We head into a Saturday with four games, as the playoffs continue with Game 2’s that really could change some series. There will be a good bit of gambles in here.
For those wanting to take it easy, here is a “low stakes” type of GPP just for you:
Henrik Lundqvist ($9200) – This is basically one of those that you go well if Pittsburgh proves me wrong then so be it. Honestly, the Penguins showed up in the third period but it was too late. He only had to make 24 saves and some do expect Lundqvist to face a little more rubber but then again he may not. Lundqvist has now won four straight playoff games against Pittsburgh and that bodes well for Saturday evening.
Others to Consider: Jake Allen ($8300), Ondrej Pavelec ($8000)? — If you cannot afford Mrazek just for saves…..
Ryan Getzlaf ($8500) – Winnipeg had no answers for the Anaheim center as he had a goal and two assists in the 4-2 Anaheim victory. The Jets could not maintain gap control or spacing and there were just too many times where the center could just carry the puck and play almost at will. People have to understand with some positions, you should be able to spend up to buy at least one high end player from each position in theory. Getzlaf should be played in high confidence.
Derick Brassard ($4500) – The plan is to slide down a few notches and ride the pivot that plays with Rick Nash. At the very least if you can pick up a cheap assist or goal with some shots, that can be quite effective. It is also around $1000 below DraftKings average. No one knows what you will get from the Rangers power play but even strength, wow can they be quite the handful.
Others to Consider: Tyler Johnson ($7800), Ryan Kesler ($4500), Mark Scheifele ($4400)
Values: Nick Spaling ($2900), Stephen Weiss ($2500)
Corey Perry ($8700) – This is a must play. When Perry has “those eyes”, you just know it will be a good night. Hell, it was a great night as the right winger had four points on the four goals. The top line had Patrick Maroon creating the space while Perry and Getzlaf did their work. The theory is to expect something close again. If you spend the money then you have chosen wisely. His near 19% shooting percentage of late is too good to pass up that is about 5.1 shots per goal.
Alex Steen ($6800) – One of the most crucial moments is already here for St. Louis and the Alex Steen-Vladimir Tarasenko duo will have to be there from the beginning. There were good looks in the third period and the goal they had but this has to happen more often. Activity and chances had to happen more. The Blues only had 21 shots but after 40, Steen had 0. That cannot happen again in this series. Minnesota is too balanced but they have holes.
Others to Consider: Zach Parise ($8300), Jaden Schwartz ($6100), Ryan Callahan ($5100), Kevin Hayes ($4300).
Values: Adam Lowry ($3000), Steve Downie ($2700).
Kevin Shattenkirk ($6300) – Continue the third period! That should be the credo for St. Louis and Shattenkirk. The defenseman had two points in the final 20 in the 4-2 loss. IF they start the way they finish then it could be one of the better games of Saturday. The Wild penalty kill might be too strong but the Blues had chances even then. Multiple game streaks are common in these playoffs, period. Nobody should be surprised.
Keith Yandle ($5700) – This could be a pretty solid play especially if Pittsburgh starts to try playing a bit more wide open. That might actually feed into Yandle’s hands. Now keep in mind that the Rangers do not need to be prodigious on the power play because the Penguins will likely be introducing two defensemen back into the roster. Though that means good things for Pittsburgh, it may be better for Yandle who offensively can pick apart in these types of scenarios.
Others to Consider: Sami Vatanen ($5000), Victor Hedman ($4600), Jacob Trouba ($4600).
Values: Ian Cole ($2900), Kyle Quincey ($2500)
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!