We have hit hump day and I am ready for more daily picks here on “The Playbook”. There are three 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!
Darcy Kuemper ($6,900) – You may have to gamble and start Nicklas Backstrom but Kuemper would be ideal against a Boston team who lost a tough one in a shootout on Tuesday night. It has not been easy for Kuemper with a goals against over three and a save percentage under .900 in his last ten games but at this point who else is there on a nasty Wednesday night? With little to trust, he seemed like a safe bet when the other options were weighed.
Editor’s Note: Kuemper has been scratched along with Backstrom as well due to illness. It may be wise to hold off on John Curry and go with either Craig Anderson or Tuukka Rask. I would lean with Anderson here.
Others to consider: Cory Schneider ($8,500).
Tyler Seguin ($9,200) – It is a case where you keep running out the hot hand until he gives you a reason not to. Tyler Seguin has been incredible this year and with goals being worth three points and he leads the NHL in goals, this seemed like a really good bet. Using dollar per point metrics means you may have to get a bit more out of him, remember how Seguin torched Ryan Miller the last time these two teams played each other. If the center comes close then look out! I also recommend Jason Spezza as a sneaky cheap play or a possible modest double play.
Mika Zibanejad ($5,200) – We always knew he had potential and now it is starting to shine through. Zibanejad has 15 points in 28 games this year but scored again Saturday versus Boston. He will be a more prominent part of the offense and while Ottawa has trouble at times scoring, they can more than held their own when it comes to putting the puck in the net. The pivot has also increased his power play presence and now comes the next step which is more execution.
*Others I like: Adam Henrique ($4,900), Nick Bonino ($4,500).
Value: Chris Kelly ($2,600), Shawn Horcoff ($2,500).
Zach Parise ($8,900) – The thing is that Parise can be downright filthy on the ice and tonight against Boston could be no exception. He is a high volume shooter who creates his own offense. That is definitely the one thing he can still do very well, even if that is a bit inconsistent at times. His right near point a game pace has made daily owners pretty happy. An angry Minnesota team with Parise leading the way against Boston is something most can get behind.
Jaromir Jagr ($5,900) – His timeless ability to take games over is still evident even if Jagr’s offense has tailed off ever so slightly. He is starting to shoot a hair over three shots a game in the last eight contests. The right winger must shoot more and create plays for himself with Travis Zajac back. It did seem like Jagr and Scott Gomez had some genuine chemistry and that may be something that gets explored at times from a game to game basis. Taking risks with short slates is not always prudent but why not.
Others I like: Radim Vrbata ($7,800), Daniel Sedin ($5,700).
Value: Jannik Hansen ($2,900), Erik Cole ($2,800).
Erik Karlsson ($8,500) – When a player seems to torment a team, that is when you have to consider him in your lineup. If you have the money to do it, Karlsson has to be in your DFS. Consider he is playing a New Jersey squad that is afraid of its own shadow and has a coach on thin ice along with some players. The former Norris Trophy winner could at least block enough shots and fire plenty of his own to almost hit value. Just an assist or a goal would actually exceed value more than likely.
Marek Zidlicky ($4,300) – For all the bad with Zidlicky, there is still good. He has 17 points in 32 games and that makes him a viable play on a light night. There are the penalties and the lackadaisical plays but then there is the point potential. Again, at his age, he is pure risk/reward which makes it like a true roll of a dice. Not as many people will take him in cash games but that is his more recommended slot. Do not go the GPP option with him.
Others I like: Ryan Suter ($6,300), Alex Edler ($4,800).
Value: Jon Merrill ($2,700), Luca Sbisa ($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!