We head into a more relaxed Sunday with five games and we focus on the four later games but do not worry, there will be some takes on Pittsburgh and Chicago on Twitter.
This will be fun! Let’s go!
John Gibson ($8,500) – There will be a temptation to get worried because this is a tough game for Anaheim even with Washington on the back end of a back to back. Then again, there really is no easy goalie to take today other than maybe one or two. Those are even rough depending on how the teams play. Some days are just like this but Gibson has the home ice advantage and as good as Braden Holtby has been, Anaheim’s speed and power may be a little too much even for him today. That makes Gibson the start.
Others to consider: Ray Emery ($7,200). It’s a really nasty one out there!
Claude Giroux ($6,900) – This is a go big or go home type of pick only because Buffalo can sometimes draw a team into very low event hockey yet give up goals anyway. We went buy low here because Giroux’s shots and chances are a good ways down and his daily production in the last ten games is down almost 25%. All signs point toward doom but hey Buffalo can be a slump buster for most players and arguably the Sabres have actually become worse with the two trades they made. Buffalo has also had an extensive rest and that serves Giroux well.
Nick Bjugstad ($5,200) – For an even cheaper option, Aleksander Barkov may be just as viable of an option in this potential high event game against St. Louis. Bjugstad was held in check against Dallas and something tells me that Florida’s pace will only help Bjugstad this evening. The center has seven points in his last ten games but is firing 3.5 shots per game on net. If he can hit the net four times against the Blues, one is likely to hit the net.
Others I like: Ryan Getzlaf ($7,500), Nicklas Backstrom ($6,000), Joe Thornton ($5,100).
Value: Bryan Flynn ($2,700), Chris VandeVelde ($2,500).
Jakub Voracek ($5,900) – The god must be offering mercy (the hockey gods that is) as Voracek is under $6000 which makes him a solid add. The games against Buffalo are often ugly and really Voracek may only get a goal or assist but if he fires three of four shots on goal, that may just be worth it anyway. This allows us to spend more money elsewhere on a day where it could be ugly or be pretty grand. Voracek becomes a better own in cash games and some GPP options.
Jaden Schwartz ($4,900) – Hello market correction pricing or is that over correction? Either way, Schwartz is a must play given his power play lethal strike ability, even in Florida this evening. Yes he has slumped in his last three weeks or so but hey sometimes a gamble is much needed and the price makes this an affordable choice to go after the high priced talent without necessarily going even near the cap. It is that kind of day where choices can be plentiful. It is just this. Can Schwartz play better than he has the last couple games? Good question.
Others I like: Wayne Simmonds ($7,100), Nikita Kucherov ($5,600), T.J. Oshie ($5,500).
Value: Matt Nieto ($2,900), Barclay Goodrow ($2,500).
Victor Hedman ($5,400) – Defense prices are pretty solid again as Hedman becomes a better play because of the pricing tonight. In all day formats he is not as good of a choice but in most slates he will be just fine. My only concern with Tampa’s top defenseman is again, he keeps shooting less and less especially on the power play. He has more missed shots lately as well. If he can hit the net today and just let it fly, Hedman may just be a help to your team.
Aaron Ekblad ($4,400) – It is going to be where we go here because Florida and St. Louis will be high event hockey. That works just fine for Aaron Ekblad who is putting together a Calder Trophy caliber season. He is still on pace for a 45 point season which would be a hell of a campaign on a Florida team that was not sure quite what he would bring to the table. Give the rookie credit, Ekblad has been everything as advertised and then some. Today, watch for him on special teams and transition situations. He could test St. Louis often.
Others I like: Alex Pietrangelo ($5,100), Mark Streit ($4,000).
Value: Matt Tennyson ($3,000), Luke Schenn ($2,800).
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!