We head into a Saturday slate that has 13 games. Yes taking the seven game night slate was a good idea as we will have some DFS updates on the earlier slate during the morning. Anyway, it is time to dig in and get to work!

 

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Goalie

Carey Price  ($9600) – Florida is more than capable of scoring goals but that 4-4-2 record in his last ten games has to infuriate Carey Price. This is the type of play more for cash games. GPP might be a bit too much here considering the options out there. However, if you are willing to take the risk, then Price might just be worth it. This would be a reputation play and an expectation for Price to see 30+ shots.

Eddie Lack ($7000) – We still have our worries with Lack because of his tendency to give up goals in those high danger areas. Yes this will be harped on until he shuts us up. Dallas got shut out by Edmonton of all teams to the tune of 4-0 which scared most people and shocked others.  Dallas will at least fire some shots on the Vancouver goalie so at least he will be tested.

Others to Consider: Jonathan Quick ($8600), Chris Driedger ($6400)? — may play depending on injuries.

 

Center

Tyler Seguin ($8900) – This will be a tough one to stay away from. Seguin was visibly irate after not performing well against Edmonton and former Dallas goalie Richard Bachmann. Talk about a big time insult! The center might have better luck against Vancouver who realizes the Stars are likely to miss the playoffs and may loosen up a bit err get complacent. This never fails when you are talking about Vancouver.

Anze Kopitar ($6100) – Let’s keep pushing things here as Kopitar now has 44 assists and 60 points on the year. That is not bad considering how the first half of the season and change went at times. The center is on a five game point streak which includes a couple goals also. Minnesota is on the back end of back to backs with a goalie who has played in 33 straight games. This may be a case of math done good.

Eric Staal ($5900) – This is more of a match-up play as New Jersey gives up nearly three goals a game against Carolina the last few years. Going back historically, Eric Staal is simply a Devils killer and it is well documented. This year he has not done much which is weird. It is like saying he is due to breakout against New Jersey. Plus he does not have to face Cory Schneider. That is a plus too.

Others to Consider:  Kyle Turris ($6000), Brandon Pirri ($5700), Marko Dano ($4500)

Values: Mark Letestu ($2800), Stephen Gionta ($2700)

 

Winger

Max Pacioretty ($8000) – This Florida team will set up counter rushes by Pacioretty who excels on power forward moves especially against Roberto Luongo. We have seen it a few times in the past seasons. “Patches” has leveled off a bit but the chase toward 40 goals has reached a critical point. The left winger needs five goals in the final seven games to pull this off. Do not underestimate him.

Zach Parise ($7800) – The left winger does not normally like to play against Los Angeles but does like playing at home where his splits are better as he averages just about exactly a point a game at home. Against the Kings, Parise is averaging four shots a night. At the very least the left winger is going to get his chances which may get him closer to that magic $1500 per daily point.

Vladimir Tarasenko ($7000) – Just keep playing him! How dare you stop? Tarasenko has only slowed down slightly at times then he bounces back. Tonight is one of those bounce back nights as he faces a Columbus team who held on for dear life at times against Chicago. The Blues run nine deep at forwards as far as dangerous players. That helps especially when Tarasenko excels on special teams.

Others to Consider: Radim Vrbata ($8100), Gabriel Landeskog ($7100), Thomas Vanek ($5200), Cam Atkinson ($4600)

Values:  Dmitrij Jaskin ($2800), David Booth ($2700), Jordin Tootoo ($2600)

 

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Erik Karlsson ($8500) – The defense never rests! Consider Karlsson absolutely has feasted on Toronto, it is a shame they do not play each other even more. The Ottawa defenseman has three goals and two assists in just three games against the Maple Leafs. With James Reimer (hell it does not matter who is in net), Karlsson is probably licking his chops right now at the prospects of facing a team that fights each other more than anyone else.

Kevin Shattenkirk  ($5400) – Welcome back to the Blues most fantasy relevant defenseman and not a moment too soon. The good thing is he has some games to get up to speed. However, he will be used in more offensive roles which is even better for DFS early on. The Blues power play gets that much better. It really is a scary thought, isn’t it? The cheap price tag does not hurt either.

Tyson Barrie ($4500) – This is an unusual slate which is why we beefed up theThe column a bit for targets. Klingberg has been getting his minutes in the last two games and has been a little unlucky. Buffalo may stoke the offensive fire just enough for him to see the box score. You are going to want to take a shot here to free money for other high output players.

Others to Consider:  Justin Faulk ($5300), Alex Edler ($5200), John Klingberg ($3900) — Consider Aaron Ekblad also.

Values:  Patrik Nemeth ($2700), Carl Gunnarsson ($2600)

 

Thanks for reading guys and hopefully the picks help you out. If you have any questions, fire them away at me on twitter @ChrisWasselDFS and i’ll do my best to answer them.

Good luck tonight!