPPG in his last five games.
Kris Letang – vs. TBL – $7,400
Letang has not produced as much as Penguins would like to see in recent games, but he remains an elite option on a desperate Penguins team that can’t afford to head to Tampa Bay down 2-0. Letang has six points (1G / 5A) and 3.7 FPPG in his last 10 games.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – @ STL – $4,900
Vlasic is great because he shoots a lot and blocks a tonne of shots, so you can rely on him for steady production. He comes in with six assists, 15 shots and 18 blocks (4.75 FPPG) in his last six games. If you can’t afford Brent Burns, Vlasic is a great alternative on the Sharks’ blueline.
Justin Schultz – vs. TBL – $3,300
Schultz will replace Olli Maatta in the Penguins lineup for Game 2. It will be his fourth playoff game of the year and he comes in averaging 2.0 shots per game in the first three. He won’t play a tonne, but he will see ample power play time and his offensive ability makes him a threat to score.
Matt Murray – vs. TBL – $8,300
Murray allowed three goals on 20 shots in the Game 1 loss, but the Penguins will stick with him in Game 2. It isn’t surprising to see the Pens staying with the 21-year-old, after he has posted a 7-3 record, 2.15 GAA and .929 SV% in the playoffs. It will be the battle of 21-year-old net minders tonight and Murray has more experience when it comes to the stress of the postseason.
Martin Jones – @ STL – $8,200
While Brian Elliott was standing on his head at the other end, Jones allowed two goals on 23 shots in the Sharks Game 1 loss. If the Sharks play the same way they did on Sunday and find a way to solve Elliott, Jones should be able to walk away with a win in Game 2. However, he comes in 0-4 in his last four playoff starts on the road.