As is the case with every FanDuel Fades, we are going to look at some players who you should think twice about placing in your lineup or who you should avoid using entirely. Remember to check back on this page later in the day for confirmations on starting goalies and keep an eye on Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for all your fantasy hockey needs.
Johnny Gaudreau (CGY) - W - $7,100
Gaudreau’s Stanley Cup Playoffs experience is limited, but he has not enjoyed much success away from the Scotiabank Saddledome. He has earned one goal in four career playoff games at Anaheim, which includes Game 1’s 3-2 loss on Thursday. Gaudreau had two shots and no points in that match. He has amassed seven points in five postseason matches at home, but on the road he has managed to produce just one goal and one helper in seven outings. It may be a better idea to wait for this series to shift back to Calgary before going with Gaudreau in your lineup.
Nazem Kadri (TOR) - C - $6,000
Kadri had three shots and one hit in Game 1 against Washington, but he didn’t record a point for the fourth time in his last five matches. His line held the top guns on the Capitals in check on Thursday. However, a checking role and his hefty price tag doesn’t scream ‘value play’ for a skater who has dipped below his fantasy points average (12.8) in eight of his last 11 outings.
Roman Josi (NSH) - D - $5,900
Josi ended a 19-game goalless drought in Nashville’s regular-season finale. His 12th goal of the 2016-17 campaign also gave him his first power-play marker since Feb. 25. Josi has had plenty of offensive success during the regular season, but in the playoffs he has accounted for just two goals and 10 points in 31 total contests. He also has two points in his past six games versus Chicago, including Thursday’s playoff opener.
Mark Stone (OTT) - W - $5,400
Stone has gone 16 straight games without scoring a goal. He had two shots in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Boston in Game 1. Stone is still looking for his first NHL playoff goal and this will be his 10th career appearance. He has chipped in five assists in nine postseason outings so far, which mirrors the production he has recorded lately. Stone has contributed a mere four assists in his last 10 contests, including Wednesday’s playoff opener.
Artem Anisimov (CHI) - C - $5,300
Anisimov made his first appearance since Mar. 14 in Game 1 against Nashville on Thursday night. He missed the last 13 matches of the regular season because of a lower-body injury. Anisimov recorded two shots in Chicago’s 1-0 loss in his return. He may need some more time to get back into a rhythm. It’s not like was firing on all cylinders before he got hurt either, with no goals and two assists in six contests. Anisimov also had just one goal and one helper in five meetings versus the Predators during the 2016-17 campaign.
Pekka Rinne (NSH) - G - $8,500
Rinne recorded a shutout on 29 saves in Game 1 versus Chicago, but that will be a tough act to follow on Saturday night. It was the second shutout of his NHL playoff career in 49 starts. Chicago’s shooters will likely give him a much more difficult time in the second match of the series. Rinne is not a stranger to battling consistency issues and he has had problems with the Blackhawks in the past. He posted a 1-2-0 record with an .895 save percentage and a 2.70 GAA versus Chicago during the 2016-17 season.