The best forward picks for their value for daily fantasy. As the second round is upon us and there are only two games a night, the middle-six players are often the players that push you closer to victory and are the difference makers. So here are a few picks for tonight’s action.
The Tampa Bay Lightning stunned the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the second round and Corey Perry was once again in on the action. There’s a reason he has found himself in the Stanley Cup Final two seasons in a row with different teams. He may be playing lower in the lineup, but he is a key contributor.
He has three goals and one assist in eight playoff games while playing on the fourth line, but with Brayden Point listed as unavailable for Game 2, Perry gets bumped up deservedly. He plays on the top power play, which has been clicking at over 25 percent through the playoffs. When he is with his regular linemates Pat Maroon and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, they form a checking line that is surprisingly efficient. Whether Perry is with them or a red-hot Ross Colton, he will find himself around the net and in the action every shift in areas to score and get points towards fantasy.
Valeri Nichushkin continues to impress and show why it was the right decision to move him to the top line alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen on this undefeated team in the playoffs. The Colorado Avalanche are the home team once again, and after a hard-fought battle with the Blues, they should find a way to score more goals in Game 2.
Most of the offence should run through the top-six as it did in Game 1, and Nichushkin scored the first goal for Colorado in that game. He is a big body who can drive to the net and has the skill to finish. With three goals and four points in five games and playing over 20 minutes a night in the playoffs, there is ample opportunity for him to rack up points beside two great players.
Jordan Kyrou scored a highlight-reel goal against the Avalanche in Game 1 that tied the game late and forced overtime. He has come up in big moments and continues to build upon his breakout season with four goals and five points in seven playoff games to this point.
Kyrou finished the regular season with over a point per game and is playing on an underrated third line where all three members had at least 24 goals this season. They outmatch the Avalanche’s third line and Kyrou will surely get offensive chances against a team that is more focused on the offence.
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