Yes it is Wednesday. As it is with every Wednesday in the early part of the season, there is a low slate. With just three games on the schedule, this makes it a difficult and a bit uneasy given the games.
The pickings are slim but there are some thing to work with so let’s get down 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. Montreal and Detroit both played on Tuesday night after all.
Henrik Lundqvist ($8,600) – The goalie should be well rested after having the night off on Monday against St. Louis. Cam Talbot started that game. Don’t let his 2.85 GAA and .902 save percentage fool you, Henrik Lundqvist did have two shutouts in the first four weeks. November is usually a good month and he fares well against Detroit. Expect a win or at least a nice save total to boost your numbers.
Jonas Gustavsson ($6,500) – It is a light night and though Detroit travels to Manhattan to face the New York Rangers, Jonas Gustavsson is a pretty decent play. At the least, the game appears to be a mid to high event, low scoring game. The backup goalie averages over five points a game in daily leagues. Even if Detroit doesn’t get the win, the Swede should get the saves.
Others to consider: Jason LaBarbera ($6,800), Dustin Tokarski ($6,200) — lots of goalie Pepto Bismol today.
Ryan Getzlaf ($6,600) – This is still a fairly decent price point for a player who averages above four points a night in daily fantasy hockey and is capable of more in a night where he is up against the New York Islanders. The Isles have not fared well on their west coast trip and there is little confidence that they can contain Anaheim’s top line. Running mate Corey Perry ($8,000) is an expensive but good package play in a game that expects to feature goals.
Derick Brassard ($4,900) – Here is a bit of a mid value play as Brasard is hot late with six points in his last five games Derek Stepan is not ready to come back from his broken leg so strike while you can. The center has handled himself nicely in power play situations and is playing top line minutes. With the likes of Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash on his side, there is potential for a good night.
Others I like: Pavel Datsyuk ($8,200), Henrik Zetterberg ($7,800), John Tavares ($7,600).
Value: David Desharnais ($3,500), Ryan Strome ($3,400)
Kyle Okposo ($6,900) – If the Islanders are going to score goals, the Tavares line figures likely to produce. Kyle Okposo should have chances against Anaheim’s defense and a third string goaltender in Jason LaBarbera or a just returning Frederik Anderson (keep an eye on the Anaheim beat). Either way, this could be a nice point night even in a losing cause.
Gustav Nyquist ($5,600) – This is a play to the stage type of moment as the Swede will be at MSG on Wednesday night, playing against an idol in Henrik Lundqvist. Let’s set up that stage and try to come up with a better script. Nyquist’s daily point totals are mostly solid but again that top power play might thrive with the spotlight on.
Others I like: Justin Abdelkader ($5,400), Chris Kreider ($4,600).
Value: Anthony Duclair ($2,800), Dale Weise ($2,600).
P.K. Subban ($6,000) – There are not a lot of automatic plays on the defensive side of the ledger but after sub-par showings against Chicago and Calgary, P.K. Subban should be able to get on track against Buffalo. He does have to stay out of the penalty box as he has taken seven minors in the last six contests. He will be counted on to provide points from the blueline by a lot of DFS owners.
Niklas Kronwall ($5,100) – He blocks, hits, and provides points with enough frequency to keep him around in formats just like this. With +/- not a concern, you can start Kronwall and not worry about anything else. He should be able to pick up the odd assist, a few shots, and a blocked shot or two for good measure.
Others I like: Dan Girardi ($4,200), Cam Fowler ($4,100).
Value: Marc Staal ($2,500), Tyson Strachan ($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!