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Fantasy X-factors for 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com has actually identified a prospective X-factor from each Stanley Cup Playoff group with a high ceiling in playoff pools and FanDuel DFS contests. For more fantasy hockey protection, visitNHL.com/ Dream

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Columbus Blue Jackets:Pierre-Luc Dubois, F— The Blue Jackets center will have a huge assignment in the 2nd round versus the Boston Bruins; elite centersPatrice BergeronandDavid Krejcieach surpassed 70 points in the regular season. Dubois, who plays on the leading line with elite left wingArtemi Panarin, had 3 points (one goal, two helps) in Columbus’ sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the very first round however struggled late in the routine season (seven points in last 19 video games). Dubois will likely require to produce better than a point per video game in the 2nd round to balance out Boston’s center depth.

Boston Bruins:Marcus Johansson, F— The Bruins wing missed 2 video games in the series versus the Toronto Maple Leafs due to the fact that of an illness and did not score a point in his very first four video games playing primarily on the 3rd line. But Johansson’s game-winning goal in Video game 7 could spark a gamer that was producing on the top line and first power play for the New Jersey Devils prior to being obtained by Boston on Feb. 25 and missing out on time because of a lung contusion down the stretch. Boston’s secondary scoring stepped up with them trailing 3-2 in the series and will need to contribute versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, whose three strong lines overwhelmed the Lightning.

Carolina Hurricanes:Andrei Svechnikov, F— The rookie forward had 2 objectives versus the Washington Capitals in Video Game 1 and a power-play help in Video game 2 prior to sustaining a concussion throughout a battle in Video game 3. The Hurricanes rallied around Svechnikov’s injury to distress the defending champs in 7 video games and could have an even greater ceiling if/when he returns to the top-six forward group versus the New york city Islanders in the second round. Svechnikov scored 20 objectives in the regular season regardless of playing frequently on the third line.

New York Islanders:Devon Toews, D— The novice led Islanders defensemen in assists (2, T-1st), power-play points (2), SOG (10) and power-play ice time (3: 03 per video game) in their sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the preliminary. Toews, who has played 18: 29 per video game in the playoffs and saw usage on the first power play with playoff standoutsJordan Eberle,Brock NelsonandJosh Bailey, could take on a bigger even-strength function in the second round against the Carolina Hurricanes with veteranJohnny Boychuk(leg) out 3-4 weeks.

Dallas Stars:Mats Zuccarello, F— The Stars’ secondary scoring deals with the obstacle of accumulating to the St. Louis Blues in the second round, and Zuccarello is an X-factor anchoring a line with forwardsRoope HintzandJason Dickinsonand likewise using the first power play with Hintz, elite skatersTyler Seguin,Alexander Radulov,Jamie BennandJohn KlingbergZuccarello had 3 objectives but no helps, and Dallas’ power play went 4-for-22 in six games against the Nashville Predators in the preliminary. Zuccarello ended up the regular season with 18 assists in the final 20 games and can help destiny reach their potential as a distributor.

St. Louis Blues:Brayden Schenn, F— He was moved from left wing to center late in the very first round against the Winnipeg Jets and had 3 points (one goal, two assists) and 7 SOG over the final 2 games of the series after no points and 3 SOG in the prior 4 video games. If Schenn remains on a separate line from important forwardsVladimir TarasenkoandRyan O’Reilly, he’ll be relied on to sustain his strong have fun with left wingJaden Schwartz, the Blues’ preliminary X-factor who provided with four straight objectives in the final 2 games of the series.

Colorado Avalanche: Cale Makar, D— The Avalanche novice joined them during the preliminary versus the Calgary Flames and made an instant effect with two points (one objective, one assist), a plus-4 and six blocked shots in three games. Makar, who played 17: 57 per video game, 1: 49 on the power play, will be relied upon to generate more offense over a full series against the San Jose Sharks, particularly ifSamuel Girard‘s shoulder injury lingers.

San Jose Sharks:Martin Jones, G— The Sharks goalie was critical in their comeback from down 3-1 in the preliminary series against the Vegas Golden Knights, stopping 122 of 129 shots faced (.946 conserve portion) over three straight wins dealing with removal. It deserves noting the resurgence of Jones and San Jose coincided with the return of defensemanMarc-Edouard Vlasicfrom injury in Video game 5. Even with 3 strong forward lines and elite scoring defensemen inBrent BurnsandErik Karlsson, San Jose’s roadway to the Stanley Cup depends upon Jones, who had a hard time in the routine season (.896 SV%) and requires to be more consistent than he remained in the very first round (.904) versus the elite duo ofNathan MacKinnonandMikko Rantanen

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