Evgeni Malkin

It’s a busy eight-game night in the NHL on Tuesday. There are a pair of big-time matchups in the Eastern Conference with the Maple Leafs hosting the Lightning, and the Bruins visiting the Flyers. Carolina is the largest favorite in Detroit, and the Penguins are also receiving significant road chalk in Detroit.


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Top Line Stacks

Hurricanes at Red Wings

Andrei Svechnikov ($5,900) – Sebastian Aho ($7,100) – Teuvo Teravainen ($5,800) Dating back to last season, Aho, Svechnikov and Teravainen have clicked for 5.7 goals and 22.28 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes while driving possession with a 58.1 Corsi For percentage at 5-on-5. Their combined cap hit is manageable, and the Red Wings have been a defensive doormat all year allowing the most goals per game in the league and owning a 30th-=ranked, 75.2 penalty-kill percentage.

Canucks vs. Islanders

J.T. Miller ($6,500) – Elias Pettersson ($6,200) – Tyler Toffoli ($6,000)

Until Vancouver’s top offensive line slows down, it’s hard to overlook them, and especially in a potentially favorable matchup. The Islanders have lost six straight and allowed 24 goals in the process, whereas Pettersson, Miller and Toffoli are up to 13 tallies and 16 helpers to improve to 6.24 goals per 60 minutes since Toffoli joined the Canucks. The trio has also dominated possession with a 57.1 Corsi For percentage at 5-on-5.

Superstar to Build Around

Evgeni Malkin, PIT at NJD ($7,500) – With two tallies and six helpers through his past four games, Malkin is up to an elite 4.04 points per 60 minutes. The Devils have also surrendered the fourth most goals per hour in the league, and on paper, New Jersey doesn’t have the personal to slow down the Penguins.

Value on Offense

Filip Forsberg, NSH at MON ($5,500) – With just a single goal on 51 shots (2.0 shooting percentage) through 18 games since Feb. 1, Forsberg is mired in a miserable scoring slump. He’s topped 25 goals in each of the previous five seasons with a 12.9 shooting percentage, so statistical correction is definitely ahead for the 25-year-old Swede. Montreal also enters with an active 4-7-2 record with 3.36 goals against per 60 minutes.

Sonny Milano, ANA vs. OTT ($3,500) – The 23-year-old winger has been skating in a top offensive role since joining Anaheim and has collected five points — two goals — while logging 16:34 of ice time (2:37 on the power play) through seven games. The 2-16 first-round selection also lands in a cushy fantasy setup. Ottawa has allowed 3.43 goals per hour during its 9-14-8 stretch dating back to late December.

Kasperi Kapanen, TOR vs. TB ($3,000) – Projected to skate with John Tavares and Mitch Marner at even strength, Kapanen receives a significant value boost. Tavares and Marner have combined for a rock-solid 5.63 goals per hour over the past two years, and Kapanen’s speed should prove to be a dangerous weapon skating alongside two excellent passers. Just note, it’s a tough matchup with Tampa Bay ranking ninth in goals against per 60 minutes.

Stud Goalies

Petr Mrazek, CAR at DET ($7,100) – Carolina is the biggest favorite on the docket, so while it’s risky starting Mrazek after missing over two weeks with a concussion, the price helps mitigate it. Additionally, the Czech netminder was trending in the right direction with a .928 save percentage through five starts prior to the injury, and he finished off the 2018-19 campaign with an 11-2 record and .944 save percentage.

Carter Hart, PHI vs. BOS ($7,800) – Talk about a marquee matchup, the top-ranked Bruins visit the surging Flyers, and Hart will look to build on his dominant 20-2-2 record, .944 save percentage and 1.61 GAA on home ice. Even with Boston a daunting opponent, it’s difficult to look past Hart’s play at the Wells Fargo Centre, and especially at this price.

Value on Defense

Shea Weber, MON vs. NSH ($5,800) – The veteran has missed the scoresheet in seven of nine games since returning from a foot injury, and his price is down as a result. It’s a perfect buying opportunity Tuesday because the Predators have the third worst penalty-kill percentage in the league. Additionally, Weber offers a high fantasy floor and has reached the shots and/or blocks bonuses 32 times this season.

Michael Del Zotto, ANA vs. OTT ($3,900) – With a cheap salary and favorable matchup, Del Zotto could be a worthy flier Tuesday. He’s quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit and averaged a healthy 21:59 of ice time through his past five outings. The veteran has proven to be a willing shot-blocker in the past, and his role offers a respectable fantasy floor.

Power-Play Defenseman

Kris Letang, PIT at NJD ($6,600) – This is a bounce-back spot for Letang. He’s collected just two assists through his past 10 games, but with 1.72 points per 60 minutes over the past three years, he boasts a proven offensive track record. As noted, the Devils aren’t an intimidating defensive opponent, and Letang quarterbacks Pittsburgh’s No. 1 power-play unit.

Jaccob Slavin, CAR at DET ($5,100) – In the noted soft matchup against the Red Wings, look for Slavin to continue his solid production. The power-play quarterback has collected an impressive 14 points, 38 shots and 28 blocks while averaging 25:01 of ice time (2:47 with the man advantage) through the past 18 contests. This salary is short, too.

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