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Grzelcyk likely back for Bruins, leads their defensemen in postseason goals; Game 7 DFS targets, score predictions

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

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WED. 6/12

CENTER

Patrice Bergeron, BOS -- The Boston Bruins center does not have an even-strength point through the first six games of the Stanley Cup Final but has a high fantasy ceiling in Game 7. He has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 11 career Game 7s, including two goals in Boston's win against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 2011 Cup Final. Bergeron, who has four points (three on power play, one shorthanded) in the series and nine shots on goal over the past two games, is worth spending up for in his usual spot with elite wings Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak on the top line and first power play.

WING

David Perron, STL -- The St. Louis Blues wing has points in consecutive games after an assist against the Bruins in Game 6. He is averaging more than three SOG per game over the past five games (16 total) and has been a fixture on the second line with valuable center Ryan O'Reilly, who has the most points of any player in this series (seven in six games). Perron is the only player on the Blues with previous Cup Final experience (last season with Vegas Golden Knights), which could pay dividends in Game 7. Perron has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 12 road games this postseason.

Pat Maroon, STL -- The Blues left wing has no points in six games this series but carries sleeper appeal for Game 7. Maroon, who has been a fixture on the third line with center Tyler Bozak, has two points (one goal, one assist) in four career Game 7s, including the series-winning goal in double overtime against the Dallas Stars in the second round.

LINEUP NOTE: Blues rookie forward Robert Thomas is not expected to play in Game 7. Thomas, who played in Game 6 after missing the previous four games with an undisclosed injury, is expected to be replaced by forward Ivan Barbashev, who's returning from a one-game suspension.

DEFENSEMAN

Torey Krug, BOS -- The Bruins defenseman had an assist and three SOG in each of the past two games against the Blues. Krug leads the position with 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) in 23 postseason games and is tied with Marchand for first among all skaters with 12 power-play points. Krug has eight assists in 12 home games and is worth spending up for with two points (one goal, one assist) in three career Game 7s.

LINEUP NOTE: Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk is a game-time decision after missing the past four games with a concussion. He would likely replace defenseman Connor Clifton and could be worth rostering as a value play in FanDuel DFS contests against the Blues in Game 7. Grzelcyk leads Boston defensemen with three goals this postseason and has seven points, five on the power play, in 19 playoff games.

GOALIE

Tuukka Rask, BOS -- The Bruins goalie stopped 28 of 29 shots faced in a 5-1 win against the Blues in Game 6. Rask is 15-8 with a .938 save percentage and two shutouts in 23 postseason games and 7-5 with a .927 SV% at home. He is 3-2 in five career Game 7s, and both of his shutouts this postseason came in series-clinching games.

Jensen's Game 7 score prediction: Bruins win, 4-2

Reese's Game 7 score prediction: Blues win, 1-0

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