15 goals in just two games has to be delightful news for NHL daily fantasy players. Instead of becoming a defensive struggle, the Bruins-Hurricanes’ series has turned into a DFS paradise. Here are our fantasy picks as those teams hit the ice again tonight in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
*All dollar values according to DraftKings as of 5/14/19
Start ‘Em: Brad Marchand, BOS @ CAR, $6,600
Brad Marchand may be a man of very few words, but he has let his play speak for itself this postseason. He was coming off a career year, totaling 36 goals and 100 points, and he hasn’t slowed down since the NHL’s second season began. Marchand leads all Bruins skaters with 15 postseason points, including five goals. The nine-year veteran already has two points in this current series with the Carolina Hurricanes. Both of those markers came via the power play. If the B’s can get the Hurricanes in penalty trouble again, Marchand will likely land on the score sheet. Heck, it could be Marchand himself who baits the Canes into the box. Take Marchand’s scuffle with Justin Williams, for example.
Best Value: Teuvo Teravainen, CAR vs BOS, $5,700
Start ‘Em: Sebastian Aho, CAR vs BOS, $6,000
The Carolina Hurricanes’ offensive attack clearly runs through Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Jaccob Slavin. The three players have combined 32 points in 13 postseason contests. Carolina needs them to shine tonight more than ever, especially after losing twice to Boston, including finding themselves in a 6-0 hole over the weekend. Despite the blowout losses, Aho has points in both games. He has tallied in four-straight games, and has found the score sheet in all but three playoff contests thus far. Carolina will need even more from their star 21-year-old. Aho has yet to produce a three-point game in the postseason, so if he can hit that mark tonight, the Canes could claim their first win in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Best Value: Charlie Coyle, BOS @ CAR, $4,200
Start ‘Em: Torey Krug, BOS @ CAR, $5,800
In a series filled with offensively gifted defensemen, Torey Krug has been one of the best on the ice. Krug has been by far the most productive player on Boston’s backend. His 11 points lead all Boston D-men, and that’s four more than the next-closest player, Matt Grzelcyk. Krug is tied with Marchand for the team lead with 10 postseason assists as well. He stole the show in Sunday’s game two, recording three points, all assists. The D-man recorded two of those points on the man advantage and finished with a plus-two rating. It was easily his best performance of the playoffs.
Best Value: Justin Faulk, CAR vs BOS, $4,900
Start ‘Em: Tuukka Rask, BOS @ CAR, $7,900
We have already highlighted some Bruins superstars in this article, including Marchand and Krug. But, without question, no Boston player has been better in the postseason than Goalie Tuukka Rask. The veteran is nearing some historic playoff numbers, currently boasting a 2.02 GAA and .937 save percentage. Compare that to Petr Mrazek’s 2.73 and .894, and Rask’s stats become even more impressive. Expect the goalie to face more of a challenge tonight in Carolina, but he shouldn’t surrender more than two goals. If the B’s are to take home a Stanley Cup, Rask has to be the frontrunner for the prestigious Conn Smythe Trophy.
Best Value: Petr Mrazek, CAR vs BOS, $7,500