IF the Flames can get another performance like they did Tuesday night this game could be over early. Calgary got solid goaltending, a ton of quality chances that they capitalized on and most importantly the PP was back. The good guys were gifted four PPO by Winnipeg and the Flames finished 3-4 with goals by Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan and Milan Lucic.
That's the type of statement that would likely make fantasy players take an extra look at the netminder – nevermind that the Vezina Trophy candidate is the most cost-effective option on the board. Alternatively, the Flyers will be starting backup Brian Elliott ($7,300) in their round-robin matchup with Washington, which could be an intriguing contrarian play for GPP contests.
Staging games in empty arenas after a virus-forced hiatus of more than four months, the NHL skated into this unprecedented postseason with plenty of questions about just how intense the action on the ice would be. Four days into a most unusual Stanley Cup tournament, this much is clear: Playoff hockey is still playoff hockey, even without the roar of the crowd. The Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks, their qualifying round series even at one win apiece, have proven as much.