We head into a slow three game slate on Wednesday. Note the late game which could make or break a lot of GPP and Cash lineups alike.
Check all goalie starters with beat writers, Left Wing Lock, NHL Goalie Starters, etc. just to make sure all confirmations are correct.
Cory Schneider ($8,600) – The other two games in theory should feature higher scoring games err games that really could feature several swings. New Jersey and Toronto seems to be poised for a lower scoring final. Then again, one never knows. New Jersey has difficulty after three or more days off between action and Toronto just needs a win. If Schneider can stem the tide, New Jersey likely will be able to outscore the Maple Leafs. This is quite the winnable game for a goalie who deserves a little better luck.
Others to consider: Jonathan Bernier ($7,400). — Do consider Braden Holtby in GPP’s. He had a bit of an off night against Columbus and does fare well against Pittsburgh lately.
Anze Kopitar ($5,900) – This is one of those nights where we go a bit against the grain and steer clear of Sidney Crosby. Crosby will likely play after sitting out on Tuesday but trying to figure out where the points will settle with Pittsburgh could be tough. Chicago and Los Angeles at least has somewhat clearer scoring trends. This includes Kopitar who has 12 points in his last ten games. Tyler Toffoli may help on the man advantage and potentially penalty kill but more importantly, the captain needs to lead them.
Adam Henrique ($4,200) – There are candidates at the center position but let’s opt for Henrique as he just seems due. The center has been god awful snake bitten and if Travis Zajac is out, Henrique gains even more importance for DFS players looking at the Jersey game. Now points again have not been there but if you are looking for a potential surprise then take a shot in GPP’s especially here.
Others I like: Brad Richards ($5,500), Nazem Kadri ($4,900).
Value: Jay Beagle ($3,000), Trevor Lewis ($2,800).
Patrick Kane ($8,500) – Kane is still over a point a game in the last six weeks! He has been consistently producing around 4-4.5 DraftKings points a night for about the few weeks. He has been engaged and though Chicago is on the road , the Blackhawks need their top line winger to have a big game as fireworks could start early in Los Angeles. Chicago is chasing down points but Kane will be tested heavily against a wounded but dangerous Kings squad.
James Van Riemsdyk ($6,100) – The number is too damn low! The winger always seems to enjoy playing against New Jersey with a huge following for the CBA alum. If one player strikes serious fear in New Jersey, it may actually be Van Riemsdyk. He still averages nearly four Draftkings points a contest and though his defense has been disastrous beyond words, that does not matter. Toronto just has to keep firing away. One of these nights, both phases will click and JVR needs a big night.
Others I like: Phil Kessel ($6,100), Tyler Toffoli ($4,000).
Value: Steve Downie ($3,000), Ben Smith ($2,500).
Jake Muzzin ($4,200) – Defense wise we are staying away from the really high values in recommendations aside from say Kris Letang. Honestly in GPP’s you are going to want to save money for some of the big plays in net and center in particular. Muzzin has been adapting well to his increased responsibility and can put up some power play points which will be vital against Chicago, who is normally quite stingy on their penalty kill. These games usually turn on a dime so having a good two way player is needed and LA has that in Muzzin.
Adam Larsson ($3,900) – Larsson is often overlooked but as he is on the top pairing in New Jersey and coming into his own, the chances will keep coming and maybe the goals too. He has an above average shot but just needs a little surge of confidence err a puck to go in. He provides enough blocked shots and shots on net to make him viable along with his passing which keeps improving. Do not sleep on the youngster on Wednesday.
Others I like: Drew Doughty ($5,400), Duncan Keith ($4,500).
Value: David Rundblad ($2,900), Matt Greene ($2,500).
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.