Only four games on what is most likely a very crucial day, so there are only eight teams to choose from this time. As Ian mentioned yesterday, Boston and Philadelphia are both playing today so the players that he talked about – Adam McQuaid, Mark Recchi, and Matt Carle – are still relevant today. The other teams in the mix for Sunday’s matchups are Atlanta, Columbus, Florida, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and Vancouver, so of course only target these teams when searching the waiver-wire for possible pickups.
Cory Schneider, G, VAN – start
If Schneider is still available in your league and you are in need of any help at goaltending at all, go out and grab him right now. The official Canucks Twitter account has him pegged for tomorrow giving him the ability to have make-or-break powers for some managers. Schneider is one of the elite young backups in the league and on a fantastic team – a great combination. He is sporting a 14-3-2 record so far this season while currently on a five-game winning streak where he is sporting a .941 SV% and 1.77 GAA with a shutout. In his only game against Columbus this year, he saved 24 out of 27 shots in a 7-3 blowout win, however he has been playing a lot better hockey since that matchup on December 23 so he should fair even better this time around. Put him out there for sure.
Colin Greening, C/LW, OTT – start
The 1% owned (in Yahoo leagues) Greening has been playing some good hockey lately while playing alongside Jason Spezza on the Sens’ first line. He currently has two goals, an assist, a +5 rating, and 15 SOG with a GWG in his past five games. Also, in his only game against Atlanta he scored a goal with a +2 rating on three shots. I like the odds of 1 game/1 goal and playing with Spezza, so I picked him up in the fantasyhockey.com league playoffs. Hopefully he comes through.
Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT – start
I’ve got to put him on here again as I can’t believe he is still only owned in about half of all leagues right now. Although he did just end his five-game point streak (4g-5a-9pts), no one in that game could find the net in regulation or overtime as the game ended in a 1-0 win for the penguins in the shootout. Against Florida this year, he has two assists in two games played against them. If he’s still available in your league, I would definitely snag him and play him against the lowly Panthers as they have now lost four games in a row while letting in four goals in three of those games. Tyler Kennedy, Jordan Staal, and possibly Pascal Dupuis could all also make for some excellent pickups. This also leads to my next pick…
Tomas Vokoun, G, FLA – bench
The Penguins have beaten the Panthers both times they have faced them this year, scoring 3 goals in one game and 5 goals the next. Vokoun has not fared well in either of those games either, being pulled in his latest start against them after allowing three goals on 14 shots in only 11 minutes of action. Considering that the Panthers now don’t have a few of the players on their roster that played the best against the Pens thanks to being trade deadline sellers, things are looking especially iffy for Vokoun. Play him only if you must but beware of what the consequences may be.
Erik Karlsson, D, OTT – start
Ever since a game in which he had a (-3) rating, he has collected 1g-3a-4pts with a +7 in the five games since, getting at least +1 in each. He has also played very well against the Thrashers this year, collecting three assists, a +2, a PPP, and five SOG in the three games he has played against them. Definitely send him out there.
Mason Raymond, LW, VAN – bench
Now I’ve got to admit, I am putting him on here pretty much to spite my opponent in the fantasyhockey.com league, as he picked him up this morning. He may not actually be a bad play since he has been bumped back up to the second line because of the absence of Mikael Samuelsson and was rewarded with a goal in his last game, so there is the possibility Mason will come through. However, there is a better possibility that Samuelsson will be back in the lineup for Sunday’s game, meaning Raymond again gets pushed down in the lineup. I expect this game to be low scoring as well, with the top line of Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Alex Burrows providing most, if not all, of the scoring. Because of these odds, there are other players out there that I would rather risk picking up over Raymond.
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