The Sharks will be fighting to stay alive in St. Louis tonight…
There’s a lot to consider for DFS contests tonight – here’s a look at who I’ll be using in Showdown tonight.
*SEE UPDATE BELOW!
RYAN’S RULES FOR BUILDING OPTIMAL NHL SHOWDOWN LINEUPS
RULE #1: Set minimum salary to $42,000, maximum to $50,000
RULE #2: Use at least 4 players for one team
RULE #3: Don’t play both teams’ goaltenders
RULE #4: Play no more than 2 defensemen
RULE #5: Do not full-stack any lines
RULE #6: No more than 1 mini-stack
RULE #7: Use only lines 1 & 2 when mini-stacking
RULE #8: Multi-enter whenever possible
SAN JOSE SHARKS @ ST. LOUIS BLUES
- 8:05pm Faceoff
- Game Six (St. Louis leads 3-2)
- Implied Odds: St. Louis 55% | Total: 5.5
*Hertl and Karlsson are officially OUT; Pavelski officially a game-time decision.
San Jose could be without Hertl and Pavelski tonight, and Erik Karlsson is reportedly still a little banged up, too. This could be a long night for the teal and black. St. Louis seemed to figure out the Sharks midway through this series, and they haven’t looked back. They’ve rendered the Hertl/Kane line useless, they’re averaging nearly four goals per game over the past four, and more recently, have figured out how to slow down Logan Couture – who has just one point over the last three. The fight will likely increase for San Jose tonight, but if Pavelski and Hertl are out, I don’t see how they can make this game competitive.
We don’t know if Pavelski or Hertl are skating tonight – you’re likely going to have to wait until pre-game line rushes – and possibly RIGHT before lock – until we get any confirmations. Personally, I don’t like that Hertl line even if both players skate, so I don’t think this will affect my decisions much.
Schwartz and Tarasenko are locked in right now. They’re going to be chalk, but I will be using a lot of them. Schwartz has four goals and an assist in this series, while Tarasenko sits with two goals and five assists in these five games. They’ve been generating a ton of good scoring chances, and if St. Louis blows this one out, it’s a good bet these two will have big nights.
O’Reilly/Perron is the other Blues stack I’ll be using. The ownership on these two will be lower, and if San Jose is missing two of their key forwards, matchups for St. Louis will be much easier up and down the lineup. I don’t love O’Reilly and probably prefer to use Perron as a one-off if I’m single-entering – or even in 3-max contests – but with 20+ lineups, I’ll definitely have a few with both players.
Couture’s line will likely be unaffected by either of the late lineup decisions tonight, and SJ1 – despite being held off the score sheet – played a really good game in St. Louis on Friday night. I think their ownership will probably be higher than it should be with uncertainty about Hertl/Pavelski, but I’d probably still use the Couture/Meier mini-stack in one of three lineups, and maybe about 25% of MME builds (20+ lineups).
Karlsson is a nice one-off if he’s in, but you have to confirm in pre-game. For what it’s worth, he didn’t have a stall in the visitor’s locker room this morning (neither did Hertl – Pavelski did). Joe Thornton had a really nice couple of games in San Jose. He’s a nice one-off, and if he and Labanc happen to be bumped up in Hertl/Pavelski’s wake, that’d be one of my favorite minis for single-entry/3-max – with a cheap price tag that allows you to stack up the rest of your lineup with one-offs.
Favorite Mini-Stacks: SJ – Couture/Meier; STL – Schwartz/Tarasenko, O’Reilly/Perron
One-Off Player Pool: SJ – Jones, Burns,
E. Karlsson, Vlasic, Couture, Thornton, Meier, Labanc; STL – Binnington, Pietrangelo, Edmundson, Bouwmeester, O’Reilly, Bozak, Tarasenko, Schwartz, Perron, Maroon