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FanDuel Fades: April 12

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to FanDuel Fades, where we highlight players you might want to avoid tonight.  Below you'll also find a list of the probable goaltenders, which gets updated in the afternoon.


Evgeni Malkin (PIT) - C - $8,500


Malkin has traditionally been great in the playoffs, but he hasn't played since March 15 due to a shoulder injury.  He will be available for Game 1, but he might be less than 100%.  With that in mind, I'd wait to see how he does in this game before potentially taking him in future contests.


Cam Atkinson (CLM) - W - $6,600


Atkinson set new career-highs in 2016-17 with 35 goals and 62 points in 82 contests, but he couldn't been much colder going into the playoffs.  He was limited to two goals and no assists in his final 12 games of the regular season.


Jake Allen (STL) - G - $8,700


Allen bounced back from a rough start to the 2016-17 campaign to help the Blues make the playoffs in the first place, but he'll have a tough time containing Minnesota in the first round.  The Wild have a deep offense that finished second in the NHL in goals for per game.


Zach Werenski (CLM) - D - $5,100


Werenski didn't record a single point in his last six games.  He last played on April 2 and then missed four games with an upper-body injury.  It looks like he'll be back for Game 1, but between him coming back from an injury and the cold streak he was in prior to it, I wouldn't recommend gambling on him tonight.


David Pastrnak (BOS) - W - $7,000


Pastrnak broke out in 2016-17 with 34 goals and 70 points in 75 games, but this will be the 20-year-old's playoff debut, so there's a bit more uncertainty regarding how he will do.  Granted, he's not the only youngster with little to no NHL experience playing tonight, but he'll also be facing Ottawa, which has been something of a tough opponent for him this season as he has a goal, assist, and minus-four rating in four contests.


Patrick Marleau (SJS) - C - $5,700


Marleau was a bit cold towards the end of the regular season with a goal and no assists in his last six contests.  If he bounces back for Game 1 then he might be worth taking in Game 2, but for now I'd pass on him.


Probable Goaltenders

Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) Confirmed @ Canadiens (Carey Price) Confirmed

Bruins (Tuukka Rask) Confirmed @ Senators (Craig Anderson) Confirmed

Blue Jackets (Sergei Bobrovsky) @ Penguins (Matt Murray) Confirmed

Blues (Jake Allen) @ Wild (Devan Dubnyk)

Sharks (Martin Jones) @ Oilers (Cam Talbot)

Ryan Dadoun

Ryan Dadoun is an Associate Editor for Hockey on NBC Sports Edge. Feel free to follow him on Twitter or check out his blog.