We head into another huge Saturday. There are nine games for the late and regular slate options. We concentrate on the night games only for Saturday. As for the early games, we had you covered on Twitter.
This will be fun! Let’s go!
Carey Price ($9,400) – There will be a temptation to get worried because this is a game against Toronto and Price does have a little bit of trouble against them but this is Toronto and while the game should be a little wild, it should be a Montreal win when all is said and done. Price is the reason why Montreal is where Toronto wants to be and Montreal is where maybe the Canadiens should be. Watch the first 10-15 minutes of this one and that may dictate how this game goes.
Devan Dubnyk ($9,000) – We keep acting amazed when Dubnyk tosses another very good performance but four shutouts in his last 12 starts is just like…damnnnn! He is producing at higher rate (5.8 points per in last ten) than Carey Price. Basically that is Vezina like pace and though that is likely not sustainable, Dubnyk does play goalie on a team that suppresses shots among the best when they are rolling. Carolina is a worse team on the road and much worse at that.
Others to consider: Semyon Varlamov ($7,800), Cam Talbot ($6,700).
John Tavares ($7,100) – This is a good time to have Tavares and he was pretty salty about having an assist taken away in his last game against Toronto. The Islanders play a Columbus team coming off a tough comeback win against Philadelphia. The top line with Anders Lee on his left wing has become one to watch for opposing teams as opposing coaches have really remarked about how hard it is to knock Lee off the puck. There are worse things after all but tonight Tavares is a must play.
Jeff Carter ($6,300) – That refurbished 70’s line is the only thing clicking in Los Angeles lately. After all, what else do you have there at times? This line has become a must play for as long as this hot streak has and Washington’s defense could have some problems against this top line. Please be aware that Carter just gets it. His nine points in his last ten games include four goals and a ton of power play chances. Imagine if a few more of those had gone in.
Mikko Koivu ($5,600) – Minnesota has been an easier team to figure out as they have finally settled down knowing they have a viable option in net. These 5+ shot outbursts need to happen more often with Koivu. He has the ability to let it rip and that should be embraced a bit more. The tendency is to keep possession but also consider that the Wild need every bit of help from here on out. Playing with Zach Parise never hurts anyone at all. Carolina should provide a favorable matchup tonight.
Others I like: Henrik Zetterberg ($5,700), Bryan Little ($5,300), Pavel Datsyuk ($5,200).
Value: Vernon Fiddler ($2,900), Matt Cullen ($2,600).
Max Pacioretty ($8,500) – The Toronto Maple Leafs often bring the best out of Pacioretty but this is one I am not looking at numbers really. This is more from a simple guns and butter approach. The Maple Leafs are the butter while Pacioretty represents the guns. Now Toronto is going to score for example but Pacioretty represents the likely threat to score the most. He has over 40 shots in his last nine games so all he really needs is a point of any kind to hit value honestly.
Zach Parise ($7,300) – Parise against a team defense that gives up three goals a night on the road and has troubles stopping speedy forwards sets up well for the former 40 goal scorer. Mikko Koivu could have a nice night too along with Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek. Honestly Parise will have to lead these four on a first line power play unit against a Canes team that is normally stout on the penalty kill but can be attacked. There are holes that a Parise can attack.
Gustav Nyquist ($4,800) – This is a play that keeps on giving once again. His linemate Tomas Tatar is just that damn good as well. Honestly Nyquist could be even better than his 39 points in 53 games. That is a scary thought, isn’t it? This is a perennial 35-40 goal scorer in the making. Just be patient and watch him as he shapes up very well against whatever Winnipeg can throw at him here. Their team defense can be so suspect and for a speedster like Nyquist who possesses the puck so well, that bodes nicely
Others I like: Rick Nash ($8,700), Tomas Tatar ($5,300), Andrew Ladd ($4,600).
Value: Alex Tanguay ($2,800), Nik Kulemin ($2,500). — Watch for Brett Ritchie!
P.K. Subban ($6,400) – Defense prices are pretty solid as Subban has a favorable matchup against Toronto. Hey, can anyone stop that hard shot from the defenseman? We will find out tonight! Either way, these rivalry games often breed their own results like when Montreal plays Boston for example.
Johnny Boychuk ($4,800) – It is just that kind of night where a DFS player could really put together a great team with a couple thousand to spare. Boychuk is too good to pass up and a few hundred below average as far as salary while getting above average talent. The goals have not come like they did in the first week of the season but the defenseman has 33 shots and 23 blocks in the last ten games. Sometimes it is more than just goals and assists as they say. Tonight against Columbus may just mean points!
John Klingberg ($4,200) – Yes there is the Seguin injury and the price drop but Klingberg can almost create his own offense and that first line for Dallas will still be pretty solid. No one should worry too much there as it is more after the initial wave that is worrisome. In daily fantasy, we do not have that problem to worry about. It will be a tough road game in Colorado but both teams know they need to score goals and that could mean some wide open ice possibly.
Others I like: Shea Weber/Roman Josi, Travis Hamonic ($4,500), Morgan Reilly ($4,500).
Value: Danny DeKeyser ($2,700), Jon Merrill ($2,500).
Thanks for reading guys and hopefully the picks help you out. If you have any questions, fire them away at me on twitter @ChrisWasselTHW and i’ll do my best to answer them.
Good luck tonight!