NHL Plays: Sunday

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 NBC Sports Edge’s player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.

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There are four games in the NHL on Sunday.

Forwards

Mika Zibanejad (NY Rangers) - C - $8,000 (FanDuel), $7,800 (Draft Kings), $30 (Yahoo)

Zibanejad got off to a horrible start this season with only three goals and 11 points in his first 27 games. Since then, the Swedish center has 13 goals and 31 points in his last 21 contests, looking exactly like the center he was last season when he struck for 41 goals and 75 points in just 57 games. He is playing with Pavel Buchnevich and the NHL’s top pick in 2020 Alexis Lafreniere and taking the whole line seems like a good move in DFS Sunday.

Sam Reinhart (Buffalo) – C/W - $4,900 (FanDuel), $5,700 (Draft Kings), $19 (Yahoo)

Reinhart is scoring at a career pace, as he has 20 goals in 46 games, including a hat trick on Friday against Boston. He has six goals in his last six games as the Sabres offense is now moving through him. Reinhart’s career best is 25 goals in 82 games, set in the 2017-18 season and while it is a bit of a long shot to break that mark with only eight games remaining on the schedule, it is possible the way he is scoring.

Artemi Panarin (NY Rangers) - W - $8,400 (FanDuel), $8,400 (DraftKings), $34 (Yahoo)

Panarin is quite the hockey player. He finished in a tie for third last season with 95 points and is currently tied for eighth in NHL scoring with 55 points in only 37 games. Panarin missed 11 games earlier in the season due to personal reasons and if he hadn’t, he surely would be in second spot overall in the scoring race as he trails Leon Draisaitl by only nine points. Panarin has 13 points in his last seven games.

Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh) - W - $6,400 (FanDuel), No Game (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)

Rust is on a three-game goal-scoring streak and has five points in that span to give him 20 goals and 39 points in 48 games this season. He has increased his shots on net this season to almost three per game as he plays alongside Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel on the Penguins top line.

Bargain Bin: David Krejci (Boston) - C - $5,300 (FanDuel), No Game (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo), Jack Hughes (New Jersey) – C - $5,000 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings), $16 (Yahoo), Craig Smith (Boston) – W - $4,800 (FanDuel) No Game (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Alexis Lafreniere (NY Rangers) – W - $3,800 (FanDuel), $2,900 (Draft Kings), $12 (Yahoo)

Defensemen:

Kris Letang (Pittsburgh) - $6,500 (FanDuel), No Game (DraftKings), $24 (Yahoo)

When healthy, Letang is still one of the top offensive defensemen in the NHL. This season he remains healthy, just like last season, and has seven goals and 39 points in 47 games, picking up four assists in his last three games. He is a nice bargain in Yahoo.

Adam Fox (New York Rangers) - $6,100 (FanDuel), $7,100 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)

With four points in the six games, most defensemen would be on a scoring streak but Fox had been so hot before that, it seems like he is in a slump. The best thing that happened to the Rangers this season was getting rid of Tony DeAngelo and establishing Fox as the quarterback of the first power play. He has been on fire with five goals and 43 points in 47 games including a goal and seven assists in his last four games against Sunday’s opponent, the Buffalo Sabres.

Bargain Bin:

Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo) - $4,000 (FanDuel), $4,000 (DraftKings), $16 (Yahoo),

Mike Matheson (Pittsburgh) $3,900 (FanDuel), No Game (Draft Kings), $17 (Yahoo)

Goaltenders:

Jeremy Swayman (Boston) - $8,200 (FanDuel), No Game (Draft Kings), $29 (Yahoo)

The play of Swayman has forced Jaroslav Halak to a third-string role as the rookie is 5-1-0 with a 1.65 GAA and a .943 save percentage since his first game on April 6. The Bruins are rolling with him at the present time and face the Penguins on Sunday on NBC.

Other plays: Brian Elliott (Philadelphia) - $7,300 (FanDuel), $7,800 (Draft Kings), $27 (Yahoo), Dustin Tokarski (Buffalo) - $6,900 (FanDuel), $7,200 (Draft Kings), $22 (Yahoo)