NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (until end of Conference Finals). This article includes expensive and value plays and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.
TOP CENTER: Auston Matthews, TOR ($7,400)
Matthews has yet to score his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal, and what better time to do that than in his home playoff debut in Game 3 on Monday? He only had one SOG in Game 1 against the Washington Capitals, but had four to go with five blocked shots in Game 2 (4.5 DraftKings points). The No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft will be itching to get the Toronto Maple Leafs off to a fast start at Air Canada Centre, and the rookie leader in goals (40) and points (69) during the regular season should have a big game.
Video: TOR@BUF: Matthews scores to break two rookie records
VALUE CENTER: Sean Monahan, CGY ($5,900)
The Calgary Flames return home, which is good considering their well-documented struggles at Honda Center. Despite losing each of the first two games, Monahan had a goal in each game. It would be nice if he could increase his shot total (five combined in first two games), but he'll get plenty of chances to score. Monahan has averaged 4.25 DraftKings points in the first two games of the series against the Anaheim Ducks and has scored 18 of his 27 goals this season at home.
TOP WING: Brad Marchand, BOS ($7,500)
Marchand is the third most expensive wing behind Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. The leading scorer for the Boston Bruins, Marchand finished fourth in goals (39) and tied for fifth in points (85) during the regular season, and although he only has one point in the series, it was a big one, a goal late in the third period of Game 1 to seal the win against the Ottawa Senators. He's a power play and shorthanded presence and is capable of setting up his teammates as well as scoring. Marchand is one of the best plays in this contest.
Video: BOS@OTT, Gm1: Marchand nets blocked shot for lead
VALUE WING: Kasperi Kapanen, TOR ($3,100)
It's the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and that can mean going with the hot hand or someone you normally would overlook. That's exactly what Kapanen is after his two-goal performance, including scoring in double overtime for the Maple Leafs in their 4-3 win against the Capitals in Game 2 on Saturday. His price alone makes him a low-risk, high-reward play. Kapanen also had four SOG and is growing more confident in his shot ability. He only had one goal on 11 shots in eight games during the regular season.
TOP DEFENSEMAN: Roman Josi, NSH ($5,900)
Josi is the third-highest priced defenseman in the contest behind Erik Karlsson of the Senators ($7,500) and Kevin Shattenkirk of the Capitals ($6,200), but has been the most productive thus far in the playoffs. Josi and the Nashville Predators have outscored the Blackhawks 6-0 in the series, and although Josi only has one assist, he's blocked six shots and had five shots on goal, proving his worth even when he doesn't score. Of his 49 points during the regular season, 31 (eight goals, 23 assists) came at home.
Video: NSH@DAL: Josi cranks home one-timer for PPG
VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Brent Seabrook, CHI ($4,600)
Logic would say the Blackhawks will score a goal at some point in this series. Seabrook offers a cheap option who is capable of chipping in with offense -- he had three goals and 36 assists in 79 games this season -- as well as a fair amount of shots on goal (134) and blocked shots (153). Seabrook has three SOG and six blocked shots in the first two games of the series and is a proven playoff performer with 20 goals and 39 assists in 121 games.
GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Tuukka Rask, BOS ($8,200)
The Bruins were close to taking a 2-0 series lead but lost 4-3 in overtime in Game 2 on Saturday. Rask wasn't sharp, allowing four goals on 29 shots, but allowed one goal on 27 shots in game one. In addition to him being one of the most consistent goalies this season, 20 of his 38 wins came at home. He also had a minuscule 2.07 GAA, .916 SV% and five shutouts at TD Garden, and would seem to be a good pick in this four-game slate.
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