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Western Conference Finals Preview
And then there were two. The Stanley Cup Finals are quickly approaching and amidst all the drama of the semi-finals where upsets and stunners have been raining through many overtime sessions, the St. Louis Blues will face the San Jose Sharks in an epic Western Conference Final. Those two teams have made fantasy hockey players extremely happy with great bang for your buck lineups as you can imagine. Don’t miss out on this NHL Fantasy Hockey Western Conference Finals Preview brought to you by Fanpicks, where you can win millions in cash prizes during the NHL Playoffs.
For Blues and Sharks fans, this has been a huge relief after many years of great regular season action halted by sudden surprising upset knockouts in the playoffs. This will be the first time the Blues make it to the Conference finals in 15 years, giving them a chance to break their almost half a century spell and make it to the Stanley Cup finals.
What’s impressive is the way these 2 teams made it so far in the postseason.
First off with the Blues, who took down one of the most prominent dynasty in recent years, the Chicago Blackhawks in a nailbiting 7 game series. After winning that one, some players really stepped up like their usual 40 goal scorer Vladimir Tarasenko but got surprising help from their centers, Robby Fabbri and David Backes. Jaden Schwartz also stepped heavily but it was truly their series against the Dallas Stars that showed their resilience. With so many weapons, this Blues team was a delight for fantasy hockey players but their physique and solid game is what brought them all the way to game 7 against the dangerous Stars. Their Coach Ken Hitchcock led his team’s awkwardly good composure which destabilizes their opponents. Pure fundamentals and this is what get you to the cup. However, their fatigue with back to back 7 game series could potentially open a crack in their game.
The San Jose Sharks, a team picked by so many in previous years to win it all as well, not only due to their consistent regular season presence but depth in their lineup. They have speed and a lethal power play that could make a difference in this series once more since the Blues take a lot of penalties. With skillful player like Thornton, Pavelski, Marleau and Brent Burns with a red hot Logan Couture, they’re favorites to take this one. Fantasy hockey lineups will be full of sharks players the next 2 weeks but beware of their depth. Their goalie Martin Jones continues to prove himself but can he take a team to the cup? That’s the big question.
This will be the Sharks’ 4th time in a conference finals since 2004 after missing the playoffs this past campaign.
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Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks
Once again we would like to stress this isn’t necessarily our suggested daily fantasy hockey optimal lineup, but Value Players to target to help make your team successful! In order to win your daily fantasy hockey contest you need to maximize your spending and get the right formula for victory, where as these players are selected with individual value in mind (as you can see I always have money left over). Let’s take a look at my strategy today.
- My Roster
In today’s lineup I started off superstar heavy. Tyler Seguin versus the Bruins, Evgeni Kuznetsov (did you see that pass), and goaltender Roberto Luongo.
Seguin is playing his former team so I expect a passionate performance, while I am stacking Justin Williams with Kuznetsov. The RW pool is thin, and some playing time with Alex Ovechkin is never a bad thing.
Max Domi has been on fire, but linemate Anthony Duclair is actually the more consistent performer. At $4800 I have to hope for the best from the speedy rookie.
Jaden Schwartz has more points than superstar linemate Vlad Tarasenko since his return, so even though I think Tarasenko could pot a pair tonight Schwartz offers the better value.
Ales Hemsky also plays for Dallas, but I don’t consider it a stack since rarely do the two play together (if ever). Hemsky is a skilled veteran who has been producing better-than-usual lately, and with my back against the cap wall I had to roll the dice.
I went with two youngers on the blueline. Arizona’s Michael Stone has quietly put up very nice numbers over the past 20 games, while Jacob Trouba is finding his game again in Winnipeg. The last two games have been fantastic, but I’m hoping that Trouba can put up his best fantasy game of the season with at least 1 point, multiple shots for and multiple blocked shots.
NHL Daily Fantasy Picks
With a trio of games left on this crisp Sunday afternoon, we’ll dive right into the competition with a trio of our own. A hat-trick of rookies if you rather. A youth All-Star team using the standard daily fantasy 50k salary cap. Let’s take a look at my winning strategy today.
- My Roster
We’re going to Stack a pair of Red Wings up the middle. The 19-year-old Dylan Larkin and 35-year-old Henrik Zetterberg. The 3:30pm EST puck drop vs the Bruins has all eyes on them, and the top line for Detroit needs to come through. Larkin’s speed will cause trouble for the aging giant Zdeno Chara and Boston defense, while Zetterberg knows exactly how to get it done in games like this.
23-year-old Jaden Schwartz returned from a season-long injury this week and collected a goal and assist in his return. He plays on a terrific line (one of the NHL’s best last season) with Jori Lehtera and Vlad Tarasenko,so it was no surprise the chemistry was instant. At such a moderate price tag for a potential superstar, I’m sticking with the slick Schwartz.
I was lucky enough to watch David Pastrnak play live shortly after being drafted in the first round by the Bruins in 2014, and he blew my socks off. His performance at his Team Czech Republic World Junior Championship camp surprised a lot of people, and raised a lot of questions. Such as, how does a kid this skilled make it all the way until the 25th selection? Pastrnak took no time to adjust to the NHL game, despite his smaller stature and hasn’t looked back. With Patrice Bergeron fighting an injury, the 19-year-old Pastrnak will take advantage of the extra opportunities he is given and rack up some points (2 points in last 2 games). Even if he struggles at even strength, his play making abilities will get him points on the powerplay.
Mats Zuccarello has six points in his last five games. The New York Rangers winger is on pace to break his career high of 59 points and has a nice matchup with a big rival, the Philadelphia Flyers.
Defensively, Stacking the Rangers Keith Yandle and (G) Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t my intention. Rather, the fact that they are both worthy individual DFS plays and play on the same team makes it look like a Stack strategy. Yandle has been the subject of many trade rumours recently, and I always say that rumored players turn it up a notch. Lundqvist is as big-ticket as you can get, but the matchup vs Philly and his talent level puts him at the top of our goaltender rankings today.
Rounding out the roster is a pair of rookies (surprise, surprise). A pair of 22-year-old rookie defenseman to be exact. Colton Parayko has performed admirably filling in for the injured Alex Pietraneglo (3 points in last 2 games). He has a cannon of a shot, and is lethal from the point on the powerplay if given enough time and space.
Rarely do you use a defenseman (let alone a rookie) as your Utility skater (as a forward is just more likely to produce points), but Flyers D-man Shayne Gostisbehere is breaking rookie records by the day. This week, he broke an all-time NHL record for consecutive games with a point by a rookie defenseman (11 games, 16 points), and has 30 points in 36 games.
Important: I’m not saying you should play three defenseman, but these are three guys you should consider playing. Cutting Yandle to slide up Gostisbehere to the D spot, and adding another star forward in exchange for the salary saved is what will probably get you more points in your contest. I’m just offering you the candidates to mold your roster as you wish.