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A day without four NHL games? Not accepting the idea. However, an avalanche swept the predators out of the playoffs, and we’re now into three games on Wednesday. With Rangers on the brink, we could lose two games by Friday. These are the players to target and avoid your DFS formations.
Jacob MarkstromCGY vs. DAL ($35): In playoffs marked by high-scoring games, this series was relatively light on goals. Markstrom and The Flames are home, and the Swede has allowed one goal or less in three of the series’ matches. This comes after he had a 2.22 GAA and 0.922 savings percentage in the regular season.
Objective to be avoided
Igor Shesterkin, NYR vs. Hole ($35): I believe in looking at the big picture and not getting caught up in the moment. I also think Shesterkin would be a deserved winner for Vezina. However, I cannot deny that the Russian goalkeeper has been pulled over in his last two matches. Allowed 10 goals from 45 shots. In a sufficiently long period of time, Shesterkin would correct the ship. We should be thinking about Wednesday, though, and I’m not taking any chances.
Ryan Strom, NYR vs. Hole ($18): Strom has five points in a row that ends in Game 4, but with the Rangers close to being eliminated at home, I think the team is ready to go. Mostly, though, I have no faith in Louis Domingue. He participated in these qualifiers with his career with a 0.905 savings percentage. In this series, he has a savings ratio of 0.906.
center to avoid
Michael BacklundCGY vs. DAL ($14): Flames’ top streak has been done quite a bit offensively, but other than that the team has been pretty much closed off in this low-goal series. Backlund, for his part, has only one point while centering the second line. Jake Oettinger has effectively matched Markstrom to saves, having 1.53 GAA and 0.960 savings in this series.
Carter VerhaghiFLA vs. WAS ($19): Verhaeghe was moved to the second line of the Panthers, but that did not deter him. He scored two goals in Game 4, giving him five series points. I suppose Ilya Samsonov will be net capitals, and he has had 3.02 GAA and 0.996 savings percentage this season.
Danton HeinenPIT at NYR ($15): Heinen was skating on Evgeni Malkin’s wing in the second line, and the Penguins were giving that line favorite stops. In qualifying, Heinen started 76.0 percent of his bouts in the attacking area, second only to Malkin. It has helped him score a goal in each of his last two matches, and he has never taken 11 shots in his last three matches.
Wings should be avoided
Jason RobertsonDAL at CGY ($24): When there are only three matches on the list, it is a little difficult to avoid the high-paid players due to the difficult confrontation. This time, though, I think I’ll avoid Robertson. He has only one point in this series. Markstrom, as you point out, had a 2.22 GAA and 0.922 savings percentage, and the Flames only allowed 29.0 shots on the net per competition.
Tyler ToffoliCGY vs. DAL ($14): Toffoli played well after being called into flames, scoring 23 points in 37 games. However, he only has one point in his last eight matches. Meanwhile, over his last eight matches, Oettinger has had a 1.88 GAA and 0.945 savings percentage.
Mike MathesonPIT at NYR ($17): I do a full 180 on Matheson after he suggested you avoid it the last time. He’s skating the best duo in Pittsburgh alongside Chris Letang, and he’s in the powerhouse play unit two. Matheson in a three-point series where he earned a five-point total. After Shesterkin was snatched the last time you faced these teams, perhaps now is the time to join the former Tiger.
Brandon MontourFLA vs. WAS ($17): Montour quietly set his career highs in goals (11) and points (37) in the series. It’s also worth noting that he started 66.3 percent of his bouts in the offensive zone during the regular season—mostly among Florida’s linebackers—and 75.0 percent in the streak. As I noted, the Samsonov had 3.02 GAA and .896 savings.
defense to avoid
Noah HanifinCGY vs. DAL ($18): This is the series that I clearly stay away from. Hanifin just got his first point in six matches, but he hasn’t scored a goal in that time. He also only has one power-playing point in his last eight matches. Oettinger is not afraid of the road game. Including the playoffs, it scored a 2.29 GAA and 0.928 away from home savings percentage.
John KlingbergDAL at CGY ($11): What was the highlight of the Klingberg series in the first round? 26 minutes of penalty kicks. All that time on the ice helped him limit him to just one point and three shots at the net. Of course, the fact that the Flames were a top-six side in terms of goal prevention, shot suppression, and penalty killings is also painful.
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