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May 7, 2013 | 2:32pm ET

Have the last laugh
By Tab Bamford, TheFourthPeriod.com

Whether it's between the benches of the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators, or a couple buddies in a watering hole, chirping is a huge part of hockey.

Now, you can prove your point with help from our friends at DraftKings.com.

You can set up a one-on-one showdown any night with their $5 and $2 one-one-one games. What better way to prove your point than putting your money -- albeit not a huge amount -- on the table.

If you're getting in on the action, here are a few guys you might want to consider.

Forwards

The #1s: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh and Patrick Kane, Chicago

Two of the most electrifying players on the planet are putting up big numbers already in the post-season, and you would be crazy to ignore their multi-point potential. On any given night, either of these guys could win you the match-up.

Shark Attack: Logan Couture, San Jose

With six points in three games -- including three powerplay goals -- it's become clear that Couture is the lead dog in San Jose. Vancouver has had no answer for him, and your fantasy opponent might not either.

Center of Attention: David Krejci, Boston

Krejci has averaged better than two points per game to start his 2013 post-season (7 points in 3 games), and has been at the heart of Boston's offensive dominance.

Defense

The Norris I: Ryan Suter, Minnesota

He's been putting in huge minutes against the Chicago Blackhawks as the Wild try to keep their hopes alive. With some of the key forwards struggling to find their offense for Minnesota, Suter may have to step up his offensive game as well.

The Norris II: P.K. Subban, Montreal

If the Habs are going to rebound and win the series against the Sens, they have to get more offense from Subban. He's due for an offensive outburst, so playing him is a great call.

The Norris III: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh

Letang is the third finalist for the Norris this year, and is the only one of these three to be a point-per-game player in the postseason through three games.

Goaltenders

All-in-One Series: Corey Crawford, Chicago vs. Josh Harding, Minnesota

In the entire post-season, an argument could be made that the best goaltending has come from two guys in the same series. Crawford has a .935 save percentage, while Harding has been forced into action because of an injury to Niklas Backstrom suffered during warm-ups before Game One. Harding has responded by keeping his team in all three games in spite of facing a lot of shots (111 in three games).

The Toothless Wonder: Craig Anderson, Ottawa

Anderson famously lost a tooth early in the series, but that's the only part of his game that's gone missing so far. Entering Tuesday, his .949 save percentage is the best in the postseason, leading many Montreal fans to consider giving him the same middle name Boston Red Sox fans gave Bucky Dent years ago.

 Tab Bamford is a Columnist for The Fourth Period Magazine. Be sure to follow him on Twitter.
 

 
 
 
 

 

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