Steven Stamkos

It’s a packed NHL schedule with 13 games. The Bruins, Avalanche, Capitals and Flames are the largest favorites on the docket. It’s also an interesting mix of contests with only the four late games between divisional opponents, and seven games have a matchup between Eastern Conference and Western Conference teams.

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Jets vs. Predators

Kyle Connor ($6,400) – Mark Scheifele ($6,000) – Patrik Laine ($6,800) The Predators have allowed a healthy 3.52 goals per 60 minutes through their past 15 games, so the Jets should be positioned to have a strong offensive showing on home ice Tuesday. Winnipeg’s top line also skates together on the No. 1 power-play unit and has recorded a rock-solid 4.79 goals per hour.

Blue Jackets vs. Panthers

Gustav Nyquist ($4,700) – Pierre-Luc Dubois ($5,800) – Oliver Bjorkstrand ($6,000)

Somewhat quietly, the Blue Jackets’ No. 1 line has caught fire recently for nine tallies and eight helpers through the past four games, and the trio is now up to 4.72 goals per hour for the campaign. This should also prove to be a soft schedule spot. The Panthers played an important road game in Toronto on Monday, and Florida has surrendered 3.4 goals per road game — seventh-most in the league.


Superstars to Build Around

Steven Stamkos, TB vs. VGK ($7,700) – A few notches down the salary list than the rest of the elite scorers, Stamkos presents nice value. He’s recorded eight tallies and 11 helpers through his past 12 outings, which includes an active seven-game point streak. He’s locked in top minutes in all offensive situations, and the Golden Knights enter in a bit of a funk (3-6-1 record with 3.11 goals against per game).


Value on Offense

Brayden Point, TB vs. VGK ($5,900) – Sticking with the Lightning, this salary is too low to overlook. Point’s racked up eight goals, 17 assists and 52 shots through 23 games since mid-December, and he’s locked into a cushy fantasy setup centering Nikita Kucherov ($8,200) and Stamkos at even strength and on the No. 1 power-play unit.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, WAS vs. LA ($5,200) – While the 27-year-old Russian has scored in consecutive games, he’s also gone 11 straight outings without a multi-point showing. Kuznetsov is projected to return to the No. 1 power-play unit for Tuesday’s game, and it should be a favorable matchup. Los Angeles has surrendered 3.34 goals per hour on the road this season, after all.

Anthony Beauvillier, NYI vs. DAL ($4,100) – With Dallas playing its second road game in consecutive nights and allowing 23 goals through its past six contests, this could prove to be a sneaky matchup for Beauvillier and the Islanders. The winger enters in solid form with three goals and four assists through his past six games.

Drake Batherson, OTT vs. ANA ($2,600) – The 21-year-old forward has four assists and 16 shot attempts through four games since the All-Star break and has been receiving consistent power-play time. The Ducks rank eighth last in both goals against and expected goals against per hour this season, so look for Batherson to remain dangerous.


Stud Goalies

Elvis Merzlikins, CLS vs. FLA ($7,600) – This salary stands out as a bargain with Merzlikins owning a six-game winning streak to the tune of a .959 save percentage and 1.34 GAA. The Panthers have oodles of offensive firepower, but they’re also playing their second road game in consecutive nights, and Columbus plays stingy defense. The Blue Jackets are 8-1-1 with just 11 five-on-five goals allowed through their past 10 home games.

Cayden Primeau, MON at NJD ($6,500) – The Devils are 3-4-3 with just 18 five-on-five goals through their past 10 contests, so this should prove to be a solid matchup for Montreal. So, if Cayden Primeau ($6,500) plays, he’s a go-to option at his discounted salary. The rookie owns a .931 save percentage through his first two NHL starts.


Value on Defense

Torey Krug, BOS vs. VAN ($4,700) – The Bruins’ power-play quarterback exploded for four points last time out to improve to two tallies and nine helpers through his past 12 games. Krug’s up to a fourth-ranked 2.29 points per hour for the campaign and leads all regular defensemen in points per 60 minutes over the past three seasons. This is also Vancouver’s third road game in four nights.

Noah Dobson, NYI vs. DAL ($2,500) – The Islanders have treated Dobson with kid gloves for most of the season, but he’s seen his role expand recently, and the rookie has recorded a respectable three points, 14 shots and seven blocks through his past eight outings. He’s projected to receive power-play time Tuesday, and at the minimum price, there are multiple avenues to providing a solid return on investment.


Power-Play Defenseman

Victor Hedman, TB vs. VGK ($5,400) – The veteran is reeling along a dreadful cold stretch with just a single assist through his past seven games, and he’s missed the scoresheet entirely in 11 of the last 15 contests. Hedman’s too talented and plays regularly with too many dangerous scorers to continue struggling offensively. Even with his recent slump, Hedman ranks eighth in points per hour among regular defensemen this season.

Neal Pionk, WPG vs. NAS ($4,400) – With Nashville’s noted defensive struggles, which includes a 28th-ranked 74.1 penalty-kill percentage, Pionk’s salary stands out as a screaming value. He’s an affordable addition to a Winnipeg stack, and Pionk has recorded a rock-solid 1.85 points per hour through the past 30 games.


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