The Vegas Golden Knights and the Florida Panthers go head-to-head in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Panthers are probably happy to be out of Las Vegas after putting together a very poor performance. They return down 0-2, but they still have a chance to keep this series alive. They’ll need Sergei Bobrovsky and Matthew Tkachuk to be better, but there are other players that need to step up their game. You can build daily fantasy hockey lineups on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo Fantasy for Thursday, June 8th, but before you build those NHL daily fantasy lineups, don’t forget to check out our NHL DFS projections, the NHL Value Finder, and the NHL DFS lineup generator. Let's now take a closer look at the daily fantasy hockey top plays for tonight's NHL DFS Showdown slate.
NHL DFS Picks Stanley Cup Finals Game 3
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Players to target: Matthew Tkachuk, Brandon Montour, Carter Verhaeghe, Nick Cousins, Anthony Duclair Adin Hill, Jack Eichel, Jonathan Marchessault, Brett Howden, Alex Pietrangelo, Zach Whitecloud, Mark Stone.
The total for Game 6 opened at 6.0 and will probably stay at that number as we approach puck drop. The Panthers have been doing themselves no favors by taking bad penalties at bad times. Matthew Tkachuk has 36 minutes in penalties after just two games and needs to find a better way to channel his energy. There are other Panther plays that also need to step up, most notably Aleksander Barkov and Cater Verhaeghe.
I know we’ve been burned by Bob twice already, but I am going right back to him in the CPT spot. Florida has played well on home ice and they should be able to clear some traffic from in front of their goalie. It’s hard for a goalie to stop the puck when he doesn’t see it. If you don’t want to play a goalie, then I would look to target Jonathan Marchessault. He’s been absolutely amazing in the playoffs and even better in the last two games. If Vegas is going to continue to fill the net, he’s going to be part of it.
As for the rest of my lineup, I’ll probably have a good mix of value plays and elite players. I’ll gladly pay up for Matthew Tkachuk and Carter Verhaeghe because both players are too good to be this bad. If Florida is going to find a way to get pucks past Adin Hill, one of those two guys is going to be doing the damage.
On the Vegas side, I’ll look to target two defensemen, specifically Zach Whitecould and Alex Pietrangelo. Whitecloud has been really good in the playoffs and continues to see a healthy amount of ice time. We are rooting for three blocked shots here, which is something he is very capable of doing. For Pietrangelo, he plays in all situations; he can register a point, shoot the puck and pick up those important blocked shots. I know he’s more expensive, but he is certainly worth the price on this Showdown slate, especially if we think that the goals will be kept to a minimum.