We head into a very strange part of the schedule that is a little more spread out than usual. There are only three games tonight so the playbook is a little short. Do not worry, we will have more on Twitter as news breaks. A humble apology for the goalie picks on Saturday…they were just horrid beyond words! Something nothing goes right.
This could be a wild slate! Let’s roll!
Corey Crawford ($8,300) – This is just one of those where we hope the train keeps rolling in reverse for Minnesota. What else can you do? Crawford stopped 42 of 44 shots in his last game which was a win naturally. He had a bit of a rough patch after the return from that concert mishap but Minnesota will be tough especially after how angry they were after being pummeled by Nashville on Saturday. This is a big test for Crawford and the Blackhawks.
Others to consider: Roberto Luongo ($9,000), Frederik Andersen ($8,300). — We have to go with the big guns on this night.
Ryan Getzlaf ($8,600) – Sometimes going after the highest price on the board is necessary. It is like going after gold and just hoping for silver plus a little gold. Winnipeg has to be tired coming off a wacky game against Los Angeles, right? The Jets take a lot of penalties so if Anaheim wants to get the power play going, this might be the night to do so. This is the reality of having the rest on your side. Now can Getzlaf and Corey Perry actually take advantage here?
Mathieu Perrault ($4,400) – This is where going a little off the grid hopefully pays off. Perrault has nine points in his last ten games and that includes six goals. Short slates is where you take risks and see if they will work especially in some 50/50’s if you have the $$$ to do so. Perrault really just has a knack for being in the right place at the right time lately. It is a wave you mus ride to the end and at least while he is still relatively cheap.
Others I like: Jonathan Toews ($6,800), Nick Bjugstad ($4,800).
Value: Anton Lander ($2,900), Marcus Kruger ($2,600).
Patrick Kane ($8,800) – Expect high ownership rates on Kane tonight so maybe you consider Patrick Sharp. The thing is it would be tough to pass up on Kane who normally feasts on the Minnesota Wild. The winger has 13 points in his last ten, including five power play points and averaging 3.5 shots per contest. Kane’s speed is usually a huge headache for the Wild and then again the goaltending has not been much of an obstacle so Chicago plays could be good.
Jonathan Huberdeau ($5,100) – This is so nice to see for those who were patient on Huberdeau. He now has 20 points in his last 25 games, including a point a game in his last ten. He still has to learn to shoot more but Florida is starting to score a little more and that power play is finally showing signs of life again. Huberdeau could hop up to the first line on Sunday but likely will see second line time with maybe a little more special teams minutes.
Others I like: Taylor Hall ($8,100), Corey Perry ($6,000), Brandon Saad ($4,900). — Perry is just too low to be passed up.
Value: Rene Bourque ($2,900), Teuvo Teravainen ($2,500).
Sami Vatanen ($4,300) – Defense prices are quite low on Sunday so this will allow you to spend more on the other positions. This is a go where you know type of night and Vatanen has been a bit chilly of late but maybe a tired Winnipeg team will help. His one power play point during the last ten games is alarming but at some point, the dam has to break. This again may be a night for the defenseman to break out. Someone has to in Anaheim.
Aaron Ekblad ($4,200) – It is another case of a player who is struggling just a little bit. Ekblad has no goals in what feels like a month and only five assists in his previous 11 games. However, Edmonton almost is due for a bit of a stinker. This defenseman can spread the Oilers out like few defenseman can, especially at his age. He can also block a few shots while firing some on his own. That shot needs to start serving him well. Sunday night could be a fun one.
Others I like: Duncan Keith ($5,000), Brent Seabrook ($4,600) — Could be a night to pair them up!
Value: Nikita Nikitin ($3,000), Mark Fayne ($2,500).
Thanks for reading guys and hopefully the picks help you out. If you have any questions, fire them away at me on twitter @ChrisWasselTHW and i’ll do my best to answer them.
Good luck today!