NHL Plays: Monday

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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).

Don’t forget, for everything NHL, check out NBC Sports EDGE's Player News, and follow @NBCSEdgeHK and @CoreAbbott on Twitter.

Monday night has three games on tap.

Forwards:

Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado) - C - $8,800 (FanDuel), $8,600 (DraftKings), $34 (Yahoo)

MacKinnon received a bit of a break down the stretch, while nursing two separate lower-body injuries, to get ready for the playoffs. That should help him come out flying on Monday against St. Louis. MacKinnon generated six goals and 14 points in eight games versus the Blues during the regular season. He compiled nine goals and 16 helpers in 15 postseason matches last year. You can play MacKinnon on his own or go for the expensive stack play of Colorado’s top line.

David Pastrnak (Boston) - $7,600 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings), $31 (Yahoo)

Pastrnak went into the postseason on a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists) and he appeared on the scoresheet again in Game 1 against Washington. He picked up an assist and registered six shots in Boston’s 3-2 overtime loss on Saturday. Pastrnak and the Bruins will be looking to rebound and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he had a big game. He has produced 20 goals and 54 points in 53 career playoff appearances.

Sebastian Aho (Carolina) - C - $7,800 (FanDuel), $7,100 (DraftKings), $29 (Yahoo)

Aho didn’t have a point in his final three games of the regular season, which included two matches against Nashville. However, you shouldn’t read too much into those performances because ice time was shaved down and players were being rested. Aho still finished the 2020-21 season with over a point per game, while accounting for 24 goals and 33 assists in 56 matches. That includes five markers and eight points in eight matches versus the Predators. Additionally, Aho racked up 12 points, including nine assists, in eight postseason games last year.

Bargain Bin: Andre Burakovsky (COL) - W - $5,500 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Martin Necas (CAR) - W - $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,600 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo), Mike Hoffman (STL) - W - $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,300 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo), Joonas Donskoi (COL) - W - $3,700 (FanDuel), $4,200 (DraftKings), $16 (Yahoo), Tom Wilson (WSH) - $5,100 (FanDuel), $4,400 (DraftKings), $14 (Yahoo)

Defensemen:

Devon Toews (Colorado) - $5,200 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)

Toews is a less pricey alternative to Cale Makar on Monday night for plenty of fantasy point upside. He produced two goals, four assists, 10 shots, six hits and nine blocks in Colorado’s final five games of the regular season. The category coverage Toews provides and his past playoff success with the New York Islanders (three goals, 12 assists in 30 games) makes him an intriguing option.

Bargain Bin: Torey Krug (STL) - $4,900 (FanDuel), $4,600 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Samuel Girard (COL) - $4,700 (FanDuel), $4,300 (DraftKings), $13 (Yahoo), Matt Grzelcyk (BOS) - $4,000 (FanDuel), $4,500 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Justin Schultz (WSH) - $4,400 (FanDuel), $4,100 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

Goaltenders:

Tuukka Rask (Boston) - $7,700 (FanDuel), $8,100 (DraftKings), $37 (Yahoo)

Rask has bounce-back appeal after losing Game 1 to Washington in overtime. He stopped 29 of 32 shots in the contest. There have been whispers that there is a shorter leash than usual this postseason for Rask, but the Bruins will give him a chance to rebound in Game 2 and should be up to the task.

Bargain Bin: Juuse Saros (NSH) - $7,200 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings)