Following Monday’s trade deadline, the NHL schedule is loaded with 26 teams hitting the ice Tuesday. The Bruins, Lightning, Flyers, Capitals, Blues and Predators are all huge favorites on home ice, whereas the Devils and Oilers are the only two road favorites on the docket. Additionally, expect there to be plenty of new line combinations following yesterday’s player movement, so you’ll want to double-check lineups before locking in your own.
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Top Line Stacks
Canucks at CanadiensJ.T. Miller ($5,600) – Elias Pettersson ($6,500) – Tyler Toffoli ($5,700)
While Toffoli has just two games with the Canucks under his belt, it’s been an immediate success, and his linemates have been excellent all season. Pettersson and Miller have combined for 5.16 goals per hour this season, and the new-look trio has clicked for five tallies and four helpers through the past two games. The Canadiens have also allowed 3.14 goals during their active 2-4-1 stretch and don’t check out as a daunting opponent.
Red Wings vs. DevilsRobby Fabbri ($4,100) – Dylan Larkin ($7,100) – Anthony Mantha ($7,200)
Detroit has loaded up its No. 1 line lately, and there’s potential the trio flies under the radar and is scarcely owned. Larkin, Fabbri and Mantha have clicked for four tallies and six helpers through the past three games to improve to a respectable 4.68 goals per 60 minutes for the campaign. The Devils also check out as a favorable matchup with 3.51 goals against per hour.
Superstars to Build AroundSteven Stamkos, TB vs. TOR ($7,300) – Sporting a 14-game point streak consisting of 12 tallies, nine helpers and 43 shots, Stamkos’ salary doesn’t match his recent production. Additionally, the Lightning captain has registered an elite 3.76 points per 60 minutes for the campaign, including a 4.03 mark on home ice. Considering it’s also a soft matchup with Toronto allowing 3.33 goals per game in February, the price is reasonable.
Value on OffenseBrayden Point, TB vs. TOR ($5,800) – Sticking with the Bolts, Point also offers incredible value in the noted favorable matchup. The No. 1 center has a 12-game point streak with four tallies and 12 helpers, and Point is locked into a cushy fantasy setup skating between Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov ($7,600) in all Tampa Bay’s top offensive situations.
Jakub Voracek, PHI vs. SJ ($4,600) – While Voracek’s numbers don’t jump off the page, he’s been solid of late with nine points — three goals — through his past 13 outings. Additionally, the veteran has settled into a loaded top line at even strength with Sean Couturier ($6,400) and Claude Giroux ($5,500), and the trio has dominated to the tune of 6.3 goals per 60 minutes while driving possession with a 58.0 Corsi For percentage at even strength over the past two seasons. There’s also nothing scary about the matchup. San Jose has surrendered 3.28 goals per road game this season.
Stud GoaliesCarter Hart, PHI vs. SJ ($8,300) – Not only are the Flyers’ huge favorites, Hart has won consecutive home starts with just three goals against to improve to a dominant 16-2-2 record, .942 save percentage and 1.64 GAA at Wells Fargo Center for the year. San Jose unloaded more talent before the trade deadline and has lost four consecutive games with just seven total goals during the skid.
Mike Smith, EDM at ANA ($7,800) – The veteran has settled into an excellent groove in the new year with a 10-1-3 record, .920 save percentage and 2.54 GAA through his past 14 starts, and the Oilers land in a soft road matchup against Anaheim on Tuesday. The Ducks have lost five of six, including being shut out twice during the stretch. Additionally, Anaheim has scored the third-fewest goals per 60 minutes in the league.
Value on DefenseJaccob Slavin, CAR vs. DAL ($4,500) – Even with Dallas checking out as a tough matchup (third-fewest goals against per game), Slavin provides a high fantasy floor through his cross-category production and go-to role in all situations. The 25-year-old defenseman has recorded 10 points, 19 shots and 15 blocks while logging 24:56 of ice time (2:48 on the power play) through his past 12 games, after all.
Mike Green, EDM at ANA ($3,400) – A low priced flier with a favorable matchup, Green has the potential to hit the ground running with the Oilers, and especially if he lucks into power-play time with the No. 1 unit. He marked the scoresheet in each of his final two games with Detroit, and Anaheim has surrendered a healthy 3.24 goals per hour on the road this year.
Power-Play DefensemanRoman Josi, NSH vs. OTT ($7,300) – With Ottawa playing the second leg of a back-to-back road set and owning a 31st-ranked 62.5 penalty-kill percentage in February, look for Josi to have a solid showing. The veteran is also eyeing statistical correction after missing the scoresheet in each of the past four outings despite registering 16 shots through his last three.
Ryan Suter, MIN vs. CLS ($5,200) – The power-play quarterback has found a groove since late December with three tallies and 14 helpers through the past 23 games. The Blue Jackets are playing their second game in consecutive nights, and they also struggle killing penalties on the road with a 76.8 percentage.
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