NHL Plays: Wednesday

Corey Abbott
The Monday Dose by Michael Finewax looks at big road wins by Carolina and Colorado in Round 2 action

DRAFT is back for another season of quick and exciting daily fantasy action. Their DFS platform offers poolies with a chance to participate in a format that most of us have grown very accustomed to over the years. You can compete in a live snake draft in which the participants take a player with each pick. Unlike other DFS games, this gives you the opportunity to use your knowledge to craft a team that no one else will have because the players you select cannot be chosen by your competition.

The draft is quick as you are allotted just 30 seconds per pick and you take five players. Your team is comprised of three forwards, a defenseman and a goalie.

Your strategy can be dictated by the positions being selected ahead of you. For instance, if you are going last and everyone else has a goaltender then you can wait until your last pick to make that selection. Of course, selecting players going up against weaker competition or players who are riding hot streaks are always popular strategies as well.

Remember, there are new pools available to play in but the players in my rankings will fall off the table as soon as the puck drops in their respective game.

Familiarize yourself with the rues and enjoy! It’s a great game! Wednesday’s three-game slate features four-person and plenty of three-person drafts. There are also head-to-heads to participate in.

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Forward Rankings:

MacKinnon was sensational in Game 3 with two goals and one assist to give three goals and four points in his last two outings. Matthews notched one goal and one assist in Game 3 and will look to build off that momentum, while Marner has three points in three games in Round 1. Boston’s top line will look to bounce back. Benn has been the most productive player for Dallas with one goal and two helpers through three postseason matches. Forsberg got on the board, with a goal, in Game 3.

Defense Rankings:

There are plenty of good defensemen available beyond these three with Roman Josi, Morgan Rielly, Tyson Barrie and John Klingberg among the more notable options. Giordano only has one assist in three games this postseason, but the Flames need a breakout performance from him.

Goaltender Rankings:

Andersen will look to string together two straight wins for the first time in the series when the Leafs host Boston in Game 4. He has faced 115 shots in three games, while maintaining a 2.34 goals-against average and .939 save percentage. Bishop wasn’t at his best in Game 3 and will look to rebound in Game 4 in what the Stars believe is a must-win contest. They don’t want to go back to Nashville trailing 3-1 in the series. Grubauer was outstanding down the stretch and he has been superb in the postseason. He has allowed just two goals against in each of his last two starts, which both resulted in victories. Grubauer currently has a 2.25 goals-against average and .928 save percentage through three games of the series.

Check with Rotoworld regularly today for confirmations on goaltender starts.

Now, let’s also look at some players to consider for FanDuel and DraftKings.

Keep in mind that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 4W, 2D, 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UTIL).

Philipp Grubauer (COL) - G - $8,000 (FanDuel), $7,600 (DraftKings)

Charlie Coyle (BOS) - C - $4,500 (FanDuel), $3,900 (DraftKings)

Andreas Johnsson (TOR) - W - $4,900 (FanDuel), $4,000 (DraftKings)

Rasmus Andersson (CGY) - D - $4,200 (FanDuel), $3,200 (DraftKings)

Sam Bennett (CGY) - W - $3,700 (FanDuel), $3,700 (DraftKings)

Ian Cole (COL) - D - $3,600 (FanDuel), $3,800 (DraftKings)

I like Grubauer as a value play if he is involved in another matchup against Mike Smith, but if Calgary turns to David Rittich then he could be worth taking a chance on. Coyle has scored a goal in each of the last two games. Johnsson moved into Nazem Kadri’s spot on the power play and he responded with one goal and one assist in Game 3. He also plays with Matthews at even strength. Andersson has found the scoresheet in each of the first three games against Colorado in the playoffs. He has one goal and two assists during that span. Bennett has been the most productive player on the Flames during the postseason with one goal and three helpers over a three-game point streak. Cole has provided blocks (10) and three assists in three playoff matches. He has earned all three points in the last two games.