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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). Yahoo has a $200 cap for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G).
There are two games in the NHL Saturday.
Auston Matthews (Toronto) - C - $8,800 (FanDuel), $9,200 (Draft Kings), $34 (Yahoo)
Matthews has a goal and four points in five games against Montreal in the playoffs and three points came in Game 2, so he is due. The NHL’s top goal scorer, Matthews had 41 in the regular season and had only two stretches of five and four games in which he was held goalless. He has not scored in his past three games so look for a big breakout game.
David Pastrnak (Boston) - W - $7,700 (FanDuel), $7,400 (DraftKings), $31 (Yahoo)
Pastrnak had a pair of two-point games to finish off the Capitals in five games and completed the series with two goals and six points. He had a good season with 20 goals and 48 points in 48 games but it did not approach the sensational season of 2019-20 when he had 48 goals and 95 points in just 70 games. He plays on one of the best lines in the NHL with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and could go off against Carolina at any time, including Saturday.
William Nylander (Toronto) -W- $6,900 (Fan Duel), $5,900 (Draft Kings), $23 (Yahoo)
While Matthews has not been scoring, Nylander has picked up the slack for the Maple Leafs with four goals and seven points in five games against Montreal in Round 1, leading the team in scoring. While his four-game goal streak came to an end on Thursday, he still managed to set up a pair of goals and had four shots on net. He is a nice bargain in DraftKings and Yahoo.
Bargain Bin: Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Islanders) - C - $4,400 (FanDuel), $3,900 (Draft Kings), $17 (Yahoo) David Krejci (Boston) – C - $5,700 (FanDuel) $4,800 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo), Zach Hyman (Toronto) – W - $5,100 (FanDuel), $6,200 (Draft Kings), $23 (Yahoo), Cole Caufield (Montreal) – W - $3,300 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings), $14 (Yahoo)
Jake Muzzin (Toronto) - $4,600 (FanDuel), $4,800 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)
Muzzin is coming off his best offensive game as a Maple Leaf as he scored twice in a 4-3 overtime loss to Montreal Thursday. Muzzin is a value pick in DFS, especially in FanDuel, and had four goals and 27 points in 53 regular season games, his best season total since the 2017-18 season.
Charlie McAvoy (Boston) - $5,600 (FanDuel), $5,300 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)
McAvoy had five assists in five games against Washington in the opening round and has regained his spot on the top power play with the Bruins. He had five goals and 30 points in 51 regular season games and was only two points off a career high despite the shortened season. The 23-year-old has turned into the Bruins top blueliner.
Ilya Sorokin (Islanders) - $7,900 (FanDuel), $7,300 (DraftKings), $32 (Yahoo)
Sorokin was outstanding in going 4-0 against the Penguins in the opening round and actually stealing a couple of games for New York. Sorokin was a star in the KHL and after taking a couple of games to get his feet wet at the NHL level, showed everyone why he was considered the best goalie outside the NHL over the last five seasons. He has now shown the league he should be considered a top-10 goalie, if not better, in the NHL.
Other plays: Jack Campbell (Toronto) - $8,500 (FanDuel), $7,800 (Draft Kings), $32 (Yahoo)