Don’t worry, I won’t rant again today. But it is worth mentioning that a few people that read my article are in agreement that the NHL needs to take more serious action when it comes to headshots and suspensions. Hopefully the NHL’s general managers get the message when they meet in Florida on Monday. However, I get the feeling that it will be more of the same, now that The Count will be in power for at least another four years (TSN).
Okay, on to the Pick Six for a busy Saturday. A total of 20 of the league’s 30 teams are in action on Saturday, including matchups with all sorts of playoff implications.
Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, VAN – start
We’ll start off with an easy one, at least for me. I know you’re going to call me Captain Obvious after this pick, but I’ll put my five-star lock on the twins for Saturday. Both Sedins have been point-per-game players against Calgary this season, but last season’s stats are even more impressive. Henrik posted 11 points (2g-9a) in six games against the Flames, while Daniel posted five goals and nine points in five games of his own. Expect them to earn a pair of points each against Miikka Kiprusoff.
Andy McDonald, STL – start
I know I’ve mentioned McDonald before on this list, but I can’t stress enough that you should be starting him right now. Andy Mac has 21 points (9g-12a) in 19 games since returning from a concussion. He faces a Wings squad that he went off for three points on already this season. He has also been a point-per-game player at home all season. In no way, shape, or form should he be on your bench or waiver wire right now.
Patrick Marleau, SJ – start
One of my leaguemates in the fantasyhockey.com league recently requested Marleau in a trade. I’m glad that I didn’t read his email after our trade deadline elapsed, as he is one Shark who is turning up his game. As much as Patty has struggled this season, he is still a point-per-game player at the Shark Tank (18 goals and 36 points in 33 home games) and has goals in three of his last four games. Potentially facing Henrik Lundqvist might not look like a great matchup on paper, but the Rangers are an East Coast team on the final game of a West Coast road trip and are sure to be tired.
Mike Smith, TB – start
According to the St. Petersburg Times, Smith will start Saturday’s game against Florida. In his only matchup against the Panthers, Smith wasn’t very good in allowing four goals in 45 minutes. However, I’d be willing to give him another try on Saturday against a Panthers team with the league’s third-worst offense (2.43 goals for average this season). Smith allowed just two goals against the Bruins in his only start since his recall from the AHL, so he is at least a possibility if you are chasing wins.
James Reimer, TOR – bench
The Leafs are calling Saturday’s game against Buffalo the biggest game of their season. Yeah, but isn’t that the case for the Sabres too? The Leafs’ rookie standout is falling back to earth, allowing 12 goals in his past three games. In addition, he has a 4.50 GAA in two games against Buffalo this season. If you have three goalies and can only start two on Saturday, perhaps Reimer should be your odd man out.
Marian Gaborik, NYR – bench
Gaborik is already having an ordinary season, at least by his standards (39 points in 49 games). Granted, he has dealt with injury again, but the Rangers have also struggled to find him the right linemates. Even more alarming is the fact that his icetime has been less than 15 minutes in his previous two games. Do you think things will get any better at the Shark Tank on Saturday facing a Sharks team playing its best hockey of the season? No, I don’t think so either.
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