Yes it is Sunday! The slate is a moderate one and it does have some significant star power. Seven games are on the docket as the action begins at 5:00 pm ET.
The pickings are better than last Sunday so let’s get to work.
This is the kind of slate that does have some value but you just have to look for it. Keep an eye on back to backs. There are quite a few teams that played on Saturday.
Carey Price ($9,000) – Price is the only home goalie that doesn’t have to worry about a back to back scenario. The other six home teams this evening do not have that luxury and it is something to keep an eye on. Montreal may be one of the goofiest 8-2-1 teams but that usually means wins and since wins are three points, all Carey Price has to do is have a pretty good showing and that is pretty solid points for you.
Jimmy Howard ($7,700) – Buffalo is coming off a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their shots on total in the last week were 10,15, and 18. They might hit 20 today and that would be good for Howard, who likes to see a little work. In theory, this should be a lower scoring game and Howard has performed at nearly a .930 save percentage clip. Water is wet and you may want to start him.
Others to consider: Jonathan Quick ($9,300), Justin Peters ($6,200) — lots of uneasiness with goalies today.
Henrik Sedin ($4,900) – Every so often trying cheaper options on a Sunday slate is not a bad thing. The late games have value tonight as Nashville plays a little more wide open that Oilers writers would like you to think. This means more chances for that Vancouver first line. That Canucks power play is very dangerous also and goals are likely to be scored here. That makes this Sedin twin a pretty safe play.
Marcus Johansson ($3,500) – It is value of values night here on the playbook as Johansson has provided us with a decent bounty of points in the last seven games (six points). He is having a nice season despite not always getting the playing time needed to produce. Last night he played just over 20 minutes, got a little power play time, and voila! This could be another good night against an Arizona team who has been giving up goals in bunches on this road trip.
Others I like: Pavel Datsyuk ($7,800), Henrik Zetterberg ($7,500), Nicklas Backstrom ($5,800), Eric Staal ($4,800)
Value: Matt Cullen ($3,400), Markus Granlund ($2,500)
Corey Perry ($7,400) – Colorado comes off a bruising shootout loss to St. Louis last night and Anaheim loves to play up tempo and really so does Colorado. You have the makings of the 6-4 game last year on a Sunday night. You will want to get in on Ryan Getzlaf ($6,400) and whomever Bruce Boudreau decides to rotate in on the first line left wing position. These two teams do not like each other so in theory, there should be lots of “events” as they say.
James Neal ($7,300) – All Neal does is score goals and he has seven of them. Nashville gets a Vancouver team who is on the back end of back to backs and that is always good. James Neal is more effective when he is engaged and firing away from everywhere as his 9,5 point night against Calgary suggest (2 G, 7 SOG). Look for Filip Forsberg ($4,600) and Mike Ribeiro ($4,300) to be decent plays also. This could be one of those late games where you see your stock rise on DK if you play it right.
Gustav Nyquist ($5,600) – This is a hey they are playing Buffalo play but Nyquist does have nine points and seven goals on the young season. If you want to try a winger hedge on DraftKings then maybe slide in Justin Abdelkader ($5,200) as well while Johan Franzen is eased into the lineup tonight. Nyquist just is one of those players that just finds a way without being too high volume of a shot producer.
Andre Burakovsky ($4,000) – Burakovsky should benefit from Washington facing an Arizona team eager to give up goals. This is a light play as I call it where you want to use him as one of your last decisions for the night but he could find an assist or two coming his way. Washington has some nice talent with slick hands and Burakovsky is one of their best prospects, if not the best.
Others I like: Alex Ovechkin ($7,700), Patrick Sharp ($6,700) Jiri Tlusty ($5,200)
Value: Tanner Pearson ($3,400), Alex Tanguay ($3,200), Martin Erat ($3,100)
Keith Yandle ($7,500) – There are a ton of good defensive plays today but Yandle and his power play battery mate Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,900) are not too bad against a Washington team coming off a tough game against Tampa Bay last night. Arizona is one angry team right now and that could make them dangerous even if they give up goals, they will score some too. Since their production comes from the blueline, it makes sense their two best are plays today.
Mark Giordano ($6,200) – He blocks shots and gets points and therefore he is almost always in one of my lineups somewhere. Remember how valuable blocked shots are and any player that averages three or more provides extra point potential. Montreal is kind of a you never know what you will get so points could be on the table. I also recommend as a cheaper option, looking at the guy on his other side T.J. Brodie ($4,200). It may be worth a defensive stack? Perhaps.
Alex Edler ($4,800) – Edler has predictably found life without John Tortorella very liberating and last night against Edmonton, he had five points for DK owners without a goal or assist. (5 BS, 5 SOG). Tonight might be a chance to see him put up a solid total as Nashville has to have some weary legs on this road trip. Hey, it is worth a shot to take.
Others I like: Mike Green ($5,600), Shea Weber ($5,500), Ryan Ellis($4,900).
Value: Jake Muzzin ($3,400), Josh Gorges ($3,200).
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!