It’s a jammed-packed schedule in the NHL on Tuesday with 12 games. Washington, Tampa Bay and St. Louis are the most significant favorites on the docket, and the Predators will look to right the ship against the Bruins with the hiring of John Hynes as their new head coach.
TOP OPTIONS FOR THE SLATE
Top Line Stacks
Capitals vs. SenatorsAlex Ovechkin ($8,100) – Nicklas Backstrom ($6,400) – Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,800) – T.J. Oshie ($5,400)
The Senators own a mediocre 80.8 penalty-kill percentage and have surrendered a healthy 3.74 goals per 60 minutes on the road for the season. The matchup checks out in Washington’s favor, so stacking the Capitals’ No. 1 power-play unit provides exposure to their top two scoring lines, too.
Coyotes at FloridaTaylor Hall ($6,700) – Christian Dvorak ($4,300) – Conor Garland ($4,500)
This should be a low-owned stack, and the Panthers have allowed a healthy 3.24 goals per hour for the campaign — seventh-most in the league. Additionally, Florida has surrendered three or more goals in six of its past seven outings. Dvorak, Hall and Garland have driven possession with a dominant 60.6 Corsi For percentage and generated an impressive 17.7 high-danger scoring chances per hour. Additionally, their unsustainably low 5.7 shooting percentage is eyeing statistical correction.
Superstar to Build AroundJohnny Gaudreau, CGY at CHI ($6,400) – After a slow start, Gaudreau has found his form of late with five goals and seven assists through his past 12 games and draws a soft matchup against Chicago on Tuesday. The Blackhawks have surrendered the second most expected goals per hour this season.
Value on OffenseBrayden Point, TB vs. VAN ($5,900) – With seven goals, seven assists and 32 shots through his past 12 outings, Point’s salary appears a little short. The Canucks have also allowed the fifth-most expected goals per hour on the road this season, and Point is locked in atop the depth chart in all offensive situations.
Evgenii Dadonov, FLA vs. ARI ($5,300) – The Russian has six tallies, four helpers and 26 shots through his past nine games and has returned to Florida’s No. 1 line. Dadonov has connected with projected linemates Aleksander Barkov ($6,600) and Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,500) for 6.85 goals per 60 minutes over the past two seasons, too. Antti Raanta ($7,400) left practice early Monday, so there could be goaltending issues for the Coyotes.
Daniel Sprong, ANA vs. CLS ($2,700) – Locked into a top-six role and facing the Blue Jackets on the second leg of a back-to-back road set, Sprong stands out as a potential low-priced flier. He logged 16:26 of ice time (4:05 with the man advantage) last time out and recorded a power-play goal and an even-strength assist, too.
Drake Batherson, OTT at WAS ($2,500) – Currently tied for the points lead in the AHL, Batherson was recalled to Ottawa on Saturday and recorded a power-play helper that night. At the minimum price, he’s a contrarian option to create cap relief. The Capitals have also allowed 25 goals through their past six games.
Stud GoaliesIlya Samsonov, WAS vs. OTT ($8,300) – The rookie netminder is 11-2 for the campaign and has won consecutive starts with a .942 save percentage. The Caps are sizeable favorites, and Ottawa has lost five consecutive road games with just 1.99 goals per hour at 5-on-5.
Thomas Greiss, NYI at NJD ($8,100) – Look for a bounce-back showing from Greiss against the lowly Devils. He’s lost three consecutive games, and the Islanders are playing the second leg of a back-to-back set, but the veteran still boasts an elite .924 save percentage and 2.37 GAA over the past two years. New York has also allowed the third-fewest goals per hour at 5-on-5 on the road this seasons.
Value on DefenseKeith Yandle, FLA vs. ARI ($4,600) – A scoring drought has Yandle’s salary down, as the defenseman has missed the scoresheet in six of the past seven games. The price drop presents a buy-low opportunity for the proven power-play quarterback, as Yandle’s recorded an impressive 2.25 points per hour this season.
Kevin Shattenkirk, TB at VAN ($3,900) – The veteran has marked the scoresheet in three of his past five games to improve to 2.01 points per hour for the campaign. Considering that mark ranks 11th in the league among regular defensemen, his salary stands out as a significant discount.
Power-Play DefensemanJohn Carlson, WAS vs. OTT ($6,900) – With a goal and six assists through his past eight outings, Carlson is showing no signs of slowing down. However, his salary probably isn’t prohibitive enough for his high-floor, high-ceiling profile. As noted, the Sens check out as a favorable matchup, too.
Anthony DeAngelo ($4,400) – With the Avalanche playing their second road game on consecutive nights, the Rangers have the potential to upset as home underdogs. DeAngelo has recorded an impressive 2.25 points per hour this season and has provided solid cross-category production of late with eight points, 27 shots and nine blocks through his past 11 contests. Add his role as the quarterback of the No. 1 power-play unit, and his salary is also attractive.
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