We head into a Monday slate with just five games. There is a late slate so we will mostly tilt towards that. Here we go!

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Goalie

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Jimmy Howard ($8000) – This Monday night has some real sideways goaltending match-ups so forgive our hesitation here. However, Edmonton and Detroit are on back to backs and one has to think at the very least Howard saw a bit of mop-up work Sunday which should help. This is the only reason we consider Howard on a night where no one knows how Pekka Rinne will perform otherwise well you know.  One has to start someone and this appears to be workable.

Others to consider: Pekka Rinne ($8900) , Neuvirth/Halak — NY Islanders.

Center

Pavel Datsyuk ($5400) – This has been the higher ranked play because the value is incredible and so is the match-up. Who let this one past the price radar? Hey, this works out for you. If you get him at below the average price per player then that can help you afford even higher priced talent. Datsyuk is just too good of a player to again be priced this low while playing a team like Edmonton. One figures this stacks up very well and hey, he will be owned at a pretty high rate.

Ryan Kesler ($7300) – Let’s risk it a bit and go upward somewhat. Kesler has had points in every home game against his former team so why expect something different now? This is a gamble and if you can spend up for Getzlaf, that is viable as well. This is a night where you may want to not stack quite as much. The challenging part is to figure out the right time to stack and the time to hedge your picks. Kesler will be marked but that has not stopped him before.

Others I like:  Henrik Zetterberg ($6700), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($4800).

Value: Leo Komarov ($2600), Kyle Chipchura ($2500).

Winger

Patric Hornqvist ($8500) – This really is too easy and Hornqvist has to be played over and over till he cools off. The thing is his power play ability often overshadows his talents at even strength. When you combine positioning and hands, you have a superior skill set that is tough to stop. He has seven goals in his last nine games including two key power play goals that definitely had to raise some eyebrows in a good way. Hornqvist really cannot be stopped at the moment. Ride the wave!

Tomas Tatar ($4600) – So Tatar has been struggling but Edmonton can be the cure. Just ask Carolina and Elias Lindholm about that. Detroit has been having a rough time putting pucks in the net consistently so the ideal is to play a team that has an awful time just trying to play basic defensive schemes. Tatar might even get his goal scoring groove on. That is something where he really could be helped. He did have two assists on Sunday against Boston.

Others I like: James van Riemsdyk ($4900), Filip Forsberg ($4800).

Value: Teemu Pulkkinen ($2900), Jiri Sekac ($2900).

Defence

Kris Letang ($6000) – Defense prices are a touch lower on Monday and considering our price point theory, Letang is a decent buy. Hell he is a very good buy right now. Yes playing San Jose may not seem the most ideal match-up but it may be the best for Pittsburgh out of the three California teams. San Jose is not that good at home and the Penguins are a very good road team. It is a risky play but not as risky at the same time. That sounds weird I know but just go with it.

Johnny Boychuk ($5100) – With games against Toronto and the NY Rangers, Boychuk becomes very viable to own this week for DFS players. St, Louis just throttled Toronto 6-1 on Saturday night and the Islanders probably have a more potent offense. That being said, the Maple Leafs tend to get up for the Islanders for some unknown reason. However, their penalty kill in Toronto is not so good and defensively they can roll over almost at times. That lends itself well to an Isles stack with defensive overlay.

Others I like: Shea Weber ($6600), Michael Stone ($3800).

Value:  Klas Dahlbeck ($3000), Ryan Stanton ($3000).

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!