Sunday is here! The slate is a little less meaty with only five games but certainly far from lack of star power. Please note that the Sundays games start promptly at 3 pm ET.
The work is a bit more challenging so let’s get started.
This is a tough slate to gauge and several teams are on the back end of back to backs so that will throw the probables out of whack. Also, there is not really that automatic or two that usually happens to be in your bigger schedules. It will be a fun ride but again we search for shot totals and a hope for the almighty three points err win. Anything else is a very pleasant bonus.
Frederik Andersen ($9,300) – Okay, San Jose lost to Buffalo yesterday and they are going to come out swinging which means the Anaheim goalie will be tested. Andersen has been up to the test with an NHL15 like 1.32 goals against average on the season. You have to pay to play but Anaheim is firing on all cylinders and has the depth San Jose covets.
Semyon Varlamov ($7,100) – This is a bit of a mid range gamble but Winnipeg is more of a mess than Colorado is and what better way for Colorado to start to build some confidence. Though the Avalanche defense is not much to write home about, that should guarantee some work for Varlamov and work equals points. A win adds some icing on the cake for a goalie who was a high value target last season.
Others to consider: Jonathan Quick ($9,700) and Braden Holtby ($6,700) – this is a relatively high risk play since Washington is coming off a hard fought game with Calgary but Washington has looked pretty good on the road so far under Barry Trotz. At the very least, Holtby will see lots of action if he plays.
Ryan Getzlaf ($7,500) – There is nothing like home cooking and facing a San Jose team with little depth should be a recipe for success for the top line center. Getzlaf has 12 points on the season (3G 9A) and is a better value than Ryan Johansen and Logan Couture. Anaheim is a pretty solid home play and considering linemate Corey Perry has nine goals, his $8,500 price tag may be a little high but it may just be worth the package deal.
Andrew Shaw ($4,800) – We take a different risk as Shaw is considered a value but with Ottawa coming off an emotional overtime loss last night, this could be a good time to strike fast. Anyone that plays with Patrick Kane automatically will see a bump up. Shaw has four points in six games and looks comfortable in his second line role with some power play potential to boot. There may be more Chicago to be served up later.
Others I like: Nicklas Backstrom ($6,000), Ryan Kesler ($5700) Henrik Sedin ($5100), .
Value: Marcus Johansson ($4,000), John Mitchell ($3,300).
Radim Vrbata ($7,300) – Washington may be a tired bunch and Vrbata has fired 32 shots in his first seven games which sets up well even if he only gets a point with the Sedin twins. It is one of those tough to pass up plays but you will have to have the money to stack anywhere with Vrbata.
Patrick Kane ($6,900) – Ottawa gives up a lot of scoring chances and is coming off again an emotional night on Saturday. The energy was drained and facing a fast Chicago game was probably not the plan. Either way, if there was a game for Kane to get going again, this may be it. Craig Anderson against Chicago just does not scare me at all.
Tyler Toffoli ($6,500) – I think you can mix Jeff Carter in as a center but Toffoli has been incredible in the early going with eight points in his first seven games. Steady point production has been his motto and “that Leisure Suit Larry line” has been consistent. Columbus will be tough but their lack of depth means this second line has a shot to make a difference.
Others I like: Alex Ovechkin ($9,100), Patrick Sharp ($7,200) Brandon Saad ($5,600), Blake Wheeler ($5,000).
Value: Troy Brouwer ($4,600), Tanner Pearson ($3,600).
Brent Burns ($6,100) – It just seems all Burns does is shoot the puck and produce points when playing near the top line and the first power play unit. With +/- not mattering, that is always a good idea. Eight points in seven games is even better. Burns will play a lot and even if the score is a little lopsided, a rivalry game could be ripe for a late point or two and a fair share of shots on goal.
John Carlson ($6,100) – Sunday has a lot of high market plays. Colonia, NJ’s own Carlson is one of them because of his ability on that top power play unit and playing with Ovechkin and Backstrom most of the time. You never know what you will get with Vancouver and even in the later stages of the tough “Northwest passage road trip”, Washington’s power play makes a late gamble a possibly worthwhile one.
Sami Vatanen ($4,900) – If Vatanen keeps playing like this, his value will go a good ways over 5K. These rivalry games will test his mettle but if he can thrive under this kind of pressure then look out. Six of his seven points have come on the power play where his shot and ability to see in space comes in handy. San Jose’s penalty kill is usually iffy against the top teams so this may just be a good squeeze play to push some points out.
Others I like: Erik Karlsson ($7,700), Mike Green ($6,500), Tyson Barrie ($4,600).
Value: Tobias Enstrom ($3,600), Brooks Orpik ($3,300), Nick Holden ($2,800)
Thanks for reading guys and hopefully the picks help you out. If you have and questions, fire them away at me on twitter @ChrisWasselTHW and i’ll do my best to answer them.
Good luck today!