There are eight games in the NHL on Tuesday with a tape-measuring showdown between Boston and Vegas concluding the action. Interestingly, there isn’t a single team playing the second leg of a back-to-back set, so expect the majority of teams to roll out their No. 1 goalies. Additionally, the Los Angeles-Calgary game is the only divisional matchup of the evening, so there’s likely to be even more early-season unfamiliarity than most nights.
Top Line Stacks
Flames vs. KingsJohnny Gaudreau ($7,500) – Sean Monahan ($7,500) – Elias Lindholm ($5,400)
The Kings allowed six goals and 16 high-danger scoring chances in their season opener, so expect Calgary’s top line to be one of the most popular stacks Tuesday. Gaudreau, Monahan and Lindholm have already clicked for five goals through two games this season, and the trio has scored an elite 5.43 goals per 60 minutes since the beginning of last year.
Red Wings vs. DucksTyler Bertuzzi ($5,800) – Dylan Larkin ($6,300) – Anthony Mantha ($6,600)
With 6.26 goals per 60 minutes and a 55.9 Coris For percentage at even strength dating back to last season, Larkin, Bertuzzi and Mantha are quickly establishing themselves as a go-to line. Additionally, their prices have quite caught up to their production. While, Mantha’s four-goal showing Sunday was the icing on the cake, a road date with Anaheim projects as a reasonable matchup to continue the offensive onslaught. John Gibson ($7,500) sports an unsustainably high — save percentage despite the Ducks surrendering 32.5 scoring chances per 60 minutes.
Superstar to Build AroundAlex Ovechkin, WAS vs. DAL ($7,700) – This is a reasonable price to target Ovechkin at. He’s attempted 17 shots without a goal the past two games and remains the focal point of the Washington offensive attack. Dallas is playing its third road game in four nights and has lost the first two while allowing 3.5 goals per 60 minutes.
Value on OffenseAndrei Svechnikov, CAR at FLA ($4,900) – After scoring 20 goals with a 10.6 shooting percentage as a rookie, Svechnikov has gone three games and 12 shot attempts without finding the back of the net. The Russian has seen his ice time climb in all situations (17:50 with 3:14 on the power play) and has offset his goal drought with four helpers through his past two outings.
Jared McCann, PIT vs. WPG ($3,700) – The Jets have allowed 12 goals through three games and rank fourth last in expected goals allowed per 60 minutes, so this sets up as a cushy matchup for McCann and the Pens. Additionally, with Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad (both lower-body) on injured reserve, McCann’s climbed the lineup and cashed in with two goals and an assist last time out.
Brett Connolly, FLA vs. CAR ($3,200) – Slotted into a secondary scoring role, Connolly is off to a solid start with the Panthers. The 27-year-old wing has collected two assists, two shots and two blocks while logging 15:36 of ice time (2:00 with the man-advantage) through the first two contests of the season and is coming off a career-best showing consisting of 22 tallies and 24 helpers.
Stud GoaliesPekka Rinne, NSH vs. SJ ($8,200) – The veteran netminder has been as close to automatic as there is on home ice with a career 215-83-40 record, .921 save percentage and 2.23 GAA. With the Sharks scoring just three goals through their first three games, this also projects as a favorable matchup for Rinne and the Preds.
Tuukka Rask, BOS at VGK ($7,600) – A road date in Vegas is a daunting matchup, but that’s built into Rask’s salary, and the Bruins has been a defensive juggernaut in front of their netminders to start the season. The reigning Eastern Conference Champions return a nearly identical lineup and own a second-ranked 2.03 expected goal against dating back to last season. Rask also doesn’t need to win to return value on this price.
Value on DefenseJake Gardiner, CAR at FLA ($3,700) – Over the past three seasons, the first-year ‘Cane recorded an 18th-ranked 1.52 points per 60 minutes among all regular defensemen, so this price jumps out as a bargain. Gardiner is also averaging 2:34 of power-play time per game and beginning 76.3 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone to start the campaign.
Keith Yandle, FLA vs. CAR ($3,500) – There’s potential for Yandle to be one of the most popular defensemen Tuesday because of his low price. The Florida power-play quarterback has recorded an elite 1.84 points per 60 minutes dating back to the 2017-18 campaign, after all.
Power-Play DefensemenKris Letang, PIT vs. WPG ($6,500) – The veteran has found the scoresheet in consecutive games while raking up seven shots and four blocks. As noted, the Jets have struggled defensively, and Letang’s solid start has him up to 1.75 points per hour dating back to the 2017-18 campaign — a top-10 mark among all-regular defensemen.
Torey Krug, BOS at VGK ($5,100) – Similar to teammate Rask ($7,600) the risk of Tuesday’s tough matchup against the Golden Knights is already built into Krug’s price. The defenseman has been a top scorer (2.31 points per 60 minutes) over the past two years and is locked into the quarterback role of the No. 1 power-play unit. Additionally, Krug has failed to find the scoresheet through the first two games of the year, so statistical correction is likely ahead.
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