FanDuel NHL: Monday Targets

FanDuel NHL: Monday Targets

This article is part of our FanDuel NHL series.

SLATE PREVIEW

Just given the past history of the Maple Leafs, you have to worry about them heading into Game 7 against the Canadiens (7 p.m. EDT). They're one more loss away from blowing a 3-1 series lead, and top players Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner have combined for just one goal. There's a strong case to be made for either team to win.

The Islanders were heavily outplayed in Game 1, and they'll need a much better showing in Game 2 against the Bruins (7:30 p.m.), otherwise it may be a very short series. The Bruins' high-end talent was the big difference with David Pastrnak's  hat trick, and once again generating offense was a bit of a problem for the Isles.

GOALIES

Tuukka Rask, BOS vs. NYI ($8,400): It was a light workload for Rask, who faced just 22 shots in Game 1. The Bruins were favoured but they put on an extremely strong showing with a 65.91 5v5 CF% and outshooting the Isles by 18 shots. Until the Isles can show a little more, Rask is still the play.

Carey Price, MON at TOR ($7,300): There's definitely a chance for an upset, which makes Price a potential value pick. He'll probably face more shots than Jack Campbell, who hasn't looked as sharp following back-to-back wins in Games 3 and 4, having allowed seven goals in Games 5 and 6.

VALUE PLAYS

Jason Spezza, TOR vs. MON ($3,500): Spezza has scored two goals in his past three games and with the Leafs' young stars struggling, it may come down to veteran savvy to win the series. Spezza is playing fourth-line minutes but is a key cog on the second power play.

Cole Caufield, MON at TOR ($3,300): Caufield's got ton of upside and he'll be a popular pick given his penchant for late-game heroics. He's grouped together with bottom-six forwards but he definitely has top-six upside, and since entering the series has averaged over 16 minutes per game.

Corey Perry, MON at TOR ($3,300): Every postseason, the Worm seems to pull through. Both teams have been playing physical and leaving little time and space for skilled players, but this clutch-and-grab style fits Perry perfectly, and no one is better at wreaking havoc in the crease than him. He's scored two points in two must-win games for the Habs already.

LINE STACKS

Bruins vs. Islanders

David Krejci (C - $5,700), Taylor Hall (W - $6,400), Craig Smith (W - $4,700)

Krejci pitched in with three assists in a convincing win in Game 1 and Hall continues to prove to be an excellent addition to the Boston offense. Smith did not finish Game 1 due to injury and Jake DeBrusk ($3,800) stepped into his spot. Given that this line depends on Krejci and Hall, who the third linemate may be – either Smith or DeBrusk – probably won't affect this line's effectiveness very much.

DEFENSEMEN

Charlie McAvoy, BOS vs. NYI ($5,800): He does everything for the Bruins and he's been very good at both ends of the ice, providing both fantasy points in offensive categories and blocked shots. McAvoy's the best option with very few elite defensemen available.

Morgan Rielly, TOR vs. MON ($5,700): If Jake Muzzin doesn't play, expect Rielly to play a lot of minutes. He finished with 34 in Game 6, and while he isn't very dynamic at either end of the ice, his high usage will ensure he gets a lot of opportunities.

Ben Chiarot, MON at TOR ($3,500): The Habs essentially play with just two pairs of defensemen, one of which includes the rugged, stay-at-home Chiarot. If you're out of room and looking for an inexpensive defenseman to fill the roster, Chiarot's an option because he blocks a lot of shots. He played 35 minutes in Game 6, and he'll definitely play a big role in Game 7.  

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jason Chen
Jason won the 2021 FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award, and was also a finalist on 2019. He joined RotoWire in 2013. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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