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Fantasy Outlook – Eastern Conference Round 1

2015 NHL Playoffs

The first round of the NHL playoffs came to an end with an exciting Game 7 finish in Tampa Bay last night. Let’s take a look back at the matchups to see who is performing for your fantasy playoff pool and who turned out to be a bust…


Eastern Conference

Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens

High Scorer:
PK Subban, Erik Karlsson, Patrick Wiercioch, Mark Stone, Mika Zibanejad (T-4 points)

Andre Markov had only 1 assist this series while playing alongside PK Subban on Montreal’s top defensive pairing. This was partially due to the low scoring affair with the Senators and he should turn it out around for the next series, but for now is a first round bust in playoff pools.

Moving On: Habs
Max Pacioretty had only 2 points this series, both being goals and as he recovers further from his late season concussion, should increase his production against Tampa Bay. Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher both had 22 shots on goal against Ottawa with only 1 goal each. If they keep shooting, they will find the back of the net in round 2.


Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Detroit Red Wings

High Scorer:
Tyler Johnson (7 points)

There were a few bust options in this series with a top pick in Steven Stamkos only producing 3 assists and no goals. After producing 11 points in the last quarter of the regular season with the Red Wings, Marek Zidlicky managed 0 points in the playoffs. And Gus Nyqvist was likely a late round flyer in playoff drafts and only put up 2 points.

Moving On: Lightning
Tampa Bay has some young guns producing points. Killorn, Palat, and Kucherov each have 4 points but face a tough matchup in Carey Price for round 2 so it will be interesting to see if they continue putting up points.


Washington Capitals Vs. New York Islanders

High Scorer:
Nick Backstrom and John Tavares (T-6 Points)

Johnny Boychuk was the best defenseman all season for the Islanders and with a good matchup against the Capitals, he had high expectations. He is the bust of this matchup with only 2 assists.

Moving On: Capitals
Kuznetsov and Ward are rolling into the second round as sleeper picks. Look for more from them against the Rangers who will be focusing their defense around Alex Ovechkin, similar to 3 of the last 4 years in the playoffs. Ovechkin is still a threat with 5 points so far.


New York Rangers Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

High Scorer:
Sidney Crosby, Ryan McDonagh, Derrick Brassard, Rick Nash (T- 4 Points)

Marty St. Louis is usually a prime time playoff performer with 35 total during hi last 2 trips to the playoffs but only records 1 against the Penguins,  Pittsburgh was not expected to win this matchup but you should be able to count on the stars to collect points regardless. Evgeni Malkin did not get on the score sheet.

Moving On: Rangers
Keith Yandle and Chris Kreider under-performed this series but will have plenty of time to redeem themselves in what’s destined to be a long series against Washington.


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