We head into a Saturday slate that has 13 games. Thankfully that split slate was a one week fad and there are ten night games to focus on for a Saturday evening that could feature some good scoring opportunities.

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Goalie

Henrik Lundqvist ($9300) – This is the very safe play BUT do not expect New Jersey to put up a lot of shots on Lundqvist. That is the caveat. You really need 0 or 1 goal given up for this play to be effective. Can New Jersey crank out 25+ shots or something close? The win is almost guaranteed to be honest. Basically this would be like the Rangers playing the Sabres. Unless something unforeseen happens, you can figure out the rest.

Jonathan Quick ($8500) – Lost in the route on Thursday was the fact that Quick still had to face 30 shots and quite a few dangerous shots too. He stopped 28 in the 8-2 win that everyone is still talking out. Keep in mind, Colorado could actually fire less shots at Quick in this one but even 25-30 shots would be enough rubber if he gets the W. That is the all mighty important thing here. That .928 save percentage of late is as well.

Others to Consider: Antti Niemi ($8100), Jonas Hiller ($7200)? — may play depending on injuries.

 

Center

John Tavares ($8800) – These games are typically pretty close but the skill level gap between Tavares and the Sabres is probably miles and miles. He has three points in two games against Buffalo and is starting to heat up just at the right time. Now if only the team could play some defense and make some timely saves. Okay now we are getting picky here. He is even more of a must start than Tyler Seguin is and that speaks volumes.

Anze Kopitar ($5600) – Let’s keep pushing things here as Kopitar now has 46 assists and 62 points on the year. That is not bad considering that December and January slump. Marian Gaborik will be a nice wing play with him again and one can even stack another random King to go along for the ride. When you look at the overall match-up, Kopitar becomes more and more of a steal. Most may not go back to the well. The Kings’ playoff chances depend on it.

Ryan Spooner ($5300) – This is more of a match-up play as Toronto cannot help giving up goals on the road and the youngster has been on a nice run with 18 points in 25 games. That is impressive given the pressure situation he was thrust into. The conventional pick was Sean Monahan but Spooner’s playmaking ability. Who on Toronto will match up to his speed and ability? That is the question Toronto probably asks himself now.

Others to Consider:  Matt Duchene ($6700), Kyle Turris ($5500), Pavel Datsyuk ($5200)

Values: Josh Jooris ($3000), Chris Kelly ($2700)

 

Winger

Rick Nash ($8400) – This is the type of night where there is an almost endless supply of wingers you can plug and play. Nash is no exception as he only has one point in two games against New Jersey. That does not sway us. What does is the fact that the game he plays is a sound investment. New Jersey is on the back end of a back to back and has not fared well in the past few years against the Rangers. Why should it start now?

Zach Parise ($8300) – The left winger sets up well against a Detroit team that is in full urgency and panic mode. Detroit has to win and there is no doubting that. This will create some chances that would not normally be there. Also, Jimmy Howard will be in net for the Red Wings and Parise has good splits against him. The 30 goal scorer could easily pad his goal totals in this one.

Brian Gionta ($5600) – Just keep playing him! It is a crazy and improbable end of season run for Gionta but 11 points in 10 games is something you do not see often along with the increased shot total. Gionta was averaging 2.2 shots per game and during this streak is averaging 4.1. That is all you need to know. It appears finally his arm and shoulder are healthy. All that matters is now you find him back into your DFS lineup.

Others to Consider: Alex Ovechkin ($9500), Gabriel Landeskog ($5900), Thomas Vanek ($5200), Ryan O’Reilly ($5800), Jamie Benn ($8900)

Values:  Antoine Roussel ($2900), Brett Connolly ($2700), Jordin Tootoo ($2500)

 

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Erik Karlsson ($7800) – The defense never rests! It is like a sermon every Saturday night because the last four or five Saturdays, the big points or at least value has hit. Washington tends to like to push the pace and carry the puck which is exactly what the Senators and Karlsson like. Their counter attack is one of the best ones I have seen and that is spearheaded by the defenseman. If you have the money, use it here.

Keith Yandle  ($5200) – Welcome to the high risk and high reward selection of the night. Yandle has not been very good in Ranger blue compared to what has been expected of him but he does have six assists in his last ten games. You expected a power play goal or two by now and maybe one of those comes against New Jersey. That match up sets up better than any he will see this year.

Torey Krug ($4800) – This is a nice one given that Toronto’s road penalty kill makes it an easy pick. Yes Krug is not on fire NBA Jams style but if he is going to have a really good performance, tonight would be the night. It is going to be tough for Toronto to corral that hard shot and playmaking ability. Then again, does Toronto really want to even win this game? It’s a really good question.

Others to Consider:  John Carlson ($5900), Roman Josi ($6600), Kris Russell ($5400) — Consider Aaron Ekblad also.

Values:  Patrick Wiercioch ($3000), Marc Staal ($2700)

 

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!