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2 years agoNashville Predators winger Filip Forsberg registered a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-2 Game 1 win against the Avalanche on Thursday night. Forsberg found the back of the net off a deflection for the Preds third goal and then deposited his second tally off a gorgeous, highlight-reel individual effort. The 23-year-old forward is fresh off last year's Stanley Cup run in which he posted nine goals, seven assists, a plus-14 rating and 71 shots on goal in just 22 games. He might be costly, but he remains a top daily fantasy option for Game 2 on Saturday.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource:
2 years agoToronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen made 35 saves on 40 shots for an .875 save percentage in the 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. In comparison to the 27 shots that his team took for the game and the mere one goal scored, Andersen really didn't get much help in this game. Andersen will be a question mark in DFS formats, as Boston ranked sixth place in goals in the regular season and their dynamic line of Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron is nearly certain to get a point per game. At the same time, Boston most certainly won't be scoring five goals a game, and Toronto will bring some defensive structure for the next game.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource:
2 years agoBoston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 27 saves on 26 shots for a .963 save percentage in the 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rask was fantastic against a Leafs team that really just couldn't get any offense going. For a team that was third place in goals, they definitely seemed to be a little subpar in comparison to the standard that the Leafs normally play at. Rask is a certain start for every single game in these playoffs. However, due to the nature of the Leafs scoring ability, he'll most likely not walk away with a .963 save percentage every game. If Nazem Kadri is suspended, Rask will be much more worth the price tag in DFS.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource:
2 years agoBoston Bruins forward David Pastrnak scored a goal and logged two assists in the 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Pastrnak is clearly one of the best options for DFS, despite being one of the most expensive options. The line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Pastrnak remains one of the best lines in these playoffs, and the three combined for a total of six points in the game. Look for all three of these players to be big-time producers in this series, especially against a Leafs team that is known for their offensive prowess rather than their defensive ability.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource:
2 years agoToronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was charged with five minutes for charging and 10 minutes for a game misconduct after a head shot on Bruins forward Tommy Wingels. Wingels was on his knees after laying a hit and Kadri launched his body into Wingels' head that was against the boards. For anyone who watched the hit, it is almost certainly going to warrant a suspension discipline from NHL's player safety, as the head was the main point of contact. The main question is how long he's going to be out for. He's easily a top-six center on the Leafs and the team will miss his presence, provided he is suspended. As for Wingels, he headed down the tunnel.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Boston Bruins on Twitter
2 years agoLos Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty won't suit up for Friday's Game 2 of the first-round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights, as he has been suspended for one game for a high hit on William Carrier, which the league calls an "illegal check to the head." Losing Doughty is a huge blow for the Kings, as they are already without Jake Muzzin (upper body). Doughty played over 28 minutes in the opener against Vegas, so there will be a lot of minutes to be handed out to others by head coach John Stevens. Alec Martinez will likely get promoted to the first power-play unit and Dion Phaneuf will get a bigger role as well.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: NHL
2 years agoBoston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will start Game 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Rask had some rocky moments throughout the season, including the first two months that saw him post am .899 save percentage, but he finished the year with good numbers by the end of it. April was by far his worst month, however, as he went 0-3-0 with a 3.72 goals-against average. In three starts against the Leafs this season, Rask is 1-2-0 with a .905 save percentage and 2.69 goals-against average. The Bruins can certainly score enough to offset those numbers and like most goalies, Rask is much better at home than on the road.--Barry MilesSource: Boston Bruins
2 years agoColumbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will start Game 1 against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. Bob capped off another great season with the Jackets, as he finished with 37 wins, 2.42 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. His numbers against the Caps this season are less encouraging. Through four games against the divisional rival, Bobrovsky has a single win and an .868 save percentage. However, this series could go the distance, so it's hard to believe he will finish with such terrible numbers by the end of it. He's a risky choice for the playoff opener.--Barry MilesSource: Mark Scheig
2 years agoBoston Bruins forward David Pastrnak finished the regular season with a goal in each of his last two games and seven goals in his final 10. Pastrnak scored four of those goals with the man advantage, which is one-third of his power-play goals on the season. In four games against Toronto this season, Pastrnak had two goals and two assists, netting the game-winner in Boston’s lone win. He’ll be an expensive start in daily leagues, but he should be started confidently, especially if goals come at a premium. Pastrnak’s home-versus-away production is nearly identical, with stats at TD Garden taking a slight edge. He has four more points at home (although three fewer goals) and his shots on goal are exactly equal -- 123 at home and 123 on the road. Pastrnak on Boston’s top line should be a strong play. Ride the hot hand.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will be between the pipes Thursday night to start the series against the New Jersey Devils. Vasilevskiy’s recent struggles are well-documented and his .886 save percentage over the last month certainly raises concerns heading into the playoffs. Despite posting a .920 save percentage for the year, it appears that playing in a career-high 65 games has worn on the young netminder, and it is fair to question how much he has left in the tank. However, Vasilevskiy has won his last two starts and has an offense in front of him that should be capable of carrying the team to a win on any given night. Tampa Bay are the favorites Thursday and have won 29 of their 41 home games this season, so while Vasilevskiy may not inspire confidence with his play as of late, he is a good bet to earn the win.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Bryan Burns
2 years agoPittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby continued his success in the playoffs by starting off with a hat trick in Game 1 versus the Philadelphia Flyers. The battle of the Keystone state got off to a very one-sided start, as the Penguins put up seven goals while allowing none in the series opener. This level of production likely won’t be sustained throughout the playoffs, but it’s a good sign for the Penguins, who are seeking their third straight Stanley Cup. He also chipped in with four shots on goal along with eight faceoffs won, which should be no surprise since he finished No. 2 in the league for faceoffs won.--Tom Vecchio - RotoBallerSource:
2 years agoNew Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid will start his first career playoff game on Thursday night. Kinkaid has had a solid year for the Devils, but has elevated his play since the beginning of March, posting a .928 save percentage in that time while winning 11 of his 14 starts. He has especially shined away from home, as his .935 save percentage on the road is the fourth best mark in the league over the last month for goalies with at least five starts. The Devils will need him to continue that success if they are going to steal a game from the Lightning early in this series. A hot goalie can be all the difference in a seven-game series, and by all indications, Kinkaid is as hot as any goaltender right now. Look for Kinkaid to keep this series interesting, but facing a Tampa Bay team that is leading the league in points per game (3.54), he is a gamble in daily fantasy formats.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Joe Smith
2 years agoToronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri performed well in the regular season series with the Boston Bruins. The 27-year-old scored two goals and added three assists in four meetings. The Leafs will look for Kadri to maintain his consistency and pitch in offensively as they begin their first-round series on Thursday. Kadri has cemented himself in the second-line center role this season and tied his career high with 32 goals, set last year. Depth on Toronto’s roster will be key to their playoff run. Kadri should lead the charge in secondary scoring for his side. Kadri looks like a capable start in this series.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
2 years agoToronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner was hugely productive against the Boston Bruins in the regular season. The sophomore totaled three goals and six assists for nine points in their four meetings and scored in all but one matchup, including the Leafs lone goal in their only loss to Boston on Feb. 3. Marner has a pretty consistent ratio of assisting twice as often as he scores, and the Leafs will surely benefit from his playmaking ability. In six playoff games last season, Marner scored once and tallied three assists. In his albeit limited experience, Marner has proven a consistent offensive threat, and owners shouldn’t feel hesitant about starting him.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
2 years agoWinnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers got off to a good start in his first career playoff game, grabbing an assist and sending three shots on net. Ehlers' line of Patrik Laine and Paul Stastny continues to show chemistry into the postseason. Laine scored the game-tying goal and Stastny adding an assist of his own. Ehlers' production is entirely reliant on even-strength minutes, as he plays on the second power-play unit and boasts a meager 13 points with the man advantage. Ehlers is a good pickup in daily leagues but given the option, choose to roster Stastny, as he plays on the top power-play unit and is likely a little cheaper.--aayushdasSource:

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