It has been a great first round of the NHL playoffs so far and tonight we have a huge Game 5 in Florida as well as a few games where teams can shut the door. The Flyers, Kings and Wild are not going to go out without a fight.
G- B.Holtby- Capitals- $8,700
After what happened last year, the Capitals with keep their foot on the gas pedal and look to close out the Flyers at home tonight in the Capital. Not wanting to go back to South Philly, the Caps will throw all they have at the Flyers and look to test Neuvirth early.
D-M.Scandella- Wild- $3,800
Scandella plays on the second power play unit and will see upwards of 20 minutes of ice time tonight as the Wild look to regain some sort of grasp on a series they let get away from the start. I had to use lower priced players on defense but I targeted guys who log ice time and see -power play time if possible.
D-A.Petrovic- Florida- $2,900
Petrovic fit nicely, and I rostered him because he has been playing well. He has looked good with the puck and has shown growth through the playoffs in only a few games.
W-J.Benn- Dallas- $8,300
I thought about fading Benn, but at home with the series on the line and still no Seguin, Benn will be the focus of Dallas scoring, who led the NHL in goals as a team. I like the first power-play unit to get on the board and make a difference tonight.
W-N.Niderreiter- Wild- $4,500
Niederreiter is playing well and in Dallas, this line will do all they can to prevent going home for good with a loss. The third line has really been a spark plug in a depleted Wild team that has been injured all year.
W-P.Sharp- Dallas- $6,300
A streaky player, Sharp and the first power-play unit is poised to take hold of tonight’s game and make a statement by closing out the Wild in five games. Sharp has found the back of the net this series and will look to contribute again.
C- J.Spezza- Dallas- $6,200
Definately the hottest player right now, Spezza will be the chalk for tonight with a high ownership percentage but that doesn’t scare me because of the matchup. Spezza commands respect and will continue his fantastic net play with his silky hands and lightning fast release.
C-E.Haula- Wild- $4,500
A U.S.-born player out of Michigan, Haula has been playing some of his best hockey and has contributed at a time when the Wild need him most. Without Parise and Vanek, Haula has stepped up nicely to fill the big shoes left by the two veterans.
Utility- J.Pomminvile- Wild- $4,800
Pomminville has been the best player on this last and needs to keep up his strong defensive play while capitalizing over turnovers and giveaways created by this lines strong fore-checking ability. If the Wild win tonight, this line will be the difference.