Yahoo DFS Hockey: Saturday Picks

Yahoo DFS Hockey: Saturday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Hockey series.

Four games are on tap for Saturday's NHL slate, which will be the earliest of the postseason so far with a 3:00 PM Eastern start time. Read on to see which players to target and which to avoid.

GOALIE

Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB vs. NJ ($31): Those who locked Vasilevskiy in at $23 on Thursday reaped the benefits, and he's primed to provide excellent value relative to his price once again, even after an $8 jump. Game 1 showed that New Jersey possesses few weapons that can give the young Russian trouble besides Taylor Hall, so Vasilevskiy will be heavily favored to improve to 2-0 in the postseason after tying for the regular-season wins lead at 44.

GOALIE TO AVOID

Jonathan Bernier, COL at NSH ($28): Thrust into a starting role by Semyon Varlamov's knee injury, Bernier looked nowhere near up to the task of defeating the Presidents' Trophy-winning Predators on the road in Game 1, totalling a meager 3.6 fantasy points. Considering his lack of pedigree relative to other options and difficult matchup, there's little to suggest things will get any better for Bernier in Game 2.

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CENTER

Colton Sissons, NSH vs. COL ($11): While it's tempting to keep writing it off as a small-sample fluke, Sissons' postseason success is becoming hard to ignore. His 27 regular-season points in 81 games this year were a career high, but he's nearly doubled that scoring pace in the postseason since the beginning of last year's run to the Stanley Cup Finals, producing 14 points (seven goals) in 23 contests, including a goal and an assist in Game 1. At his price, Sissons is a nice low-risk, high-reward choice.

CENTER TO AVOID

Nazem Kadri, TOR at BOS ($17): Even if Kadri manages to avoid a suspension for his boarding penalty on a vulnerable Tommy Wingels, there was little about his Game 1 performance to suggest things will get any better for him in this rematch. He failed to generate a single meaningful fantasy statistic in his 14:08 of ice time, and there's no reason to expect a stifling Bruins defense that allowed the fourth-fewest goals per game (2.57) to relent.

WING

Evander Kane, SJ at ANH ($22): Kane didn't disappoint in his first career taste of playoff action, as the nine-year vet buried two goals on six shots in Game 1. Putting the puck on net and lighting the lamp have always been his two greatest strengths, and playing on a Sharks team that's orders of magnitude more talented than any roster he's previously been on has helped accentuate those skills while minimizing his shortcomings in other areas. In 18 games since coming over at the trade deadline, Kane has 11 goals, 16 points and 86 shots.

Kyle Palmieri, NJ at TB ($21): As was mentioned earlier, Hall was the only Devils player consistently able to generate quality chances in Game 1. Palmieri's no slouch himself, plus he benefits from skating on the top line and top power-play unit with Hall. Tampa Bay's penalty kill finished fourth from the bottom at just 76.1 percent, and Palmieri's 30 goals and 63 points with the extra man over the past three seasons suggest he's more than capable of exploiting that weakness.

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WINGS TO AVOID

Rickard Rakell, ANH vs. SJ ($26): A healthy chunk of Rakell's production this season came on the power play, where he led the team in goals (eight) and points (18). That part of his game is almost completely neutralized by San Jose's second-ranked, 84.8 percent penalty kill, and Rakell didn't look any more dangerous at even strength with just one shot on goal in a Game 1 shutout loss.

Rick Nash, BOS vs. TOR ($17): Nash may not be operating at 100 percent, as Thursday marked his return from a concussion that had held him out since March 17, and he didn't make much of an impact with just 2.7 fantasy points. On top of that, the hulking winger has a history of shrinking under the bright lights of the postseason, with just 15 goals and 41 points in 78 career postseason appearances.

DEFENSE

Brandon Montour, ANH vs. SJ ($14): Montour's topped 22 minutes in each of the four games since Cam Fowler (shoulder) went down, and that role has included a spot on the top power play unit. While he didn't capitalize on the opportunities that come with that increased playing time in Game 1, he's a terrific value play in this rematch given his ratio of role and ability to price.

Zdeno Chara, BOS vs. TOR ($15): Chara's expected to be relied upon heavily throughout the postseason, and he'll be rested for this one after the blowout nature of the series opener allowed the veteran defenseman to skate under 20 minutes instead of approaching his season average of nearly 23. He still made a significant impact with 5.9 fantasy points, but Chara's terrific ability at both ends should allow him to exceed that output with a bigger workload.

DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID

Tyson Barrie, COL at NSH ($23): As Barrie's minus-3.0 fantasy points in Game 1 indicated, Nashville is very capable of exploiting his defensive deficiencies (minus-15 rating) while limiting his scoring upside. He could be worth the gamble at home when last change will allow Colorado to dictate his matchups, but Barrie's extremely tough to trust on the road.

Justin Braun, SJ at ANH ($16): Braun's defensive-minded style pays dividends on the ice, but it's less rewarding in the fantasy realm. He's scored 2.0 fantasy points or fewer in 14 of his last 22 games, including Game 1 of this series against a Ducks team that ranks third defensively (2.55 goals allowed per game).

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Sasha Yodashkin plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: Youngsash, DraftKings: Yashdogg,Yahoo: Sasha, Fanball: Yashdogg.
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Sasha Yodashkin
Sasha has been contributing NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB and Tennis content to RotoWire since 2015, with an emphasis on DFS. He is a huge New York sports fan who has been playing fantasy sports since middle school.
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