NHL Plays: Saturday

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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 Rotoworld’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).

There are no Yahoo games on Saturday and Draft Kings has only individual games so we are concentrating only on FanDuel’s two-game slate.

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There are two games in the NHL Saturday.


Connor McDavid (Edmonton) - C - $9,300 (FanDuel)

McDavid said he was not coming out of the lineup for the final regular season game, so we shall not take him out either. It has truly been an outstanding season for McDavid, historically one of the best ever in the NHL with 104 points in just 55 games, reminiscent of Gretzky and Lemieux, who played in much higher scoring times. McDavid has 35 points in his last 13 games, a truly remarkable last quarter of the season.

Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton) - W - $8,600 (FanDuel)

If it wasn’t for teammate McDavid, the hockey world would be talking about Draisaitl, who is second in points with 83 after winning the Art Ross last season. Draisaitl gives the Oilers a 1-2 punch that is the best in the NHL, it’s just a shame that the Oilers have little in the way of secondary scoring with the exception of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Draisaitl has seven straight multi-point games with seven goals and 16 points during the streak.

Taylor Hall (Boston) -W- $6,700 (Fan Duel)

Hall has been on a mission since his trade from Buffalo at the deadline. After scoring only twice in 37 games with the Sabres (and 17 assists), the former Hart Trophy winner has eight goals and 14 points in 16 games with Boston. He forms a great second line with David Krejci and Craig Smith and the trio should give the Capitals all they can handle in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Bargain Bin: David Krejci (Boston) - C - $5,800 (FanDuel), Lars Eller (Washington) – C - $4,800 (FanDuel), Nils Hoglander (Vancouver) – W - $4,000 (FanDuel), Craig Smith (Boston) – W - $4,600 (FanDuel)


Matt Grzelcyk (Boston) - $4,000 (FanDuel)

If it weren’t for injuries, Grzelcyk would have a lot of pundits talking about how good he is. Grzelcyk had five goals and 15 assists in 37 games, missing 19 due to injury. He had a goal and five points in six May games as he is back in shape. Grzelcyk quarterbacks the Bruins first power play which includes Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Nick Ritchie and makes not only a good pick in DFS but a nice selection in playoff pools.

Darnell Nurse (Edmonton) - $5,900 (FanDuel)

Nurse is having an outstanding season, his best to date in the NHL. Nurse is second among NHL defensemen in goals with 16 and his 36 points in 55 games is by far the best points-per-game average in his career. Nurse is a stud in fantasy hockey and should be a boon to your DFS team Saturday.

Bargain Bin:

Justin Schultz (Washington) - $4,400 (FanDuel), Mike Reilly (Boston) - $3,900 (FanDuel)


Tuukka Rask (Boston) - $7,800 (FanDuel)

Rask enters the playoffs with wins in four of his last five games. He is 15-5-2 this season with a 2.28 GAA and a .913 save percentage. The Bruins have given him plenty of time off as lower-body injuries have taken a toll on his campaign. Nevertheless, he will lead the Bruins onto Washington ice in Game 1 Saturday and look for the Finnish netminder to shut down the Capitals offense.

Other plays: Thatcher Demko (Vancouver) - $6,800 (FanDuel)