Heading into the start of the playoffs, there might not have been a harder matchup to pick a winner than from the Bruins-Leafs series. While both teams were one of the best during the regular season, through the NHL’s playoff format both powerhouses found themselves meeting each other in only the first round. Boston may have been the higher seed, but a significant number of people predicted the Leafs to ultimate take the series and advance to the second round (including yours truly).
However, in only two games, the Bruins have pummeled the Leafs and the series is looking like it may already be over. Outscoring their opposition 12-4, almost every Bruins player has gotten in on the action, with almost two-thirds of the roster already having at least a point. There have also been huge performances from several players, as many Bruins now lead the league in playoff scoring. For those of you who bet big on the Bruins, it looks like it’s already paying off handsomely.
Let’s start with the big name, David Pastrnak. Though he’s not a household name like Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin, any NHL fan will know about the 21-year-old Bruins winger. After his breakout campaign last year where he scored 70 points in 75 games, Pastrnak managed to improve upon that with his first 80-point season this year. Entering the playoffs, Pastrnak was going to need to be at his best for the Bruins to get past the Leafs.
Now in just two games, saying Pastrnak’s been at his best would be a huge understatement. With four goals and five assists, Pastrnak’s nine points are over double the most by any non-Bruins player so far. No player has had the kind of start Pastrnak has had, as his six-point night in Game 2 against the Leafs was tied for the most points scored in a playoff game by a Bruin. His early Fantasy Hockey Geek value of 165 is obviously absurd, as he’s averaging over three points per game right now.
I know it’s obviously early in the playoffs, but Pastrnak’s start is still very impressive. Only four other players have scored more than five points in their first two games of Round 1 in the playoffs and in fantasy leagues going on during the playoffs, this is a huge initial boost. His nine points, +6 rating, two penalty minutes, and eight shots on goal is a dream come true for fantasy owners.
Even though some may say Brad Marchand or Patrice Bergeron would be the next most-valuable Bruin through their incredible two games, Torey Krug’s fantasy value has been even more impressive. Marchand leads him by one point, but his six points are by far the most recorded by