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Chris Kunitz LW (Pittsburgh) - $5,700
Kunitz will be looking for a fresh start in the playoffs after he recorded 17 goals and 40 points in 80 games during the regular season. He concluded the year with no goals and two assists in eight games. Kunitz rides shotgun with Sidney Crosby, but his struggles don't make him an attractive option. He also had one assist in four matches versus the Rangers this campaign.
Gustav Nyquist LW (Detroit) - $4,600
Nyquist is looking to start over as well after a disappointing regular season. He picked up 17 goals and 43 points in 82 contests. However, he has been a playoff dud so far in his career with three goals and seven points in 30 appearances. Nyquist had one goal and one assist in seven outings against the Lightning during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Marian Hossa RW (Chicago) - $5,700
If you are looking for goals then I wouldn't look in Hossa's direction. He scored just 13 markers and finished with 33 points in 64 games during the regular season. Hossa also found the back of the net only four times in 23 matches during the postseason last year.
Keith Yandle D (NY Rangers) - $4,900
Yandle had two assists and a minus-2 rating in four games against the Penguins during the regular season. It could be tough for the Rangers to score on the power play versus Pittsburgh's fifth-ranked penalty kill and that would hurt Yandle's value. I'm also expecting him to post a negative plus-minus rating in Game 1, as the Blueshirts try to fill the hole left by Ryan McDonagh's absence.
Jimmy Howard G (Detroit) - $7,100
Howard is expected to get the nod after he helped get the Red Wings into the playoffs, but he didn't post impressive numbers in most of those appearances. He recorded a .916 save percentage in his last five regular-season outings and he ended the year with losses to the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins. The Lightning still have enough skill in their lineup to make life difficult for him, so I would go with one of the higher tier options in the crease and try to save cap space elsewhere.
New York Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) @ Pittsburgh (Jeff Zatkoff)