With just two games on the docket Wednesday, it is going to be difficult to differentiate your roster. Focus on talent and opportunity, and keep these players in mind when assembling your lineups.
Henrik Lundqvist, NYR vs. DET ($8,800): Through three games, the Rangers have allowed the sixth-fewest shots per game (25.7), which is significantly lower than the 30.4 they surrendered last season. Lundqvist is sitting on an .870 save percentage through his first two starts, but expect him to start moving toward his elite .923 save percentage over the past seven seasons sooner than later, especially if the Rangers allow a few more shots on net.
Mark Scheifele, WPG vs. TOR ($7,100): This price point isn't high enough to fade Scheifele on Wednesday. He's posted a point per game with 10 shots over three contests to start the campaign with 10 shots and is averaging 21:42 per night – with 4:45 of that on the man advantage.
Mika Zibanejad, NYR vs. DET ($5,900): After multi-point showings in his first two games of the season, Zibanejad failed to hit the scoresheet Monday. However, he did register five shots on net and receive a season-high 19:16 of ice time in the outing. The pivot has clicked early with linemate Chris Kreider, and now Rick Nash has joined the duo while Pavel Buchnevich’s back is acting up on him. It's a formidable line.
Chris Kreider, NYR vs. DET ($6,500): With a goal and an assist in each of the first three games of the season, Kreider has been one of the league’s biggest October movers. His power-speed combo has always been a matchup nightmare for opponents, but now the results are showing up statistically. He also has 18 shots on goal despite starting 42.4 percent of his shifts in the defensive zone. Expect him to be a chalky selection Wednesday, though.
James van Riemsdyk, TOR at WPG ($6,500): The masses could be flocking to Auston Matthew and his linemates, so van Riemsdyk could carry contrarian appeal. The veteran scored his last time out, is receiving 3:24 of power-play time per night and has started 62.5 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone.
Mitch Marner, TOR at WPG ($4.400): The rookie has registered 10 shots and 15 shot attempts through the first two games of the season, and Marner has also blocked four shots. He scored his last time out and is locked into a top-six role, not to mention that he’s averaging a whopping 4:02 of power-play time per game.
Patrik Laine, WPG vs. TOR ($4,000): After opening the season with a multi-point showing, Laine has failed to find the scoresheet in his past two outings. He's still being deployed on the top line and No. 1 power-play unit, though, so his upside remains sky high. At this salary, you're likely avoiding him at your own peril.
Ryan McDonagh, NYR vs. DET ($5,100): No longer fighting for power-play time, McDonagh checks out as a high-floor defenseman with upside night in, night out. He has nine shots and four blocked shots through three games and is coming off a two-point showing Monday. Averaging 3:30 with the man advantage is the icing on the cake.
Josh Morrissey, WPG vs. TOR ($3,400): The rookie has seen his ice time increase in each game this season, and he even got a sniff of power-play time Monday. Morrissey is a low-priced flier to provide cap relief, but he also owns the offensive acumen to offer reward using him. Additionally, playing with Dustin Byfuglien adds some beef to his upside.