We head into the “Goodbye Wednesday” slate for the first time in three years. Note the three West Coast starts which could make or break a lot of GPP and Cash lineups alike. Six games on the schedule…let’s go!
Check all goalie starters with beat writers, Left Wing Lock, NHL Goalie Starters, etc. because the “Goodbye Wednesday” always has a few wrinkles and unexpected “injury” news as well. We also apologize for the goalies Monday night as the numbers were all with us but the results were anything but.
Michael Hutchinson ($8,300) – There are six games on the schedule but this should be the lowest scoring game in theory has the teams have hit the under more often than not lately. Hutchinson is well rested and raring to go against a Columbus team that has leveled off after that streak earlier in the month. Winnipeg can get very loud and the Jets young goalie is never phased in who he goes up against. For consistent daily production, the “Hutch” looks to be clutch. Columbus will put some rubber on the net.
Others to consider: Semyon Varlamov ($8,500), Craig Anderson($7,800). — We were this close to picking Jonathan Bernier but touching anything Toronto in net has caused much burning of lineups lately.
Evgeni Malkin ($8,800) – This is one of those nights where we go a bit against the grain and steer clear of Sidney Crosby. Crosby will get his points but with Jonathan Toews up against him, it could be a long night. Chicago’s depth makes you pick your spots. Their slump indicates a power pivot could have success. That describes Evgeni Malkin who can do that and more on the ice. Malkin’s numbers have slid back a bit in the last 12 or 13 games but the game tonight may just be a little parting gift before the break. At the very least, lots of chances are very likely.
Bryan Little ($5,400) – There are tons of candidates at the center position but let’s opt for the Winnipeg first line center who has 11 points in his last ten games and is healthy. Little sees action in all disciplines which makes him a constant threat to gather points. When you get down and look at it, if Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler allow Little to get space, he can make plays for his linemates. Will Columbus use Brandon Dubinsky against this line? If they do, the first line has a slight speed advantage they can exploit.
Others I like: Sean Monahan ($5,300), Ryan Kesler ($5,200), David Krejci ($5,000), Nazem Kadri ($4,600).
Value: Trevor Lewis ($2,800), Mark Letestu ($2,500).
Patrick Kane ($8,500) – Kane is still over a point a game in the last five weeks! He has been consistently producing around 4.5 DraftKings points a night for about the last seven or eight games. He has been engaged and though Chicago is on the road and on the back end of a back to back, the Blackhawks need to keep playing to get out of their funk. This still makes too much sense not to pass up and Marc-Andre Fleury better be on notice.
Phil Kessel ($6,100) – The number is too damn low! Shots and scoring chances are plenty there but the luck has been almost zero over the last three to four weeks. Four points in his last 11 games has been enough to drive Kessel’s value down over $2,000! He and Nazem Kadri have had pretty good chemistry but the finishing has been too seldom in coming. Granted, the struggle has been real but over the long haul this philosophical change is best for the Leafs. Points will come!
Nick Foligno ($5,100) – Prices like this are just bulls**t. This winger is gold with Ryan Johansen and the points usually come from that line and/or on the first power play unit. Normally going off the beaten path is rewarded but this is not even a case of that. This is more just good old fashioned undervaluing. Some of the players priced above him are just laughably horrid compared to his production. Even if you play Foligno in a GPP, that is spending $455 below the average slot price.
Others I like: Blake Wheeler ($5,500), Johnny Gaudreau ($4,500) Jiri Hudler ($4,100), Mike Hoffman ($4,000).
Value: Tyler Kennedy ($2,800), Chris Neil ($2,500).
Brent Burns ($5,400) – Defense wise we are staying away from the really high values in recommendations except in the others I like section. Burns keeps going down just enough and yes he was held in check by New Jersey who knocked him far of his normal game. The defenseman will have to have a clearer head against Los Angeles but the Sharks tend to excel in the regular season home meetings especially. You have to start him in the hopes of blocked shots, shots on net, and maybe that one chance that finds the twine.
Erik Johnson ($5,000) – Johnson may not rack up points but in GPP formats, he is steady and basically gets three DraftKings points a night just by blocked shots and shots on goal themselves. His offensive production has slipped a good bit (4 pts in 13 games) but he may be due. After all, he has hit three points in the last four games. Take a shot and hey you never know if it hits the twine. What is the worst that could happen, especially if you spend wisely? Exactly!
Others I like: Drew Doughty ($5,500), Sami Vatanen ($4,800), Duncan Keith ($4,200), Kris Russell ($4,000).
Value: David Savard ($2,900), Matt Greene ($2,800), Marc Methot ($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.