No wonder the Avalanche won the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals. After all, they were at home. However, I definitely didn’t see Colorado win Game 2 7-0. With this series heading to Tampa, I don’t expect it to happen again. For your DFS roster, you have $135 for five players. Your superstar will bring you 1.5 times more points. Here are my recommendations.
Mikko Rantanen, COL at TAM ($32): Will the Lightning look better at home? I would count on it, especially on Andrey Vasilevsky. Having said that, the Avalanche made it to the playoffs and scored just seven goals. Rantanen was also in an absolute tear from the start of the second round. He has 17 points in the last 12 games, including five in this series.
Nikita Kucherov, TAM GOAL ($34): If the Lightning score goals – and don’t forget they scored three times in the first leg – then Kucherov is a strong bet on the lead. Kucherov had just had his worst playoff game, but that was the end of the six-point streak. The Russian scored 69 points in just 47 games of the regular season, and I believe that he will return to the protocol.
Andrey Vasilevsky, TAM Vs. GOAL ($32): Betting on a goalkeeper who just scored seven goals? I see this as an opportunity to get Vasilevsky for a salary that you might not have received otherwise. Remember when the Rangers scored six goals against Vasilevsky in the first match of the last round? After that, he posted a 1.61 GAA and a .942 shooting percentage in five games. In the season, including the playoffs, the Russian goaltender has a 2.12 GAA and a .926 home shooting percentage.
Ondrej Palat, TAM vs. GOAL ($19): It’s clear that I’m optimistic about the Lightning in Game 3. Everything that’s happened this postseason justifies faith in them at home. Palat manages to skate with Kucherov and Steven Stamkos and it certainly helped him to 17 points in the playoffs. However, his three consecutive 40+ seasons show he has some real talent. Palat is not just a product of his comrades in the line.
Arturi Lehkonen, COL at TAM ($18): Lehkonen has scored five goals and provided five assists in the last 10 games. For most of that time, he’s been riding at number two, and it’s fair to say that he’s dropped to number three since Andre Burakovsky recovered. However, Lehkonen has a path to success. In this series, the Finn averaged 3:53 per game on the power play.