We head into a 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!
Henrik Lundqvist ($9,000) – There will be a temptation to get worried about this but even in a loss, Lundqvist only gave up one goal to Montreal. Yes it was a bad one but he did play rather well. Carolina lost a tough one in a shootout to St. Louis and basically Cam Ward played a full game. Does Bill Peters go with Anton Khudobin or Ward? Either way, the Hurricanes have the tired legs and the Rangers should be eager to get back in the winning column. The Rangers goalie should reap those rewards.
Steve Mason ($8,200) – We take a huge risk here by taking Mason but Toronto has been a huge disappointment while Steve Mason has been hitting his stride with a .929 save percentage in his last half dozen starts. Yes Philadelphia is still a solid ten points out of a playoff spot but think about this, Keep in mind that the Flyers can often implode at any time, even though they are playing pretty good of late. Mason against a winnable opponent makes for a fun risk to save a few hundred dollars to float in GPP’s.
Others to consider: Ben Bishop ($8,600), Roberto Luongo ($7,300), Jonas Hiller ($6,800). — We have to wait on the NJ game to see who starts…then again it is New Jersey so expect a close game but fairly low to mid scoring.
Tyler Seguin ($8,600) – There is that little matter of Ondrej Pavelec having 46 saves in a win over Dallas that left Tyler Seguin and Dallas seething. If Pavelec does start, this could be a case of familiarity breeds more goals. Seguin has struggled over the last eleven games but you figure these blips are temporary and a breakout is likely. Jamie Benn would also be a possible recommend if necessary so watch for the wrath of the Dallas first line.
Claude Giroux ($8,200) – Philadelphia scored five goals against Winnipeg and usually Toronto is more than willing to give up some goals and especially shots on goal. Giroux’s eight points in his last ten games include six power play points. Jakub Voracek will be riding shotgun so that makes for a pretty good play especially in GPP slates once again. Just gear up and get ready! Claude Giroux grabs a multiple point night could be a Sunday morning headline in Philadelphia.
Steven Stamkos ($7,100) – There is so many players that you can choose from. However at $7,100, Stamkos may just be a pretty good cash play. That is a shock to see. When a player has seven goals in his last nine games, he becomes a must play. Columbus does not have “Officer Bob” in net so this could set up to be another four or five goal night for Tampa Bay. You figure Stamkos will at least see his fair amount of chances so what are you waiting for? Exactly!
Others I like: Derek Stepan ($5,600), Tyler Johnson ($5,400), Aleksander Barkov ($4,800).
Value: Anton Lander ($2,800), James Sheppard ($2,500).
Rick Nash ($6,400) – Yes you read that price correctly. Rick Nash has not exactly lit the box scores up lately like he has all year but a $2,200 drop in the last two weeks is like wow. That jumps off the screen and makes a GPP play especially against a Carolina team that gives up nearly three goals a game on the road while scoring a hair less than two per game. One of those four shots a night has to find their way into the net sometime soon. That soon may be Saturday night so value like this will hopefully not be wasted.
Jakub Voracek ($6,200) – Toronto can be a real cure-all for what ails a team. Voracek has too much price point value not to at least play even if the Maple Leafs could win this game. The winger has eight power play points in his last nine games. His shots per game has dipped to just over two though. It was right around three for the longest time. That has to pick up a little with maybe a multiple point night becoming a reality if Voracek and Giroux keep plugging away.
Nikita Kucherov ($4,300) – Prices like this are just too funny. Even if Kucherov gets just an assist and a couple shots, that hits point price as far as value. Yes, the winger is on a four game point drought but Kucherov is still firing away at the net. At some point, one of these have to go in. The triplets as a whole have regressed as expected. Every so often, they are going to have a pretty good night. Columbus could be their panacea as the matchup is favorable.
Others I like: Evander Kane ($5,800), Marian Hossa ($5,600), Jiri Hudler ($4,400).
Value: David Pastrnak ($3,000), Ryan White ($2,500).
Brent Burns ($5,100) – Defense prices are amazingly insane too! San Jose entertains a Chicago team who just experienced a big win in Anaheim. Can San Jose catch them on the back to back being a bit complacent? The funny thing is Burns has struggled a lot on the power play with only a power play goal in his last dozen contests. Everything else dictates that shooting more and more is an excellent strategy to offset those defensive mistakes.
Victor Hedman ($4,900) – It is just that kind of night where a DFS player could really put together a great team with a couple thousand to spare. Hedman has leveled off from that early season pace but hey a few injuries have definitely slowed him down. Now that he is 100%, many are expecting the defenseman to pick it back up and a Columbus team coming into Tampa might just help. The defensive skills are back and now we just await the offense.
Jacob Trouba ($4,800) – This is a quick and fun shot as many will take their money and go with Dustin Byfuglien. Trouba has been looking more and more like the defenseman we saw late in the season last year. Three shots a night, seven points in his last nine games, and still a commitment to blocking shots are green lights to make him a must start. Dallas should also give up a few goals too and Trouba figures to play a role there.
Others I like: , Mark Streit ($4,700), Aaron Ekblad ($4,700), Zdeno Chara ($4,500).
Value: David Savard ($2,700), Kevin Klein ($2,500), Alex Petrovic ($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.
Good luck today!