We head into a nice, light Monday as the schedule goes back to more of a normal NHL pattern. Two games in all with what feels like those early slates on the weekend. The time to dive into it is now!
This will be fun! Let’s go!
Cory Schneider ($9000) – Would New Jersey even be sniffing a playoff berth right now or remotely close if not for Schneider? The scary thing is if a certain defenseman had never seen the light of day, Schneider would have around a .930 save percentage right now. That’s right. Since November 15th, the goalie has a .932 save percentage and ranks near the top five in adjusted save percentage at even strength. These are some solid numbers and Arizona does not score a lot on the road. This in theory sounds like a plan but stay tuned.
Others to consider: John Gibson ($8600). — Oh just watch Twitter for more!
Pavel Datsyuk ($8500) – This is one you just have to play. Datsyuk has 12 points in his last nine games and is just coming off a four point night against Dallas. Simply Pavel Datsyuk can still dazzle us with passes, moves, and wizardry like few others. Even on the road against Anaheim, it is best if you just play him. Besides, Detroit will have to rely on him more with Henrik Zetterberg injured. This means more minutes on the power play for Datsyuk and that is a good thing.
Others I like: Ryan Getzlaf ($8000), Patrik Elias ($4000). — Watch for Adam Henrique as well.
Value: Rickard Rakell ($3000), Stephen Weiss ($2600).
Tomas Tatar ($6100) – Michael Cammalleri’s price is just too damn high and so is Nyquist’s to be honest. Anaheim could give up a few goals in this one if the game gets wild early. Tomas Tatar is just too good to keep down for long and his price is more reasonable that some of the players above him to be fair. Even Tatar’s price has gone up a good bit. That is the key here. Short slates require spending a lot but also spending carefully. This Red Wings winger has potential for a moderate to high scoring night.
Jakob Sifverberg ($3800) – It is one of those nights where going a little cheap can pay off. Silfverberg has six points in his last nine games and may be on his way to a nice stretch. The ice time has been pretty solid and if he continues to play around 16 minutes with some power play time, there is definitely some promise. Needless to say, he is cheap enough to help you afford one of those really high priced players to pair with the right winger. The last line change will also be of benefit.
Others I like: Michael Cammalleri ($7500), Justin Abdelkader ($3700).
Value: Tobias Rieder ($2900), Steve Bernier ($2900).
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($6700) – Defense prices are a little high because of the slate and the quality err lack of quality of the slate. With the uncertainty, sometimes comes inflated pricing. Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 17 goals on the season. Ignore the +/- because simply Arizona is just been that bad all year. This is about getting points and Ekman-Larsson possesses a booming shot and hockey sense which means he definitely could sneak one past Cory Schneider.
Hampus Lindholm ($4100) – Yes the injury of Sami Vatanen has helped Lindholm’s confidence and now it has resulted in a nice streak of points. He has six points in his last nine games and actually merits playing in your lineups. His price is still pretty reasonable at this moment. He is now getting power play time and hey, that never hurts. Detroit will be a tough test but so far the defenseman has handled this new assignment rather well.
Others I like: Keith Yandle ($7000), Adam Larsson ($4000).
Value: Jakub Kindl ($2700).
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!