The week begins anew and I am ready for more daily picks here on “The Playbook”. There are just two games to choose from on this day. Let’s go!


This is a slate that has a features some ugly and some good. Let’s discuss!

Frederik Andersen ($8,600) – It is not easy when there are four goalies to choose from but Andersen (even though he is making his 16th straight start) looks to be the best start of the night. Toronto and Detroit are rivals so you never know. The goalie does get wins as he is 14-4-4 on the year. There is a bottom line here and that is what you have to consider when making these picks. Also, Edmonton snapped their 11 game losing streak against the Sharks the other night so a loss may be in order.

Others to consider: Jimmy Howard ($8,500). — we thought about Jonathan Bernier but honestly there is a little hesitation.


Pavel Datsyuk ($7,600) – It is a light night and yet naturally no one should care. If you have the money, then spend it. Datsyuk has 11 points in his last ten games and comes off an impressive three point game in Carolina. Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm may be plays that are worth it on a very slow night. That line did combine for ten points last week and Toronto did play last night. We thought about coupling with part of the Zetterberg line and Henrik Zetterberg in general. However, Toronto’s top line dilemma with Kessel may be enough of a tipping point here.

Ryan Kesler ($7,300) – When a player can sit there and take over a game, you have to take notice. Ryan Kesler really could do that when he was healthy. Once again, he is. He had seven shots on goal against Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon and a power play goal. Edmonton is a team that presents opportunities especially for the second line player who plays on the first power play unit. At times do not be surprised if Kesler sneaks up to the wing alongside Ryan Getzlaf on occasion.

*Others I like: Henrik Zetterberg ($6,900), Nazem Kadri ($6,000).

Value: Peter Holland ($3,100), Mark Arcobello ($3,000).


Tomas Tatar ($5,700) – No tartar sauce jokes here as the youngster is proving that he can play with Pavel Datsyuk and more than hold his own. Tatar had two goals on two shots in Carolina. Overall he has 12 goals on the season already after having 19 last year. He is on pace for over 30 goals. Just imagine when his ice time goes up a bit more as the power play points will likely tick up a bit also. People are going to have to get used to saying Tatar’s name right because you will hear a lot of it.

Matt Beleskey ($4,600) – His ability to score goals is always helpful when you consider each goal is 3.5 points (three for the goal and 0.5 for the shot). Beleskey scores just about a goal every other game and guess what….he did not score Sunday against Winnipeg so that is why we have him as a play for tonight.  The guy does not slump too often and with him being in the top six more consistently now, that means more benefits for his owners and some power play time.

Others I like: Gustav Nyquist ($4,500), Patrick Maroon ($3,600).

Value: Daniel Winnik ($2,900), Rene Bourque ($2,500).


Sami Vatanen ($4,900) – This is the first night in a long while where the top defenseman is under $5,000. Vatanen has 12 power play points on the season but now has nine even strength points as things are starting to balance out a little. He had six blocked shots on Sunday in a bit of an off night nearly hitting value. There are not too many good players on a short slate like this so tread carefully.

Cody Franson ($4,600) – Hey let’s take a gamble! In a light night with Detroit as opposition, we figure Franson is likely to get at least an assist, a few blocked shots and a few shots on goal to boot. Please keep in mind that the defenseman is the only consistently viable option on the blue line for Toronto.

Others I like: Niklas Kronwall ($4,200), Hampus Lindholm ($3,500).

Value: Jakub Kindl ($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. We will also have a few adds and subtractions as well.

Good luck today!