There are 11 games today and tonight on the schedule. I’m going to give you some fades as these players either should not be in your lineup or tread carefully if you want them on your FanDuel squad. We will also be updating the goaltending matchups at the bottom of the column all season (up to the 7pm start times for most lineups) so check the column and Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for the latest updates.
Henrik Lundqvist G (New York Rangers) - $9,900
Lundqvist has been terrific this season which is a surprise because in the later years of his career he has gotten off to some bad starts. The problem today is that it looks like coach Alain Vigneault will go with Antti Raanta, especially after Lundqvist played on Friday in Colorado.
Steve Mason G (Philadelphia) - $8,200
Mason has been ill of late and the Flyers made him dress elsewhere on Thursday when he backed up Michal Neuvirth and they wouldn’t let him sit on the bench for fear of spreading his virus around. He is still not 100 percent and it looks like Neuvirth will get the start. If Mason starts I still would not recommend him.
Kris Letang D (Pittsburgh) - $6,100
Letang is below his usual offensive output this season with only a goal and six points in 13 games. The bad thing is that he is already a minus-six and that does not play well in FanDuel. The Penguins are playing the second half of back-to-back games in Alberta and they could be a bit tired come the third period.
Dennis Wideman D (Calgary) - $5,600
After a 56 point campaign last season it was thought that Wideman would come back to earth somewhat but not with a thud like this. He has six assists in 14 games but his minus-12 rating and having only 17 shots on goal is troublesome. The Flames are stacked on the blueline with Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton and T.J. Brodie so when they do turn it around, it may be with Wideman in a reduced role.
Wayne Simmonds RW (Philadelphia) - $6,200
Boy, there are an awful lot of good hockey players who have one goal or less this season and Wayne Simmonds is one of them. He has six assists but is a minus-nine. He is playing with Matt Read and Sean Couturier on the second line but that shouldn’t strike fear in the eyes of an opponent.
Jakob Silfverberg RW (Anaheim) - $5,500
The Ducks continue to struggle to score and Silfverberg is right up there among the Anaheim players having a tough time of things. He has only two assists in 13 games with a minus-five rating. He does have 29 shots on goal but has yet to score.
Rick Nash LW (New York Rangers) - $8,500
Nash injured his back on Thursday and missed Friday’s game. While he was feeling better on Friday than Thursday it does not look to be an ideal situation in which to put him in your lineup. His one goal and six points in 13 games is nothing to write home about either, especially at his price.
Pascal Dupuis LW (Pittsburgh) - $4,900
Dupuis was sent to the hospital before the Edmonton game on Friday and the Penguins stated that he was experiencing symptoms that may or may not be related to his blood clot history. It doesn’t sound good and it makes sense to pass on him Saturday as we do not think he will play.
David Backes C (St. Louis) - $6,900
Backes has been hot of late with three goals in three games but it has been his only three goals of the season. He usually averages over two shots per game but has only 23 in 13 games this season. He is starting to break out of his season long slump but playing against the tough Pekka Rinne will make his job a whole lot tougher.
Ryan Kesler C (Anaheim) - $6,300
Talk about horrible slumps, Kesler has been in one all season. He has only three assists without a goal in 13 games and a minus-10 rating. Enough said.