Stanley Cup Finals – DraftKings & FanDuel NHL DFS Analysis: Game 1 – June 15, 2022

Stanley Cup Finals – DraftKings NHL DFS Analysis: Game 1 – June 15, 2022

Looking for a breakdown of options to play for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals?  Let’s take a look at our DraftKings breakdown to help navigate the slate for Game 1!

The Stanley Cup gets underway on Wednesday night with many people’s top picks heading into the playoffs from each conference punching their tickets in the finals.  Colorado and Tampa Bay are both elite clubs with rosters that are filled with superstars and stars.  On one hand, with Colorado – we have the President’s Trophy winner who have coasted through the season and playoffs looking like the best team in hockey.  On the other hand with Tampa Bay – we have the two time defending champs who were up against the ropes in Round 1 against Toronto before finishing them off, cruising past Florida with a round 2 sweep, before coming back from down 2-0 against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The top narrative of the series will be the firepower for Colorado against Vasilevskiy for the Bolts.  Vasilevkiy has been remarkable for Tampa, particularly late in each of their series – and you can make a strong argument to go heavy with exposure to him in your builds if you think that Tampa will be able to keep the big guns for Colorado in check.  For me, early in the series – I don’t think you have to do that, but I do think as the series rolls on you can make a strong case to increase your exposure to him based on his track record in big games.

As for Colorado, the high priced talent of Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar are fantastic high spends and key cogs in the Colorado offence.  Generally those two are the driving forces, and my preference in order is MacKinnon and then Makar. With the injury to Kadri for Colorado, Mikko Rantanen has slotted into the second line center role, playing between Artturi Lehkonen (who also sees time on the top PP unit) and Andre Burakowsky – who doesn’t see PP time, but who is punt priced at $2k.  If you are looking outside the top six for some exposure, JT Compher is a solid option.  He sees major minutes down the middle for Colorado and time on the second PP unit and has lit the lamp five times in the past five games.  Devon Toews is the other option on the back-end that is intriguing for the Avs, though I wouldn’t go nuts with exposure on him from a price point standpoint.  Finally – for me, I have no problem avoiding the Avs tenders in this one.  I’ll be surprised if they get peppered with shots.

For the Bolts, if you like the idea to getting exposure to them – keep an eye on the status of C Brayden Point.  He suited up for a full day of practice on Monday after being out since Game 7 against Toronto.  He would give a nice jolt to the top six for Tampa if he is healthy and ready to return.  Stamkos has been playing outstanding – with seven goals in his past eight games, including two in Game six’s win over the Rangers.  He’s the top option up front along with Kucherov in terms of the high priced options for Tampa by a pretty wide margin.  Outside of that pair, you can sprinkle in the likes of Killorn, Perry if you want extra pieces of the top PP unit – but keep an eye on the status of Point as he could bump off one of them if he does suit up.  I don’t have too much interest in Cerelli on the shut-down line for Tampa, but do have some intrigue in getting a little bit of exposure to Paul and Colton if you are looking down the depth chart for the Bolts.  On the back-end, Hedman is the guy if you want to spend up and Sergachev is the option if you are looking in the mid-price range.

We should be in store for a great Stanley Cup Finals between the two best teams in hockey.  Best of luck in your contest tonight, and I’ll be back with a breakdown for each of the games throughout the Stanley Cup Finals!

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Brad hates the term fantasy sports expert, so instead he is someone who specializes in NFL, NHL and MLB DFS notes and analysis. He had a 68.2% win rate in 2015 NFL cash games to go along with a 83.5% win rate for the 2014 season. For NHL he had a 58.7% win rate in the 2015-16 season for cash games and a 66.2% win rate for the 2014-15 season. You can follow him on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.