We head into a Monday slate with only six games. This will be a little shorter than usual, as we rode the NHL Game Breakdown hard with lots of choices and scenarios. I highly recommend reading that first. Okay…let’s rock!
Anders Lindback($7200) – We really are a little skittish given the choices, so why not completely go off the reservation with Lindback? Toronto is on the back end of a back to back here. The goalie is still reasonably priced enough to give him a shot, and, yes, he is going to likely give up some goals, but he also could very well face 35+ shots, which would pad his point total. If he gets a win, that just adds to the potential point factor. This will be a risky GPP play, but, hey, there are much worse out there.
Others to Consider: Jonathan Bernier ($7700), Richard Bachman ($6900). — If Bachman starts of course.
Sidney Crosby ($9000) – This Philadelphia and Pittsburgh tilt will feature goals. It is just a question of how many and which top six unit gets hot first. It would be an excellent time for Sidney Crosby to put Philly to rest himself. He has done little in the two previous meetings, as six shots in two games just does not cut it. When it gets down to the playoffs, teams will imitate what the Flyers do to the center. It is time to put up or shut up here.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6100) – Just keep playing him! As long as Nugent-Hopkins can stay healthy, he is on too much of a roll to pass up — with 12 points in his last ten games. His linemate, Jordan Eberle, has 13 points in his last ten and makes a good duo stack when you get right down to it. Anaheim’s goaltending has been a little shaky of late and with no clear number one, so Edmonton players could still be pretty good plays on Wednesday night, especially the first line center.
Others to Consider: Matt Duchene ($6700), Claude Giroux($8900), Derek Roy ($3900)
Values: Nick Spaling ($2900), Chris Vandevelde ($2500)
Ryan O’Reilly ($6800) – This is an “off the beaten path” kind of night, but if you have had O’Reilly in your fantasy season playoffs, you know the kind of production you are getting, and it is very good! Five goals and nine assists in the last ten games makes him the top play of the night, actually. Patrick Roy might not necessarily like him, and the Avalanche management may not be all that happy with him at times, but O’Reilly is having a heck of a close to the season.
Brian Gionta ($5300) – I can hear the boos from everywhere on the internet, but Gionta has probably looked the healthiest he has in over two years. His shot, while it is never going to set any land speed records, does have a little more zip to it. Pucks are also going in the net, scoring chances are becoming more plentiful, and it is as if Gionta has had some sort of weight lifted off of his body. Whatever it is, and it partially has to do with his linemates, the production is coming, so keep playing him.
Others to Consider: Alex Tanguay ($4500), Daniel Winnik ($3700), Steve Downie ($3300).
Values: Johan Larsson ($3000), Jiri Sekac ($2700), Dennis Everberg ($2600)
Brent Burns ($7300) – The fact that he has no goals in what feels like a month bothers me, but he does have seven assists in his last ten games and does shoot the puck a good bit, even if a lot of attempts are not quite hitting the target lately. Quietly, he also is good for a couple blocks a game, which provides that slight bump up into the first tier of defensemen. Yes his price is inflated, but with Kris Letang out, that was almost expected on this short slate.
Tyson Barrie ($4700) – Again, this is a case where you tend to find the producing forward with a defenseman that seems to be on the ice a good bit when he has points. Barrie is that guy. Therefore, we will take the chance despite the slight dip in production over the last week or two, in the hopes that the offense gets reignited. If Colorado comes out with some passion then this will be a good night.
Others to Consider: Dion Phaneuf ($4400), Oscar Klefbom ($4100), Cam Fowler ($3900)
Values: Derrick Pouillot ($3000), Simon Despres ($2900)
Thanks for reading guys, and hopefully these 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!