Hey it is Wednesday and I am back for more daily picks here on “The Playbook”. There are only two games to choose from tonight so choices will be quite difficult. At any rate, let’s get to work.
This is a slate that might drive you a bit crazy. Let’s see what is on the docket.
Jonathan Quick ($9,100) – The two game slate combined with an uncertain Boston-Toronto clash makes us skittish enough to recommend both goalies in the Los Angeles-Anaheim game. Here is why. Anaheim has not scored a heck of a lot lately and the Kings do not score much away from Staples Center either. Both goalies expect to face a medium amount of rubber as the “Freeway Faceoff” first installment is always intense. Even if Quick loses, he is a decent enough play.
Frederik Andersen ($8,600) – If you are trying to guess this game then count on the goaltending. That is what should work just fine in theory as last time out, Andersen stopped 34 of 35 shots in a shootout loss against Vancouver (still 5.8 points). Not including the playoffs, the Kings have a tough time scoring on the Anaheim goalie as the Ducks are going to try and play conservative with a defensive corps that is banged up and Corey Perry still mending with a viral gland infection. Just push play.
Others to consider: Tuukka Rask ($8,900), Jonathan Bernier ($7,600) — but buyer beware here.
Patrice Bergeron ($7,400) – Bergeron gets up for Toronto like few players can. He torched the Maple Leafs for five goals and three assists in four meetings last season. With Brad Marchand also on fire right now and David Krejci out, Bergeron becomes more and more that “it” play. This is why DraftKings has him listed as the number one center. Toronto really does not have an answer for the center and that is beneficial for you.
Carl Soderberg ($5,500) – At this point, Soderberg is just about a point a game player (nine points in last ten games). He also has three power play goals in his last ten and 13 points overall on the season. This is a contract year for him which means production for the bucks. His DraftKings value is good for tonight against Toronto. The early game shapes up to be the higher scoring one at least right now.
Others I like: Ryan Getzlaf ($6,700), Tyler Bozak ($4,800), Nazem Kadri ($4,400).
Value: Seth Griffith ($3,300), Leo Komarov ($3,200), Peter Holland ($3,200).
Phil Kessel ($8.000) – This is a game Phil Kessel loves more than any. He loves facing Boston and last year he had five assists and a ton of scoring chances against the Bruins. The added bonus is that he slid $1,000 from Sunday which helps you in forming your lineup. He shoots at a high volume against Boston, is motivated to play them, and now produces against them. Therefore, why not roll the bones here!
Brad Marchand ($6,400) – It is time for “Rad Marchand” tonight against Toronto. He also has nine points in his last ten games like Carl Soderberg. Marchand simply plays his best when he is driving everyone else nuts. That just instills a confidence in him that is hard to contain. Boston is also in a back to back where they play their two biggest rivals. This is Christmas for players like Marchand. They had this marked on the calendar for months and you should too.
Others I like: James Van Riemsdyk ($7,700), Tyler Toffoli ($6,200), Milan Lucic ($4,200).
Value: Daniel Winnik ($3,000), Tanner Pearson ($2,900).
Drew Doughty ($4,800) – With Los Angeles playing five defensemen at times lately, Doughty has manned more of the load than ever. That has impacted his production. Yet, he still has fired 36 shots on net (0 goals). That drought will end soon as his PDO is just too low. It may even end tonight as Doughty tends to be a major thorn in Anaheim’s side. He still blocks shots and fires shots on net. Naturally you play him anyway.
Dougie Hamilton ($4,600) – Hamilton has become the “it” defenseman in Boston with all the injuries to Boston’s defensive corps. The question was could he handle it. That answer is undoubtedly yes. He has ten points in his last ten games while averaging a very good four daily points per game. With top pairing ice time and man advantage time, Hamilton will benefit nicely against a Toronto team that loves to give up shots and scoring chances same as it ever was.
Others I like: Torey Krug ($5,200), Sami Vatanen ($4,300).
Value: Hampus Lindholm ($3,100), Clayton Stoner ($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!