Big hits, trash-talking, and bad blood make this series one to watch even if you’re not a hockey fan. With the series at 2-0 in favor of the Flyers, expect the Penguins to come out on Sunday with even more intensity then the previous outings. I expect the similar high-scoring intensity in the upcoming games in the series.
So here’s some advice for your DraftDay NHL lineups….
PICK PLAYERS FROM THESE TEAMS!
Giroux was phenomenal in Game 2 of the series (3G, 3A, 6P, +4) making him a great pick for Sunday’s Game 3 match-up. With the Penguins in crisis mode, Giroux must be at his best in order to keep the Flyers ahead of the high powered Pittsburgh offense. In the playoffs Giroux has always been very productive with 16 goals, 28 assists, and an overall +15 in a total of 42 playoff games. Based on his previous playoff history and the poor defense displayed by the Penguins in this series, Giroux is a must pick for all lineups.
“Sid the Kid” is the life of the Pittsburgh Penguins and with his team down in this series, losing two straight home games, you better believe he is going to show up in Game 3. Crosby will be the guy to get the Penguins back into this series and that means great fantasy numbers for DraftDay fans. Crosby’s playoff numbers are among the best in the NHL: 32 goals, 54 assists, and an overall +23 in a total of 64 games. These numbers are outstanding and he has recorded both a goal and an assist in each game of this series thus far. He’s incredibly reliable which fortifies this pick in Sunday’s lineups.
Malkin lead the league this season in shots recording 339. This stat alone makes Malkin a great fantasy choice because he gives himself a lot of opportunities to put up stats and points on DraftDay. So far his stats in this series have been sub-par and he needs to carry more of the load in order to help his team climb back into this series. In Game 1 he put up goose eggs across the board as far as goals, assists, and points and contributed nothing to the box score. In Game 2 he improved, contributing two assists. I expect him to recuperate significantly in Game 3 as the urgency continues to increase.
Hopefully this helps you out with your lineups and lets hope for a high-scoring battle in Philadelphia come Sunday.
As Always, Good Luck and Have Fun on DraftDay!