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2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs DFS picks: May 3

The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs are finally here and there’s plenty of action to go around. When it comes to daily fantasy sports, making some smart selections can go a long way. Here are our recommendations for May 3, 2022. All totals are for DraftKings DFS lineups.

DFS Picks

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Noah Hanifin – D – $4,300

Noah Hanifin is ridiculously cheap at this price tag. Not only has he been an absolute heater over the past couple weeks, his opponent in the Dallas Stars ranked 24th in the NHL for fantasy points against by blueliners in the regular season.

Hanifin finished the season with nine points and 30 shots over his final 10 games of the season. His nine points were tied for fifth among all defencemen in the NHL over that span. He’s not a flashy name, but he’s gotten the job done offensively lately.

The Flames are heavy favourites and on home ice should be all over Dallas in this one. Hanifin plays on the Flames’ top pairing, and top power play unit that ranked 10th in the NHL so he’ll get plenty of opportunity to get on the scoresheet.

Casey DeSmith – G – $7,800

Picking a backup goalie may sounds like a waste of a pick, but Casey DeSmith brings some great value for his price tag. Named the starter after Tristan Jarry went down with a long term injury back on April 14th, DeSmith put up some very solid results down the stretch.

Over his final 10 games of the season DeSmith posted a .929 save percentage along with a 2.49 GAA en route to a 5–2–2 record. Over those 10 games he also posted 17.3 fantasy points per game. A total that ranks higher than his opponent at the other end in Igor Shesterkin.

For his price tag he’s the third cheapest option ahead of only Vitek Vanecek and Jake Oettinger who both have very slim odds of winning. The Penguins meanwhile have a great shot at taking Game 1 against an inexperienced Rangers team.

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