There are seven games in the NHL on Tuesday, and they’re all included in DraftKings’ featured contests. The Maple Leafs are the largest favorites on the night, and the Tampa Bay-Montreal matchup stands as the marquee matchup among Eastern Conference teams. In the Western Conference, Nashville visits Vegas in a showdown of potential Stanley Cup contenders. Here’s a primer with selections and stacks to consider when assembling your lineups.
Top Line Stacks
Lightning at CanadiensSteven Stamkos ($7,800) – Brayden Point ($7,500) – Nikita Kucherov ($7,700)
Tampa Bay has loaded up its top line, and the trio has clicked for 5.73 goals at 5-on-5 through the past three seasons. That number climbs to 11.2 when power-play time is included, and while their combined salary is crippling, there are enough values in the player pool to warrant mentioning this trio. Tampa Bay should be motivated after their recent loss to Ottawa, after all.
Flyers at FlamesClaude Giroux ($5,600) – Kevin Hayes ($4,500) – Jakub Voracek ($5,000)
Considering Philadelphia’s top line is slotting in at a reasonable price, Hayes, Giroux and Voracek check out as a potential secondary stack option. They’ve dominated possession in a small sample with a 62.0 Corsi For percentage while generating 12.8 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes at 5-on-5. Calgary also ranks second highest in expected goals allowed per 60 minutes, so the matchup is ripe.
Maple Leafs vs. WildAndreas Johnsson ($5,200) – Auston Matthews ($8,100) – William Nylander ($5,500)
With the Wild on the second leg of a back-to-back road set, Matthews, Nylander and Johnsson are definitely in play. The trio has scored 4.4 goals with a dominant 62.5 Corsi For percentage at five-on-five and provide coverage to both power-play units. Minnesota No. 1 Devan Dubnyk ($6,900) has also lost his first four starts of the season with 16 goals allowed.
Superstar to Build AroundElias Pettersson, VAN vs. DET ($5,300) – This is a manageable price for Pettersson, and after missing the scoresheet in consecutive games to start the campaign, he’s collected a point in each of the past two contests. The Red Wings aren’t a daunting opponent with a 20th-ranked 2.61 expected goals against per 60 minutes, either.
Value on OffenseDerek Stepan, ARI at WPG ($4,200) – The veteran has gone three consecutive games without marking the scoresheet despite playing top minutes (20:40 per game with 2:30 on the power play). With the Jets allowing 3.66 goals per 60 minutes to start the season, Stepan is positioned to break out of his scoring funk. Linemates Phil Kessel ($4,800) and Clayton Keller ($4,500) are also affordable.
Ryan Donato, MIN at TOR ($2,700) – Despite attempting a team-high 18.0 shots per 60 minutes, Donato is without a point through four games and was even a healthy scratch last week. He’s too talented not to produce offense and finished last season with a respectable 16 points through 22 games after joining the Wild. Plus, Toronto is far from a defensive juggernaut.
Stud GoaliesAndrei Vasilevskiy, TB at MTL ($7,800) – The Russian has underwhelmed through his past two starts with an .875 save percentage and 3.55 GAA, and his salary has dropped as a result. With Tampa Bay primed to rebound from Saturday’s loss to Ottawa, Vasilevskiy is worth a long look. He posted an 83-27-7 record and .922 save percentage over the previous two seasons, after all.
Pekka Rinne, NSH at VGK ($7,200) – When the Finn falls to this price range, he offers contest-winning potential. The Golden Knights are an admirable opponent and a home favorite, but Rinne has also won his first three starts, and the Preds pace the league in goals per 60 minutes.
Value on DefenseShayne Gostisbehere, PHI at CGY ($4,000) – The power-play quarterback has been on the ice for 3.47 expected goals and 14.2 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes without registering a point. Gostisbehere’s salary has dropped considerably considering his 1.8 points per 60 minutes ranked seventh among all regular defensemen from 2016-17 through 2018-19.
Nicolas Hague, VGK vs. NSH ($2,500) – The rookie has found the scoresheet in consecutive outings and continues to skate with the No. 2 power-play unit. At minimum price, his role and recent production qualify the 2017 second-round selection as a low-priced flier.
Power-Play DefensemanDougie Hamilton, CAR at LA ($6,700) – Until he slows down, Hamilton’s worth considering night in and night out. Additionally, as his salary climbs, he has the potential to become more contrarian. The second-year Hurricane has four goals, four assists and three multi-point showings through six games, after all.
Mathew Dumba, MIN at TOR ($4,500) – Despite being on the ice for four high-danger scoring chances, attempting nine shots and registering 11.8 DraftKings points, Dumba’s ($4,500) salary dropped significantly. With the Maple Leafs having allowed three goals or more in four of their six games, this should also set up as a favorable matchup for Dumba and the Wild.
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