Saturday Night Special: DraftStreet Style!

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Can Alex Ovechkin add to your DraftStreet winnings? (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Yes this Saturday night, DraftStreet will be having another awesome freeroll for fantasy hockey fans. First things first, let’s look at the schedule.

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Saturday Schedule — DraftStreet


Teams Notes
Boston at Columbus 2:00 PM 
Edmonton at Toronto 7:00 PM 
Philadelphia at Detroit 7:00 PM
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay 7:00 PM
Colorado at Washington 7:00 PM
Buffalo at Chicago 8:00 PM
NY Rangers at St. Louis 8:00 PM
NY Islanders at Nashville 8:00 PM
Dallas at Minnesota 8:00 PM
Montreal at Vancouver 10:00 PM
Ottawa at San Jose 10:00 PM

All in all, there are 11 games on the docket, including an afternoon tilt between Boston and Columbus. Therefore, please remember to set your lineups before 2pm ET….not 7pm ET. It is a big Saturday in the sense that a lot of marquis names all ready to pick.

Looking For Line Combinations

The sad thing is Winnipeg will not be playing on Saturday night. However, here are the hottest line combos from Week 1 in fantasy hockey. This is how we are going to look ahead. Our friends from Dobberhockey have a few ideas, even for daily leagues. The goal is to apply weekly and season long events into the day by day realm.

Let’s take a part of lines and pairings with Nathan Weselake’s column “The Pulpit”. His picks are usually spot on and will lead you to the daily fantasy promise land. You can check the “Daily Ramblings” late Friday / early Saturday as well for a little more on that good old art called fantasy chemistry.

The problem in any daily league like DraftStreet is finding those clusters that can produce. This time of year is a bit more guesswork. PDO is a few weeks away from being truly useful. In a game of hunches mixed up with a little match-up common sense, we have cooked up three Draftstreet “Plays With Purpose”.

DraftStreet Plays With Purpose

1. Marcus Johansson — C — Washington:  Johansson is a part of the second power play unit that is the top rated in the NHLThere are concerns with the shot total as he doesn’t exactly fire the puck at every opportunity but he can get you power play points and assists. Those are good. He will also be a bit cheaper than your top Washington options. For now, MJ90, as he is called, is an effective fantasy producer but never will be a category filler as we say.

2. Patrick Kane — RW — Chicago — This is a situation ripe for success as Kane faces his hometown Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres come to Chicago with an eye towards rebuilding. The 25 year old has a way of burning Buffalo and Saturday should be no exception. Yes, you are going to have to spend a bit but a multiple point night with 5+ shots seems rather likely. Toss in a little power play bonus and a couple hits then one has a heck of a night in the making.

3. Jaroslav Halak — G — St. Louis — The New York Rangers are on quite the road trip still and St. Louis will be able to welcome in a tired Rangers team that may be without Rick Nash (concussion?). If the slaughter in San Jose is any indication, Halak may be a pretty nice play. However, do not expect 30+ shots on net. Remember saves are 0.3 pts per so every shot on net helps. Like I said, keep an eye out. This could be the sure play by the weekend.

As always you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisWasselTHW and more daily plays will come out via tweets. Comment away and remember to get into that Draftstreet freeroll. Why pass up free money? Right? Right!