Whichever team comes out of tonight’s pivotal game five victorious, will need just one more win to reach hockey’s ultimate prize. The series heads back to Boston tonight – how will that affect who I target in Showdown contests? Let’s have a look…
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 team’s 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
ST. LOUIS BLUES @ BOSTON BRUINS (8:08pm Faceoff)
Game Five (Series tied 2-2)
Implied Odds: Boston 61% | Total: 5.5
Not much new to report from my previous write-ups, to be honest. If you haven’t been following, I remain high on the Blues top line. They’ve dominated possession throughout the series, and it’s paying off – the Blues have scored 4 even strength goals in the 43 minutes their top line has spent on the ice together. Even the sound defensive trio of Bergeron/Marchand/Pastrnak was no match for STL1 in games 1 & 2 in Boston. Jaden Schwartz has been quite inconsistent over the past couple of weeks, so although I’ll have some mini-stack exposure with Tarasenko – I won’t be one-offing him.
Boston’s top line has been slowed down a bit, but we’re not fading them, especially on home ice. I continue to be adamant that your best bet is to multi-enter and include multiple mini-stack combos of the three – it’s too unpredictable to pinpoint which player(s) is going to hit on any given night.
Sanford and Dunn continue to be underpriced – each just $3,400 on DK. One change I’ll make tonight, is to have some mini-stack exposure to O’Reilly and Sanford – they’ve had some nice chemistry, and as long as they’re producing, I’m in. The Bruins second-liners, however, continue to be off my radar. The Bruins and Blues are averaging just 86 combined shot attempts per 60 minutes with Krejci/Backes/DeBrusk on the ice together. I can’t rely on these guys to produce while playing at such a slow pace – Krejci and Backes remain pointless through 4 games in this series.
Favorite Mini-Stacks: STL –Schenn/Tarasenko; Schwartz/Tarasenko; O’Reilly/Sanford; BOS – Bergeron/Marchand; Bergeron/Pastrnak; Marchand/Pastrnak
One-Off Player Pool: STL – Binnington, Pietrangelo, Dunn, Schenn, O’Reilly, Bozak, Sundqvist, Tarasenko, Sanford; BOS – Rask, McAvoy, Chara, Bergeron, Coyle, Kuraly, Marchand, Pastrnak, Nordstrom