NHL Plays: Saturday

Michael Finewax
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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 NBCSports Edge’s player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.

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There are 10 games in the NHL on Saturday.

Forwards

Auston Matthews (Toronto) - C - $8,800 (FanDuel), $9,300 (Draft Kings), $35 (Yahoo)

After a big slump where he scored only three times in 12 games, which included a pair of five-game goalless streaks, Matthews is back at the top of his game, scoring seven goals in his last seven games. The talented center has a league-leading 28 goals as well as chipping in with 20 assists in 37 games and has six goals and 12 points in seven games against Ottawa this season.

Vincent Trocheck (Carolina) – C - $6,300 (FanDuel), $7,300 (Draft Kings), $24 (Yahoo)

You have to go back to February 25 to see the last time that Trocheck was held off the scoresheet, although he was injured from March 9-30. Nevertheless, Trocheck has picked up a point in each of his last 12 games and has three goals and six assists in six games since returning from his upper-body injury. Trocheck has 16 goals and 33 points in 30 games as he is having the finest season in his NHL career.

Kyle Connor (Winnipeg) - W - $6,500 (FanDuel), $7,300 (DraftKings), $24 (Yahoo)

Connor is having a nice season 18 goals and 39 points in 40 games for the Jets this season. He is known as a goal scorer but has only two in his last 11 games, but has helped out offensively during that stretch with eight helpers in his last 10 games.

Kevin Fiala (Minnesota) - W - $5,700 (FanDuel), $6,100 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)

Fiala had a bad night on Friday, going pointless and was minus-four in a 9-1 loss to St. Louis. He will try to get back on track as his seven-game points streak came to an end. Fiala had five goals and 11 points in the streak to give him 14 goals and 25 points this season. He is a streaky points producer and could start another tear Saturday night.

Martin Necas (Carolina) – W - $5,000 (FanDuel), $5,400 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo)

Necas has been a pleasant surprise this season as he has finally broken through in the NHL with all the promise he had shown in his previous 72 games in the NHL. Necas has 10 goals and 30 points in 36 games including a goal and an assist Thursday in a win over the Panthers. The Hurricanes face the Red Wings Saturday.

Bargain Bin: Pierre-Luc Dubois (Winnipeg) – C - $5,100 (FanDuel), $3,900 (Draft Kings), $16 (Yahoo), Ross Colton (Tampa Bay) – C - $3,200 (FanDuel), $3,300 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo) Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary) – W - $6,000 (FanDuel) $5,000 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo), Patrik Laine (Columbus) – W - $6,000 (FanDuel), $4,300 (Draft Kings), $11 (Yahoo)

Defensemen:

Dougie Hamilton (Carolina) - $6,400 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)

Hamilton is having a fabulous season with five goals and 31 points in 39 games after a 40-point season last year in 47 games. He recently had a 14-game scoring streak that ended on March 30 and still has managed a pair of goals and two assists in the five games since his streak ended. He is one of the top offensive defensemen in the NHL.

Jeff Petry (Montreal) - $5,700 (FanDuel), $5,600 (DraftKings), $20 (Yahoo)

Petry has a pair of assists in his last three games but was slumping previous to that with only two assists in seven contests. He was red-hot early in the season and has 11 goals (none in his 10 games) and 29 points in 37 games this season. He is ready to break out again.

Morgan Rielly (Toronto) - $5,200 (FanDuel), $5,100 (Draft Kings), $20 (Yahoo)

The Leafs top offensive threat from the blueline has four goals and 27 points in 40 games. He had a 20-goal, 72-point season two years ago, but that was likely an anomaly as he has never had double digits in goals in any other season. Still, Rielly is a good play as the Maple Leafs take on the last-place Senators Saturday.

Bargain Bin:

Filip Hronek (Detroit) - $3,700 (FanDuel), $4,200 (DraftKings), $13 (Yahoo), Adam Boqvist (Chicago) $3,700 (FanDuel), $2,900 (Draft Kings), $10 (Yahoo), Rasmus Andersson (Calgary) - $3,700 (FanDuel), $3,600 (DraftKings), $10 (Yahoo)

Goaltenders:

Juuse Saros (Nashville) - $7,600 (FanDuel), $7,100 (DraftKings), $36 (Yahoo)

Saros has been a stud since returning to action on March 18. He has gone 8-2-0, giving up only 12 goals on 330 shots and has given up more than two goals only one in his last 13 games and that was three versus Dallas on April 1. He is 13-7-0 with a 2.19 GAA and a .930 save percentage this season and is the major reason why the Predators are back in a playoff spot at this time. He is a must start.

Mike Smith (Edmonton) - $7,400 (FanDuel), $7,900 (DraftKings), $34 (Yahoo)

Smith is 14-3-2 with a 2.34 GAA and a .922 save percentage this season as he is having a comeback season after some tough campaigns of late. Smith is 4-1-0 against Calgary this season, his opponent on Saturday.

Other plays:

Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg) - $7,500 (FanDuel), $7,200 (Draft Kings), $35 (Yahoo), Jack Campbell (Toronto) - $8,700 (FanDuel), $8,400 (DraftKings), $38 (Yahoo)