There are just three games in the NHL on Tuesday with the Wild and Stars both playing the second leg of a back-to-back set. The marquee matchup features Original Six rivals Boston and Montreal. Dallas visits Chicago in a Central Division showdown, whereas New Jersey hosts Minnesota to round out the action.
Top Line Stacks
Devils vs. Wild
Taylor Hall ($7,200) – Nico Hischier ($5,500) – Kyle Palmieri ($5,700) With Minnesota playing its second road game in consecutive nights and starter Kaapo Kahkonen ($7,200) set to make his NHL debut, look for New Jersey’s top line to build on its modest recent production. Hischier, Hall and Palmieri have clicked for five tallies and seven helpers through their past four outings and have scored 5.9 goals per hour over the past three seasons. For what it’s worth, Kahkonen also owns an underwhelming .908 save percentage through 49 games at the AHL level.
Bruins at Canadiens
Brad Marchand ($8,200) – David Krejci ($5,000) – David Pastrnak ($8,500)
Since returning from an upper-body injury in late October, Krejci has recorded 14 points — four goals — through 12 games, and now he’s centering Bostons’ two best wingers. The trio’s cap hit goes way down because of Krejci’s manageable salary, and this might also be a sneaky good matchup. Montreal has surrendered 17 goals during its four-game losing streak.
Superstar to Build Around
Patrick Kane, CHI vs. DAL ($7,500) – The Stars are rolling along on a 14-1-1 stretch with 19 goals allowed at 5-on-5, but they’re also on the second leg of a back-to-back set and travel to face Chicago after beating Vegas 4-2 at home Monday. Kane’s been as dominant as Dallas during his 12-game point streak with eight goals, 13 assists and 48 shots, so he’s a solid option with a decreased salary, and Dallas potentially vulnerable.
Value on Offense
Dylan Strome, CHI vs. DAL ($4,200) – A candidate to stack with linemate Patrick Kane ($7,500), Strome has been held to a single goal through his past four contests and could be positioned for a bounce-back showing. The pair has clicked for 5.8 goals per hour over 807:30 of shared ice time dating back to last season, too.
Nick Suzuki, Mon vs. BOS ($4,200) – Considering the rookie has produced at a point-per-game pace — three tallies and three helpers — through his past six outings, this salary stands out as a bargain. While Suzuki has also been promoted to the No. 1 power-play unit, he’s probably more of an against-the-grain lean than lineup lock.
Kevin Fiala, MIN at NJ ($3,700) – The 23-year-old winger has picked up five goals, four assists and 23 shots through his past 11 contests and projects to remain in scoring role. This isn’t a stay-away matchup, either. New Jersey is allowing the fifth most goals per hour in November.
Jaroslav Halak, BOS at MON ($7,600) – The Bruins have allowed the third fewest goals and eighth fewest expected goals per hour in the league this season, and Montreal is in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Halak also enters with an impressive 26-12-7 record, .923 save percentage and 2.38 GAA as a Bruin over the past two seasons.
Anton Khudobin, DAL at CHI ($7,500) – There’s risk here with Dallas playing for the second consecutive night, but Khudobin also has been locked in with an active 6-0-1 record and .948 save percentage through his past seven starts. The Stars also have allowed a league-low 1.91 goals per hour during their 12-1-1 surge, and Chicago has been held to just five tallies during its three-game losing streak.
Value on Defense
Mathew Dumba, MIN at NJ ($4,500) – The 25-year-old defenseman is in the midst of a five-game point drought, and his price has dipped as a result. Dumba is projected to quarterback the No. 1 power-play unit, and as noted, the Devils have struggled to keep the puck out of their net — including a 23rd-ranked 77.3 penalty-kill percentage.
Erik Gustafsson, CHI vs. DAL ($3,800) – After posting 2.02 points per hour last season, Gustafsson’s current 0.93 mark is eyeing positive regression. He also is beginning to show signs with three goals, nine shots and six blocks, including over four minutes of power-play time in each of the past two games.
Torey Krug, BOS at MON ($6,100) – After missing five games with an upper-body injury, Krug returned in top form with a three-point showing against Minnesota on Saturday. He’s recorded a league-high 2.34 points per 60 minutes among regular defensemen over the past three seasons and lands in a good matchup with Montreal’s 73.6 penalty-kill percentage ranking fifth last.
John Klingberg, DAL at CHI ($4,600) – With four assists through two games since returning from injury, the Swede quickly is making up for lost time. His salary hasn’t caught up to his uptick in recent production, and the Blackhawks rank second last in expected goals against per 60 minutes this season.
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