There are 11 games on the NHL schedule Tuesday. The Sabres, Maple Leafs and Avalanche are the largest favorites on the docket. The marquee matchup of the evening is definitely between the Lightning and Penguins, whereas the Oilers will look to put their best foot forward following the announcement that Connor McDavid will be sidelined for multiple weeks with a quadriceps injury.
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Oilers vs. BlackhawksRyan Nugent-Hopkins ($6,300) – Leon Draisaitl ($7,700) – Kailer Yamamoto ($4,800)
With 5.49 goals per 60 minutes, Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins and Yamamoto have quickly developed into a go-to scoring line for Edmonton. They’ve combined for an impressive 21 goals and 34 assists through 14 games, and the Blackhawks check out as a favorable opponent with the third most expected goals per hour in the league this season.
Avalanche vs. SenatorsGabriel Landeskog ($6,800) – Nathan MacKinnon ($8,500) – Mikko Rantanen ($6,900)
Even with Colorado playing its second game in consecutive nights, and its top line highly-priced, MacKinnon, Landeskog and Rantanen warrant attention. The Senators have surrendered the second-most goals per hour on the road this season, and Colorado’s top line has 2636:01 of shared ice time and scored 5.37 goals per 60 minutes over the past three years. Expect a solid showing.
Superstars to Build AroundAuston Matthews, TOR vs. ARI ($8,100) – Since Sheldon Keefe took over behind the Toronto bench, Matthews has scored the second-most goals per (2.24) and ninth-most points (3.53) per hour in the league. He was held off the scoresheet last time out but should have added motivation facing his hometown team Monday. The Coyotes are also playing their second road game in consecutive nights, so the matchup should be favorable.
Value on OffenseBrayden Schenn, STL at ANA ($4,900) – After being held off the scoresheet the past two games, look for a rebound showing from Schenn against the Ducks. Anaheim has surrendered a healthy 3.16 goals per hour through its past 25 games, and Schenn is locked into top offensive minutes.
Jason Zucker, PIT vs. TB ($3,900) – With three consecutive 20-goal campaigns, Zucker should thrive in Pittsburgh’s top six, as it’s almost a guarantee he’ll skate with Sidney Crosby ($6,900) or Evgeni Malkin ($7,300). Expect Zucerk’s price to skyrocket over the coming weeks. It does check out as a tough matchup against Tampa Bay, though.
Jimmy Vesey, BUF vs, DET ($3,900) – Sporting a three-game point streak consisting of two goals, two assists and nine shots, Vesey has been capitalizing on his opportunity on the No. 1 line with Jack Eichel ($8,200) and Sam Reinhart ($5,900). Detroit has surrendered the most goals per game in the league, too.
Stud GoaliesJordan Binnington, STL at ANA ($7,800) – The Ducks are 12-15-3 with just 1.89 5-on-5 goals per 60 minutes through their past 30 games, so even with Binnington’s underwhelming road numbers (.896 save percentage and 3.26 GAA), this should be a good spot for him to reward on his manageable salary. St. Louis also needs a layup to snap out of their current 2-5-2 skid, it would be surprising if the sizeable road favorites didn’t capitalize.
Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB at PIT ($7,400) – The Penguins are definitely a tough matchup, but it’s hard to ignore Vasilevskiy’s upside at this price. He hasn’t lost in regulation since Dec. 14 and has gone 16-0-2 with a .931 save percentage and 2.03 GAA during that stretch. Just note, Pittsburgh is 19-5-3 with 3.44 goals per game at home this season.
Igor Shesterkin, NYR at WPG ($7,300) – While the Jets are rolling along nicely with wins in four of five games and at least four goals in each of those victories, Shesterkin has been the real deal through six starts. The rookie has only lost once, and he owns an impressive .933 save percentage and 2.34 GAA. His low salary is a nice bonus, too.
Value on DefenseFilip Hronek, DET at BUF ($4,800) – The 22-year-old defensemen continues to log huge minutes, including quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit, so with Buffalo owning the third-worst penalty-kill percentage in the league, Hronek is positioned to reward. Additionally, after going seven games without a point, Hronek has collected two assists over the past three games.
Neal Pionk, WPG vs. NYR ($4,500) – With the Rangers allowing the most expected goals per hour in the league and owning a 22nd-ranked 78.1 penalty-kill percentage, Pionk and Winnipeg should have offensive success Tuesday. Pionk has also put together a strong stretch with 14 points — three goals — through his past 18 games.
Power-Play DefensemanCale Makar, COL vs. OTT ($6,000) – In the noted soft matchup, Makar is an excellent addition to a Colorado stack. He’s locked in as the quarterback of the No. 1 power-play unit and has marked the scoresheet in seven of the past eight games for three goals and six assists. He also ranks second in points per 60 minutes (2.65) among all regular defensemen this season.
Rasmus Dahlin, BUF vs. DET ($4,900) – With the highlighted excellent matchup against Detroit, Dahlin’s price looks short. He’s recorded two goals and eight assists through his past 12 games to climb to a 10th-ranked 2.11 points per hour for the campaign among regular defensemen, after all.
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