The second round of the NHL Playoffs continues on Tuesday, with arguably the two best teams in the Eastern Conference getting ready for Game 2 of their series at 7 p.m. ET. On the Western Conference side, the Vegas Golden Knights will be looking to extend their series lead after taking Game 1 from the Vancouver Canucks. The injury news and notes continue today, and below you’ll find some of the resulting top stacks and value options for Tuesday’s NHL DFS slate.
Patrice Bergeron ($7,200), David Pastrnak ($7,600), Brad Marchand ($6,700)
The Bruins were actually somewhat fortunate to escape Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a win, as they led 3-0 before giving up two goals and holding on by the score of 3-2. The Bruins were outplayed in terms of shots and expected goals, but capitalized on the scoring chances they did get, including on the power play.
The power play could play an even bigger role tonight with Tampa Bay’s most reliable defensive defenseman, Ryan McDonagh ($3,400), listed out for the game after sustaining an injury in Game 1. So, even though the Bruins weren't great in the first game, they still managed to get two goals from their first line trio and things will get easier for them Tuesday with defensively-lacking Lightning roster. The Lightning continue to play without one of their best forwards in Steven Stamkos and these injuries seem to be working to swing the series in Boston’s favor.
Vegas Golden Knights
Nicolas Roy ($2,800), Nick Cousins ($2,900), Alex Tuch ($3,900)
The Knights were dominant in Game 1, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 5-0, and they showed themselves to be the clearly superior team. The top two lines of the Knights have gotten most of the attention throughout the season and into the playoffs, as the six most notable forwards all play on those first two lines. These are two of the best lines in hockey, but the third line has quietly also been playing extremely well, and they haven’t had a big game to show for it in quite some time. Don’t sleep on this trio, as they have a strong matchup and are definitely worth a look on tonight’s slate.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Anthony Cirelli ($3,500), Alex Killorn ($3,600), Tyler Johnson ($3,300)
Value stacks should be in high demand on tonight’s slate with all of the viable high-priced options, and this Tampa Bay line is as cheap as it gets. The Bruins and Lightning haven’t actually done a lot of line matching so far in the series — as in trying to get their top lines on the ice against each other — but even with a more scattered matchup, these guys are simply too cheap for their talent level.
David Krejci ($4,600)
As mentioned above, the Bruins figure to see an increase in power play effectiveness with Ryan McDonagh out of the Lightning lineup. David Krejci is probably the most undervalued beneficiary, as he’s taken over the role as the fourth forward on the Boston power play in recent games and makes for a solid stacking option with the Bergeron, Pastrnak and Marchand line.
Mikhail Sergachev ($3,700)
This spot also has to do with McDonagh, as Sergachev is one of a few Lightning defensemen who are going to be relied on more heavily to protect the net in Game 2. Sergachev has also been skating on Tampa’s top power play unit in this year’s playoffs, and his low price tag seems to not be accounting for that just yet. Assuming he continues to get the power play time, Sergachev works well as a compliment to stacks involving the Lightning’s best forwards, but he’s usable on his own merits as well.
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