I’m going to give you some fades as these players either should not be in your lineup or tread carefully if you want them on your FanDuel squad. We will also be updating the goaltending matchups at the bottom of the column all season (up to the 7pm start times for most lineups) so check the column and Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for the latest updates.
The playoffs are an interesting time as there are so many games which are decided by bottom-six forwards, especially in overtime as each team will role four lines.
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Steve Mason G (Philadelphia) - $7,700
Mason played well in Game 1 but the Capitals have a lot of firepower in their lineup and it’s hard to deny Alex Ovechkin two games in a row. There are only three evening games in the NHL so we had to pick someone and Mason is the likeliest of choices.
Muzzin scored Thursday against the Sharks in Game 1 but he had only two assists in his previous nine games. He was a minus-10 in the eight games leading up to the final game of the regular season and that does not bode well in FanDuel.
Alex Goligoski (Dallas) – $4,200
Goligoski had a nice season in 2015-16 with five goals and 32 assists to go with a plus-21 rating but the defenseman has only one assist in his last six games and only three in his last 10, including being held off the scoresheet in Game 1. The Stars rely on John Klingberg on the first power play and that takes a lot away from Goligoski’s worth in FanDuel.
Jason Pominville RW (Minnesota) - $5,500
This has been Pominville’s worst season in the NHL since he entered the league in 2003-04 by playing in only one game. Pominville had only 11 goals and 36 points in 75 games and started off the playoffs as a minus-one in the Wild’s first game loss. The 33-year-old may just be having an off-season as he has had 60 and 54 point seasons his previous two years. Nevertheless, he is not worth touching Saturday in FanDuel.
Dustin Brown LW (Minnesota) - $3,300
Brown is not even close to the player he was earlier in his career. He needed an assist in the last game of the season to get to 28 points, one better than each of his previous two seasons. That is not production for a power forward who has certainly seen his best days in the NHL come and go.
Tyler Seguin C (Dallas) - $7,800
Game 2 will be the return to the lineup for Seguin who missed the last four weeks with an Achilles tendon injury. It’s an awful lot to ask from the talented center to come back after such a debilitating injury so I suggest you look elsewhere until you see that Seguin can handle playing while still not 100 percent.