It’s a busy night in the NHL with nine games, and the Coyotes are the only club playing for the second consecutive night. Boston, Montreal, St. Louis and Anaheim are the largest favorites on the docket, and all four teams are playing on home ice. A late-night clash between the Oilers and Sharks checks out as a potential difference-maker with both teams loaded with star power.
Top Line Stacks
Oilers at Sharks
Leon Draisaitl ($8,000) – Connor McDavid ($8,100) – Zack Kassian ($4,600)
Dating back to last season, Edmonton’s top line has clicked for 4.76 goals and 12.41 high-danger scoring chances per hour at 5-on-5. Those numbers skyrocket to 6.1 and 16.38, respectively, at all strengths between just McDavid and Draisaitl, too. Additionally, the trio is scorching hot with 16 goals and 38 points through its past nine outings. San Jose surrenders the fourth most goals per hour this year, so the matchup checks out.
Penguins at Rangers
Alex Galchenyuk ($4,900) – Jared McCann ($4,100) – Jake Guentzel ($7,000)
This new-look line has potential, especially against the defensively inept Rangers. New York surrenders a league-high 3.82 expected goals per 60 minutes, after all. Additionally, McCann enters the contest with a three-game point streak consisting of a goal and four helpers, whereas Guentzel and Galchenyuk are proven scorers.
Bruins vs. Panthers
Brad Marchand ($7,700) – Patrice Bergeron ($7,600) – David Pastrnak ($8,300)
Here’s the obligatory mention of Boston’s No. 1 line. They are on a year-long heater and are up to a combined 34 goals and 76 points through just 17 games. Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak continue to dominate possession with a 56.9 Corsi For percentage, and there’s nothing scary about the matchup against the Panthers.
Superstar to Build Around
Patrik Laine, WPG vs. COL ($6,900) – Colorado has allowed a healthy 3.42 goals per hour through its past seven outings, and Laine owns an unsustainably low 2.6 shooting percentage through his past 11 contests. His lone goal coming last time out. He’s projected to skate with Mark Scheifele ($6,700) and Kyle Connor ($6,500) at 5-on-5 while remaining the triggerman on the No. 1 power play unit. It’s a favorable set up for the Finn.
Value on Offense
Rickard Rakell, ANA vs. DET ($5,500) – With two tallies, a helper and 17 shots through his past four contests, Rakell is in a nice offensive groove. He draws a soft matchup against Detroit, too. The Red Wings surrender the second most goals per game (4.22) on the road this season, after all.
Kaapo Kakko, NYR vs. PIT ($4,000) – The rookie has a respectable three goals, four points and 14 shots while averaging 3:58 of power play time through his past six contests. The Penguins also are missing Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang, so there are definite question marks surrounding the club.
Mikael Granlund, NSH at VAN ($3,900) – The Canucks have lost four consecutive games with 13 goals against during the slide, so this should prove to be a favorable matchup for Granlund and the Predators. Despite consistently skating in an offensive role, the Finn has been held off the scoresheet in 12 consecutive games. He projects to skate alongside Ryan Johansen ($4,400) and Filip Forsberg ($7,600) at 5-on-5, which should prove to be a cushy fantasy setup.
Robert Thomas, STL vs. ARI ($3,100) – The sophomore has flashed the offensive upside that made him a first-round selection in 2017 through his first two seasons in the league, and he’s skating on the No. 1 line at 5-on-5. With Arizona playing its second road game in consecutive nights, Thomas and the Blues should have a number of quality chances.
John Gibson, ANA vs. DET ($00) – After losing 12 of 13 outings, Detroit has won consecutive home games against playoff-bound teams. The Red Wings are back on the road Tuesday, though, and the club is 2-7 with just 2.0 goals per hour away from Little Caesars Arena this season. Gibson is looking for a bounce-back showing after allowing nine goals through his past two starts — both losses.
Jordan Binnington, STL vs. ARI ($00) – With the Coyotes playing their second road game in consecutive nights following a 4-3 shootout win over Washington on Monday, look for Binnington to stay hot Tuesday. The sophomore owns a career 19-2-2 record with a .924 save percentage at home, and he’s sporting 7-1 and .933 marks through his past eight outings.
Value on Defense
Charlie McAvoy ($3,900) – With Torey Krug ($5,900) out of action Tuesday, McAvoy will shift to quarterbacking the No. 1 power play unit. With the Boston power play clicking at a league-high 29.8 percent, it’s a cushy fantasy setup. Additionally, Florida surrenders a healthy 3.41 goals and 12.43 high-danger scoring chances per hour.
Quinn Hughes, VAN vs. NSH ($4,500) – It’s been a smooth start to the campaign for the 20-year-old defenseman, as he’s up to 12 points — two goals — through 17 contests, including nine with the man advantage. The Preds are playing the final test of a four-game road trip and also have lost four of their past five outings with 3.68 goals against per hour.
Roman Josi, NSH at VAN ($6,800) – As noted, the Canucks are in the midst of a funk with four consecutive losses, whereas Josi has emerged as one of the most reliable blueliners in the league. He’s recorded an impressive three tallies, eight helpers, 32 shots and 16 blocks through his past 10 outings and continues to skate atop the depth chart in all situations.
Oscar Klefbom, EDM at SJ ($6,100) – With two helpers last time out, Klefbom showed off his upside with 22.5 DraftKings points. He also snapped an 11-game point drought. With 44 shots and 53 blocks through 19 games this season, the blueliner also presents a high floor in the noted soft matchup against San Jose.
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