Even with three afternoon games cut off to form their own set of contests, Saturday still has an earlier start time than usual for its evening slate. The first game kicks off at 6:00 PM ET, so be sure to set your lineups in time. There are 11 games worth of players to choose from, and here are some names I think you should target Saturday.
Jaroslav Halak, NYI at NJD ($7,900): Itís unclear whether Halak or Thomas Greiss ($7,900) will start this game, but Halak has started five games in a row, so for now Iíll go with him. He has done nothing to dissuade the Islanders from starting him either, as in his last four games heís picked up a win while posting a 0.99 GAA and a .966 save percentage. The Devils, meanwhile, have only managed 2.21 goals and 27.7 shots on net per game. As such, regardless of whoís in goal for the Islanders, they shouldnít be threatened too much.
Ryan Johansen, NAS at WPG ($5,900): Johansen has averaged 2:53 per game on the power play, and heís tallied 23 points with the extra man in 81 games. Now he gets the chance to end his regular season against the 27th-ranked penalty kill. That bodes well for Johansen, who also has six points in his last eight games.
Martin Hanzal, MIN at ARI ($4,400): Hanzal has started to find his footing with the Wild. In his last 12 games, heís tallied eight points. Thatís despite the fact his 7.7 shooting percentage with Minnesota is decidedly-worse than the 12.7 shooting percentage he had with the Coyotes. Speaking of Arizona, theyíve allowed 3.15 goals and 34.0 shots on net per contest. It wouldnít be surprising to see Hanzal have a nice fantasy day against his former team.
Jamie Benn, DAL vs. COL ($6,600): Thereís no better matchup in the NHL right now than the Avalanche, as they've allowed a whopping 3.38 goals per game. Nobody is within 0.21 goals of lowly Colorado. The Avalanche have also given up 31.6 shots on net per contest, and they have the 29th-ranked penalty kill. Benn has 25 goals and 68 points in 76 games, and 25 of his points have come on the power play. The Stars donít have much depth, so if you want to take advantage of this matchup, youíll have to spend a little extra on a guy like Benn. He should be well worth it.
Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA vs. BUF ($5,600): Huberdeau has started 38.7 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, which is fourth most on the Panthers. Heís also averaged 2:33 per game on the power play, and heís tallied six power-play points in 29 games. Overall, heís averaged 3.4 fantasy points per game. The Sabres have allowed a league-high 34.2 shots on goal per game, and their penalty kill is ranked a lowly 26th in the NHL.
Milan Lucic, EDM at VAN ($4,500): Lucic was considered a bit of a bust for a while, but thatís changed recently. In his last 20 games, heís tallied 11 goals and five assists. Heís also played 2:44 a game with the extra man, tallying 25 points in that time. The Canucks have allowed 2.91 goals and 31.6 shots on goal per contest. They also have the 28th-ranked penalty kill, which bodes well for Lucic.
Oscar Klefbom, EDM at VAN ($5,400): Klefbom has had a nice few games, as heís tallied six points and 13 shots on goal in his last four contests. Heís notched 201 shots on goal in 80 games, which is an impressive number for a defenseman. Since the All-Star break, Vancouver has allowed 3.17 goals and 32.8 shots on net per contest. They also have the 28th-ranked penalty kill, and Klefbom has 14 points with the extra man.
Tyson Barrie, COL at DAL ($4,300): Barrie has started 36.9 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, which is the most of any player on the Avalanche. Heís also averaged 3:08 per game with the extra man, and Dallas is dead last on the penalty kill. The Stars are also fifth in shot attempts per 60 minutes (59.1), giving Barrie the opportunity to potentially block a shot or two, which would boost his fantasy value a bit.