We head into a Saturday slate that has all 30 teams in action. Thankfully the split slate has allowed us to focus on only the ten game night schedule. This is the final night so let’s make it count!

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Goalie

Carey Price ($8900) – This is the very safe play BUT Toronto has little to play for and Price needs to get some work in. More importantly, he has to start playing better and the Maple Leafs might be of some help. Then again, it may be more of an effort than we think. Likely it is a moderate to almost high GPP risk but this is actually a tougher goalie night than most because of all the players who could possibly rest, injuries, etc.

Eddie Lack ($7400) – Lack had a pretty routine 28 save performance against Arizona on Thursday night and almost faces an equally uninspiring team in Edmonton to end the season. There is a slight chance, I suppose, that Ryan Miller could play a little but stay tuned since this is the late game. Check the beats for confirmation but it would seem that Lack is owed at least one more start at the very least.

Others to Consider: Semyon Varlamov ($8400), Marc-Andre Fleury ($8500) — Consider guys like Schneider or whomever starts in Carolina, even Al Montoya if desperate enough for GPP’s.

 

Center

John Tavares ($9000) – The thing is a game with a healthy Blue Jackets team means the Islanders are going to have to score some goals in theory. This means Tavares, who is competing for the Art Ross, will need some points and that is where it gets fun. At what point do you rest an all world center if they do at all. Tavares is almost playing 22 minutes a night now so your odds are good that the points will come.

Tyler Seguin ($8600) – Let’s keep pushing things here as Seguin is trying to help fellow linemate Jamie Benn win that scoring trophy. Meanwhile Seguin is rising up the top ten himself and with a big night could hit the 80 point mark in just 72 games. He missed ten games with the knee injury. The center has 14 points in his last ten games. I guess that knee is not hurting so bad now, is it?

Tyler Johnson ($5500) – This is more of a situation type play as Johnson faces a Bruins team that will be hell bent on stopping the Steven Stamkos line in any way they can. They should open things up for the second err triplets line in Tampa. This may not be like the New Jersey game but at least the price is right when you consider that Boston really might not have much left in the tank. Five points in his last two games should seal the deal on this one.

Others to Consider:  Aleksander Barkov ($4200), Marko Dano ($4400), Pavel Datsyuk ($6900), Crosby/Malkin — just because it is Buffalo.

Values: Scott Gomez ($2900), Stephen Weiss ($2900)

 

Winger

Jamie Benn ($8600) – It is pretty damn tough to leave off a player with 17 points in his last ten games and seven power play points. With Patrick Eaves riding on the side, Eaves might be considered at times as a viable option but the focus is on the left winger who has just gone on a “Man On Fire” type of tear. Dallas is up against Pekka Rinne but Rinne has shown to be vulnerable lately. Does it really matter there? It is going to be one of the games to watch on Saturday night.

Radim Vrbata ($7100) – The rightt winger got kind of skunked on Thursday night against Arizona but now the Canucks entertain the Edmonton Oilers on the last night of the season. If that is not a hell of a present then I do not know what the heck is. Edmonton kind of has an iffy penalty kill on the road of late and has a tendency to give up shots on goal and goals. Vrbata shoots 4-5 shots a game easily. This is a recipe that could really start cooking.

Jaromir Jagr($4900) – Just keep playing him! Jagr is a 43 year old dynamo with nine points in his last ten games. He faces his former Devils teammates for the first time at his new home in Florida. Can New Jersey not get mesmerized by his puck handling? That is the question. If they do, it could be a good night as Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau can finish.

Others to Consider: Patric Hornqvist ($7600), Filip Forsberg ($5700), Cam Atkinson ($5300), Ryan O’Reilly ($5200), Brian Gionta ($4600)

Values:  Steve Downie ($2700), Brandon Prust ($2500), Jordin Tootoo ($2500)

 

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P.K. Subban ($8400) – The defense never takes a night off as Subban faces a Toronto team that most elite defensemen have feasted off of. Just ask Erik Karlsson! Subban will need a few days off and likely will not see over 30 minutes of ice time like he did against Detroit. He had two assists in the game and figures to be a prominent passer of the puck against Toronto though he will get his opportunities to shoot.

David Savard  ($3900) – Savard is just a very tempting play and we will take the bait to save some money in an effort to afford higher dollar stacked players. After all, finding that right mix is vital but consider that Savard finds a way to have multiple point games and might see a little more ice time than usual against a bad penalty kill in the New York Islanders. This is a risky GPP play but it had some solid footing.

Aaron Ekblad ($3900) – The Devils have taken 15 penalties in the last two games and Florida is bound to score at least once or twice on the man advantage. Ekblad hit a rough patch but has looked much better of late. New Jersey is a solid match-up. Ekblad will see his usual power play first unit time and again, the puck movement helps the defenseman get opportunities.

Others to Consider:  Alex Edler ($4600), Roman Josi ($6500), Andrei Markov ($4700), Ryan Ellis ($4400).

Values:  Yannick Weber ($3000), Simon Despres ($3000), Ryan Murphy ($2800).

 

Thanks for reading guys and hopefully the picks help you out. If you have any questions, fire them away at me on twitter @ChrisWasselDFS and i’ll do my best to answer them.

Good luck tonight!