This article is part of our FanDuel NHL series.
Saturday's NHL slate features the one-game contest for Game 4 between the Golden Knights and Stars at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Below, you'll find an overview of the matchups and suggested options for crafting an effective lineup.
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Dallas came away with an overtime victory in Game 3 to grab a 2-1 series lead after the two teams exchanged shutout wins in Games 1 and 2. Overall, Vegas holds a 5-4 edge in goals in what has been a low-scoring series.
Paul Stastny ($9,500) is a solid value play, as the veteran Vegas center has heated up with a 2-2-4 line over his past four games. It helps that he's flanked by the team's leading regular-season scorer, Max Pacioretty ($14,500).
Denis Gurianov ($8,000) is one of three Stars tied for the team lead with eight goals this postseason, along with Joe Pavelski ($9,000) and Alexander Radulov ($14,000). Despite leading that trio with seven assists, Gurianov is also the cheapest of the three.
This could be a good time to buy low on Vegas' Reilly Smith ($8,000), who has put at least three pucks on net in each of the past six games but has only two assists and no goals to show for his 23 shots over that span. Despite the recent drought, Smith still ranks third on the Golden Knights with 13 points this postseason. He's significantly cheaper than both of the players above him, as Shea Theodore costs $13,000 and Mark Stone is Vegas' priciest player at $15,000.
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Stars vs. Golden Knights
Benn has been Dallas' best player in this series, as his 1-2-3 line is impressive given that the team has scored only four goals in three games. Radulov's Game 3 overtime winner has him tied for the team lead with eight goals this postseason, and his back-to-back 72-point seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19 suggest the Russian winger has the offensive acumen to keep contributing at a high level. The slumping Seguin had an assist in Game 3 to end a six-game point drought, but he's more of an against-the-grain option at the moment.
Golden Knights at Stars
Stephenson's an enticing value play given his deployment on what should be Vegas' most dangerous line. Stone is a strong candidate for your Captain spot, as he ranks just one goal behind Tuch's team lead with seven and one point back of Theodore's points lead with 17. The productive winger's coming off a strong Game 3 performance, which included a goal and an assist. Tuch's a bargain at $8,000 considering he still leads Vegas with eight goals this postseason.
Miro Heiskanen ($10,000) has cooled down in this series, producing just one assist over the first three games. Despite that recent slump, he still leads the Stars with 22 points during this playoff run. Only Nathan MacKinnon (25), Brayden Point (23) and Nikita Kucherov (22) have scored at least as many points as Heiskanen this postseason. That's great company for anybody, let alone a defenseman.
Like Heiskanen for Dallas, Shea Theodore ($13,000) leads the Golden Knights in points this postseason. He's showing no signs of slowing down, as Theodore's 7-11-18 postseason line includes a Game 2 assist and a Game 3 goal in this series.
Esa Lindell ($6,500) won't carry your lineup, but the defense-first blueliner brings a terrific floor as a cheap filler. He munches major minutes on the Dallas blue line, having topped 23 minutes of ice time in all but one of the past 15 games. While he contributes the occasional point (1-4-5 in 19 games this postseason), Lindell gets most of his value from blocking shots (13 blocks in the last five games).