Week 19 High Price Fades
February 15, 2017 | Chris Wassel
Week 19 High Price Fades
The time to get out the Clorox bleach may be now as we boldly go into this week’s fades. Also, do consider alternatives to the otherwise high-end players listed here. All slates are based on main evening slates unless otherwise noted. At any rate, here are those Week 19 High Price Fades.
We start off with hump day once again. Do note that trying to guess injuries or goalie changes can be really fickle. This is also the time of year where we start to get more picky and the stakes will get higher.
Note: This week is a little chaotic schedule wise. There are 13 teams that are on a bye at some juncture. The bye weeks will wreak some havoc on your lineups. Now, here are those bye weeks:
- Boston Bruins — February 13-17
- Buffalo Sabres — February 20-24
- Carolina Hurricanes — February 12-16
- Chicago Blackhawks — February 13-17
- Columbus Blue Jackets — February 20-24
- Dallas Stars — February 19-23
- Montreal Canadiens — February 13-17
- Nashville Predators — February 13-17
- San Jose Sharks — February 20-24
- St. Louis Blues — February 21-25
- Tampa Bay Lightning — February 12-16
- Vancouver Canucks — February 20-24
- Washington Capitals — February 12-16
Week 19 High Price Fades
Thursday, February 16
Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils (vs Ottawa)
Just forget about it! We could not be more blunt about this among our Week 19 High Price Fades. Every game is a mighty struggle for New Jersey. Even though they beat Colorado on Tuesday, Hall had at least four or five prime scoring chances that went unfulfilled. Ottawa is a little better than the Avalanche in every standpoint. It is safe to say New Jersey is not getting 40 shots like they did against Colorado.
Battle Of New York Goaltending
Oh, what the hell? The question first one has to ask is will Henrik Lundqvist start this game at all? Most will say yes but his penchant for giving up three or more goals against the Islanders is scary business and fade worthy. On the other hand, no one knows how the Islanders will come out after getting trounced 7-1 in Toronto. That game on Tuesday was about as disastrous as it gets. The start of this game could be downright crazy and expect an elevated Vegas projection too.
Saturday, February 18 ( 3 Matinees, 8 Evening Games)
Winnipeg and Montreal Goaltending (Matinee)
Hey, it is true that one should just go elsewhere! The teams combined for 11 goals in their last meeting and not much has changed other than a new coach. This will be the first game under the Claude Julien reign so will that different voice even work? Winnipeg just snapped a 15 game streak of allowing three or more goals. Some will argue that Carey Price is a good option here. However, teams coming off the bye have shown some rust. The penalty kill for both teams can be dicey to say the least. It is best to run to Washington, maybe even Buffalo or St. Louis.
Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings (vs Florida — Evening)
Los Angeles will be too good of a play on Saturday because it is Florida on their third game in four nights out west. Yet, the last time these two teams met saw Carter do little, if anything. Granted, this game was in Florida but Week 19 High Price Fades knows no bounds. The second line oddly may work better even though the Kopitar line has been well off expectations. Save a little money and head to those other options including perhaps a few Devils or Islanders.
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (vs Edmonton — Evening)
Kane may have a tough time against on Saturday as the Jonathan Toews line is arguably a better play. Richard Panik had two goals and an assist in the last meeting. The premise here is to avoid the temptation of the chalk as much as humanly possible. The Oilers also average about four tenths of a goal more per game on the road and have a better record. They do give up a bit more and that is the risk within the risk! We go extra bold or go home!
Sunday, February 19
3 Matinees, 8 Evening Games — Focus On The Evening
Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks (vs Boston)
It is just best to just stay the heck away from this one due to the uncertainty of Jones even starting. Hell, trusting Tuukka Rask here might be a huge stretch. Rask’s numbers have plummeted to the point where his save percentage is below league average at .912 (as of press time). Jones does have a much better home split but Boston has a high octane offense that can get into those areas where San Jose is vulnerable. Can Peter DeBoer adjust? Either way, a 4-3 game seems rather likely.
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs (@ Carolina)
Carolina has been down on their luck of late and goaltending has been a huge issue so some will lick their chops when it comes to this match-up. While that may be true, Carolina will pick on the Matthews line and can find opportunities. The Nazem Kadri line may be the one to look into for Toronto for some upside. There is that Jordan Staal line which could have a field day here. Matthews just seems too risky for the price considering the potential for a Battle Of Ontario hangover.
Tuesday, February 21
Montreal and New York Goaltending
Why not do something different and fade both of these goalies on Tuesday. Lundqvist has been inconsistent to say the least at home and Price has been changing equipment and struggling mightily. While the Rangers goalie has snapped out of his funk mostly, the Canadiens are more than capable of scoring goals at MSG. Claude Julien had a masterful way of playing the Rangers and the Rangers offense has three to four goal potential as well. This has the look of being at least a 4-3 game. There are better games to pick on like in Detroit, Colorado, and even New Jersey.
Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets (@ Toronto)
Week 19 High Price Fades caps off things with the Auston Matthews-Patrik Laine clash in Toronto. Laine is approaching 30 goals fast and just had a hat trick. Matthews is a better bet at home and on the power play against a Winnipeg penalty kill still averaging the most penalties per night in the league. The Maple Leafs crowd will have a noticeably higher buzz for this one. Expect Matthews to have a better chance in rising to the occasion. Do not be surprised if Matthews has a multiple point night.