Stanley Cup Playoffs – Conference Finals Set, Headlines & DFS

Stanley Cup Playoffs - Conference Finals Set, Headlines & DFS

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Stanley Cup Playoffs – Conference Finals Set, Headlines & DFS

In the 64th episode of the Fantasy Hockey Hacks Podcast, Bruce, Devon and John recap the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, discuss headlines from the past week, DFS and much more – John’s List & Fantasy Lock Of The Week, Headlines & Hot Streaks With The Hacks.

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  • Tom Wilson out 6-8 months
  • Thornton and Giroux unsure of futures
  • Brad Marchand had hip surgery, will need approximately 6 months to recover
  • Jason Spezza announces retirement
  • Players to watch in DraftKings
  • Conference Finals are set – who will make the Stanley Cup Final? Series Odds.

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John’s List

If you have been listening to our podcast for a while, you’ve undoubtedly heard about “John’s List”; which is basically John’s $h!t list of players past and present. We’ve decided to make this a regular segment on the podcast and will include it in the blog for fun as well. If you have any suggestions for players we should add to the list, let us know!

Jason Spezza…

Fantasy Lock Of The Week (May 23 – 30, 2022) | Presented by Left Wing Lock

🔥Leon Draisaitl, C | DK Salary: $7700 | FPPG: 25.6 (Vs. CGY)
  • 7 points in 2 games this past week, primary assist on the series-winning overtime goal by Connor McDavid. 
  • 17 points (14 Even-Strength), 2 goals (both at even-strength), 22:39 TOI in 5 games versus Calgary.
HONORABLE MENTION: Zach Hyman | DK Salary: $4900 | FPPG: 24.9 (Vs. CGY)
  • 8 Points, 6 goals in 5 games during the Battle of Alberta. 5 even-strength points, 2 PPG, 25 SOG (5 SOG/GM), 21:57 TOI. 

Headlines & Hot Streaks With The Hacks | May 23-30, 2022

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In this segment, the Hacks will discuss the latest during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, headlines from each series, which players are performing, and which plays we like in DFS.

News This Week

  • Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals has surgery on Tuesday to reconstruct his ACL ligament in his left knee. Recovery time is estimated as 6-8 months.
  • Joe Thorton is unsure if he will return for what would be his 25th season in the NHL
  • Claude Giroux says he will take some time before figuring out where he will be going next season. 
  • Bill Zito was non committal on whether Andrew Brunette would return as the head coach of the Florida Panthers. 
  • Brad Marchand underwent successful hip arthroscopy on Friday and will be out 6 months 
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson suffered a foot fracture during the IIHF World Championship. The timeline for his recovery is 4-6 weeks
  • Jason Spezza has retired after 19 seasons in the NHL. 995 points (363 goals, 632 assists) in 1048 games. He joins the Leafs front office as special assistant to Kyle Dubas. 
  • I wonder if Spezza’s first job is to figure out how the Leafs can win a playoff series. Lol!
  • Mats Zuccarello and Jared Spurgeaon had successful core muscle surgery recovery time is 6 weeks. Zuccarello also had a fractured leg. No surgery is required for the fracture. Both will be ready for training camp
  • FHH Bracket Challenge Update: 
    • Bruce – 3 of 4 final teams correctly guessed – 3rd
    • Devon – 3 of 4 final teams correctly guessed – 2nd

NYR vs. CAR (NYR Win 4-3) (20:08)


  • Tale of Two Teams – Carolina’s Home Dominance & Road Woes
    • Home – 7-0-0, 25 GF, +17 Goal Differential, 19.2% PP, 89.5% PK
    • Road – 0-6-0, 10 GF, -16 Goal Differential, 4.2% PP, 67.9% PK
  • Svechnikov (1 G) and DeAngelo (1 A) have both been major offensive disappointments in this series. 
  • Kaapo Kakko (0 Pts) and Chris Kreider (1 G, 1 A) have been disappointing for the Rangers. 
  • Game 7 – Apparently Chris Kreider heard our comments from earlier today Bruce! 2 G, 3 SOG in just 14:33 TOI. 
    • The entire top 6 showed up for the Rangers tonight – Copp (1 G, 1 A), Zibanejad (3 A), Panarin (1 A), Lafrieniere (1 A), Fox (1 G, 1 A), Strome (1 G). 
    • Shesterkin – 2.10 GAA, .947 SV%, 1.71 GSAx.
    • Broke the trend of dominance for the Hurricanes at home. 

🔥Hot Streaks

  • Antti Raanta ($10600, 12.18 FPPG Vs. NYR) – 3-3-0, 2.04 GAA, .921 SV%, 2.5 GSAx
  • Sebastian Aho ($9000, 11.4 FPPG Vs. NYR) – 5 Pts (2 G) in 6 GP
  • Teuvo Teravainen ($7400, 9.23 FPPG Vs. NYR) – 4 Pts (2 G) in 6 GP
  • Igor Shesterkin ($10800, 21.75 FPPG Vs. CAR) – 3-3-0, 1.68 GAA, .949 SV%, 10.57 GSAx!
  • Mika Zibanejad ($10000, 10.85 FPPG Vs. CAR) – 5 Pts (4 G) in 6 GP
  • Adam Fox ($9600, 13.3 FPPG Vs. CAR) – 6 Pts (1 G) in 6 GP

STL vs. COL (COL Wins 4-2) (26:22)


  • Game 4 – The Blues came unglued and the Avs have them on the brink of elimiantion. 
  • Game 5 – The Nathan McKinnon show (3G, 1A) was not enough to hold off the Blues and Tarasenko and Thomas finally show up and power the Blues to a game 5 win. 
    • How good was Nathan MacKinnon’s goal? WOW!
  • Game 6 – Darren Helm scored the series-winner with just 6 left in the 3rd period of game 6. 
  • This series took a turn for the worse with the Jordan Binnington injury. 
    • Binnington Vs. STL – 1-1 record, 1.78 GAA, .955 SV%, 5.61 GSAx
    • Husso Vs. STL – 1-3 record, 4.17 GAA, .879 SV%, -4.22 GSAx

🔥Hot Streaks:

  • Bowen Byram ($4400, 9.31 FPPG Vs. STL) – 5 Pts in 3 GP
  • Nathan MacKinnon ($11400, 16.95 FPPG Vs. STL) – 4 Pts (3 G) in 3 GP
  • Nazem Kadri ($8600, 15.63 FPPG Vs. STL) – 4 Pts (3 G) in 3 GP
  • Pavel Buchnevich ($6400, 10.18 FPPG Vs. COL) – 4 Pts (1 G) in 3 GP

EDM vs. CGY (EDM Wins 4-1) (31:10)


  • Game 4 – Lol Mike Smith. The Oilers held on after Smith gave up an ugly game time goal from 132’ away (John will like that) Nuge had the opening and game winning goal that powered the Oilers to a 5-3 win. Pushing the Flames to the brink of elimination. Kane now has the most goals scored in the playoffs with 12 and Connor keeps putting up multi point games. 
  • Game 5 – Another wild game in the Battle of Alberta saw the Oilers move on to the Western Conference Final. 
    • 4 goals in 1:11 during the 2nd period. 
    • Controversial Blake Coleman goal – kicked in or not? 
    • Game-winner by McDavid, brilliant play along the wall from Draisaitl. What was Gaudreau doing on that play? 

🔥Hot Streaks:

  • Connor McDavid ($9800, 23.06 FPPG Vs. CGY) – 3 Pts (1 G) in 2 GP
  • Leon Draisaitl ($7700, 25.6 FPPG Vs. CGY) – 7 Pts in 2 GP 
  • Zach Hyman ($4900, 24.9 FPPG Vs. CGY) – 4 Pts (2 G) in 2 GP
  • Evander Kane ($6500, 17.52 FPPG Vs. CGY) – 2 G in 2 GP
  • After the Battle of Alberta, we found out some of the injuries the Flames were playing with. Chris Tanev (dislocated shoulder 4-6 months), Nikita Zadorov (2 broken ribs), Milan Lucic (AC joint sprain), Matthew Tkachuk (bruised hand), Andrew Mangaipane (Wrist), Oliver Kylington (Shoulder)

Conference Finals (42:15)

EDM vs. COL:

  • MacKinnon Vs. McDavid

TB vs. NYR:

  • Vasilevskiy vs Shesterkin

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