We head into a Sunday with just two games and not a lot of direction as both of these Game 6’s could really go either way. It will definitely cause some headaches.
For those wanting to take it easy, here is a “low stakes” type of GPP just for you:
Craig Anderson ($8900) – This is going to be a high risk pick because of how angry Montreal is going to come out but if Anderson can just withstand the pressure during the early parts of this game then he might just be okay. At the very least, he has been stingy stopping all but two shots since he replaced Andrew Hammond. That is all you can ask for in a goalie and that means daily points regardless of the outcome.
Devan Dubnyk ($8400) – Honestly Dubnyk is quite resilient considering the physical toll that St. Louis has tried to exact on him in this series. If you really think about it, the pounding he has taken has strengthened his resolve. Every time he has a dud, he comes back like a stud. You have to tip your hat to the netminder. He has played big just when it looked like Minnesota could lose its grip on the series completely.
Others to Consider: Carey Price ($9200), Jake Allen ($8200).
Mika Zibanejad ($4500) – The second line was on fire in Game 5 as the center had two assists. There was one concern and that was Zibanejad’s tendency to pass up on wide open shots. We saw it in Game 4 and it was more prevalent in Game 5. If the opportunity is there, he must take it. Even coaches looked like they were stressing that to him on the bench toward the end of Game 5. Was the message sent?
Paul Stastny ($4800) – The chances just did not work out for Stastny who was on the top line with Vladimir Tarasenko. With a crazy series like this, maybe in Game 6 it works out? There are plenty of choices and high risks for GPP’s here. Stacks are also quite likely but where to stack is a huge question. Do you duo stack to hedge lines? You may want to but keep Stastny in mind at the low price.
Others to Consider: Kyle Turris ($7300), Mikko Koivu ($4300), Brian Flynn ($3300).
Values: Zack Smith ($2500), Marcel Goc ($2500)
Max Pacioretty ($8500) – It is put up or shut up time for Pacioretty. The DFS public awaits the answer and if the left winger is honestly healthy. He does not look it but Pacioretty has had his chances where he did not even need to be 100%. The stage is set in Ottawa and the reality could not be more dangerous if Montreal does not get scoring from its sniper soon.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($9000) – The shots keep going in for the right winger. That is six goals so far for those who did not count. Minnesota does not really have many answers as far as stopping the forward but if Devan Dubnyk can stop him just enough or the forward misses on a few shots, that might do it. The key is getting more pucks on the net. That is the only knock. The points will likely still come anyway.
Others to Consider: Bobby Ryan ($6800), Zach Parise ($8600), Mike Hoffman ($4300), Dale Weise ($3300), Chris Stewart ($3400).
Values: Justin Fontaine ($2800), Brandon Prust ($2700).
Erik Karlsson ($8700) – This is where I want to spend because there was a lot to like about Karlsson’ game the other night. For one, he shot the puck more and looked probably the healthiest I had seen him all playoffs (still battling an injury though). The other thing was he controlled the game for Ottawa. That is important as Ottawa weathered the storm then counter punched. That strike second ability leads to higher point potential for Karlsson if the Senators can play downhill.
P.K. Subban ($8300) – You have to stop horsing around and step up if you are Subban! The shenanigans and the restraints need to stop and Subban just needs to be allowed to play. P.K. Subban is at his best when the game is a little more chaotic. He has to be given free reign even with the possibility of mistakes. The series is in danger of slipping away if pucks do not start going in and yes Subban’s power play exploits need to come to fruition soon!
Others to Consider: Jared Spurgeon ($4300), Patrick Wiercioch ($3600), Jeff Petry ($3400).
Values: Matt Dumba ($3000), Zbynek Michalek ($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!