There are 10 games in the NHL on Tuesday with the Islanders, Golden Knights and Devils all playing for the second consecutive night. Boston and Vancouver are the two big favorites, whereas the late-night tilt between the Capitals and Sharks is definitely the marquee matchup on the evening.
Top Line Stacks
Lightning at Nashville
Ondrej Palat ($5,100) – Brayden Point ($6,400) – Nikita Kucherov ($7,500) The combined cap hit of Tampa Bay’s top line doesn’t break the bank, and Point, Kucherov and Palat have driven possession with a 58.1 Corsi For percentage while scoring a respectable 4.15 goals per hour for a collected 10 tallies and 11 helpers. Nashville has also struggled over the past month with a 4-7-3 record and 3.5 goals against per 60 minutes.
Sharks vs. Capitals
Timo Meier ($5,100) – Tomas Hertl ($5,000) – Barclay Goodrow ($3,300) A low-priced line that could also be scarcely owned, Hertl, Meier and Goodrow have clicked for 8.26 goals per hour while driving possession with a 62.6 Corsi For percentage this season. It’s obviously a daunting matchup against the league-leading Caps, and especially if Nicklas Backstrom ($5,700) returns to action. However, San Jose’s second line still checks out as a solid secondary stack.
Superstar to Build Around
David Krejci, BOS vs. CAR ($6,200) – While probably not considered a superstar in most circles, Krejci is producing like one with 17 points — four goals — through his past 14 contests. He’s fit in perfectly between David Pastrnak ($8,500) and Brad Marchand ($7,700) of late, and the Hurricanes own the fifth-worst team save percentage since Nov. 1.
Value on Offense
Bo Horvat, VAN vs. OTT ($5,400) – This is a manageable salary for Horvat. He’s collected two tallies, seven helpers, 17 shots and nine blocks through his past seven contests while logging a hefty 23:08 of ice time (3:41 with the man advantage). It’s also a soft matchup with Ottawa dropping four consecutive games and allowing the second-most expected goals per 60 minutes on the road this season.
Vincent Trocheck, FLA vs. MIN ($5,000) – With three goals, five assists and 18 shots through his past eight outings, Trocheck is finding his offensive form following a slow start. His price hasn’t caught up to his recent production, and the Wild have surrendered 3.47 goals per road game this season.
Josh Bailey, NYI at MON ($3,800) – A potential price fit with a plus-matchup, Bailey’s recorded three assists through his past two games and has been skating with Mathew Barzal ($6,500) and Anders Lee ($5,000) in all situations. The trio has clicked for 6.8 goals per hour over the past three seasons, and Montreal has allowed 4.72 during its eight-game losing streak.
Cody Glass, VGK at NJD ($2,800) – The rookie picked up an assist Monday against the Rangers and continues to skate with the No. 1 power-play unit. The Devils are a mess defensively with an active 2-5 record and 28 goals against during the skid. Glass should also see favorable on-ice matchups at even strength centering the third line.
Frederik Andersen, TOR at PHI ($7,800) – The Dane is 4-0 with a .959 save percentage and 1.24 GAA under new head coach Sheldon Keefe, which has improved Andersen to 13-5-3, .921 and 2.47 for the campaign. Additionally, the Flyers rank third last in the league in expected goals per hour through their past 10 contests.
Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB at NSH ($7,500) – It’s been an uncharacteristically poor start for Vasilevskiy, but it’s built into his salary, and there’s almost certainly positive regression ahead. After all, the Russian rattled off an 83-27-7 record with a .922 save percentage over the previous two seasons. Just note there’s risk starting anyone for a road tilt in Nashville.
Value on Defense
Brent Burns, SJ vs. WAS ($6,100) – With just two helpers and 15 shots through his past eight outings, Burns is in a bit of a rut, and his salary is down accordingly. However, the veteran still ranks third in points per hour among defensemen over the past three seasons, and his current 1.8 mark is 18th. The veteran also offers a high floor through his shot volume and blocks.
Quinn Hughes, VAN vs. OTT ($4,300) – Look for the rookie to continue his strong offensive surge in the noted soft matchup against Ottawa. Hughes’ 2.49 points per hour rank fifth among all regular defensemen this season, and he’s collected nine assists through his past six outings while logging 3:55 of power-play time.
Torey Krug, BOS vs. CAR ($5,900) – The Hurricanes have been shorthanded the seventh most times in the league this season and have surrendered the 10th most high-danger scoring chances per hour while shorthanded, so this might be a sneaky matchup for Boston’s power play. Krug’s also mired in a three-game point drought and ripe to return to the scoresheet.
Seth Jones, CLS vs. ARI ($5,200) – With Zach Werenski out indefinitely, Jones should see a slight spike in offensive production, so considering he’s already recorded eight points — two goals — through his past 11 games, both his floor and ceiling are likely to rise. Just note that this isn’t the easiest matchup with Arizona allowing just 2.5 goals per road game.
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