I’m getting back to the basics for tonight’s fantasy hockey picks after a huge letdown by Halak last night.
Frederik Anderson ($20,300) - is the safest bet for a win in my book. Buffalo is just awful, ANH had the night off last night and they are a team that can’t afford to be on the road in the playoffs. Every game is a must win for this team. I prefer Andersen in cash games as Buffalo is so bad that they rarely provide a high number of shots on goal and save opportunities.
Braden Holtby ($16,150) - EDM is completely reliant on one line, and that does not boad well against a Washington team that will be fighting for a playoff spot. Holtby should be safe for those critical Win points as the Oilers defense is just pathetic. I wouldn’t be surprised if Washington posts 5 goals in support of Holtby.
Nicklas Backstrom ($13,700) I expect Washington to put up 4-5 goals tonight against Edmonton’s terrible defense. Backstrom is one of the best set up men in the game and sees all of the power play time with Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin probably is the best pure scorer in the game and Backstrom is his right hand man. I expect a multi point game here for sure.
Tyler Bozak ($9,250) - It was disappointing that Bozak only had 1 point last night in Toronto’s 5-2 win against NYI. Bozak’s BFF tallied 2 goals and an assists in the game and Bozak was on the ice for all of them. More often that not he will benefit from a Kessel or JVR goal at a discounted price.
Chris Kunitz ($14, 450) - Do you like Sidney Crosby in the way that I like Sidney Crosby? If so, Kunitz is the man for you. He skates with Crosby both at even strength and on the power play. Crosby loves to set up his teammates and Kunitz is often the beneficiary. With the discounted price compared to Crosby, plug him in and benefit when the best player in the world does his thing.
Marcus Johansson ($8,750) - Johansson should draw the second and third defensive pairings from one of the worst defensive teams in the league all night. I would play anyone that is cheap against EDM right now, and the fact that Johansson is on the top power play with Ovechkin and Backstrom at a fraction of the cost draws my interest in a big way.
Corey Perry ($15,300) - Perry comes in as the 3rd most expensive player at his position. Some people consider Perry to be the 2nd best player in the world, and a matchup at home with Buffalo makes him hard to pass up. Pairing him with Ryan Getzalf and whoever the 3rd man is (likely Belesky) gives you a formidable line to stack for GPPs, and are matchup proof these days.
Troy Brouwer ($9,550) - Brouwer had the honor of skating with Ovechkin and Backstrom last time out, and there is immense value built in with anyone on that line. Ovechkin is the world’s best goal-scorer and there are plenty of assists to go around. I am not buying into the last game for EDM and still believe their defense is awful. The Caps should have no problem lighting the lamp.
Brooks Orpik ($6,500) - Orpik is logging over 20 minutes of ice time per game, including most of the time on the team’s 2nd power play unit. The price is extremely cheap and opens up your salary on a night like tonight that has some very high priced forwards.
Paul Martin ($5,000) - Martin, like Orpik has a price that is just too good to overlook. He is seemingly always on the ice for a high powered offense, and the price is right. These two teams hate each other and there should be plenty of power plays in this game.