Hey it is Sunday and I am ready for more daily picks here on “The Playbook”. There are just four games to choose from tonight so choices are kind of scarce. At any rate, let’s get to work.
This is a slate that may have a bargain or two. Let’s discuss!
Henrik Lundqvist ($8,600) – This is a must win for the Rangers as crazy as it sounds. Montreal comes off an emotional win. New York has had a nice rest and Lundqvist has not played in six days! There really is zero excuse for a player here. He has to step up and get two points for the Rangers against a Canadiens team that has a habit of having a “Boston Letdown”. The evidence is too overwhelming so far. This sets up well do let’s see what happens.
Frederik Andersen ($6,400) – Okay let’s take a really big risk. Andersen finally got a win against Vancouver but even then there were some shaky moments. Arizona is usually a slump buster for most teams. Hell even Dallas played well against them. However, the Coyotes are sneaky and have ways of surprising certain teams like Anaheim. This is not going to be easy but if Anaheim plays close to 60, this should be a W. Hopefully Andersen gained some confidence, he is going to need it.
Others to consider: Jake Allen ($8,800), Ryan Miller ($7,100), Dustin Tokarski ($6,400) — we will have updates as goalie starts come in during the early afternoon on Twitter.
Derek Stepan ($4,900) – Honestly I do not like the big ticket values as much on a four game slate this night. Stepan is averaging nearly a point a game since his return from a broken leg. The only thing that has come back is his pretty good scoring touch. Sunday night it might as Montreal should be a little gassed and understandably so. Understandably, special teams points and a few more shots would be nice but let’s not get picky here. That could come anyway.
Henrik Sedin ($4,400) – That is the fun part here. Chicago and Vancouver could be a game where a lot of goals are scored or it could get mired in a bit of a goalie duel. No one really knows. However, the “Sedin Twins” are clicking and come highly recommended. With Chicago scoring goals in Edmonton like a pinball machine, there is a possibility that Vancouver could catch the Blackhawks at a good moment in time. The Sedins at home are a solid pick.
Others I like: Ryan Getzlaf ($7,100), Jonathan Toews ($6,400), Derick Brassard ($4,200).
Value: T.J. Oshie ($3,600), Marcus Kruger ($3,100).
Rick Nash ($8.000) – This is a crucial game that the Rangers have to have again. Nash has 13 goals in 19 games and it just seems whenever New York lays an egg at home, they bounce right back led by the left winger. This is a game where goals are to be had if the team from MSG pushes the pace. Montreal is coming off an emotional 2-0 shutout of Boston. Nash has the tendency to rise to the occasion in these types of games. If you lay into the belief that he averages almost four shots a game. Any assist or goal results in a 4-5 daily point night which is right around the average for him.
Corey Perry ($7,600) – The good news is Perry is a few games past the mumps and typically the reflexes and hockey stamina should be just about 100% back. Arizona likes to give up goals to top lines and a Perry-Getzlaf duo would be a pretty decent stack if you can afford it. Is it the best idea? No. However, if you are in a cash game, it may be worth a shot. In a GPP, Perry may still be a solid play anyway.
Others I like: Radim Vrbata ($6,400), Martin St. Louis ($4,900).
Value: Jiri Sekac ($2,900), Marty Erat ($2,700).
Sami Vatanen ($5,200) – Oh why not! Let’s start off with a power play specialist not named Keith Yandle or Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Vatanen should have plenty of opportunities from the point as the Perry-Getzlaf duo on the first unit power play is 100% full bore. The power play quarterback has 12 power play points to go along with five more even strength points. Normally blocked shots do not occur a lot with the Anaheim defenseman but hey he has been very good. Arizona comes off playing San Jose on Saturday night. This has to be emphasized over and over.
Dan Boyle ($3,300) – Normally Boyle would be put in the value section but a guy who shoots a good bit on a power play that faces a Montreal team that will be beatable points to good potential. This is a night to experiment a little and Boyle plus every Ranger should see a power play boost. Move the puck around on Montreal’s PK and then rush the net hard. That worked well with Chris Kreider last year. Do it again set up by a hard Boyle slap shot and this could work.
Others I like: Keith Yandle ($5,500), Brent Seabrook ($5,100).
Value: Kevin Klein ($3,100), Adam Clendening ($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!