We head into another easy three game slate for Wednesday. After a crazy Tuesday night that fell short of expectations for many, Wednesday should be even lower scoring but might have a good finishing kick. In the meantime…
This might hurt some! Let’s go!
Henrik Lundqvist ($9,000) – There should legally be a category called “Which hot goalie do I choose?” Legitimately two of the hottest goalies face each other but Lundqvist is the one playing at home. A .942 save percentage and a goals against below two is convincing enough. The Rangers have a little more scoring punch than the Bruins do and an improved home record this season. The key with playing Boston is that the Rangers defense and Lundqvist will have to focus on traffic and breakouts. If they can, New York should be able to get Lundqvist the W.
The New York Rangers had to scratch Lundqvist due to an apparent neck injury. At this point you could go with Tuukka Rask or Cam Talbot. Talbot tends to have some success at MSG. However, so does Rask. It really is a coin flip.Straight from the Rangers Twitter account:
# Henrik Lundqvist suffered a neck injury and is out on a day-to-day basis. Further updates will be provided when more info is available.
Others to consider: Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,500), Jonas Hiller ($8,100). — That is all we got. Next!
Mikael Backlund ($4,700) – Naturally something had to happen to Backlund so he became ill this time. He will be a game time decision as the flu seems to be going around Calgary. If he cannot go, check on Jiri Hudler at the wing and even Joe Colborne as an even cheaper center choice. The center is a point a game player over his last ten games so the Flames really need him in that lineup. Check morning skate and if need be warm-ups for the latest.
Anton Lander ($3,300) – Going even cheaper again so we have more options in GPP’s and such as Lander has created some intrigue in Edmonton. Yes he only has one goal so far but Lander is getting scoring chances and the pivot is also setting up tons of chances that have not resulted in goals. Just imagine if Edmonton kept finding ways not to score when it counts. He may be young but Anton Lander is definitely one to watch.
Others I like: Evgeni Malkin ($8,500), Derek Stepan ($5,000), Joe Colborne ($3,600).
Value: Melker Karlsson ($2,800), Markus Granlund ($2,600).
Rick Nash ($8,700) – The price is still almost right considering Nash drives so much of the Rangers offense. He just feeds off the crowd and is on pace for almost 50 goals if he hits another hot streak. This winger has six goals in his last ten games and that is considered a mini DFS slump to some. Okay no power play points in the last twelve is a bit of a concern but that is bound to correct itself. He is an excellent GPP option to spend up for. Just keep shooting Rick!
Jiri Hudler ($4,100) – Keep your eyes wide open on the ever changing flu updates from Calgary as Hudler should be considered a go unless otherwise noted. His price point makes him attractive but playing with Johnny Gaudreau cements his solid footing among DFS players. Calgary really could use the help and needs the two points. If he does wind up back in, watch Hudler because he has battled this flu/illness for over a week. However, it cannot hurt to take a shot.
Others I like: Patric Hornqvist ($6,700), Reilly Smith ($4,500), Steve Downie ($3,300). — Check Lucic situation please!
Value: David Pastrnak ($2,900), Tyler Kennedy ($2,800).
Brent Burns ($6,000) – Defense prices are too high for the Letang and Giordano price bracket but sliding back for Burns is not too bad of a consolation. He is due to score a goal anytime now and no goals in the last three plus weeks has to drive people away a bit. However, playing Calgary could be just the cure that ails Burns and his ability to find the back of the net. The defenseman will play a ton so the chances will be there. He just has to cash in.
Dennis Wideman ($5,100) – There is no way this could be passed up as Wideman keeps on finding ways to produce. This latest hot stretch has brought him back to a near must own. Yes the streaks do fade but Wideman as a second pairing defenseman will have his chances to shoot the puck against San Jose and block some shots too. Amusingly his 9% shooting percentage over the last 11 games is lower than his season average of 11.4%. Maybe he pops in a goal for bonus points.
Others I like: T.J. Brodie ($4,200), Dan Girardi ($3,800), Paul Martin ($3,200). — If you can spend for Letang or Giordano in GPP’s then do so!
Value: Kevin Klein ($2,900), Simon Despres ($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 today!