With three key divisional games and two inter-conference games on tap Wednesday, the heat will be on and there will be fantasy points to be had with the correct selections. Here are some options:
Jonathan Quick, LAK vs. CGY ($33)
A groin injury robbed Quick of the vast majority of his 2016-17 season, but the two-time Vezina Trophy finalist has looked like his old self to start this campaign, as heís allowed one goal on 59 shots over his first two starts. Not bad. It probably wonít be too long until the 31-year-old is top-priced consistently, so get him at a manageable price Wednesday for a nice home matchup against the Flames.
GOALIE TO AVOID
Frederik Andersen, TOR vs. NJD ($32)
The Maple Leafs are undefeated after scoring 19 goals through their first three games, and while Andersen has walked away with the W each time, he hasnít been spectacular -- the Danish keeper has allowed at least two goals in each game and 10 overall. A young, talented, and undefeated Devils team coming to town has the makings of trap game, leading to a potential bad outing for Anderson.
Anze Kopitar, LAK vs. CGY ($18)
Kopitar enjoyed a productive night in Saturdayís 4-1 win over the Sharks, scoring two goals and adding an assist while maintaining a plus-3 rating. His teamís continued effectiveness on defense will give Kopitar a nice floor, and the veteran pivotís potential to score makes him a great value.
CENTER TO AVOID
Ryan Getzlaf, ANH vs. NYI ($26)
Getzlaf returned from a lower-body injury Monday and unceremoniously posted a minus-1 rating in 22:46 of ice time. The 32-year-old could be feeling some lingering effects from his injury, but either way, the Anaheim offense seems to be in a bit of a funk as a whole. With that in mind, dropping $26 for the Ducksí captain against an Islanders team that has been stout on defense might not be the best idea.
Taylor Hall, NJD at TOR ($23)
Hall has yet to crack the goal column this season, but it hasnít been for lack of trying -- heís taken 10 shots on net and added three helpers while logging a healthy amount of power-play time over the Devilsí first two games. The goals are coming for the 2010 first-overall pick, and $23 is a bargain given his upside.
Dustin Brown, LAK vs. CGY ($17)
Brown has been a solid contributor for the Kings, recording three points on five shots with a plus-3 rating. Perhaps most importantly, heís averaging 4:34 on the power play. Spending time at both even strength and the power play with Kopitar, Brown could provide a solid stack complement to the Kingsí captain.
WINGS TO AVOID
Brad Marchand, BOS at COL ($29)
Marchand has looked somewhat lost without Patrice Bergeron (lower body) centering the first line to start the season. Marchand wasnít able to crack the Avalancheís surprisingly secure defense during Mondayís 4-0 loss, and the frustration could continue when the teams travel to Denver on Wednesday.
Brian Gibbons, NJD at TOR ($25)
Gibbons managed a goal and an assist in New Jerseyís 6-2 win in Buffalo on Monday, but thereís nothing else about his recent history or situation to suggest that heís worth a $25 price tag. The 29-year-old journeyman isnít involved heavily in the Devilsí power-play unit and doesnít have a scoring pedigree, having never exceed 17 points in a season.
Tyson Barrie, COL vs. BOS ($17)
Like seasonís past, Barrie has been firing shots from the blue line early and often for the Avalanche. The 26-year-old is the quarterback of the Colorado power play and top offensive blueliner, and heíll get to face the Bruins again after the team handed them a 4-0 loss in Beantown.
Will Butcher, NJD at TOR ($17)
Though Butcher hasnít recorded a shot on goal yet, heís enjoying loads of power play time and his other metrics should improve as he further acclimates to the NHL.
DEFENSE TO AVOID
Kris Letang, PIT @ WSH ($27)
Letang is undoubtedly the central focus of this Pittsburgh blue line corps, but unfortunately for him, thatís not a good thing at the moment -- the unit allowed 15 goals over its first two contests and has largely failed to generate significant offense. Add in a Alex Ovechkin and a Capitals squad that has scored 13 goals in its first three games, and Letang just isnít worth the $27 price tag in this spot.
Nikita Zaitsev, TOR vs. NJD ($17)
Zaitsev has been one of the crucial cogs of Torontoís hot start, averaging 21:24 of average ice time and notching a team-best plus-6 rating. However, the Russian bluelinerís success could be destined to take a downturn, as heís not a power-play contributor and registered a dismal minus-22 rating last season.