Good afternoon to my #ScoutArmy. I hope everyone was able to hit big yesterday with Kickman’s Kickpicks. I know he helped me win. Today, we have a rather small slate of only three games. As I had stated in this week's other small slate, today is a day to stick to single entry style games. Focus your attention on Double-Ups and 50/50 games, and single entry tournaments. If you decide to do a multi entry, go with the three entry max games. In such a short slate, the big bankroll guys will flood all the multi-entry games. Don't give your hard-earned money to them. With that said, let's drop the gloves and go in strong with this slate.
Patrick Kane - Wing - (8800 FD / 8300 DK) - Patrick had his breakout game everyone was waiting for in his last contest against the Flyers. He scored one goal and had three assists and a total of six shots on goal. In 38 career games against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Kane has 42 total points (15 goals / 27 assists). Of those 42 total points, 15 (three goals / 12 assists) have come on the power play. Kane and his linemates should handle the Bluejackets with ease tonight. I can see him repeating his last games output. He is a bit pricey, but with a three-game slate, he is worth every penny.
John Tavares - Center - (7500 FD / 7600 DK) - John has been a bit slow out of the gate this season with only two points (one goal / one assist), but it is not for lack of ice time as he averages close to 19 minutes per game. In nine career games against the Coyotes, John has ten points (five goals / five assists) with three of those points on the power play. The Coyotes are coming in on the back end of a back-to-back and will have trouble with the Isles’ speed in this game. I like Tavares and his linemates to factor in three goals early.
Dylan Larkin - Wing(FD) Center(DK) - (5100 FD / 5800 DK) - As you see Dylan is listed in two different positions. Good thing is with DK you can use him in the utility position and treat him as a wing. The Wings are at home tonight, and their last home game, they were lights out. Larkin only has one career game against the Predators, but he did have a goal and an assist in that game, and six shots on goal. The wings will come out firing and try to take it to the Preds early. I love Larkin tonight and his linemates to make a statement.
Cappy's Super-Sleeper Pick
Ryan Hartman - Wing - (3100 FD / 3200 DK) - Ryan was the Blackhawks top pick in the 2012 NHL draft, and he is finally getting his shot in the NHL. He will be the one guy people will overlook on the Hawks as they will try to stuff in all the top guys. Hartman is a very low risk with a high reward. He has an average of 13.2 points on FD in only two games. He will also see time on the Hawks second power play unit, and I see this being a very chippy game. Hartman should get you a goal and an assist tonight. He also will block shots.
I will give you a few players at each position to use tonight. I will highlight the guys I will be using in my cash games.
Jonathan Toews - Chi - (6600 FD / 5900 DK) - Toews has been very quiet this year. Look for a breakout game.
Ryan Johansen - Nash - (6400 FD / 6000 DK) - His line will be the line to score
Frans Nielsen - Det - (5300 FD / 5400 DK)
Artem Anisimov - Chi - (5000 FD / 5300 DK)
Brandon Dubinsky - Cls - (4700 FD / 4900 DK)
Darren Helm - Det - (4500 FD / 4000 DK) - Value priced on DK with his current production
Casey Cizikas - Nyi - (3400 FD / 3600 DK) - GPP play.
Artemi Panarin - Chi - (6700 FD / 6700 DK) - Love his whole line tonight
James Neal - Nash - (6700 FD / 6100 DK)
Andrew Ladd - Nyi - (5500 FD / 5600 DK)
Henrik Zetterberg - Det - (Listed as C on FD) - (5400 FD / 5400 DK)
Oliver Bjorkstrand - Cls - (3400 FD / 3200 DK) - Look for him to light the lamp. GPP play
Richard Panik - Chi - (4000 FD / 4700 DK) - His price is low and a great play in cash or gpp
Josh Bailey - Nyi - (4200 FD / 4200 DK) - Love his price for GPP and Cash.
Roman Josi - Nash - (6800 FD / 6700 DK) - 16 games against the Wings and he has 28 total shots and five (one goal / four assists) power play points.
P.K. Subban - Nash - (6700 FD / 6400 DK) - I will be using him in games I don't use Josi. He has 29 shots and nine points (one goal / eight assists) in 12 career games against Detroit.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Ari - (6600 FD / 6300 DK)
Mike Green - Det - (5300 FD / 5700 DK)
Johnny Boychuk - (4700 FD / 4500 DK)
Zach Werenski - Cls - (4300 FD / 4200 DK)
**As always please check before puck drop to verify your goalie is starting**
Jaroslav Halak - Nyi - (8500 FD / 7700 DK) - Jaroslav is one of the safer plays tonight. Arizona is on the second half of their back to back and will be tired. In his career against the Coyotes, Halak is 6-3-1 with one shutout. He carries an impressive 1.91 goals against average and a .932 save percentage as well. He will be my cash game goalie and most GPP games as well.
Corey Crawford - Chi - (8700 FD / 8400 DK) - Crawford will be more a GPP play for me based on his price. In 16 career games against Columbus, he is 11-3-2 with one shutout and a 2.11 goals against average with a .926 save percentage. He worries me a bit as he sometimes gets lost in his crease and gives up a few easy goals.
Favorite Line Stack
New York Islanders First Line: Ladd - Tavares - Bailey
Beyond the Numbers
Tonight I will give you a stat to consider when building your lineups that will be overlooked.
You will want to look at any and all players listed at the Wing position on the Chicago Blackhawks. So far this season, the Blue Jackets are the worse team at stopping players at the wing position. The Blue Jackets have given up a total of nine goals this season, out of that all nine goals were scored by the wing position. Of those nine goals, six came on the team's top line. A little tidbit that might help you come over the top tonight.
Arizona (+180) vs. New York Islanders (-220)
Chicago (-140) vs. Columbus (+127)
Nashville (+100) vs. Detroit (-110)
In such a short slate, do not worry if you put a defensive player against your goalie. Also with a game total being so close in the Nashville/Detroit game, it is a good idea to play both sides of that game. Watch that line as the day goes on. If the red wings name Howard the starter I feel that line will change a bit more in Detroit's favor. As always you can find me on the Scout forums. Good luck and let's cash out!