2019 DFS NHL Playbook: February 9 (Main)
Brett Talley analyzes all the match-ups and statistics to finalize the NHL DFS Playbook for Saturday's main slate.
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Below are the top options for Saturday's six-game NHL DFS main slate.
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B. Schenn - LW
Schenn (upper body) will miss a second consecutive game Saturday, when the Blues play host to the Bruins, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Schenn reportedly remains day-to-day with his injury. The Blues saw their 11-game winning streak come to an end with the gritty two-way performer out of pocket against the Stars on Thursday, but this doesn't seem like an injury that will keep Schenn out for long.
Added 2:49 pm (EST)
A. Roussel - F
Roussel is questionable for Saturday's game against the Islanders due to an illness.
The agitating winger reportedly wasn't feeling well Saturday morning, but there's still hope from Canucks coach Travis Green that Roussel will be able to suit up. With the spotlight in Vancouver shining brightly on Calder Trophy favorite Elias Pettersson, third-line players like Roussel are being overlooked. However, with seven goals and 20 helpers through 56 games, he's actually well on his way to a career-best season offensively. Check back to see whether Roussel takes to the ice for pregame warmups. If he can't go, then perhaps Zach MacEwen will emerge from the press box.
Added 2:41 pm (EST)
J. Bernier - G
Bernier will start in goal Sunday against the visiting Sharks, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Jimmy Howard ended up missing Saturday's practice with a lingering illness, so Bernier will be sent to the cage for a fifth straight game. When it comes to evaluating fantasy goalies, it's reasonable to expect your guy to at least have a .500 record and a save percentage north of .900 at this point in the season. Unfortunately, Bernier doesn't check those boxes, as he's 6-14-4 with an .898 save mark through 26 contests. The Quebec native will now have to tame a Sharks club that has maintained a 17-12-3 road record heading into its date with Columbus on Saturday.
Added 2:28 pm (EST)
J. Skinner - F
Skinner couldn't put any weight on his left leg as he exited Saturday's game against the Capitals prematurely, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Skinner's left ankle appeared to turn awkwardly, so there's a good chance he's headed directly to the X-ray room to check for a fracture. Consider the star winger questionable, at best, to rejoin the action, though it would be pretty surprising to see him on the ice again Saturday.
Added 2:26 pm (EST)
J. Howard - G
Howard (illness) didn't end up practicing Saturday, but Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill hopes the netminder will at least be able to serve as the backup Sunday against the Sharks, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
The Wings sent goalie Harri Sateri back to AHL Grand Rapids on Saturday, which led the team's official beat writers to believe that Howard would be able to suit up for practice and ultimately dress for Sunday's game. However, it now appears that Howard isn't quite over the flu. If Detroit's preferred puck plugger doesn't improve much by Sunday morning, then there's a good chance that Jonathan Bernier will make his fifth straight appearance between the pipes.
Added 2:17 pm (EST)
F. Andersen - G
Andersen will tend twine Saturday as the home starter versus the Canadiens, Dave McCarthy of NHL.com reports.
Andersen hasn't permitted more than four goals in a single contest since the biscuit traveled past him six times on 28 shots in a Dec. 8 start against the Bruins. This high degree of consistency makes Andersen a set-and-forget type in season-long leagues, but it's worth noting that he's now looking to snap a three-game losing streak, and DFS players may search elsewhere until Freddie gets back to his winning ways. For what it's worth, he did take down the Habs with a 35-save effort in Montreal two weeks back.
Added 2:08 pm (EST)
M. Murray - G
Murray will start in goal Saturday night against the Flyers as part of the Stadium Series event at Lincoln Financial Field, David Satriano of NHL.com reports.
According to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press, light rain is expected in the area around the 8:00 p.m. ET start time, but the game apparently isn't at serious risk of being delayed or canceled. Still, it might be in the best interest of fantasy owners not to load up on players from either team in daily contests. Provided the weather holds up, Murray will be countered by Brian Elliott and Philadelphia's 18th-ranked offense (2.90).
Added 1:59 pm (EST)
M. Nieto - F
Nieto (lower body) is unlikely to play Saturday versus the Predators, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
We're still waiting to hear about the severity and exact nature of Nieto's injury, but the Avalanche could turn to Gabriel Bourque as a fill-in winger in the meantime. Having already put up four goals and 18 assists through 58 games this season, Nieto's off to a career-best pace, so hopefully, his injury doesn't linger.
Added 1:39 pm (EST)