There are six games in the NHL on Wednesday with Tampa Bay, Edmonton and Minnesota all playing for the second consecutive night on the road. St. Louis is the largest favorite of the slate, whereas the Lightning are receiving the lone road chalk. The highest over/under totals are in the Tampa Bay-New Jersey and Florida-Colorado matchups.
Top Line Stacks
Devils vs. LightningTaylor Hall ($6,500) – Jack Hughes ($4,700) – Kyle Palmieri ($5,200)
The Lightning lost 4-1 to the Rangers on Tuesday and lost a number of players to injury, in addition to having a couple regulars already playing at less than 100 percent. Tampa Bay is still an admirable opponent, but the Devils have also been eyeballing this tape measuring matchup since Friday. New Jersey’s top line has been dangerous with the man-advantage (9.83 goals per 60 minutes) but has yet to score at 5-on-5 despite generating 29.8 scoring chances per hour.
Canucks at KingsJ.T. Miller ($6,900) – Elias Pettersson ($6,800) – Brock Boeser ($6,600)
Vancouver’s top offensive line has been excellent all season with 6.23 goals per 60, but of late, the trio has been even more dominant combining for five tallies and nine helpers through their past three outings. So, with Los Angeles allowing the most goals in the NHL this season, look for Pettersson, Miller and Boeser to continue surging. The high salaries could keep their ownership percentages in check, too.
Superstar to Build AroundConnor McDavid, EDM at CBJ ($8,000) – Even with a single multi-point showing through his past six outings, McDavid has still supplied a goal and four assists. Being in a road back-to-back schedule spot could keep his ownership down after Edmonton lost 3-1 to Detroit on Tuesday, but No. 97 offers contest-winning upside night in, night out. The Blue Jackets are also still searching for answers in goal with a target-worthy .886 team save percentage.
Value on OffenseAleksander Barkov, FLA at COL ($5,800) – There’s no denying that Barkov is nursing an injury, as he’s failed to score all season, and he’s only taken 18 faceoffs the past five games. However, he’s still producing offensively (13 helpers through 12 games) and logging top minutes (19:13 per game with 3:07 on the power play). It’s rare to find a go-to scorer with Barkov’s track record in this price range.
Nazem Kadri, COL vs. FLA ($4,900) – Expected to skate with Nathan MacKinnon ($8,200) in all situations, Kadri’s in line for a notable boost in value. His game-to-game consistency still isn’t there, but with five tallies, two helpers and 20 shots through his past eight outings, he’s showing signs of the two-time, 30-goal scorer from his tenure with the Maple Leafs. Of course, the Panthers have also surrendered the fourth most goals per hour (3.63) in the league this season.
Jaden Schwartz, STL vs. MIN ($4,300) – Life with longtime linemate Vladimir Tarasenko out indefinitely could be tough on Schwartz. But Minnesota is suiting up for the second time in consecutive nights after losing 6-3 in Dallas on Tuesday, and the Wild have now surrendered 32 goals through eight road contests this season. Schwartz has also been consistent with a scoresheet appearance in nine of 12 games this season for a goal and nine assists.
Emil Bemstrom, CBJ vs. EDM ($2,500) – While nothing more than a minimum-priced flier, Bemstrom has been promoted to the No. 1 power-play unit. He’s attempted a whopping 23.7 shots per 60 minutes with the man-advantage this season, so his addition to the top group could provide better shooting opportunities. Plus, he did lead the SHL in goals last season.
Stud GoaliesDarcy Kuemper, ARI vs. MTL ($7,600) – Even with Arizona as a slight home favorite, Kuemper’s salary is down. He’s allowed two goals or fewer in seven of eight starts for a .933 save percentage and 1.87 GAA for the campaign, so it’s hard to ignore his upside at this price. Additionally, the Coyotes have allowed the fifth fewest goals per 60 minutes (2.59) in the league dating back to the beginning of last season.
Sergei Bobrovsky, FLA at COL ($6,900) – It’s been an up-and-down start to Bobrovsky’s tenure with the Panthers, but it’s hard to ignore the two-time Vezina Trophy winner at this low of a salary. Colorado is also missing Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog. However, take a peek at Bobrovsky’s game log before locking him into your lineups. Albeit, the risk is built into his price.
Value on DefenseSami Vatanen, NJD vs. TB ($4,200) – This is a manageable salary for Vatanen. He’s recorded a power-play assist in consecutive games, and as highlighted, the Lightning could be vulnerable in the back-to-back road set. Vatanen’s shot volume is down in comparison to past seasons, so there’s potential for him to show an uptick in that regard moving forward.
Mikhail Sergachev, TB at NJD ($4,000) – With Victor Hedman ($6,000) questionable for Wednesday’s contest, Sergachev will likely quarterback the No. 1 power-play unit. The promotion will likely make the Russian a popular target at this price, but with the Lightning power play clicking at 22.6 percent, Sergachev should be.
Power-Play DefensemanOscar Klefbom, EDM at CBJ ($5,900) – It’s been six games since Klefbom last marked the scoresheet, but he’s remained a decent fantasy contributor with 17 shots and 13 blocks during the stretch. The secondary numbers provide a high floor for his offense to build on, and Klefbom is still logging huge minutes — 26:04 per game with 3:39 on the power play — during the point drought.
Shea Weber, MTL at ARI ($5,700) – Through the past five games, Weber has recorded a goal, three assists, nine shots, nine blocks and averaged 10.9 DraftKings points per contest. His 3.7 shooting percentage for the campaign is also well below the 9.3 mark he registered over the previous four seasons.
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