Friday may be Star Wars Day to a lot of people, but it is also a chance to play daily fantasy hockey. There are two games on the slate, naturally, because the second round has found its way into a rhythm. Here are some recommendations for your lineup and, of course, May the Fourth be with you.
Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK vs. SAN ($8,600): The Sharks finally solved Fleury in Game 4, but now the series heads back to Las Vegas – where the Golden Knights sported a 2.49 goals-against average and allowed 29.9 shots on net per contest. Besides, Fleury still has a 1.53 GAA and .951 save percentage in the playoffs, and that comes after posting a 2.24 GAA and .927 save percentage during the regular season.
Logan Couture, SAN at VGK ($7,000): Couture scored two goals on 20 shots in the first three games of this series. And though he only had one shot on net in Game 4, he made up for it with two assists. The veteran center has played quite well since the middle of March, with 21 points in his last 21 contests. Fleury has been impressive in the playoffs, but with only four teams in action, every matchup isn't going to be perfect.
Brayden Point, TAM at BOS ($6,500): Point has eight points in the playoffs, including five in this series. During the regular season, he notched 32 goals and 34 assists, making him a nice second-line center behind Steven Stamkos. Tuukka Rask had a .917 save percentage this year, which is good but not great, and in the playoffs that number has dropped to .907.
Reilly Smith, VGK vs. SAN ($5,800): Smith didn't notch a point in Game 4, but that ended a six-game streak where he tallied a total of nine points. He's playing on a line with Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson, and that trio has been firing on all cylinders this postseason. Martin Jones had a .915 save percentage this year, and on the road the Sharks had a 2.93 GAA.
Rick Nash, BOS vs. TAM ($5,700): Nash has struck for four points in his last four games, and he's been putting the pucks on net with gusto in the playoffs with 35 shots on goal through 10 contests. The Lightning allowed 34.2 shots on net per game on the road this year, and also slipped to a 3.36 GAA after the All-Star break.
Ondrej Palat, TAM at BOS ($5,600): Palat had an injury-shortened, somewhat disappointing regular season, but he's put that behind him recently. In his last two games, he's notched three goals and an assist while adding six shots on net. If you want a larger sample size, he has six goals and five helpers in his last 12 games. Tuukka Rask, for his part, comes in with a mediocre 2.87 GAA and .907 postseason save percentage.
Torey Krug, BOS vs. TAM ($6,100): Krug notched 14 goals and 45 assists in 76 games this year, but it's his power-play performance that shines. The 27-year-old averaged 3:26 per game with the extra man and tallied 24 power-play points. That bodes well in this matchup, as the Lightning ranked 27th in penalty kill this year, and 30th after the All-Star break.
Colin Miller, VGK vs. SAN ($4,200): Miller started 61.8 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, highest on the Golden Knights. While he didn't do much against the Kings, the defenseman has three points, nine shots on goal, and six blocked shots in this series. He also averaged 2:27 per game on the power play and had 17 points with the extra man this season.