NHL Plays: Friday

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NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.

Please note, these players were chosen early in the day, so make sure to check NBC Sports EDGE's player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.

Additionally, it is worth reminding everyone that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 2W, 2D, 2UTIL 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UTIL) and Yahoo has a $200 budget for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G).

There are four games scheduled for Thursday.

Forwards:

Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado) – C - $9,000 FanDuel, $8,900 DraftKings, $35 Yahoo

The St. Louis Blues have not had an answer for MacKinnon so far in this series. MacKinnon scored two goals and registered an assist in Game 1 and did even better in Game 2 with a hat trick and an assist. He excelled in the regular season too with 20 goals and 65 points in 48 contests.

Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton) – W - $7,900 FanDuel, $8,100 DraftKings, $34 Yahoo

This is more of a recommendation for FanDuel and DraftKings because of his price point on both sites, but he’s worth considering on Yahoo too. Draisaitl was one of the best players in the league in the regular season with 31 goals and 84 points in 56 contests, which makes his current price stand out. It’d be a stretch to call it low, but compared to other elite forwards at least, Draisaitl is relatively cheap. Draisaitl was held off the scoresheet in the series opener, but the Jets will have a very tough time keeping him contained for the full series.

Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg) – C - $7,400 FanDuel, $6,900 DraftKings, $25 Yahoo

The Jets struggled in the final weeks of the regular season, but Scheifele was the exception. He finished the campaign on a five-game point streak, scoring two goals and eight points over that span. In the first game of the playoffs he chipped in another two assists.

Bargain Bin: Taylor Hall (BOS) - $6,800 FanDuel/$5,300 DraftKings/$20 Yahoo, Blake Wheeler (WPG) - $6,800 FanDuel/$5,800 DraftKings/$19 Yahoo, Kyle Connor (WPG) - $6,400 FanDuel/$6,500 DraftKings/$24 Yahoo, Anthony Mantha (WAS) - $5,300 FanDuel/$4,800 DraftKings/$18 Yahoo, Brayden Schenn (STL) - $4,800 FanDuel/$4,300 DraftKings/$18 Yahoo

Defensemen:

Tyson Barrie (Edmonton) - $6,400 FanDuel, $5,800 DraftKings, $23 Yahoo

Barrie was one of the top offensive defenseman in the regular season, scoring eight goals and 48 points in 56 contests. Although the Oilers were held to just one goal in the first game of their series against Winnipeg, Barrie did assist on that marker. If Edmonton bounces back tonight, he should play a big part in that.

Bargain Bin: Cale Makar (COL) - $5,700 FanDuel/$6,100 DraftKings/$28 Yahoo, Charlie McAvoy (BOS) - $5,400 FanDuel/$5,000 DraftKings/$18 Yahoo, Devon Toews (COL) - $5,100 FanDuel/$5,100 DraftKings/$19 Yahoo

Goaltenders:

Philipp Grubauer (Colorado) - $8,300 FanDuel, $8,500 DraftKings, $30 Yahoo

After dominating in the regular season with a 1.95 GAA and .922 save percentage in 40 games, he’s been just as good against the St. Louis Blues in the first round. He had a 2-0 record, 2.00 GAA, and .931 save percentage in two starts.

Bargain Bin: Tuukka Rask (BOS) - $8,000 FanDuel/$8,300 DraftKings/$36 Yahoo