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Kukla’s Korner Friday Night Fantasy Hockey Championship

By Justin Lalonde of Fantasy Feud,

There’s another full slate of NHL Playoff action taking place tonight. Join a 1-day fantasy hockey league tonight to practice for tomorrow’s Championship against Paul Kukla himself!

Before reading the rest of the value plays do yourself a favor and register for Saturday’s free contest against Paul Kukla. We’re giving away $150 in FREE prizes

Here’s how it works:

  1. Enter Saturday’s FREE contest here. On top of the $50 in free prizes, anyone who beats Paul Kukla will be entered in the May 11th Kukla’s Korner Fantasy Hockey Championship.
  2. Draft your team. You have to pick 10 players while staying under the 1 million dollar fantasy salary cap. Spend wisely.
  3. Follow the live scoreboard and if you beat Paul you will win your share of the prize money and get a free entry in the Kukla’s Korner Fantasy Hockey Championship.

PLEASE NOTE: Lineups for the Saturday Beat Paul Kukla challenge must be entered PRIOR to 12:30PM as that is when the Rangers/Capitals game takes place.

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Friday’s Value Plays

C – Evgeni Malkin – Pittsburgh Penguins – $130,595

Malkin started off the playoffs in style. He had 2 assists to go along with 4 shots on goal in the opener.  Don’t look for him to slow down tonight.

RW – Jerome Iginla – Pittsburgh Penguins - $108,462

Iginla had 2 assists, a +1 rating, 10 penalty minutes, and 2 shots on goal in game 1. That’s a full stat line! With Neal questionable in game 2 Iginla’s value increases even more.

RW – Beau Bennett – Pittsburgh Penguins - $58,287

Bennett had some time on the power play in game 1 and he made it count. He had 1 goal, a +1 rating and 2 shots on net. If Neal is out of the lineup Bennett could be in line for more ice time. He’s worth the risk at his price point.

RW – Kyle Okposo – New York Islanders – $65,198

If you think tonight will be a repeat of game 1 skip the next two suggested plays. The Islanders looked like a group of rookies playing in their first playoff game. Now they know what to expect and I think the 2nd line chips in tonight with solid production. Okposo is pointless in his last 3 games but he’s looked like a force on the ice. He had 6 points in 4 games before his recent slide. I like him at his price point.

C – Frans Nielsen – New York Islanders - $64,897

Like Okposo, Nielsen was producing prior to the recent 3 game slide. He had 5 points in 4 games. Look for him to find the score sheet tonight.

Montreal Canadiens

Their matchup with the Senators scares me, and Craig Anderson didn’t do anything to make me feel better about their chances last night. I do expect the Habs to rally around the loss of Eller and if anyone is going to lead the charge I would look to the line of Gionta – Plekanec – Ryder. They haven’t been playing the best hockey in the last few weeks but I see them leading the charge tonight. Gionta is $64,897, Ryder is $74,211, and Plekanec is $78,117. If you are looking to start one of them Plekanec is definitely the safer selection.

RW - Daniel Alfredsson – Ottawa Senators – $73,610

I liked Alfredsson yesterday and there’s no reason not to like him again tonight. Alfie played with purpose last night, increasing his hitting and leading by example. He set up the winning goal to go along with a +2 rating and 3 shots on net.

RW – Jakob Silfverberg – Ottawa Senators - $65,799

Despite being severely outplayed last night Silfverberg was one of the bright spots for the Senators. He had 1 goal and 1 assist to go along with a +2 rating and 4 shots on goal. He’s a bargain at his price point if he can produce halsf as well as he did the other day.

RW – Marian Hossa – Chicago Blackhawks - $114,171

Hossa found the score sheet in game 1 and now has points in 3 consecutive games. He’s likely to produce at the same pace as Toews and Kane and is a cheaper alternative to the top 2 players on the Blackhawks.

LW – Brandon Saad – Chicago Blackhawks - $79,920

Saad is a cheap alternative on the Hawks and he’s seeing plenty of ice time on the top line. He’s put up 2 points in his last 3 games.

LW – Patrick Sharp – Chicago Blackhawks - $91,637

Game 1 was the first night since Sharp has found his way back to the lineup where he didn’t score. I don’t expect that trend to continue. Sharp typically saves his best for the playoffs. Look for him to live up to the hype tonight.

C – Logan Couture – San Jose Sharks – $115,373

Couture is playing great hockey as of late. He has 9 points in his last 6 games. He was the Sharks best player in game 1, which should not be a surprise as he’s been the top player on that squad all season.

C – Joe Pavelski – San Jose Sharks – $82,023

There’s something to be said about the way Pavelski plays in the playoffs. He didn’t disappoint in game 1 with 2 assists, a +1 rating and 3 shots on goal. He’s my favorite Shark to start tonight.

D – Dan Boyle – San Jose Sharks – $55,583

I hope you listened to me on Wednesday when I told you to start Boyle as he had 1 goal and 1 assist. I expect another great performance from the veteran. Special teams are a big part of a team’s success in the playoffs and the power play will only go as far as Boyle takes it for San Jose. He’s the top defensemen in the league tonight when considering his price point.

C – Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks - $85,929

Now is the time to jump on Henrik. The Canucks have their backs up against the wall and can’t afford to go down 0-2 in the series. The Sedin’s will get plenty of ice time, and with Henrik at 85k he provides tremendous upside at his price point.

Check back tomorrow for my picks to help you beat Paul Kukla.

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  1. Join for free and register in the league here.
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DAN M's avatar

I love that Jimmy Howard costs more than Fasth and Hiller.  Fasth costs more than Hiller too.

Posted by DAN M on 05/03/13 at 05:12 PM ET

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