NHL Single-Game Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper: Bruins at Leafs (5/2/24)

Nicholas Vazquez
Nicholas Vazquez@nickvaz
NHL Single-Game Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper: Bruins at Leafs (5/2/24)

We've got just one NHL game on tap for tonight, but that doesn't mean we can't get in some daily fantasy action. Let's break down how to attack the single-game fantasy contests on FanDuel tonight.

Tonight, we have Game Six between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston is a slight road favorite according to the NHL Odds listed on FanDuel Sportsbook. The Bruins are -115 to win the game, with the total being 5.5.


Top Captain Options

We've lost the most obvious captain pick, with Auston Matthews missing this game. This especially hurts our options from the Leafs. In this series, no player has more than four points.

That's a bit unfair to William Nylander ($12,000), who has played in only two games in this series. He was the most productive Leaf besides Matthews in the regular season. He's played over 22 minutes per game in his two games and is still on the first power-play unit, so he's my favorite captain on Toronto.

There are two main captain options for the Bruins. They are David Pastrnak ($15,000) and Brad Marchand ($12,500). Marchand has eight points over five games in this series, while Pastrnak has just four. Pastrnak does lead the team with 15 shots on goal in the series, and with his goal-scoring record over the last few seasons, he has the most upside of anyone on the ice.

Other Leafs captain options are Mitchell Marner ($14,000) and John Tavares ($13,500). The perception of Marner couldn't be much lower in the hockey world right now, and that may lower his popularity at captain. He's still a capable player with a good role, as he scored just after that video clip that questioned his effort.

I'd likely stick with only the above players at captain because they are the most talented players who see the most time on ice.

Flex Breakdown

As always, we want to support our captain picks with flex players who correlate. So if I decide to roster Mitch Marner at captain, I love adding Max Domi ($9,000) as a flex. They play together at even strength and on the power play in Matthews' absence.

If you're going with Nylander at captain, Matthew Knies ($8,500) makes a lot of sense to use with him. Knies is the only Maple Leaf with multiple goals in this series.

Pavel Zacha ($11,000) correlates well with Pastrnak but has a pretty high salary if you don't have Pasta in the captain spot.

Perhaps my favorite flex plays are Charlie Coyle ($9,500) and Morgan Geekie ($8,500). You can roster them to support Marchand at captain. All three play on the same power-play unit, and rostering them still leaves you a good amount of salary to work with.

Two Bruins value options you can look to if you're in a bind are Mason Lohrei ($7,000) and Justin Brazeau ($6,000). Lohrei is a capable offensive defenseman, and Brazeau is getting power-play time. Brazeau is also likely to have the lowest salary of any active player in this game.

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