We head into a Monday slate with only six games. This will be a little shorter than usual, as we rode the NHL Game Breakdown hard with lots of choices and scenarios. I highly recommend reading that first. Okay…let’s rock!

 

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Goalie

Carey Price ($9300) – We really do not like a lot of the options, but we have a few GPP nominees in the others to consider. Yes, Price is 0-3-1 against Tampa this year and his daily point average is just 2.75. We get that! However, at some point Price has to have some luck against this team, right? After all, this is really the one team that he has just had terrible puck luck against. If there was one time for Montreal to put it together, it would be now.

Others to Consider: Mike Smith ($7800), Brian Elliott ($7600)

 

Center

Tyler Seguin ($9300) – This will be another case of how many goals can we score and run with it. Dallas is on the fringe of the playoff picture, so they still need to play hard. Seguin is still not quite pumping shots at the rate he was before the knee injury, but at times the old fastball is still firing. Calgary can score in bunches, but they can give up bunches as well. That makes Seguin a good play, especially at home where his point split is even better.

Sean Monahan ($5700) – Just keep playing him! That is all that there really is left to say. After all, why would you not play the guy? Monahan is rolling along right at a point a game in his last twelve games. That puts him at a little over four DraftKings points a night, and given his under $6000 price tag, that is very solid value. As long as the pricing does not change, that whole entire first line is almost “Triplets From Tampa” value. What are you waiting for?

Steven Stamkos ($8500) – This is more of a match-up play again, as Stamkos has caused Carey Price nightmares this year to the tune of five goals and an assist in four meetings. If you are willing to spend and take a shot at this, Stamkos is a way to go. People may not look too far past his current numbers in the short term, and that may be an advantage. The match-up between Stamkos and Montreal has always been a problem for Michel Therrien, as he just cannot seem to find an effective unit to stop the Tampa sniper.

Others to Consider:  Matt Duchene ($8000), Anze Kopitar ($6200), Tyler Johnson ($5300)

Values: Vernon Fiddler ($3000), Kyle Chipchura ($2700)

 

Winger

Vladimir Tarasenko ($7800) – This is low risk because even though St. Louis may be one winger short, little of that will matter, as the Blues should have lots of scoring chances in this game. Tarasenko figures to be involved in a lot of these because Vancouver often will give those up as they back up against the Russian winger. On the power play especially, the right winger figures to be lethal, as the Canucks can get stretched out a lot. Few teams have exploited it.

Johnny Gaudreau ($5200) – Calgary’s entire top line comes in at $16,200, which is a rather affordable cap hit. That is less than a third of the $50,000 cap by a whisker. Consider that Gaudreau has 11 points in his last nine and Hudler has 12 in the same time frame. If you want a cheaper, home-team-based option, stacking Gaudreau and Monathan, while fading Hudler, will save some salary. Gaudreau is as close to a “must-play” as you can get.

Others to Consider: Marian Gaborik ($5400), Ondrej Palat ($5100), Gabriel Landeskog ($7700), Max Pacioretty ($8700)

Values:  Antoine Roussel ($2800), Dmitrij Jaskin ($2700), Bryan Bickell ($2500)

 

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Kris Russell ($5300) – The rare duo defensive stack could be used here as a high risk GPP play, if chosen. Russell averages four blocks a game, and also averages two-plus shots a game. With those stats alone, Russell makes for a good play. Then add in about two points every three games, and he is a very tough fade in tonight’s games.

Dennis Wideman  ($5400) – Again, Wideman is producing, and until the party ends, why stop? Just run with this, and be thankful. At the very least, the ice time the defenseman gets often leads to more chances, so Wideman is a great play at his price tonight.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5800) – Selecting any player from the lowly Arizona Coyotes is risky, but Ekman-Larsson against a 30th ranked penalty kill is someone you must consider. He had two points the last time Arizona played Buffalo, and that included a few chances that could have easily turned into more points. There isn’t a player on Buffalo who can stop Ekman-Larsson, so you can feel confident playing him tonight.

Others to Consider:  Victor Hedman ($5400), Tyson Barrie ($4800), Trevor Daley ($3900)

Values:  Johnny Oduya ($2700), Andre Benoit ($2700)

 

Thanks for reading guys, and hopefully these 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!