It’s a busy, 11-game slate in the NHL on Tuesday, and the Bruins, Senators and Coyotes all are playing the second leg of a back-to-back set. Toronto is the largest favorite on the slate with a home date against Los Angeles, while the Jets and Islanders also are in cushy spots hosting the Devils and Senators, respectively.
Top Line Stacks
Jets vs. Devils
Kyle Connor ($6,300) – Mark Scheifele ($5,900) – Blake Wheeler ($6,100)
New Jersey has surrendered 3.83 goals per hour this season, including 4.25 on the road, so this sets up as a cushy matchup for Winnipeg. The Jets have reloaded Scheifele, Connor and Wheeler, and the trio also is skating with the No. 1 power play unit. They’ve combined for a rock-solid 4.7 goals per hour through 1,674:30 of shared ice time over the past three years, too.
Maple Leafs vs. Kings
Andreas Johnsson ($5,700) – Auston Matthews ($8,200) – William Nylander ($6,000) Coming off arguably his worst game of the season, look for a bounce-back showing from Matthews. He’s skating with Johnsson and Nylander in all situations, and the Maple Leafs are the largest favorites on the slate. Plus, the Kings have served up a league-high 4.85 goals per 60 minutes on the road this season.
Superstar to Build Around
Johnny Gaudreau, CGY vs. ARI ($6,100) – While 14 points — three goals — through 17 games is hardly poor production, Gaudreau definitely has another offensive gear. After all, his 2.54 points per hour is well behind the 3.61 mark he posted last year. The Flames are also home after a five-game road trip, and the Coyotes are playing the second leg of a back-to-back road set.
Value on Offense
Timo Meier, SAN vs. CHI ($4,700) – Another candidate for statistical correction, Meier is reeling along in a six-game point drought, and his 0.88 points per 60 minutes this season are well behind the mark he posted over the previous two seasons. Chicago should prove to be a soft opponent, too. The Blackhawks have surrendered the second most high-danger scoring chances and the fourth most expected goals per 60 minutes.
Jamie Benn, DAL vs. COL ($4,500) – Colorado has lost four straight and allowed 14 goals in the process. Life without Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog clearly is taking a toll. Dallas is trending in the opposite direction with wins in six of its past seven outings. However, Benn hasn’t made much of an offensive impact and hasn’t found the back of the net in 11 games. The veteran definitely is no longer a contender for the Art Ross Trophy, but he’s not going to maintain a 2.8 shooting percentage much longer, either.
Anthony Beauvillier, NYI vs. OTT ($4,300) – Expect the Islanders to be chalky Tuesday. Ottawa allowed six goals on the road to the Rangers on Monday and are second last in the league in expected goals against per 60. Beauvillier might fly under the radar, though. He’s projected to skate with the No. 1 power play unit, and his 1.66 points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 rank a respectable 73rd among regular NHLers.
Carl Grundstrom, LA at TOR ($3,300) – Even with Los Angeles as the biggest underdog on the schedule, the Maple Leafs’ poor defense shouldn’t be ignored. Grundstrom is expected to receive top offensive minutes against his former club, and the 21-year-old winger already has recorded two helpers through three games.
Ben Bishop, DAL vs. COL ($7,900) – The veteran has been solid of late with a .950 save percentage through his past five appearances, which has helped the Stars put their early struggles behind them. Dallas is allowing just 2.49 goals per hour this season (seventh fewest in the league), and as noted, Colorado is struggling and scored just six goals during its four-game losing streak.
Petr Mrazek, CAR at PHI ($7,500) – With a 7-1-1 record, .915 save percentage, 2.33 GAA and two shutouts, Mrazek’s salary is probably a little low. The Flyers bring a middle-of-the-pack offensive attack, so it’s not the cushiest matchup on the slate. However, Mrazek should have an opportunity to pad his point total with saves, as the Flyers attempt the sixth most shots per hour in the league.
Value on Defense
John Klingberg, DAL vs. COL ($4,300) – As noted, Dallas is turning things around at the same time Colorado is struggling, so it should prove to be a ripe matchup for Klingberg to break out of his own slump. The veteran has been held off the scoresheet in seven consecutive games and has just three points — one goal — over 16 contests for the campaign.
Devon Toews, NYI vs. OTT ($4,200) – It’s been a solid start to the campaign for the sophomore, as Toews was recorded eight points, 18 shots and 19 blocks. He’s projected to quarterback the No. 1 power play unit against the lowly Sens and is priced for profit.
Morgan Rielly, TOR vs. LA ($6,500) – Sporting a four-game point streak heading into Tuesday’s favorable matchup against the Kings, Rielly offers significant upside. He’s logged a career-high 25:42 of ice time per game with 3:20 on the power play to complement his upside with a respectable fantasy floor.
Torey Krug, BOS at MON ($5,700) – Producing at a point-per-game pace through his past nine outings while logging an impressive 4:56 of power-play time, it’s hard to ignore Krug at this price. The Bruins are playing their second game in consecutive nights, but Montreal also owns a 28th-ranked 69.8 penalty kill percentage. It’s also worth adding Krug’s 2.3 points per hour over the past three years lead all regular defensemen.
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