We head into a Wednesday night with four games, as the playoffs get under way for the 2015 NHL season. As they say, now things get serious.
For those wanting to take it easy, here is a “low stakes” type of GPP just for you:
Carey Price ($8700) – This is the second season now, and though choices are fewer, they become tougher. Early on, it can be tough to gauge how some games may play out. Let’s face it. Price wants to atone for the last few weeks of the regular season. A .919 save percentage is pretty good for most goalies, but not this Montreal goalie. It is time to see if he can lead them a step or two closer this time around.
Others to Consider: Corey Crawford ($8200), Eddie Lack ($8000)? — If Lack indeed starts….
Jonathan Toews ($6400) – Though the home-road gap in daily points is significant, Toews steps it up a notch come playoff time, so this becomes a case where reputation becomes them. Now does Toews play with Patrick Kane? No one knows that just yet. While power play points may not necessarily happen here, even strength points work just fine too.
Sean Monahan ($5500) – Their prices are still affordable, and by them I mean the first line in Calgary that consists of Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Jiri Hudler. The 20 year old is a playoff newbie, but Vancouver may have Eddie Lack in net. The point potential with Calgary’s first line is as high as any other top line currently. Let’s see if the regular season translates to the postseason.
Others to Consider: John Tavares ($8800), Ryan Strome ($4500), Andrew Shaw ($3500)
Values: Bo Horvat ($2800), Joe Colborne ($2700)
Alex Ovechkin ($9200) – This is a play that you must try to get in if you can. Ovechkin, even as a cash game play might be pretty decent, considering his splits against the Islanders. Does New York find a way to magically improve their penalty kill, especially against Ovechkin? Sometimes a goal a game does not transition, but this is a home game in Washington, and the Capitals are going to want to jump on the Islanders fast. Look at Evgeni Kuznetsov as a side play with Ovechkin if desperate.
Mark Stone ($6500) – One of the hottest players in the NHL and possible Calder candidate has 13 points in his last ten games and four power play points in that span. Ottawa is riding him and Andrew Hammond obviously as the younger players are what is really fueling this amazing run. When does the streak stop? Again, youth will put this playoffs on notice, and it may just start off with guys like Stone.
Others to Consider: Radin Vrbata ($7300), Marian Hossa ($5900), Jiri Hudler ($5800), Brandon Saad ($4700).
Values: Nikolay Kulemin ($3000)
P.K. Subban ($8300) – The spotlight falls on Subban tonight, especially if Max Pacioretty cannot go or is essentially ineffective. Now, Erik Karlsson has had the better splits, as far as DFS, but it would be the second season and time for Subban to show again what he is worth (see last year’s Boston series). Again, the second season often yields some different results and no doubt these two defensemen will be under the microscope for their respective teams. Subban will be more looked at. Now this will be a test.
Alex Edler ($5200) – Yes, this is a moderate to high risk GPP play. Okay, who am I kidding? This is a high to very high GPP risk of a play. Obviously, the top pairing defenseman is usually on the ice with the Sedin twins, which never hurts. Calgary is kind of a wide open, high event team for the most part, so maybe Edler has a little more relevance than most would think. There were other options, but sometimes you have to spend a little less in some places to get more elsewhere.
Others to Consider: Erik Karlsson ($8400), Roman Josi ($6100), Andrei Markov ($4800).
Values: Thomas Hickey ($3000), Cody Ceci ($3000)
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!