Fantasy Hockey NHL Finals

Game 5

It’s the back against the wall routine now for the San Jose Sharks. No room for error as the Pittsburgh Penguins could finish the fantasy hockey NHL 2015/16 season as soon as tonight. With a win, the Penguins could finally put there hands on the Stanley Cup at home, in front of their fan, a feat that they’ve never accomplished in their 49 year existence and three Stanley Cup conquest. In fact, of the 11 major sports championships won by Pittsburgh professional teams since the Pirates claimed the 1960 World Series at Forbes Field — six Super Bowls, three Stanley Cups, two other World Series — not one was won on home turf or home ice. Also, Penguins’ Matt Murray could become the fifth goalie to lead his team to a Stanley Cup in his rookie year — Ken Dryden(1970-71), Patrick Roy(1985-86), Cam Ward(2005-06) and Antti Niemi(2009-10) are the first four. The Sharks have waited 25 years to reach their first NHL finals. With 36 years-old’s and former captains of the team Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau not getting any younger, this could be their last chance at the cup.  Game 5 happens starts Thursday night at 8PM ET. Here are FanPicks (click to play) top NHL picks.

Player Pos Team Last Game FP Last Two Games FP Avg  Last Four Game FP Avg Last Ten Game FP Avg
Evgeni Malkin C PIT 23 10.7 10.6 10.9
Eric Fehr W PIT 18.5 7.2 4.9 4.3
Melker Karlsson W SJ 18.5 6.2 4 4.5
Phil Kessel W PIT 18 15.2 12.1 15.1
Ian Cole D PIT 15.5 6.2 3.7 3
Carl Hagelin W PIT 9 7.5 6.9 7.4
Kris Letang D PIT 9 8 8.1 8
Brenden Dillon D SJ 7.5 3 2.1 1.4
Joe Pavelski C SJ 7.5 3.5 7 13.3
Chris Tierney C SJ 6 4.5 4.2 5
Olli Maatta D PIT 6 5.5 4.8 4.5
Patrick Marleau C SJ 6 4 9.1 7.3
Joel Ward W SJ 3 10.2 11.3 9.7
Logan Couture C SJ 3 4 11.2 11.8
Joonas Donskoi W SJ 3 9.7 10.7 7.4
Tomas Hertl C SJ 3 9.7 9.1 10
MarcEdouard Vlasic D SJ 1.5 3.5 3.9 6
Sidney Crosby C PIT 1.5 4.5 6.9 11
Matt Cullen C PIT 1.5 3 2.4 2.8
Brian Dumoulin D PIT 1.5 2 1.2 3.5

Fantasy Hockey NHL Game 5 Notables

  • Melker Karlsson will skate on the San Jose Sharks top line with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton, with Tomas Hertl (lower body injury) still expected to be out.
  • Penguins winger Phil Kessel has at least one point in 15 of 22 playoff games. He leads Pittsburgh with 10 goals and 21 points.
  • Before being held without a point in Game 4, Sharks winger Joel Ward had at least one point in four of his previous five games. He has one goal and one assist in the Final.
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Stanley Cup Preview

NHL Hockey playoffs doesn’t get any bigger than this. Game 1 of this exciting Stanley Cup finals featuring the San Jose Sharks against the Pittsburgh Penguins will begin Monday at 8PM EST at the Consol Energy Center. This series has the potential to be an instant classic with the Penguins being a much different team than during the regular season and the Sharks ‘ red hot offense peaking at the best moment. Don’t miss out on this Fantasy NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Preview brought to you by Fanpicks, where you can win millions in cash prizes during the NHL Playoffs.

 

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Both of these teams have been playing at their best during those playoffs with players showcasing great talent and consistency. The regular season series is split with each tream winning a game apiece but not much history against one another.

For the Pens, it will be their first time back in the Finals in 7 years since winning the title in a 7 game nailbiting series against the Red Wings back in 2009. With only a few of the championship cast remaining such as Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, Letang and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh as an edge of experience compare to the Sharks. On top being there at the biggest stage, the Penguins speed is nothing like any other team San Jose has faced during the playoffs thus far. Many weapons the Pens possess in offense can hurt the Sharks if they don’t step it up physically. They’re led by Phil Kessel (18 pts) who has 6 goals in his last 9 playoffs games. It will be Sidney Crosby’s 3rd appearance in  the finals.

 

The Sharks will hope that Marc-Edouard Vlasic shuts continues his tremendous defensive work and shuts down as much of the Penguins’ top forwards. The Pens will definitely have a tougher time penetrating through the Sharks but as the series progress.

San Jose will be making its first ever appearance in a Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history. Only 2 players on their rosters have made it to the finals in their careers. Suprisingly, neither their veterans Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have had the chance to make it to the cup.

They will rely on their cut throat offense that boasts a whopping average of 3.5 goals a game. 4 of the postseason top 5 scorers are Sharks players and their top 2 lines are nearly impossible to contain consistently.

 

This will be one of the most compelling and interesting Stanley Cup finals in recent years and we hope you’re as excited as we are for this series. Don’t forget to sign up for free and  BANK BIG this Stanley Cup with our Cross Sports and NHL Contests.

 

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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.

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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.

 

We hope you’re as excited as we are for this series and will keep you updated with the daily NHL TOP performers to help you BANK BIG these NHL Playoffs in our Magic Million Contests.

 

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NHL DFS Results

A special edition of NHL DFS Results is brought to you instead of our usual pre-game lineup. We’re going post-game here as I had another winning ticket for my Saturday night picks. It wasn’t the best of performances, far from it. But it was in the money and that’s all that counts, right folks?

I present to you both images. The nice green line and little man, indicating that you’ve had a successful night, as well as the detailed overview of my roster.

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The only ones who failed me were my Canadian team representatives. I should’ve known Alex Galchenyuk would have an off-game, Charles Hudon played a strong game but you can’t say the same about the rest of the Canadiens.

Erik Karlsson had an easy game against the Leafs, his Senators even won 4-0. But the star defenseman failed to find the scoresheet. Very disappointing. At least he was a plus-2.

The rest of my team did great though, specifically my forward choices. With major playoff implications on the line the big guns delivered.

Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, Oshie had a powerplay goal, the ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr had 2 assists. Jaden Schwartz came through with 2 big assists as the Blues narrowly edged the Stars 5-4 late in that one.

Shayne Gostisbehere scored a huge goal for the Flyers to tie the game at 4 in the third period, but Philadelphia also fell by a score of 5-4 to Jagr and the Florida Panthers. The kid is so clutch it’s ridiculous. Don’t look now, but the Flyers sit just 3 points out of a playoff spot. Escaping that one with 2 points would’ve went a long way.

Jonathan Quick didn’t exactly come through, but I’ve seen worse performances from a big-ticket goalie sink ships before and I survived. I’ll let it slide this time.

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DFS NHL Lineup

Another edition of our Fanpicks.com DFS NHL Lineup is here. Our experts’ picks were in the money again last night, so we’re not going to give it away too easily. Sometimes we give you the picks and the easy money, but we’re going to make you work for this one. That is the fun of it after all! Let’s compare rosters.

  • My Lineup

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With a whopping $1300 leftover there’s still lots of room for flexibility. Every player chosen is on a hot streak of sorts, with multiple points over their last 10 games.  The one exception to the rule is LW Charles Hudon of the Montreal Canadiens. The star prospect will be skating in his third game for the injury-plagued Habs, on the second line next to speedsters Thomas Plekanec and Paul Byron. It’s a huge gamble but I’ve been scouting the kid for years and I like him more than the other options, even up to $4300.

The tough decisions were choosing Joe Thornton over Evgeny Kuznetsov and Connor McDavid. While the latter two are mega explosive and on nice runs of their own, Jumbo Joe has just been too consistent since the holiday season.

Alex Galchenyuk has been the leagues leading goal scorer since late February with 11 goals in his last 8 games. Yes, goals, not points. But I’m sure you’re well aware of that.

Jaden Schwartz and his Blues are facing the struggling Dallas Stars. Vlad Tarasenko is simply too pricey, so the steady Schwartz will have to do. He is a slick playmaker who makes things go on the powerplay and is never too far from Tarasenko.

TJ Oshie has been rolling for the Capitals lately. They’re on the west coast to face the San Jose Sharks tonight, so with no Ovechkin or Kuznetsov in this lineup, Oshie was easy pickins’.

The Flyers are red-hot, and Claude Giroux is the leader offensively but they have pretty widespread scoring. That made Shayne Gostisbehere an easy choice. Without any Philly forwards on the squad, the rookie had to be in my lineup.

Erik Karlsson has been colder than normal but with 70 points in 69 games this season, you can’t really go wrong with the star d-man, A matchup with the Leafs definitely works in his favor as well.

 

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DFS NHL Lineup

With twelve games on the NHL schedule tonight there is a wealth of talent to select from to form your DFS NHL lineup. 

In this edition I went with an expensive, high-flying offense, two value picks on D, and a fair value in goal.

The Minnesota Wild head to Toronto to face the reeling Maple Leafs. Toronto has won just 2 of their last 10, and have dropped their last 3 games.

The Wild need to win this game to remain in the playoff race out West, and the Leafs lineup is unrecognizable to most fans.

Minnesota’s Jason Pominville has 2 goals and 6 points in his last 3 games, and 12 in his last 8.

Matthew Dumba was my value pick. Rolling the dice on Dumba based on the matchup allowed me to afford Patrick Kane instead of Erik Karlsson essentially. (meaning Karlsson is still a great option tonight)

Devan Dubnyk could be priced higher based on the matchup, so I will take the fairly valued netminder over the 23 other starters tonight.

  • My Full Lineup
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Filip Forsberg had two hat-trick last week for me in my lineups, so I like my odds with him shooting against Devils backup goalie Keith Kinkaid. Not to mention the Devils don’t exactly have a shut down center. Playing at home will create mismatches for the talented young Swede.

Evgeni Malkin returned from injury last week and looked as dynamic as ever. He centers Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin, a line that showed instant chemistry from day one and is constantly a threat to score.

The Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau is hot, with 17 points in his last 15 games. Buffalo isn’t exactly stacked defensively. I’m hoping for a multi-point game. I just think Gaudreau’s offensive zone dominance will eventually overwhelm the Sabres in defensive coverage, and the slick Flame will find the hole.

The Sharks’ offense is dynamic and Joe Thornton is playing like he should be wearing the C again. He was terrific against the Canucks earlier this week and has 21 points in his last 15 games. Playing with current captain Joe Pavelski helps. He has 29 goals and 61 points in 62 games. Tomas Hertl rounds out the trio.

Finally, Michael Stone is a tremendous value at $3800. He can play at both ends of the ice and should log close to 25 minutes against Anaheim. I’m hoping for a multi-category performance from him. An assist, and a couple of shots on goal and blocks.

 

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DFS Hockey Picks

Another edition of DFS hockey picks is upon us. With only four games on the NHL schedule tonight we won’t have as much quantity as last night (thank you Tuesdays) but there is quality. The Bruins play the Penguins in the Nationally televised Rivalry Night on NBC and the lowly Habs visit Alex Ovechkin and the mighty Capitals in the early games. The Sharks face off versus the Avalanche at 10pm, while the Sabres will have their hands full with the home-town Ducks in the night cap (10:30pm).

As always, I try to target value picks who can help you win your daily fantasy contest. Players who should out-perform their expected output (regardless of salary sometimes).

  • My roster ($600 remaining)

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David Perron and Sami Vatanen have been fixtures in my lineup over the past couple of weeks, and deservedly so. Perron has 6 points in his last 6 games and at $5900 you have to take advantage of that kind of production.

My cheapest spot belongs to Montreal’s Sven Andrighetto. He is the Canadiens top scorer per 60 minutes played this season and a high-paced affair against the Capitals should work in the youngsters favour.

David Pastrnak is a slightly more expensive option coming off a two assist game and plays with the red-hot Louis Eriksson. Eriksson has 7 goals in his last 7 games but is far too expensive for this roster, so teammate Matt Beleskey gets the call. He has 4 points in his last 2 games and could produce in a physical matchup.

Jarome Iginla has an impressive 11 points in his last 9 games. He’s a safe bet to continue his dominance against the Sharks.

The real star power is at center with Jumbo Joe Thornton and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Thornton has 21 points in his last 16 games while Kuznetsov has 21 in 14 of his own games and is now playing with Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin is obviously the top dog to own in fantasy hockey but at 10 grand is far too pricey for this squad.

PK Subban always raises his game against the NHL’s premier talents, and while I was targeting Andrei Markov against his Russian counterpart (Ovechkin) all my value picks allowed me to spend up for Subban.

Freddy Andersen gets the call in net tonight for the Ducks against the bottom-feeding Sabres . The Ducks have won 5 straight. Can anyone remember the last time you could say the same about the Sabres? Nuff said.

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Once again, I bring you my daily fantasy hockey picks from FanPicks.com. With eight games on the NHL schedule tonight we have a nice set of options to choose from. Let’s take a look at my roster and what strategy I employed this time to win my daily fantasy hockey league.

  • My Lineup

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In goal, recently I’ve been picking from the discount basket and it has not paid off. So tonight I’m going for in another direction. Polar opposites if you will, the ever-consistent Cory Schneider. The New Jersey netminder is aiming to match a career-high 26 wins tonight in his 47th start (25-16-6, 1.98 GAA, .931 Sv%). Another reason for going with Schneider is the play of Andy Greene and Adam Larsson. The Devils top defensive pairing haven’t been on the ice for an even-strength goal against in the past five games, and a matchup with the Flyers is nice on paper.

For skaters I’m riding the hot streaks tonight.

At center, Joe Thornton has seen a revival since the Holiday season, and Capitals forward Evgeni Kuznetsov has 13 assists in his last 10 games.

Sabres depth winger Marcus Foligno has three goals in his last two outings and is a big body presence around the net. David Perron has four points in his last three and has looked like a new player since being traded to Anaheim. He and Ryan Getzlaf make a nice duo.

Nikita Kucherov is a big ticket item, but a return with familiar linemates Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson tonight could have the trio lighting up the scoreboard.

6’5 Bruins forward Jimmy Hayes also has four points in his last three contests and has a great matchup with the Blue Jackets.

The silky smooth Sami Vatanen and big-man Seth Jones complete my roster. The two mobile defenders can put up points, put pucks on net and shut it down defensively as well. A potentially high-paced game with the Oilers could have Vatanen collecting multiple points tonight.

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Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks 1/24/16 Preview

Due to our featured game, Pittsburgh vs Washington being postponed due to #Blizzard2016, we’re going to take a look at another game on the NHL schedule tonight. I will breakdown the matchup and hopefully, give you some good daily fantasy advice.

Los Angeles Kings (23-18-3) at San Jose Sharks (25-18-3) (10 pm EST)

Though the Kings lead the division by a country mile, the Sharks have closed that gap over the past two weeks. Cut it in half to be precise. The Kings are one of the NHL’s best defensive teams (second overall), but the Sharks are eighth in league scoring and on a roll. 

Vinny Lecavalier has been all the talk in LA since his recent acquisition. With three goals already, powerplay time, Marian Gaborik on his wing (on the third line), and a Milan Lucic suspension – The 1998 first overall pick could have a big game. 

1997’s first overall pick, Joe Thornton has been even more dominant of late. He’s been great for just over a month now, and is on an eight-game point streak (2 goals, 9 assists). 

Teammate Joe Pavelski has four points in his last two games and always comes through in big situations (as proven by his NHL leading 8th GWG). A divisional matchup with their eyes on first place is just the kind of motivation he needs.

The Sharks should push hard for a big win at home tonight, while the Kings try to slow the pace and hit everything in sight. A couple of powerplays could be the difference for San Jose. If Thornton and Pavelski can produce they will secure victory.

Kings Captain Dustin Brown has been terrible offensively this season, but as said for Pavelski, a rivalry for divisional supremacy may just bring out the best in him. You may want to take the chance if you’re really looking for a deal.

Martin Jones will be getting the start for the Sharks against his former squad, while Jonathan Quick minds the net for the Kings.

 

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NHL Saturday Night Preview, Picks & DFS Advice

We take a look at three of the biggest games on the schedule from this busy Saturday night in the NHL. The Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres , the Montreal Canadiens vs St. Louis Blues, and a sure to be exciting night-cap as the Dallas Stars head to Cali to take on the red-hot San Jose Sharks. Below I will breakdown the matchups and hopefully, give you some good daily fantasy advice.

Washington Capitals (33-7-3) at Buffalo Sabres (7-23-4) (7 pm)

Mr. 501 and the high-flying Capitals are going to have a field day, or shall I say snow-day with the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. On the road or not, Washington is not going to slow down when confronted by the likes of Chad Johnson (the NHL goalie, not former NFL WR), and that Sabres defense. Not to mention that Brayden Holtby is getting the start in goal and hasn’t lost a game in regulation since November 10, 2015. That’s a 22-game point streak for the 26-year old Caps netminder who is in line to tie Jose Theodore’s franchise record of 23 games (2009-10) with a W tonight.

Advice: Washington is just too hot right now for this to be a trap game against the once-again lowly Sabres. Play Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Holtby and as many Capitals forwards as you can afford (semi-joking).

 

Montreal Canadiens (23-18-3) at St. Louis Blues (25-15-7) (7 pm)

Nothing worse can seemingly go wrong for the Habs at the moment. The team is losing, their star goaltender is still out, and now the front-office is under fire for the recent handling (trade) of former first-round pick Jarred Tinordi. The Canadiens seriously lack scoring ability and a date with St. Louis is sure to give them the Blues. Losing goaltender Jake Allen (18-10-3, 2.17 GAA, .924 Svp, 5 SO) hurts, but Montreal’s offensive game shouldn’t be too much for Brian Elliot (7-4-4, 2.31 GAA, .919 Svp) to handle.

Mike Condon has been better of late (six goals against over last four starts), but guys like Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk have to score if the Habs wants to come away with any points.

Advice: While this could be a low-scoring affair, Vladimir Tarasenko always seems to play well vs the Canadiens, and Jori Lehtera has points in four of his last five, including three straight. If you’re looking for point from the blueline, PK Subban has points in six of his last seven, and is riding a three-game point streak as well.

 

Dallas Stars (29-12-4) at San Jose Sharks (22-18-2) (10:30 pm)

The former first-place Stars have been slumping of late, but when Mattias Janmark scored last night he joined Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Sharp, and Jason Spezza to became the fifth Dallas Star to reach a double-digit goal total. Such wide-spread scoring is usually risky for fantasy owners, but the fact that Benn and Seguin do so much of the heavy lifting while the others sprinkle the scoresheet makes this situation a little more predictable.

Antti Niemi will get the nod against his former team as he returns to the Shark Tank tonight . His Stars are just 1-4-1 this month, but should never be counted out against a division rival…even if they have won four straight and Jumbo Joe’s playing like he’s 26 (six points in last four games). Martin Jones, who recorded a shootout win on Thursday vs the Edmonton Oilers should be getting the start for San Jose. Jones is capable of stealing a game from time to time, but back-to-back starts vs perhaps the best group of scorers in the league isn’t the best matchup.

Advice: Thankfully were not here to predict wins and losses, so regardless of who comes out victorious this one should feature some goals. For that reason all the big guns – Benn, Seguin, Thornton, Brent Burns, Joe Pavelski and John Klingberg are all viable options.

 

 

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