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Zach Parise was one of the few studs skating last night that came through with a very nice game, notching 2A, 5SOG and 2BS for 6.5FP. (DraftKings scoring)
Alexander Semin was another one of the few bright spots, in what was a night of busts for a lot of high-priced players. He scored a goal to go along with 7SOG, 2PIM, and 2BS for a hefty 6.3FP. (DraftKings scoring)
Kovalchuk/Giroux preamble: Given the rematch and short slate of games, I don’t want to use one of today’s three picks on either of these of two studs. I’ll just say that in three games this season the Devils are 3-0 vs. the Flyers, having outscored them 13-5 in those games. If I have to choose between the two, it’s got to be Kovy, but don’t hesitate to get them both in your lineup because this rematch should once again be a high-scoring affair.
Sam Gagner (EDM-C) – Let’s talk about consistency. Would you believe Gagner has registered at least a point in all but six games this year? Two of those games were against Detroit, who he faces tonight, so perhaps a lot of people will shy away from him. However, this time the Oilers are on home ice and Detroit is simply not the same team on the road. Not to mention Gagner has been heating up lately, with four points in his last two games. Finally, when you consider that Edmonton excels on the power-play, and Detroit is one of the weakest penalty-killing teams in the league, you’ve got yourself a nice under the radar play that won’t break the bank. ($4.7k DraftKings, $10k DraftDay, $6.1k FanThrowDown)
Jakub Voracek (PHI-RW) – As a Devils fan it pains me to pick a rival Flyer, especially more than halfway through this short season where every point is crucial. However, I can’t ignore the breakout season this former 1st round pick is having. This is essentially a must-win game for the Flyers, and we all know they’re not winning it with defense. Also, the Devils have not been as defensively sound without Marty in goal. ($5.1k DraftKings, $12k DraftDay, $9.2k FanThrowDown)
Pavel Datsyuk (MON-C) – Unlike the Red Wings, the Oilers are better defensively on the road. While this is strange, it was true for them last year as well, so just go with it. The Red Wings have now lost three in a row, and I expect the veteran Datsyuk to step up offensively, along with captain Henrik Zetterberg. It’s been awhile since he’s scored a goal, and while he’s still getting assists, I think he takes matters into his own hands and finds the back of the net in this one. ($6.3k DraftKings, $10.1k DraftDay, $7.4k FanThrowDown)
Michael Cammalleri (CGY-LW) – Depending on the site, you can play him at LW or C, but either way he’s a steal. He’s on the top power-play unit, skates with Iginla and Tanguay, and the Flames are at home. I’m not sure what they spray on the ice in Calgary, but the Flames average nearly a goal higher on home ice. Cammy is your best bet to find the back of the net of anyone on the Flames not named Iginla. ($4.8k DraftKings, $8.9k DraftDay, $5.5k FanThrowDown)
Ryan Whitney (EDM-D) – Earlier in the year it was ALL about Justin Schultz, and perhaps Whitney was sulking because he didn’t start the year off well. He’s picked it up lately with three points in his last two games, not to mention he’s seeing some time on the top power-play unit. He’s not as much of a bargain on DraftDay however. ($3.9k DraftKings, $8.15k DraftDay, $3.4k FanThrowDown)
Andrei Loktionov (NJD-C) – If you were following me on Twitter the other day, you saw me tweet that both Loktionov and Ponikarovsky were seeing most of their ice-time skating with Ilya Kovalchuk and presented great value. While Devils coach Peter DeBoer has been known to tinker with his lines, it seems things are relatively stable and he wants to keep the two Russians and the Ukrainian united as comrades. Loktionov notched an assist and scored a goal last game. It wasn’t too long ago he had a five game point streak, so maybe this is the beginning of a new streak. I’m sure he’d like nothing more than to put another one past fellow Russian and Flyer’s goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. ($2k DraftKings, $3.45k DraftDay, $4.2k FanThrowDown)