Elias Pettersson

It’s a lighter schedule in the NHL on Wednesday with just three games, and all three contests feature divisional rivalries. Buffalo hosts Montreal, Philadelphia hosts New Jersey, and the Kings play their second road game in consecutive nights against Vacnouver after topping Calgary 4-3 in overtime Tuesday.

Top Line Stacks

Canucks vs. Kings

J.T. Miller ($3,800) – Elias Pettersson ($5,300) – Brock Boeser ($5,200)
Pettersson and Boeser have solid chemistry dating back to last season when they clicked for 4.43 goals per 60 minutes with a 53.4 Corsi For percentage. The addition of Miller is encouraging, as the veteran wing has been a solid complementary piece alongside highly skilled players the past two years in Tampa Bay. Additionally, this should set up as a favorable schedule spot for Vancouver with Los Angeles playing its second road game in consecutive nights and having allowed nine goals through two contests to start the campaign.

Canadiens at Sabres

Tomas Tatar ($5,000) – Phillip Danault ($4,200) – Brendan Gallagher ($6,6900)
These three Habs have shared the ice for 706:58 at even strength and posted high-end numbers. The trio has recorded 3.73 goals, 16.0 high-danger scoring chances and a dominant 61.1 Corsi For percentage, including two goals through two games this season. Buffalo’s .925 team save percentage is also ripe for statistical correction.

Superstar to Build Around

Claude Giroux, PHI vs. NJD ($6,500) – The Devils have been pummeled through two games with 11 goals allowed, and their goaltending concerns from last season remain. Cory Schneider ($7,200)) has an underwhelming .907 save percentage and 2.90 GAA dating back to the 2016-17 campaign and also left the season opener with a lower-body injury. Giroux is positioned to return to form after missing the scoresheet in his first outing of the season. His 3.27 points per 60 minutes over the previous two seasons rank eighth among all NHL regulars, after all.

Value on Offense

Nikita Gusev, NJ at PHI ($4,600) – Through two games, the rookie Russian has scored and attempted eight shots. He practiced on the top line alongside Nico Hischier ($4,900) and Taylor Hall ($7,700) Monday, and those two former first overall selections combined for a rock-solid 4.1 goals and 17.0 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes, so it’s a cushy fantasy spot Gusev is sliding into.

Kevin Hayes, PHI vs. NJD ($4,500) – Projected to skate with Giroux ($6,500) and Jakub Voracek ($6,300) atop the depth chart in all situations, Hayes’ salary stands out as a bargain. The trio clicked for nine scoring chances through just 13:19 of ice time in the season opener and also dominated possession with a 66.7 Corsi For percentage at even strength.

Jeff Carter, LA at VAN ($4,200) – The veteran is coming off the worst season of his career with just 13 tallies and 20 helpers. However, the 11-time, 20-goal scorer remains in a top-six role and receives power-play time, so Carter is worth a look at this price. He also offers a respectable floor with 15.3 shot attempts per 60 minutes dating back to the 2017-18 campaign.

Stud Goalies

Carter Hart, PHI vs. NJD ($8,000) – Philly won its season opener with Hart stopping 28 of 31 shots, and the Flyers have had four days off to prepare for the Devils. New Jersey also has a lowly 2.24 expected goals per 60 minutes through two games, so expect the sophomore goalie to be a popular target Wednesday.

Jacob Markstrom, VAN vs. LA ($7,700) – After a poor debut this season, Markstrom turned away 27 of 29 shots last time out and draws the Kings on the second leg of a back-to-back set. The 29-year-old Swede has been inconsistent, so he checks out as a high-risk, high-reward start. For what it’s worth, Markstrom also went 2-0-1 with a solid .918 save percentage and 2.26 GAA against Los Angeles last season.

Value on Defense

Tyler Myers, VAN vs. LA ($4,300) – The first-year Canuck has averaged 23:16 of ice time (3:12 with the man-advantage) through his first two games and registered an impressive six shots last time out. Often, when a there’s an uptick in shot volume from a defenseman offensive production soon follows. Myers pads his fantasy point total with shot blocks, and he also lands in the projected favorable matchup.

Will Butcher, NJD at PHI ($2,700) – While Butcher is receiving fewer power-play minutes (1:12 per game) to start this season, his salary is near minimum price, and he’s recorded a rock-solid 1.58 points per 60 minutes through his first two seasons. View Butcher as an upside source of cap relief.

Power-Play Defenseman

P.K. Subban, NJD at PHI ($5,000) – This is a reasonable salary to take a flier on Subban. He’s averaged 22:54 of ice time through the first two games of the campaign and offers a respectable fantasy floor through his shot volume and willingness to block shots. He’s skating with the No. 1 power-play unit and has already collected an assist.

Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI vs. NJD ($4,500) – This salary doesn’t match Gostisbehere’s track record of offensive success, or his noted favorable matchup against the Devils. He’s recorded a high-end 1.9 points per 60 minutes over the past three seasons and continues to be the quarterback of Philadelphia’s No. 1 power-play unit.

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