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.

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Monday has five games on the schedule.


Auston Matthews (Toronto) - C - $8,500 (FanDuel), $9,200 (DraftKings), $34 (Yahoo)

Matthews accounted for one goal, two assists, four shots and four hits on Saturday in Game 2 against Montreal. He picked up two helpers on the power play, which finally appears to be getting going again for the Maple Leafs. Matthews has 12 shots on target and nine hits through two matches this postseason. Look for him to stay hot on Monday night.

Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida) - W - $7,900 (FanDuel), $6,700 (DraftKings), $28 (Yahoo)

Huberdeau had one goal and one assist in Game 4 versus Tampa Bay, while being credited with four shots and three hits. He picked up both points when Florida had the man advantage. Huberdeau has generated eight points, including six helpers, in four contests this postseason. He has three multi-point performances in the series.

Nikolaj Ehlers (Winnipeg) - W - $6,500 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings), $26 (Yahoo)

Ehlers returned to action on Sunday in Game 2 against Edmonton for the first time since April 24 due to an upper-body injury. He made an immediate impact with two goals and three shots, as the Jets put the Oilers on the ropes with a 3-0 series lead. Ehlers scored the game winner in overtime and had a power-play marker in regulation.

Bargain Bin: Sam Bennett (FLA) - C - $4,700 (FanDuel), $5,400 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Anthony Cirelli (TB) - C - $4,800 (FanDuel), $3,300 (DraftKings), W - $12 (Yahoo), Chandler Stephenson (VGK) - C - $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,400 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo), Reilly Smith (VGK) - W - $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,400 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Alex Killorn (TB) - $5,500 (FanDuel), $3,900 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

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Morgan Rielly (Toronto) - $5,400 (FanDuel), $5,300 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)

Rielly has registered an assist in each of the first two games of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He picked up a helper on the power play in Game 2, while adding two shots, one hit and three blocks. Reilly has seven shots on target, two hits and four blocks in the series so far. He has plenty of bang for the buck upside.

Bargain Bin: Josh Morrissey (WPG) - $3,700 (FanDuel), $4,800 (DraftKings), $13 (Yahoo), Ryan Pulock (NYI) - $4,400 (FanDuel), $4,700 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo), Rasmus Sandin (TOR) - $3,500 (FanDuel), $2,800 (DraftKings), $11 (Yahoo), Darnell Nurse (EDM) - $5,300 (FanDuel)


Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg) - $7,300 (FanDuel), $8,000 (DraftKings), $31 (Yahoo)

Hellebuyck has been the difference maker against Edmonton that Winnipeg needed him to be. He has won three straight games going into a potential series-clinching matchup on Monday night. Hellebuyck has stopped 114 of 119 shots during that span for a 1.55 goals-against average and .958 save percentage.

Bargain Bin: Ilya Sorokin (NYI) - $7,600 (FanDuel), $7,600 (DraftKings), $31 (Yahoo), Spencer Knight (FLA) - $6,500 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings), $26 (Yahoo)