It’s a busy nine-game slate in the NHL on Tuesday. The Bruins, Penguins and Lightning are the largest favorites of the night, and Tampa Bay-New York, Philadelphia-Pittsburgh and Washington-Toronto matchups have the highest over/under totals. It’s also a rare schedule with every team rested, so expect most No. 1 goalies to patrol the blue paint.
Top Line Stacks
Oilers at Red WingsZack Kassian ($4,000) – Connor McDavid ($8,200) – Leon Draisaitl ($7,500)
With Detroit reeling along an eight-game losing streak with 4.24 goals against per 60 minutes, Edmonton’s top line is worth looking at closely. The trio has clicked for 4.85 goals per hour at 5-on-5 over the past two years, and McDavid and Draisaitl climb to a 5.51 mark in all situations.
Bruins at SharksBrad Marchand ($7,700) – Patrice Bergeron ($7,600) – David Pastrnak ($8,300)
This is the final stop of a five-game road trip in eight nights for San Jose, so the Bruins top line should be in a prime spot to continue its dominance. At some point, Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak are going to slow down, but it’s also hard to ignore their long-standing production and game-to-game consistency to start this season. Through the past nine games, they’ve combined for 22 goals and 30 assists, after all.
Stars vs. WildAlexander Radulov ($4,900) – Roope Hintz ($4,500) – Joe Pavelski ($4,600)
This is an intriguing new line for Dallas. Hintz is a young speedster between two veterans, and the Wild have been a doormat to start the campaign with a 4-7-0 record while surrendering 3.36 goals per 60 minutes. The salaries are reasonable, and the Stars are in need of a good showing.
Superstar to Build AroundBrayden Point, TB at NYR ($6,700) – The Rangers have allowed a league-high 3.82 expected goals per 60 minutes this season, and Point is ripe for a breakout showing. He’s collected a respectable three tallies, three helpers and 19 shots through seven games, but the 23-year-old center has also only had two multi-point showings after recording 28 of them last year. The price is reasonable, and Point is projected to continue skating with Nikita Kucherov ($7,400) in all situations, and the duo has clicked for 5.6 goals per hour over the past three years.
Value on OffenseBlake Wheeler, WPG at ANA ($5,800) – Mired in a six-game point drought, Wheeler is a prime candidate for a breakout showing. He’s recorded an impressive 22 shots during the dry spell and entered this season with a high-end 3.14 points per 60 minutes over the previous two years. Statistical correction is ahead, and Wheeler’s salary has dropped considerably.
Mikael Granlund, NSH vs. CHI ($3,900) – Another proven scorer in an offensive slump, Granlund lands in an ideal matchup to breakout. The Blackhawks have surrendered the most high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes (13.88) in the league dating back to last season, and the Finnish forward is locked into a top-six role and projects to skate with the No. 1 power-play unit Tuesday.
Kappo Kakko, NYR vs. TB ($3,700) – The rookie logged a season-high 17:35 of ice time (4:04 with the man-advantage) during Sunday’s loss to Boston, which is an encouraging boost in playing time from his averages — 14:13 and 1:58 — leading into the game. Kakko has been limited to just a single goal and assist for the campaign, though, so his salary is down. Call it a hunch Kakko has a solid showing against the Lightning and returns contrarian value.
Joel Farabee, PHI at PIT ($3,300) – The 14th overall selection in the 2018 draft will be playing his fifth NHL game Tuesday and is projected to skate with the No. 1 power-play unit. Farabee has registered an impressive 12.0 shots per 60 minutes without a goal, so the high shot volume to result in a goal sooner than later.
Stud GoaliesTuukka Rask, BOS vs. SJ ($8,400) – Those pinching pennies with their skaters can look to load up Rask against the Sharks. As noted, it’s a tough schedule spot for San Jose, and the Finnish netminder is undefeated in regulation this year. Rask is off to a 5-0-1 start with a .952 save percentage, 1.48 GAA and already has two shutouts.
Connor Hellebuyck, WPG at ANA ($7,700) – The American has surrendered two goals or fewer in six of his past eight games for a 5-3 record, .944 save percentage and 1.87 GAA. Additionally, he’s topped 20 DK points in five of those outings. Anaheim has also hit an offensive wall of late with just 10 goals through its past five outings, and five of them came in the Ducks’ only win during the stretch.
Value on DefenseErik Gustafsson, CHI at NSH ($4,500) – After posting a 2.02 points per 60 minutes last season, Gustafsson has been held to just four assists and a 1.19 mark through 10 games to start this season. Nashville has allowed 10 power-play goals and own a 27th-ranked 71.4 penalty-kill percentage, so this is a good matchup for Gustafsson to find the scoresheet.
Travis Dermott, TOR vs. WAS ($2,500) – At minimum price, Dermott is worth considering in his return to action following offseason shoulder surgery. His offensive numbers have been modest to start his career (1.02 points per 60 minutes), but there’s potential for him to pad his fantasy point total with shots and blocks.
Power-Play DefensemanDougie Hamilton, CAR vs. CGY ($6,000) – Next to automatic to start the season, Hamilton’s price probably isn’t prohibitive enough. He’s recorded three goals, five assists and 18 shots through five home games, and the Flames are 2-4-1 with 3.22 goals against per hour on the road this season.
Victor Hedman, TB at NYR ($5,800) – As noted, the Rangers check out as a favorable matchup for Hedman and the Lightning. The Swedish blueliner has recorded a high-end 1.98 points per 60 minutes over the past three years, including two goals and seven assists through 10 games this season.
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