There are only three games on the fantasy hockey slate Wednesday, and only two of the six teams are currently occupying a playoff spot: Anaheim and San Jose. It’s difficult to differentiate lineups in smaller player pools, so don’t be afraid to be creative and take risks.
Top Line Stacks
Ducks vs. BlackhawksRickard Rakell ($6,400) – Ryan Getzlaf ($7,000) – Pontus Aberg ($5,500)
Anaheim’s top line has played 115:36 together, which is a large enough sample size to take their 4.67 goals and 16.09 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes seriously. Plus, the trio has also posted an impressive 59.2 Corsi for percentage at 5-on-5. Add that Chicago is allowing 4.03 goals and a league-high 14.3 high-danger scoring chances per hour on the road this season, and Getzlaf, Rakell and Aberg stand out as a reasonably priced stack.
Sharks vs. HurricanesTomas Hertl ($5,300) – Logan Couture ($6,400) – Joe Pavelski ($6,800)
This new-look line has promising upside and over a small sample have clicked for 5.16 goals and 22.12 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes at even strength over the past three seasons, and the goals-per mark climbs to 8.74 when including their power-play time. It’s also worth noting that all three Sharks have produced better at home than on the road this season.
Superstar to Build AroundConnor McDavid, EDM at STL ($8,100) – St. Louis is expected to be without a number of regulars, including stalwart defenseman Alex Pietrangelo ($5,600). Additionally, the Blues have also allowed the second most goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (3.13) in the league this season, so this sets up as a cushy matchup for McDavid. Considering he’s also failed to register a multi-point showing in each of his past five games, it’s not out of the question to count on a bounce-back outing given the soft matchup. After all, he had two points or more in nine of the first 21 games of the season.
Value on OffenseDylan Strome, CHI at ANH ($3,500) – Another Blackhawk to consider after the lines are revealed from their morning skate, Strome has made an offensive impact — two goals and an assist through four games — early in his tenure with the club. Additionally, he’s shown some instantly scoring chemistry with former OHL teammate Alex DeBrincat (4.24 goals per 50 minutes).
Jordan Kyrou, STL vs. EDM ($3,000) – The rookie didn’t last in St. Louis long during his first tour of duty in the NHL early this season, but he’s back after recording five goals and five assists through 14 AHL games. Kyrou is projected to skate in a top-six role and receive power-play time. His offensive production at the lower levels highlights his upside, and he should face favorable matchups against Edmonton’s weak bottom-six group.
Stud GoaliesMartin Jones, SJ vs. CAR ($8,200) – With a shallow goalie pool, it’s easier to look to Jones’ 40-save showing against Montreal on Sunday and hope it’s a sign of things to come. Carolina enters with the most shot attempts per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (69.85) in the league, so Jones will have an opportunity to pile up saves. He’s definitely a risk, but San Jose has also played well at home with a fifth-ranked 55.3 Corsi For percentage.
Corey Crawford, CHI at ANH ($6,900) – Chicago’s defensive shortcomings have already been hammered home, and Crawford has lost five straight games with a disastrous .856 save percent. Still, his salary allows you to spend up for skaters, and the options are already limited in this three-game slate. Taking a low-priced flier on the veteran might also be an avenue to differentiating your lineup.
Value on DefenseBrandon Montour, ANH vs. CHI ($4,300) – As highlighted, this is a cushy matchup for the Ducks, and Montour has seen his ice time climb to an average of 25:11 per outing (3:00 on the power play) through his past 10 outings. His six points, 22 shots and 16 blocks are also respectable totals during the stretch, and the asking price is within reason.
Erik Gustafsson, CHI at ANH ($3,800) – It’ll be important to double-check Chicago’s projected lines before locking Gustafsson into your lineup because he didn’t dress against the Flames on Sunday. However, it was a bit surprising that he didn’t. The Finn has recorded three goals, an assist, 10 shots and seven blocked shots while logging 22:12 of ice time per game over his previous six outings, after all. Additionally, he skated with the No. 1 power-play unit in Monday’s practice.
Power-Play DefensemenBrent Burns, SJ vs. CAR ($7,100) – If you’re spending up for a defenseman, Burns warrants a long look. He enters this contest with a four-game point streak consisting of a goal, four assists, three power-play points, 14 shots and four blocked shots. Plus, his 2.16 points and 22.2 shot attempts per 60 minutes also pace all defensemen over the past three years.
Oscar Klefbom, EDM at STL ($6,300) – It’s hard to argue with Klefbom’s current form. He’s collected two goals, four assists, 18 shots and 19 blocked shots while logging 25:48 of ice time per contest (3:10 with the man advantage) through his past five outings. The Swede has also averaged 13:10 of ice time per game with Connor McDavid this season, and the duo has clicked for 5.08 goals per 60 minutes.
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