Please note, these players were chosen early in the day, so make sure to check Rotoworld’s player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.
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Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay) - W - $15,000 (FanDuel), $10,800 (Draft Kings)
Kucherov has been hot of late with four goals and 19 points in his last 10 games, which included playing less than nine minutes before he was hurt in the game-clincher against Boston on August 31. The former Art Ross Trophy winner finished seventh in NHL scoring during the regular season and has been strong in the post-season to date as he is tied for first in scoring with 25 points. Even at his high price, he is a bargain.
Jordan Eberle (Islanders) - W - $9,000 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings)
Normally I would put Brayden Point here but his status is questionable for Tuesday’s contest. The 30-year-old Eberle has come into his own with the Islanders and despite going pointless in his last three games, Eberle still has four goals and 13 points in 20 playoff games. The veteran had played in only 21 playoff games in his career before this season so this is quite the showing for the former Oiler. He is nicely priced in both FanDuel and DraftKings.
Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay) - D - $11,000 (FanDuel), $9,200 (DraftKings)
Hedman is a top-three defenseman in the NHL and is a finalist for the Norris Trophy this season after winning it in 2017-18. He has five goals and 13 points in 17 games and leads everyone in the playoffs with a plus-16 rating. Hedman leads the Lightning defensive corps and is a huge part of their potent power play. He is pointless in his last two games after scoring in four straight games and adding three assists in his final two games against Boston and first two versus the Islanders.
Anthony Beauvillier (Islanders) – W - $10,500 (FanDuel), $7,600 (DraftKings)
Beauvillier had 18 goals and 39 points in 68 games this season but has turned it on in the post-season with nine goals and 14 points in 20 games, scoring once and adding an assist on Friday. He is finally showing why he was a first-round pick in 2015 and playing with Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey on the second unit, has given the Islanders enough scoring to get into the Conference Final.
Mathew Barzal (Islanders) – C - $14,000 (FanDuel), $9,000 (DraftKings)
Barzal is the heart and soul of the Islanders and had a pair of goals with four assists against the Flyers in a tough seven game series. He led New York in the regular season with 60 points in 68 games and if the Islanders are to have any chance to beat Tampa Bay, Barzal has to be at his best. Barzal has only two assists in four games against the Lightning in the Conference final with both coming in Game 1 where the Islanders were blown out 8-2. He is due.
Ondrej Palat (Tampa Bay) – W - $12,000 (FanDuel), $8,000 (DraftKings)
Palat has been on fire of late and has eight goals in his last eight games, including the game winner Sunday. He plays on the Lightning’s top power play with Steven Stamkos out of the lineup and has been a stud for Tampa Bay in the last two weeks, playing on the top line with Kucherov and Brayden Point.
Bargain Bin: Josh Bailey (Islanders) - W - $8,500 (FanDuel), $6,600 (Draft Kings), Anthony Cirelli (Tampa Bay) - C - $8,000 (FanDuel), $6,000 (DraftKings), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Islanders) – C - $7,500 (FanDuel) $7,400 (DraftKings), Ryan Pulock (Islanders) – D - $8,500 (FanDuel) $7,800 (DraftKings), Zach Bogosian – D - $6,000 (FanDuel), $3,400 (DraftKings)