It’s a jammed-packed schedule in the NHL on Tuesday with 26 teams taking the ice. Additionally, there isn’t a back-to-back spot for a single team, and the Predators are the only notable favorite. There are a number of marquee matchups, though. The Penguins host the Islanders, Tampa Bay visits St. Louis, and the Maple Leafs will look to snap an awful stretch in Vegas. With such a deep player pool, it’ll be easy to find avenues to differentiating your lineups.
Top Line Stacks
Oilers at Sharks
Leon Draisaitl ($8,300) – Connor McDavid ($8,500) – Zack Kassian ($4,700)
Kassian’s lower salary helps mitigate the high price tags Draisaitl and McDavid carry, so the combined hit isn’t as prohibitive as it appears at first glance. Of course, the draw is San Jose’s poor defensive play, including allowing the most 5-on-5 goals per hour over its past 10 outings. McDavid, Draisaitl and Kassian also have combined for a dominant 14 goals and 24 assists in their past six games.
Hurricanes at Blackhawks
Andrei Svechnikov ($6,900) – Sebastian Aho ($6,700) – Teuvo Teravainen ($6,3000)
This is a potential letdown spot for Chicago. While the Blackhawks have won four consecutive games, they continue to give up quality scoring opportunities in bunches and lead the league in high-danger scoring chances allowed (14.4 per hour) this season. Enter Carolina’s dominant top line, which has scored 6.38 goals and generated 14.58 high-danger chances per hour. Aho, Svechnikov and Teravainen have combined for a respectable seven tallies and 10 helpers over the past four games, too.
Red Wings vs. Senators
Robby Fabbri ($3,900) – Valterri Filppula ($3,600) – Andreas Athanasiou ($4,900)
Fabbri has been an offensive spark plug for the Wings with two tallies and four helpers since joining the club. He also has combined with new linemates Filppula and Athanasiou for 3.9 goals per 60 minutes and a 55.6 Corsi For percentage at 5-on-5, and the trio checks out as a cost-effective stack. The matchup against Ottawa isn’t daunting, either. The Senators allow 3.87 goals per hour on the road this season — fifth most in the league.
Superstar to Build Around
Jack Eichel, BUF vs. MIN ($7,500) – With seven multi-point games already this season, the fourth-year center boasts contest-winning upside and lands in a soft matchup against the Wild. Minnesota is 3-10 on the road while allowing 3.25 goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5.
Value on Offense
Blake Wheeler, WPG at NSH ($5,300) – It’s hard to overlook the veteran in this price range. He’s recorded a respectable two tallies, four helpers, 17 shots and eight shots through his past nine contests. Additionally, the Preds have surrendered the eighth most goals at 5-on-5 through their past 10 contests.
Tyler Johnson, TB at STL ($5,000) – Slated to skate with Braydon Point and Nikita Kucherov at even strength, Johnson is positioned to succeed Wednesday. He’s clicked with his two linemates for an impressive 4.79 goals per 60 minutes over the past two seasons, and with just a single assist through his past five contests, Johnson is eyeing statistical correction. The tough matchup against St. Louis should drive Johnson’s ownership down, too.
Nick Suzuki, MON at CLS ($3,200) – The rookie is projected to center the No. 2 line between Max Domi ($5,300) and Joel Armia ($5,100) while also receiving looks on the power play. Suzuki sports a three-game point streak and has shown more offensive consistency with five tallies and three helpers through his past 14 outings.
Tuukka Rask, BOS at NJ ($8,100) – After a bit of a slide, Rask bounced back with a 29-save win in his most recent start. So, even with the Bruins potentially missing a couple key cogs, they should handle the inferior Devils. New Jersey has scored a league-low 1.41 goals per hour at 5-on-5, after all.
Semyon Varlamov, NYI at PIT ($7,600) – The Islanders head to Pittsburgh undefeated in regulation through their past 14 contests, and Varlamov has gone 6-0-1 with a .926 save percentage and 2.24 GAA. Pittsburgh also is missing a number of key cogs, and the Islanders have limited opponents to just 1.78 goals per hour at 5-on-5 this season — fewest in the league.
Value on Defense
Cale Makar, COL at CGY ($5,500) – Considering Makar paces all defensemen in points per hour (3.39) this season, this is a soft price for the rookie. He also is scorching hot with four tallies and seven helpers through his past six outings. Calgary has lost four consecutive games and allowed 15 goals during the skid. It’s worth adding the Flames have been shorthanded more than any other team in the league.
Ryan Pulock, NYI at PIT ($4,600) – It’s been an improved stretch for Pulock of late with two goals, four assists, 18 shots and 18 blocks through his past 10 contests. He also ranks 15th among all regular defensemen in shot attempts per hour over the past three years and projects to continue skating with the Islanders’ No. 1 power-play unit Tuesday.
Victor Hedman, TB at STL ($6,300) – Through four games since returning from injured reserve, Hedman has collected two goals, five assists, five power-play points, 17 shots and seven blocks while logging 23:54 of ice time (2:54 with the man advantage). As noted, the Blues present a tough matchup, but the Lightning are trending in the right direction offensively with 29 goals through their past six games.
Matt Grzelyck, BOS at NJ ($4,000) – With double-digit DraftKings points in two of the past three games and a role quarterbacking Boston’s No. 1 power-play unit, Grzelyck is a high-floor, high-ceiling candidate. He’s averaged 4:10 of ice time with the man advantage through the past three contests, and the Devils own a 23rd-ranked 75.8 penalty kill percentage.
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