Ricky Attempts Hockey Picks: Oye Comeau Va

All good things must come to an end. In this case, my reign as a hockey tout has run its course and Wednesday marks my final day. Moral of the story: all daily games are fun and additional DFS sports be learned if one takes the time to absorb all the fundamentals. In baseball, stacking offenses leads to more upside, in basketball it is stacking a point guard and the likely beneficiaries of his assists and in hockey the preferred stacks are all the members of a single line. Hockey, like other sports, can be partially gauged by checking out lines and making inferences from their projections. One aspect applicable to hockey which is also applicable to every other game available on FantasyDraft: games are more fun to follow along if you have players involved in them. I actually turned on a hockey game this week which I have not done since the Blackhawks were in the Stanley Cup. If this doesn’t prove how impactful DFS is to everyday life and how important it should be to the major sports leagues then I don’t know what will. Anyways, time to get the show on the road…

Oh by the way, some changes will be made to the scoring in anticipation of tomorrow’s games:

  • Team Goalies are now awarded five points for every win
  • Points awarded for stats accumulated by Skaters have increased overall, making each skater you draft more valuable
  • Skaters no longer receive a deduction in fantasy points for committing a penalty
  • In general, fantasy points awarded for Goalie production have been reduced

For further information, check the scoring and rules tab at the bottom of the site.

Note: this piece is designed for entertainment value more as much if not more than it is designed to educate readers. My friend and fellow FantasyDraft contributor Chris Mitchell typically has helped steer me in the right direction but all of the commentary is my own. Hopefully this piece is as amusing for you to read as it is for me to write. Alright for the last time, deep breath, let’s do this:

Center:

Sean Monahan, Flames – Despite having no relation to Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan, it would be comical to fade Sean Monahan on a short slate (see what I did there?). Calgary sounds like Mitchell’s choice of stack to differentiate from the common sense Blackhawks stacks most will be throwing out there in their lineups. All three games are projected 3-2 finals and the favorites are listed at 52, 53 and 54-percent probabilities of victory so it is difficult to differentiate amongst them. Mitchell is going with Calgary so I am too and using Monahan who has now scored a point in back-to-back games and has played at least 20 minutes in three of the past four games. They don’t call them the “Flames” for nothing; my hockey guy tells me they are expected to catch fire on Wednesday and could potentially lead you to GPP victory.

Wing:

Patrick Kane, Blackhawks – Even if one decides to stack the Flames, Patrick Kane is a viable option for any lineup to mix in there. He leads the NHL in points by 18, has put at least five shots on goal in three consecutive games and has scored at least one point in each of the last three games as well. He’s a flat-out fantasy monster and these types of players are matchup-proof. The Blackhawks are underdogs in New York against the Rangers but it just doesn’t matter because Kane can and will get it done against virtually anyone.

Blake Comeau, Flames – On a short slate, you might as well take the YOLO mindset and go for the gold and Mitchell believes Blake Comeau’s ownership could be low. Like Kane, Comeau has been putting the puck on net regularly in recent games including six shot attempts against Ottawa on Feb. 11. He has attempted at least three shots in three consecutive games so he is starting to step up his game. According to Mitchell, Colorado has been struggling with allowing goals as of late although they remain the most heavily favored team on the slate. If there’s a golden ticket on Wednesday’s short slate, it is going to come via the stick of Comeau although I would reserve him for GPP only especially if relying on Colorado goalies in cash (mentioned later in the article).

Defense:

Dougie Hamilton, Flames – To partially complete the Flames stack, add Dougie Hamilton to the recipe that already includes Monahan. Hamilton, or “Dougie McPuckets” as I like to refer to him, has scored seven points this month in seven games which is superb for a defenseman. He scored two points last game which tied a season high so hopefully he can keep it going in a game where his team is favored against the 24-32 Minnesota Wild.

Team Goalie:

Colorado Avalanche – As of Wednesday, an additional bonus will be added for goalie wins so obviously there is now additional motivation to roster a goalie on a good team…or at least one who you believe is going to win their respective game on a given night. According to both ESPN and masseyratings, Coloardo and goalie Semyon Varlamov are the heaviest favorites of the night. Overall scoring has been toned down for goalies so they do not dominate fantasy point totals quite like they had been on FantasyDraft. Considering the de-emphasis on the counting stats and increase in importance of victories, the Avalanche are the common sense option at the position to adjust for the new and improved scoring system.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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