DraftKings NHL: Thursday Picks
DraftKings NHL: Thursday Picks

This article is part of our DraftKings NHL series.

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Sebastian Aho, CAR at BOS ($10,900): The 'Canes and Bruins were 1-1-1 during their season series with 10 goals scored apiece, but no one was more impactful than Aho, who scored seven points against them during the season. The Bruins are going to play him tough but the 'Canes just steamrolled one of the best defensive teams in the league, and Aho scored four points in the final two games. Not having home-ice advantage could hurt, but the real worry is the long rest that may have disrupted their rhythm.  

David Krejci, BOS vs. CAR ($9,300): Krejci scored five points against the Blue Jackets and in his age-32 season is arguably playing the best hockey of his career. Being healthy helps, but Jake DeBrusk and the Bruins' punchy forward depth has also given him more quality options than in past seasons. Odd stat: he registered two shots in every game against the Jackets except in Game 2.

Tuukka Rask, BOS vs. CAR ($8,400): He won three straight games to close out a tough Jackets squad and leads all playoff starters (min. 5 starts) in save percentage (.938) and GAA (2.02). The 'Canes made quick work of Jennings Trophy winners Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss, but the B's defense is a lot deeper and more experienced.

Justin Faulk, CAR at BOS ($7,000): Faulk has a lot of upside as Carolina's top power-play quarterback in a series that could turn nasty with Michael Ferland and Brad Marchand. He scored three points in two games to finish the Islanders series, and with Boston having a deeper crop of forwards, who knows how much Haydn Fleury will really play. That opens up more ice time for Faulk, who led all 'Canes defensemen with 27:07 in Game 4.

Charlie Coyle, BOS vs. CAR ($6,400): He's been the perfect third-line center for the Bruins and he can really flex his muscles against the 'Canes going up against the much smaller Lucas Wallmark. His last showing against Carolina in March wasn't very good, but that was also just his fifth game in a Bruins uniform. Having Danton Heinen and Marcus Johansson on his line also gives them a little speed and scoring.

Warren Foegele, CAR at BOS ($3,800): He has nine points in 11 playoff games after scoring just 15 in 77 regular season games, becoming this season's most unexpected playoff hero. He also registered a point in each of the final three games against the Islanders, and despite playing a third-line role at the moment has been one of Rod Brind'Amour's top options to play with Jordan Staal when he juggles the lines. If Foegele finds himself on a scoring line, he has a good chance to outplay his relatively cheap price tag. 

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Jason Chen
Jason joined RotoWire in 2013. In 2014, he was a finalist for the FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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