Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/06/13 at 11:04 AM ET
update: Don't forget the Fantasy Hockey Challenge today, rosters must be set by 2:59pm ET. Original post was dated 4/5/13 at 5:15pm..
By Justin Lalonde of Fantasy Feud,
We have another 1-day NHL contest Saturday with $50 in prizes being awarded. In addition to $5 per person who beats Paul Kukla!
We’re playing in a salary cap league where you have 1 million fantasy dollars to build your lineup of 10. Here are some plays to help you build a winning lineup.
Saturday’s Value Plays and Favorable Matchups
The Flyers are starting to play the hockey we all expected them to this season, and on Saturday they face a Jets team on a 5 game losing streak. The Jets have given up 20 goals in their last 5 and the Flyers have already put 8 goals past the Jets in their 2 previous meetings.
LW – Simon Gagne - $58,747
Gagne is comfortable in a Flyers uniform and he seems to have found his scoring touch. He has 3 points in his last 2 games and is worthy of his price tag.
RW – Matt Read - $67,832
Read is on a 5 game point streak and sharing the ice with Giroux and Voracek. While both his line mates are worthy fantasy plays, Read presents great value as he is $50,000 less than Giroux and Voracek.
Typically I would never suggest starting any players facing the Bruins. Boston gives up the fewest goals in the NHL, however, the Habs have scored 9 goals in their last 2 games against the Bruins.
Michael Ryder – RW - $100,536
Ryder has 6 points in his last 5 games and is producing at a great pace for the Habs. His line has been a force since his acquisition.
Brian Gionta – RW - $76,311
He’s sharing the ice with Ryder and has 5 points in his last 5 games. I’m of the belief the Canadiens second line is their best. Do you agree?
P.K. Subban – D - $123,853
Yes, Subban has a high price tag, but the reason you search for value plays is to allow yourself to draft a few studs. P.K. is a stud. He has 8 points in his last 5 games and the last time he faced Boston he had 1 goal, 1 assist, was a +3 with 4 shots on goal. Impressive.
New York Rangers
The Rangers seem to have new life having found the back of the net 10 times in their last 2 games. Couple that with the fact Carolina has allowed 33 goals in their last 8 meetings and you can see why I like the Rangers matchup.
Ryan Clowe – LW - $89,029
It looks like Clowe simply needed a change of scenery to get him going. After going scoreless all season long he had 2 goals and 1 assist in his Rangers debut. In my opinion the Rangers scored the best player available at the trade deadline.
Derrick Brassard – C - $82,670
Brassard is a well kept secret as there aren’t many people who watch the Blue Jackets night in and night out, but that will change in New York. He has accounted for 6 points in his last 3 games. Ride the streak.
Brad Richards – C - $75,705
Richards is finally finding the score sheet. The new influx of players to the lineup could be a blessing for Richards who has been searching for his scoring touch. He has 3 points in his last 2 games and his price tag makes him very attractive.
If you are playing daily fantasy hockey on a nightly basis it’s time to start seeking out the players that are facing the Flames. Calgary is packing it in. They lost their captain and franchise player last week and it’s becoming evident they will lose their goaltender at the end of the season. Having allowed 18 goals in their last 3 games you need a Canuck or two in your lineup.
Daniel Sedin – LW - $105,684 & Henrik Sedin – C - $100,839
Neither of the twins have had outstanding seasons, but they have provided consistent production. There’s no reason to think they aren’t in line for a few points in Saturday night’s juicy matchup.
Derrick Roy – C - $78,128
It’s nice to see Roy on a team that will give him a chance to make a run at the cup. People seem to have forgotten how great of a player he was in Buffalo. Roy has points in 5 of his last 6 and in a matchup with the Flames I expect that trend to continue.
Kevin Bieksa – D - $66,015
Bieksa has had a tough time finding the scoresheet this season. He now has points in his last 2 games. I think the streak hits 3.
Register for Free Now!
Don’t miss your chance to play in the Beat Paul Kukla Challenge on Saturday. Here’s how to join:
1. Join for free and register in the league here.
2. Build a roster of 10 players in a salary cap league. You have 1 million fantasy dollars to build your team.
3. Follow the live scoreboard on Saturday to see if you win.
If you already have an account click here to access the Kukla’s Korner challenge.
Best of luck against Paul on Saturday!
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