Legitimately the best goalie in the league going up against legitimately the worst team in the league. It’s not that Philly is that bad on paper, but they have been that bad on the ice. Not only that, but Philly has been completely unproductive, making Gibson one of the safest plays of the slate. The Ducks could just as easily start Miller and my feelings do not change. Get the Ducks goalies into your cards, whichever one starts.
Another goalie going into a super safe spot is whichever goalie the Sharks end up on; Jones or Dell. The Rangers are on the complete other side of the continent playing one of the better teams in the league. While the Rangers aren’t void of talent, they also have zero depth in comparison to the Sharks. While I’m not sold on the idea of a shutout, the win is pretty safe as his team is very obviously superior in this matchup. Roll with whichever goalie the Sharks start, they are one of the biggest home favs of the night.
If things keep heading this direction, Halak will be the starter in Beantown before December. Rask has been brutal all season, and while the Bruins are hurting and behind the 8ball, Halak has been outstanding this season and has translated that into the excellent, slate winning performances. Obviously, his floor struggles, and with Boston’s injuries at the back I wouldn’t risk it in cash. However, for GPP Halak is one of my favourite goalie plays. He has made a career off of 35+ save games, and considering they are playing the possession friendly Hurricanes, we can expect lots of shots, but all be manageable since, well, they are still the ‘Canes.
Another goalie I’m excited about for GPP is Cam Talbot. Much like Gibson, Talbot is legitimately the hottest goalie in the league. In his past two outings he held Ovi and Kane (and their ownership) to devastatingly low scores. Considering he is at home against a back to back Wild team that isn’t overly attacking minded, we are looking at a low scoring game no matter what. When we include his form, salary, and ownership, Talbot is easily one of the better GPP goalies of the slate.
HM: Craig Anderson, Carter Hutton, Carey Price
I’m not going to sit here and tell you how Boston are going to win tonight; they probably aren’t. But, on the other hand their injuries at the back end have opened up a massive hole where Chara may end up playing close to 30min from a sub 5k salary against a team who is a walking (skating) four goals allowed. Give me any talented player for 30min against any goalie who hasn’t played in ages, and I’ll take it in cash for that salary. Chara checks the boxes this slate, feel free to rest on him and his role.
Always cheap, always gets you 2fpts, always plays with the most explosive offense in the league. I’m not excited about his potential ceiling, but in the case you need someone cheap that will open up the salary doors, get Esa Lindell into you cards, he should do the job.
If Letang is out tonight, expect Johnson to take on a massive role. Now, Riikola mat come into the exact Letang role, and if that’s the case he’s your guy from that salary, but in the case you are looking to get a piece of that potential Penguins onslaught without spending up for everything and everyone, fall on Jack Johnson. He had a super slow start to the season so his salary still hasn’t caught up to the fact he’s a 5k kind of player. Get him while you can, at the rate the Pens are scoring it’s only a matter of time before we can’t afford him anymore.
Either Rasmus will do. Ristolainen is probably my favourite over Dahlin, but that doesn’t mean both aren’t valuable. The Sabers LN1/PP1 should be fire tonight, and in doing so make either of the Rasmus’ super viable options. Dahlin hasn’t had the output we are looking for, but he will be the lowest of low owned this slate while still having an upside. Ristolainen is my favourite because of floor, minutes, and potential upside. Obviously when you need to save a few bucks in GPP, take Dahlin, but the main idea here is to stack it with the Ln1 trio. What matters is how you take it from there.
HM: PK Subban, Lightning’s McDonagh/Sergachev/Stralman, Mike Green, Steven Kampfer
Columbus Blue Jackets
One of the more viable players on a super viable team going up against the league’s worst goalie. This all sounds like a cherry to me, until you mention he’s below 5k. Don’t even think about this one, get Boone Jenner into your cash cards against the lowly Red Wings.
Basically, Smithy is a #cashgod. He plays an excellent role on an excellent team that should smash for at least three goals, and he costs practically nothing in comparison to what he does on the ice. Literally, any player in his definition for tonight would be viable, but since it’s Craig Smith? He’s a cash lock this slate. Worth every penny.
Super low owned and going up against a goalie who has trouble keeping decent players under multiple goals a game. I’m not expecting a Skinner hatty, but I am expecting his line to be on one of the more valuable ceiling lines of the slate. If you need a filler? Just Skin’ it.
Playing crazy role minutes and costs next to nothing. He’s going up against what is unquestionably one of the worst modern goalie duos in hockey, who also happen to play on the coldest team in the league. The Ducks should really win this one and in blowout fashion. I can’t imagine a GPP scenario where Rakell doesn’t smash, and from that salary he’s also cash viable. One of my fav hatty potentials of the slate.
HM: Felipe Forsberg, Dominik Simon Tyler PItlick, Anothny Mantha, Anders Lee
Playing against the back to back Wild at home has to mean good things for McDavid. He should find the right matchups to avoid the Wild’s defensive skills, and have more than enough footspeed to elude the Wild’s extremely slow skaters. I also like him more than any other expensive guy, so there’s that too. But yeah, he should smash, and his ownership belongs in cash.
I’ll be very surprised if David Rittich keeps Eichel’s line off the board less than twice. Eichel should be the least owned of the expensive bunch, have one of the better smash spots, and he’s the cheapest. Nothing wrong with any of that, and there’s lots wrong with everyone else (minus McJesus) inside all the other expensive C salaries. Get on Eichel this slate, against the Flames he should be absolute flames.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Dubz plays on one of the hottest lines in the league, if not the hottest line at the moment. His salary is never high enough, and he happens to be playing a trash defensive side in the Red Wings. He should smash all over the place, and it wouldn’t even surprise me to see this game produce a hatty for one of his wingers. I like him stacked, I like him as a filler, but most of all I love his salary. On FD he’s especially juicy, but in any case get Dubois into your exposure this slate, I’d even suggest cash if you are looking to pivot from those expensive salaries.
Jamie Benn has dropped down to the second line with Spezza, and even before that Spezza was ultra viable; now he’s just silly. He stacks like a dream, and with Benn in the mix they both seamlessly transfer through to PP1, where Spezza also plays. Obviously, I don’t like going after Carey Price at home, but in the situation the Stars find light, it will most definitely be their second line and PP1, which are both led by former Ottawa Sens’ Jason Spezza.
HM: Kyle Turris, Dylan Larkin, Brock Nelson, Sean Monahan