Happy Saturday to you! Here we are again with another slate of action in the NHL. I am aware there are a few early games today, however, in this article I will be focussing on plays from the main slate of games starting at 7pm ET.
Jonathan Bernier $8,000 – What better place to start than the goalie who will face the Buffalo Sabres? The Leafs are not normally a team I would trust, and this game is on the road, but Bernier is still about as safe as they come for a win today and his price is far from restrictive. He is the biggest favourite on the board and has given up 2 goals or less in 7 of his 12 starts this season and I could easily see him making that 8/13 today.
Brian Elliot $8,900 – This may seem an odd pick going against Ovechkin and the Caps, however, Vegas currently has St Louis as a -180 favourite and I am inclined to agree. Elliot has a 1.82 goals against average at home and a 4-2-0 record. St Louis are notoriously tough to play on home ice and their offence is rolling right now with Tarasenko the star name on probably the hottest line in the league. Washington are on the second night of a back to back having been shutout at home by New Jersey last night while the Blues had a night off. I think Elliot makes a great GPP play today and should provide plenty of upside given the number of shots the Caps like to take.
Others I like: Carey Price $8,700 & Pekka Rinne $8,600.
Steven Stamkos $7,800 – The price on Stamkos has taking an appealing little dip from $8,500 which caught my eye. We all know the talents he possesses and with 18 points in 17 games to start the year, its not like he is off to a slow start. I really like this Lightning – Islanders game as one to target today. Both teams are explosive going forward and if it is to be the high scoring affair I anticipate I expect Stamkos to be at the heart of everything good about Tampa. The discount in price just makes him all the more enticing.
Jori Lehtera $6,000 – Okay, so boo hoo, his price has finally caught up to his production. He has 8 points in the last 4 games and centres a line on which Tarasenko plays, do you need any more reason to play him? Joking aside, this line is just on fire right now and I like them to keep things rolling again today on home ice against the Caps. Lehtera isn’t $3k anymore, but he is still cheaper than he could be, based on production. I advise you to keep riding this line until they give any indication of slowing down.
Others I like: Sidney Crosby $9,000, John Tavares $6,900, Joe Pavelski $6,700, Tyler Bozak $5,900, Valtteri Filppula $5,000, Mike Riberio $4,000.
Phil Kessel $8,400 – Kessel has 13 points in his last 8 games and today faces Buffalo.. In reality everyone on the Leafs is in play, but Kessel makes for my favourite play of the bunch. He is in great goal scoring form and this is just the type of game that seems set up for another multi-point performance from him. I wouldn’t hesitate to roll him out in all formats.
Filip Forsberg $8,000 – How much is too much for Filip? His price is getting up there with the big guys now that it gives you more of a decision to make, where once he was a plug and play value option with upside. However, take away the name and look at the numbers, he has scored in each of the last 6 games amassing 12 points in that time, if you look up “on fire” in the dictionary, there is just a picture of this guy. He gets a nice matchup today at home to the Jets and honestly, makes for a great play yet again. Its hard not to just keep riding the hot hand in situations like this.
Others I like: Vladimir Tarasenko $7,900, James Neal $6,700, Kyle Okposo $6,200, Jaromir Jagr $4,800, Pascal Dupuis $4,300.
Cody Franson $5,600 – Comes into this game with Buffalo riding a 5 game point streak. Moderately priced, he won’t break the bank, I love Franson’s chances of keeping his streak alive in this game, he offers a solid floor with great upside and is probably my top overall play on defence price considered.
Kevin Shattenkirk $5,100 – I don’t know what it is, Shattenkirk is just a player I am drawn to play on a regular basis. He never seems to let me down and today has another solid matchup. He gets top power play minutes with the Tarasenko line and whether or not he tallies a point, which I like him to do today, he still offers a really safe floor on most nights.
Others I like: Brent Burns $6,500, Dion Phaneuf $5,100, P.K. Subban $5,100, Anton Stralman $3,700, Sergei Gonchar $2,900.