DraftKings NHL: Monday Breakdown

DraftKings NHL: Monday Breakdown

This article is part of our DraftKings NHL series.

SLATE PREVIEW

The final game of Round 1 – a Game 7 clash between the Maple Leafs and the Canadiens – is on the docket at 7 p.m. EST, followed by Game 2 of the Islanders-Bruins series. The Bruins currently lead 1-0 after David Pastrnak put up a hat trick in Game 1. 

All advanced statistics are courtesy of Natural Stat Trick. 

GOALIES

Tuukka Rask, BOS vs. NYI ($8,300): The Bruins thoroughly dominated the Islanders in Game 1, as they produced 4.24 xGF/60 compared to the Islanders mark of 1.26. The Islanders managed just 22 shots on net, while the Bruins fired 40 pucks on Ilya Sorokin. That's the standard, as the Islanders rarely pepper opposing goalies, but Rask nevertheless has a higher floor when the Bruins play like they did in the series opener. 

Jack Campbell, TOR vs. MON ($8,000): The Canadiens dominated a majority of regulation in Game 6, and although the Maple Leafs made a push in the third period and overtime, the Habs ended up victorious. The Leafs are the better team, though, and Campbell is still an excellent goalie if he can hone in on his performances between Games 2 and 4, when he posted a .976 save percentage and let in just two goals. It should be tight, but it's tough to see the Leafs' talent getting topped here. 

VALUE PLAYS/ONE-OFFS

Nick Foligno, TOR vs. MON ($3,800): Foligno centered the second line in place of John Tavares on Saturday, and he should stick in that role tonight. The veteran managed to fire three shots on net in that time, offering a solid floor and an intriguing ceiling next to winger William Nylander

Josh Bailey, NYI at BOS ($3,900): Bailey was outstanding in the series against Pittsburgh, scoring three goals and dishing out three helpers. He was blanked on points in Game 1 against the B's, but he still managed to produce four shots on net, marking his fifth game this postseason with at least three shots. Bailey will be key if the Islanders manage to even the series. 

Jake DeBrusk, BOS vs. NYI ($3,400): There's a good chance that DeBrusk takes a second-line role if Craig Smith (undisclosed) can't go. DeBrusk isn't very interesting if he's stuck on the third line, as he has failed to fire a shot on net in four straight games. But the prospect of playing next to David Krejci and Taylor Hall is enough to make him a steal at this price range. 

LINE STACKS

Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens

Auston Matthews (C - $9,200), Zach Hyman (W - $6,100), Mitch Marner (W - $7,700)

If the Maple Leafs are to win, it won't be without a significant impact from Matthews. The 23-year-old is in a bit of a slump with just one point over the last four games, but he managed to fire 20 shots on net. Overall as a line, they've registered 3.86 xGF/60 at even strength, and we know that their power-play usage only lifts their ceiling further. 

Bruins vs. Islanders

David Krejci (C - $4,900), Taylor Hall (W - $5,100), Craig Smith (W - $4,300)

Smith suffered an injury in Game 6, so keep an eye out for his status before puck drop. Nevertheless, Krejci's distribution skills makes it easy to assimilate on the B's second line. Krejci and Hall have combined for nine points over the last five games, and they come at a much more reasonable price tag compared to "The Perfection Line". 

Islanders at Bruins

Mathew Barzal (C - $5,700), Jordan Eberle (W - $4,100), Leo Komarov (W - $2,700)

This line can be used as a hedge against the Bruins. After all, Barry Trotz is a defensive guru that could make proper adjustments following a tilted Game 1. Barzal is the type of player that can take over a game when necessary, Eberle is a worthy sidekick while Komarov keeps the price tag low. 

DEFENSEMEN

Shea Weber, MON at TOR ($5,000): Personally, I'd rather spend up at forward in this slate, but Weber is appealing if you have salary space leftover. The veteran blueliner typically carries a high shooting volume, and he's willing to hop in front of pucks as well. 

Matt Grzelcyk, BOS vs. NYI ($4,500): Not only has Grzelcyk been one of the best defensemen this postseason, but he's outright been one of the best players, ranking third among all skaters with 4.44 xGF/60 at even strength. The 27-year-old quarterbacks the power play as well, so he should see some upward regression soon after posting just three points so far in the playoffs. 

Rasmus Sandin, TOR vs. MON ($2,800): 

First things first, make sure he's in the lineup at game time. He should be locked in if Jake Muzzin, who suffered an undisclosed injury in Game 6, sits out. It wouldn't be surprising to see Sandin take his spot on PP2 as well, which provides major upside, as the Habs ranked 23rd in the regular season with a 78.5 penalty-kill percentage. 

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