We head into another huge Saturday. There are eleven games and there are also early, late, and regular slate options. We concentrate on the night games only for Saturday. As for the early games, we have you covered on Twitter.
This will be fun! Let’s go!
Carey Price ($9,600) – There will be a temptation to get worried about this but the highest goalie value on the board is there for a reason. Price gets results. Throw out the bad night against Buffalo of all times. Montreal does not have to face them at all for the rest of the season. Expect the goalie to bounce back against a New Jersey team where the less than stellar amount of chances will catch up soon enough. With his 1.68 GAA and .944 save percentage over the last ten, goals will be at a premium or should be.
Devan Dubnyk ($8,200) – We take a moderate risk by playing Dubnyk simply because the bottom has to fall out at home, right? The six wins over the last nine decisions along with the three shutouts (one against Chicago) make this a pretty sound choice. Are you going to hear about other options? Naturally! This is why you read the column and hopefully you stayed away like most did from St. Louis on Friday night. Dubnyk will be tested here though as every point counts. This is just about playoff hockey for Minnesota.
Others to consider: Tuukka Rask ($9,000), Petr Mrazek ($7,600).
Tyler Seguin ($8,700) – This is Buffalo and damn that Benneguin’s has to be open for business. Seguin is due for a multiple goal game and his shooting percentage has crashed over the last ten or eleven games. It has hung around 5% which is criminally awful. The Sabres cannot really guard him or slow him down much. The reason why Seguin should have success is his ability to set up players with really good chances. He has seven assists during this streak of sorts.
Nazem Kadri ($5,000) – At this point, it is almost like just the hell of it. Kadri had his chances again, against the New Jersey. Watch for any changes in pairing as Toronto. The defense does not have to be worried about as much because thankfully DraftKings does not care about your plus/minus. This is about production that is due and the center is absolutely ready to atone for what everyone saw in New Jersey last night.
Mikko Koivu ($5,000) – 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.
Others I like: Sidney Crosby ($8800), John Tavares ($7,800), Pavel Datsyuk ($5,100).
Value: Anton Lander ($2,800), James Sheppard ($2,500).
Max Pacioretty ($7,600) – The Buffalo game was though and yet Pacioretty squeezed out an assist. It was not much but that kept him at near a point a game clip. When you see a left winger with some tenacity and ability to improvise too, you must admire some of the moves that Pacioretty pulls off. Traditionally, Pacioretty carves New Jersey up like a fast kitchen knife on a 20 pound turkey. Yes Tomas Plekanec could be recommended here even with David Desharnais.
Bobby Ryan ($6,200) – Columbus comes into Ottawa to play the Senators and Ryan will be well rested while Columbus is not going to be so much. This may be the happiest anyone has seen the winger in a long while. The point totals are up and again the Blue Jackets scored seven last night. What are the chances of that happening again? Exactly! Please note that Ryan and Kyle Turris are not paired together at even strength very often, if at all. Ryan is a nice upper middle value.
Gustav Nyquist ($5,300) – Prices like this are just too funny. Did anyone notice that Nyquist has 11 points in his last ten games. We considered Tomas Tatar here and still might. That Detroit line has been too good lately especially when Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg join it on the man advantage. It is why when they are on, the Red Wings have quite a few forwards that can knock some real fear into you. Facing Arizona should not hurt that but only help.
Others I like: David Perron ($4,800), Tomas Tatar ($4,600), Patrick Eaves ($4,000).
Value: Alex Tanguay ($2,900), David Pastrnak ($2,800). — Watch for Brett Ritchie!
Brent Burns ($5,800) – Defense prices are pretty solid as Burns still is not scoring goals but did have seven DraftKings points on the strength of a couple assists and a few high impact shifts. At some point, the goal faucet will get turned on and that is when the price point will start heading to outrageous levels again. San Jose faces a Carolina team with a stout penalty kill but suspect 5 on 5. If Burns can aim that shot on net, good things are going to happen.
Johnny Boychuk ($5,300) – 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 21 on the year including six in his last nine games. There are worse options out there.
Marco Scandella ($3,600) – The eight shots on net against Chicago caught our attention because here comes Colorado, another team that Minnesota really loves to hate. As long as the fire keeps burning, maybe a goal or two goes in for Scandella who has a nice shot. Hopefully the offensive production is on its way because the shots and especially blocked shots are usually rather good. Slumps are going to happen and hopefully this is one that is over.
Others I like: John Klingberg ($4,900), Andrei Markov ($4,500), Cody Franson ($4,400).
Value: Danny DeKeyser ($2,700), Ryan Stanton ($2,600), Kevan Miller ($2,600).
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!