Saturday Night Special April 22nd
Top Budget Plays
Mark Letestu $3400 – The center is a punt play at the least. However, playing against San Jose may set up very good as the center will get depth match-ups mostly. He had eight shots in his last three games and is seeing about 15-16 minutes a night. The San Jose penalty kill has to be considered a concern, and Letestu definitely has power play point potential even on the road.
Erik Haula $3500 – There is just a theme here that we must go completely crazy. Haula returns after missing a few games, and Minnesota could use the depth scoring threat. He is averaging a couple shots a game lately. Scoring chances have been there for the speedy winger. With Minnesota maybe starting to solve Jake Allen a bit, Haula may be a worthwhile play on Saturday.
David Schlemko $3300 – Hey, why not? Schlemko does have five points in his last nine games. He does not play a ton of ice time compared to most defensemen, but he sure is effective at times. The defenseman has goals in two straight contests and will be a well-used threat for salary relief on Saturday. San Jose’s power play is expected to be a threat and sometimes taking a deeper look helps.
Henrik Lundqvist $7600 – This is a dangerous GPP play, but Lundqvist is cheap enough to make this worth something at least in some lineups. His numbers have been decent enough and the goalie is rested. He has quality starts in three of his last four outings and two wins in a row. It could be the final game of the series and Lundqvist historically has played very well in these situations.
Since we saved some money on the budget plays let’s look at the few of the pricey options that are worth paying up for today.