DFS Tuesday: Oilers Roll and the Perfection Line

Brad Hayward


Before I hit the fantasy recommendations, congratulations to the Colorado Avalanche for their first-round sweep. Dominant (21-9 in goals scored) hardly is a strong enough word. And my Nathan MacKinnon play from last week (goals in all 4 games) was spot-on.But their next series will be an all-out war, and no promises that the Avs survive it.   

With each of the Tuesday night Game 5 matchups starting out with 2-2 even records, I'll stick with my pattern of rolling out a stackable combination, a focus player from a different game, a can't lose goalkeeper, and then less expensive roster fillers. My lineup here plays from the DraftKings site, though I list both that and the Yahoo DFS values.   

STACK:  The EDMONTON OILERS top line.   Connor McDavid ($8800, $37), Evander Kane ($6700, $27), and yeah Jesse Puljujarvi ($3500, $14), will light the lamp even-strength, and I'd add Evan Bouchard ($5000, $18), over PP-1 Tyson Barrie. The Oilers need to make a statement at home, and 1-0 isn't their style.  

VALUE PICK:  Although he's on the road, I'm playing VLADIMIR TARASENKO ($6100, $26).  The Blues have rebounded from their 2-1 deficit and won't be offensively silenced. If Torey Krug and Nick Leddy both remain out, however, this may be a 5-4 (St. Louis) game decided in OT.   

GOALIE: Wow. These playoffs have been high scoring across the board (with exceptions being Jacob Markstrom and Jake Oettinger). But tonight I'll play ANDREI VASILEVSKIY ($7800, $25)  to shock the Maple Leafs in the ScotiaBank Arena and put the defending champs just a win away from advancing.  

ROSTER FILLERS:  Carolina's Vincent Trocheck ($3600, $17) and Jacob Slavin ($4700, $18), and Tampa's Alex Killorn ($3800, $15).  

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NOT CONVINCED:   Yeah, you noticed. The Perfection Line blew away the Hurricanes (bad pun intended) Saturday, with Brad Marchand having points on all 5 Bruins