Is Alexander Ovechkin a must-buy when you play Daily Fantasy Hockey? At this point, I believe he is and not because he leads the NHL in goals with 38. When it comes to DFS, we look for definites, for points we know we are going to get. Can we rely on Ovechkin to score every game? No, of course not; but what we can rely on is for Ovechkin to shoot the puck. Why do I bring this up? Ovechkin also leads the NHL in shots on goal (SOG) with 292. That averages out to over five per game, and the Capitals offense is based on getting the puck to Ovechkin. On DraftKings, a shot on goal is worth 0.5 points, that’s 2.5 points you are almost guaranteed even if Ovechkin does nothing else during the game. On FanDuel, they are worth 0.4 points, so that’s two points. We don’t get too many sure things in DFS. Shouldn’t we take what little we can get? The problem of course is his price; he will more than likely be the highest priced player on the board each night he plays. Still, I can’t pass him up, not with those shots, and not while he’s on a goal scoring streak.
Those Fantasy owners hoping that Rick Nash will return this week can forget about it. This must be the bone bruise from hell. He has been out of action since Jan. 22 (12 games). The team continues to have no clue about when he will return to the lineup. There may come a time when Nash has worn out his welcome in New York, as he has only scored 12 goals in the 45 games he did play this season, and his playoff numbers with the Rangers are far from exemplary, which probably won’t change this season. Nash is out until at least Saturday, which would only leave him with one game to prove to suitors that he is healthy enough to contribute for a run at the Stanley Cup. The bigger question for his Fantasy owners is why haven’t the Rangers placed him on injured reserve. Even they don’t believe he is day to day, and they could always back date his placement so that he would be eligible to come off whenever they want anyway. I wouldn’t have much of a problem with releasing Nash if you need that spot on your roster.
A rumor was circulating late last week that the Canadiens were testing the market to see what they could get in a trade for P.K. Subban. While this made for interesting reading and certainly was fun to talk about, the odds of Subban going anywhere are highly unlikely. Yes, Subban does seem to get more than his share of the blame from coach Michel Therrien, but he is still one of the best defensemen in the league, and odds are Therrien would go before he does. Also, a trade of this magnitude would be more likely to happen during the offseason when every team could get involved and the salary cap is not as big a problem. Before the deadline, certain teams would not be able to put forth their best offer. He’s not going anywhere.
Evgeni Malkin has now missed nine straight, and 10 of 12 games with a knee injury. He is skating with the team but not practicing yet. The Penguins are being very patient with one of their superstars and don’t seem to be in any rush to put him back in their lineup. The Penguins only play two games this week (Wednesday and Saturday). Those who play in weekly lineup leagues may want to play it safe and leave him on the bench.
Claude Giroux missed the game Saturday with an upper body ailment but the injury is not considered to be serious but he still won’t play Tuesday at Carolina.
The same can’t be said for Alexander Steen of the Blues. He is expected to miss at least a month with an upper body injury. The Blues just can’t seem to stay healthy for any length of time. They only got Jaden Schwartz back from his ankle injury on Feb. 12 and they are still playing without Alex Pietrangelo, who has a knee injury. They are a walking emergency department.
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