There are 11 games in the NHL on Tuesday, and the Islanders and Bruins are the only clubs playing for the second consecutive night. The Maple Leafs, Lightning, Islanders and Penguins are the largest favorites, whereas a Central Division showdown between the Stars and Avalanche checks out as the marquee matchup of the evening.
TOP OPTIONS TO CONSIDER
Top Line Stacks
Lightning vs. KingsSteven Stamkos ($7,200) – Brayden Point ($6,900) – Nikita Kucherov ($7,400)
Even with Los Angeles tightening up defensively on the road recently, this is a significant mismatch, and Tampa Bay’s top line is eyeing statistical correction after being held off the scoresheet entirely in consecutive games. Point, Kucherov and Stamkos have clicked for 5.82 goals per hour at even strength over the past two seasons, and 10.51 when including their power-play success.
Sharks at CoyotesEvander Kane ($6,000) – Tomas Hertl ($5,400) – Kevin Labanc ($3,700)
A potential low-owned trio with a manageable cap hit, Hertl, Kane and Labanc have clicked for 5.62 goals per hour in all situations this season and driven possession with a 57.2 Corsi For percentage at even strength. Arizona might also be vulnerable with three consecutive losses, as the Coyotes’ goaltending situation remains a concern with Antti Raanta ($8,100) potentially injured, and Adin Hill ($8,100) owning a career .905 save percentage over 59 appearances.
Superstars to Build AroundAuston Matthews, TOR vs. NJD ($7,700) – Even with the Devils sporting a respectable 8-4-2 record with 2.93 goals against per hour over the past month, Matthews remains a high-floor, high-ceiling target. He’s reached double-digit DraftKings fantasy points in 12 of his past 13 outings, and his 2.0 goals and 3.48 points per hour are elite marks, which improve to 3.16 and 4.74 on home ice. This salary doesn’t bust the budget, either.
Patrick Kane, CHI at OTT ($7,700) – Another surging scorer, Kane has found the scoresheet in 11 of the last 14 games for 10 tallies and 11 helpers. He’s also up to a ninth-ranked 10.46 shots per 60 minutes for the year. The Sens have lost seven consecutive games with 4.12 goals against per hour, too.
Value on OffenseAnthony Beauvillier, NYI vs.DET ($4,700) – Despite receiving consistent ice time in a scoring role, Beauvillier has struggled to find the scoresheet recently with just a single assist through his past 12 outings. The Red Wings check out as a slump-busting matchup, though. Detroit has surrendered the most goals per game in the league by a notable margin and owns the worst penalty-kill percentage in the league.
Mikko Koivu, MIN at PIT ($2,900) – The veteran’s offensive production has dipped considerably since his offensive prime, and Koivu has just a single assist through five games since returning from a lower-body injury that cost him most of December. Still, he’s playing meaningful minutes, including skating with the No. 1 power-play unit.
Valeri Nichushkin, COL vs. DAL ($2,500) – Considering Nichushkin ranks third on the Avs in points per 60 minutes (2.63) since mid-November, it’s a little surprising to see him at minimum price. It’s a tough matchup against Dallas. The Stars allow the fewest goals against per game in the league this season, after all. However, Nichushkin is locked into a scoring role and it won’t take much to turn a profit on his salary.
Stud GoaliesAndrei Vasilevskiy, TB vs. LA ($8,400) – Those looking to pay up for a reliable netminder can lock Vasilevskiy in confidently. He’s won four consecutive games with a .946 save percentage, and the Lightning are the largest favorites on the docket. Los Angeles has also scored just 2.49 goals per 60 minutes for the campaign.
Robin Lehner, CHI at OTT ($7,200) – With a 35-save win last time out, Lehner proved his health after nursing a minor knee injury. He lands in a favorable road matchup against Ottawa on Tuesday, too. The Sens have lost seven consecutive games and scored just 15 times during the skid.
Value on DefenseRasmus Dahlin, BUF vs. VGK ($4,300) – Sporting a four-game point streak consisting of five assists, Dahlin is in excellent form. His role quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit is a cushy fantasy setup playing pitch-and-catch with Jack Eichel ($7,600), and the Golden Knights have surrendered 20 goals through their past five outings, including three consecutive losses.
Rasmus Sandin, TOR vs. NJD ($2,500) – After a dominant showing in the World Junior Hockey Championships, blue-line injuries have forced Toronto’s hand, and the rookie is returning to the highest level. There’s a huge range of outcomes, but there’s no questioning Sandin’s talent, and he did record two assists through six games in October. He’s also minimum priced.
Power-Play DefensemanRoman Josi, NSH at EDM ($7,000) – In the midst of a career year, Josi has been particularly dominant of late. He had a 12-game point streak snapped last time out but has still registered seven goals, 13 assists, 45 shots and 23 blocks over the 13-game stretch. Add his huge minutes (27:11 with 2:31 on the power play) and there’s even more to like. The Oilers have also haven’t been an intimidating opponent for a prolonged stretch with an active 8-11-2 record and 3.56 goals against per hour since late November.
Quinn Hughes, VAN at WPG ($4,600) – With two tallies, four assists and 22 shots through the past nine games, the rookie has shown no signs of slowing down. Hughes is up to a high-end 1.99 points per hour for the campaign, and Winnipeg owns the second-worst penalty-kill percentage in the league. Additionally, the Jets have allowed 3.9 goals per game through their past 10 contests.
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