Fantasy HockeyFront OfficeJosh Kay

2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, Thursday February 6th

Packed NHL slate tonight, let’s get right down to it and help you guys win some money. Hopefully most of you stacked the Blues on Tuesday, as it netted me second place in Draft Kings’ Slapshot challenge.

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Players to Look At For Tonight:

Cash Games:

Strategy Talk:

We are going to take another look at strategy tonight for cash games. Remember, in cash games you want line exposure not stacking. Let’s take our goalie first since they will dictate our strategy for forming the rest of our lineup.

BEST Goalie options for cash games in each price range; we will parlay this into a discussion of how the rest of your team will end up, should you go this route.

*Note, this is a new style article, I’d love some feedback on this via twitter @JoshKayNHL_THW

High End: Carey Price | $9,800 | Montreal Canadiens | vs. Vancouver CanucksSpin: The Vancouver Canucks can’t score. Period. Price has been hot of late, giving up four goals in four games — including two shutouts. This hot streak is coming off a horrendous stretch in which the Canadian-born net-minder gave up at least four goals in five straight games.

Carey’s Results Range: Price brings you upside. Given his hot streak and Vancouver’s inability to score, a clunker is basically out of the question. However, Montreal has trouble scoring as well — thus making a win a non-guarantee. The low end of Price’s results range falls around 2.8 fantasy points. That would equal 24 saves, two goals-against and a loss. However, the high end result is a shutout. A win, a shutout and 30 saves is 11 points. Again, goalies are hard to predict, but Price has some great upside and not much blowup risk.

If you select Carey Price at $9,800, you are left with $5,000 per slot. Selecting a high-end option on top of that, like for example Henrik Zetterberg at $7,700, or Zach Parise at $7,900 will force you to take a low end option like Riley Sheahan for $2,700. Again, this is a reasonable way to go, as Sheahan is a good bet to record a point tonight against the Panthers. Your average price is back at $4,950, whereas had you not balanced out Zetterberg with a low-end option, your average price per play drops to $4,600.

Let’s look at a good cash game lineup based around Carey Price:

C- Brad Richards – $5,700

LW- Ondrej Palat – $4,400 

RW- Blake Wheeler  – $6,600

D- Cody Ceci – $2,500

D- Victor Hedman – $6,300

G- Carey Price – $9,800

UTIL- Daniel Alfredsson – $4,800

UTIL- Valtteri Filppula – $5,000

UTIL- Bryan Little – $4,900

Next goaltender is Cam Talbot

Talbot faces the Edmonton Oilers tonight and he’s an excellent choice at 5.3 FPS per game and $7,500. His win potential may be the highest of all goaltenders in play tonight. Let’s take a look at an optimal lineup centered around Talbot

C- Bryan Little – $4,900

LW- Mats Zuccarello – $5,300

RW- Jason Pominville – $5,500

D- Victor Hedman – $6,300

D- Jacob Trouba – $3,800

G- Cam Talbot

U- Mark Scheifele – $3,900

U- Jason Spezza – $6,200

U- Martin St. Louis – $6,600

Next Goalie: Darcy Kuemper

Kuemper is just $6,200 and at 4.5 FPS per game, he’s a great value. Many will wonder why I am not on the Craig Anderson train tonight against a Buffalo Sabres team that has been outscored 12-2 in their past two games. The Senators are inconsistent and are not well coached. I anticipate them overlooking the Sabres and playing lazy defensively. Also, everyone will be on Anderson tonight for the most part, and a little contrarian mindset can be beneficial.

C- Gustav Nyquist – $5,700

LW- Tomas Tatar – $4,000

RW- Blake Wheeler – $6,600

D- Victor Hedman – $6,300

D- Jacob Trouba – $3,800

G- Darcy Kuemper – $6,200

U- Zach Parise – $7,900

U- Teddy Purcell – $3,700

U- Brad Richards – $5,700

GPP Suggestions:

Stream these teams;

1) New York Rangers

2) Tampa Bay Lightning

3) Detroit Red Wings

4) Winnipeg Jets

5) Ottawa Senators

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