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Fantasy: Daily primer for 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Hedman among discounted players for Lightning-Capitals Game 4

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

Throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, will provide injury news, lineup trends and other relevant information for DFS contests. As we reach the midway point of the Conference Final round, here's a price check on some undervalued stars:


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Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL ($7,400) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning goalie has been outstanding on the road in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, going 4-1 with a .940 save percentage in five such games. He's priced $500 cheaper than the next most-affordable goalie (Connor Hellebuyck: $7,900), making him a glaring value pick on the road against the Washington Capitals in Game 4 on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, SN). It's also worth noting the Capitals have a narrow goal differential at home (25-23) compared to on the road (30-17).


Steven Stamkos, C, TBL ($6,100) -- Tampa Bay's top-line center was priced as high as $6,900 in the first round against the New Jersey Devils and $6,800 in Game 1 against the Capitals. He has a power-play goal in all three Conference Final games and a six-game point streak totaling nine points (five goals, four assists), eight power-play points and 15 shots on goal. Washington's penalty kill (80.3 percent in regular season; 79.1 in first two rounds) has been a weak point (58.3; five power-play goals allowed) through three games against the Lightning.


Victor Hedman, D, TBL ($5,000) -- The Lightning defenseman has been in the $5,700-6,000 range for most of the regular season and playoffs, but he's seen a surprising DraftKings price dip despite his current eight-game point streak totaling 11 points (one goal, 10 assists). With power-play exposure to elite forwards Nikita Kucherov and Stamkos and an average of 26:08 per game, Hedman is a lineup lock at this affordable rate.


Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH ($5,000) -- The injury status of the Capitals center continues to be a question mark surrounding each Conference Final game; Backstrom (hand) will be a game-time decision for Game 4 on Thursday, but would have significant value on the first power-play unit with high-scoring duo Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov and defenseman John Carlson (10 PPP; second in playoffs behind Stamkos, 11). Washington leads remaining playoff teams at 30.8 percent with the man-advantage, and Backstrom is much more convenient to roster than when he was priced at $6,000 in Game 6 of the first round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.



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