Sunday's NHL slate contains four games, with the action kicking off at 3:00 PM Eastern time. Read on to see which guys to target in this slate and which to avoid.
Devan Dubnyk, MIN vs. WPG ($29): Dubnyk didn't give owners much reason for optimism in this series' first two games, but it's worth remembering his personal disparity between home and road performance, as well as that of both teams as a whole. The veteran netminder finished the regular season with a 13-12-1 record, 2.97 GAA and .907 save percentage on the road, but he went 22-4-6 with a 2.18 GAA and .927 save mark at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota was 27-6-8 at home and just 18-20-3 away, showing similar splits to the Jets, who were an incredible 32-7-2 at home but won only 20 of 41 away matches.
GOALIE TO AVOID
Philipp Grubauer, WAS vs. CLS ($33): Grubauer scored just 1.8 fantasy points in Game 1, and he still has the more established Braden Holtby breathing down his neck should he struggle at all in this one. The risk of a shortened outing is too great to trust the German at $33.
Pierre-Luc Dubois, CLS at WAS ($19): If his recent form is a sign of things to come, Dubois' price may never be this low again. The 19-year-old forward has been exactly what the Blue Jackets were hoping for when they picked him third overall in 2016, piling up points at an incredible rate down the stretch. He dished out two assists in Game 1 after closing the regular season with 11 points (five goals) in the last eight games, and a Capitals team that's going through a crisis of confidence in net is in no position to slow the sizzling rookie down.
CENTER TO AVOID
William Karlsson, VGK at LOS ($22): This series has easily been the most defensive-minded, with a total of four goals between the two teams in almost eight periods of action through two games. Karlsson's yet to contribute to the scoring, and finding success will be very difficult against a Kings team that finished the regular season with the best penalty kill (85.0 percent) and fewest goals allowed (2.46 per game).
Artemi Panarin, CLS at WAS ($25): As hot as Dubois' been recently, his linemate Panarin has been even better of late. The former Blackhawk has six consecutive multi-game performances under his belt, with a whopping 16 points in that span. If you expand the scope to the past 10 games, Panarin's got seven goals and 15 helpers for a total of 22 points. He's too hot to ignore right now.
T.J. Oshie, WAS vs. CLS ($17): Don't let Oshie's maintenance day Saturday keep you from using him in this home match. He finished the regular season on a six-game point streak and had 11 points in his last 11 prior to skating 21:12 in Game 1, so don't hesitate to use the former American Olympic hero at his reasonably affordable price.
WINGS TO AVOID
Conor Sheary, PIT at PHI ($15): Not only is Sheary's average of 4.0 fantasy points per game the lowest among wingers that cost at least $15, but he's also barely getting any playing time in this series. He skated just 8:15 in Game 2 after receiving 11:35 in the opener, so don't expect him to make much of an impact moving forward.
Blake Wheeler, WPG at MIN ($29): Wheeler turns into a shadow of himself on the road, as evidenced by his mere 31 points and minus-1 rating there compared to 60 points and a plus-14 in Winnipeg. He hasn't had much of an impact in this series, either, so $29 will likely end up being a major overpay for him.
Matt Dumba, MIN vs. WPG ($20): Dumba underwhelmed in Games 1 and 2, but things should get easier at home given both teams' aforementioned home/road splits. He continues to serve as the No. 1 blue-line option in all situations with injuries either limiting or completely eliminating the team's other workhorses on the back end, and his high level of involvement (28:31 average ice time thus series) should start to pay off further with the Wild expected to step things up in their own house.
Ivan Provorov, PHI vs. PIT ($20): Provorov is Philadelphia's best two-way blueliner, and his Game 2 usage will likely serve as a blueprint for the team moving forward. The young Russian racked up two helpers in 27:30 of ice time in that one, and having last change at home should help the team put him in even more favorable situations this time around.
DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID
Radko Gudas, PHI vs. PIT ($16): Gudas' physicality doesn't translate to much fantasy value, and his limited offensive skills cap his upside. Meanwhile, a talented Penguins offense that scored seven times in Game 1 is capable of putting a beating on his rating.
Kris Letang, PIT at PHI ($23): Letang's ostensibly okay after taking a big hit from Claude Giroux in Game 2, but the fragile blueliner's lengthy injury history should have owners very worried about this latest occurrence. He doesn't come cheap, so it's probably best to wait a game to make sure he's okay before committing the hefty sum necessary to get Letang in your lineup.