John Tavares

It’s a busy 10-game night in the NHL on Tuesday with the marquee matchup featuring Boston and Tampa Bay — the two top teams in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins and Golden Knights are the two largest favorites on the slate, whereas Winnipeg, Chicago, Dallas and Toronto are also all receiving notable chalk. The Predators and Oilers are the only teams playing for the second consecutive night.


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Top Line Stacks

Jets vs. Sabres

Kyle Connor ($6,500) – Mark Scheifele ($6,100) – Blake Wheeler ($5,600)

The Sabres have dropped the first three contests of their current four-game road trip with 12 goals against. Add Buffalo’s 30th-ranked, 74.3 penalty-kill percentage, and there’s a lot to like about Winnipeg’s No. 1 line. The trio has clicked for 11 goals and 14 assists through the past seven games, and their combined cap hit doesn’t break the bank. Just note, Patrik Laine ($7,400) could return to the lineup Tuesday and change up the lines.

Blackhawks vs. Ducks

Alexander Nylander ($2,700) – Dylan Strome ($3,800) – Patrick Kane ($7,800)

Anaheim has surrendered the fifth-most goals per hour in the league since the end of December, so this matchup should prove quite favorable for the Blackhawks. Strome, Kane and Nylander have scored a respectable 4.12 goals per 60 minutes at even strength this year, and they should be able to find favorable on-ice matchups with depth a major weakness of the Ducks. Additionally, the cap hit is manageable for this Blackhawks line and the three are spread across both power-play units.

Superstar to Build Around

John Tavares, TOR at SJ ($6,700) – The Toronto captain owns a five-game point streak consisting of three goals and four assists, and he’s locked into a go-to role averaging 19:14 of ice time with 3:43 on the power-play during the stretch. The price is reasonable, and San Jose has surrendered the second-most goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 in the league.

Value on Offense

Brayden Schenn, STL vs. NYR ($4,900) – Skating on a new-look top line alongside Ryan O’Reilly ($5,100) and Jaden Schwart ($5,000), Schenn has found the back of the net in each of the past four games and is up to a rock-solid 1.18 goals and 2.6 points per 60 minutes for the campaign. It should also prove to be a soft matchup with New York allowing 10 goals through its past two contests and the most expected goals per hour in the league this season.

Eric Staal, MIN vs. NSH ($4,800) – Nashville is playing the second leg of a back-to-back set after allowing eight goals to Edmonton on home ice Monday, and now the Predators travel to Minnesota. Additionally, Nashville has allowed the seventh-most goals per hour this season and own the league’s worst penalty-kill percentage. Staal is locked into a top offensive role and should have statistical correction ahead after recorded a mediocre two goals and five assists through his past 14 contests.

Nicolas Roy, VGK vs. NJD ($2,500) – The 23-year-old winger is projected to skate with William Karlsson ($5.700) and Max Pacioretty ($8,400) at even strength, so at a minimum price, Roy is a solid low-priced flier. He’s recorded four tallies and four helpers through 24 games skating primarily down the lineup, and New Jersey has allowed the 10th most goals per 60 minutes on the road this season.

Stud Goalies

Connor Hellebuyck, WPG at BUF ($8,300) – Among goalies with at least 30 starts, Hellebuyck ranks second in goals saved above average, and he’s rolled off an impressive .924 save percentage and 2.45 GAA through his past 12 outings. The Jets are sizeable favorites against Buffalo, and as noted, the Sabres have lost the first three contests of their current four-game road trip. The Sabres also rank fifth last in expected goals per hour at 5-on-5 on the road this year.

Jack Campbell, TOR at SJ ($8,000) – While rust is a concern after watching each of the past seven games from the bench, Campbell hasn’t been beaten in regulation as a Maple Leaf. He’s won three of four starts with a .919 save percentage and 2.40 GAA. Even with San Jose winning consecutive games, this has the potential to be a mismatch. The Sharks own a 7-11 record with just 2.29 goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 since mid-January, after all.

Value on Defense

Ryan Suter, MIN vs. NSH ($4,800) – As noted, this has the potential to be a plus-matchup for Minnesota, and Suter offers the high-floor, high-ceiling profile to target at this price. He’s recorded nine helpers, 23 shots and 19 blocks while logging 23:30 per game (2:40 on the power play) through his past 14 contests, and his current 1.65 points per hour is a career-high mark.

Mikhail Sergachev, TB vs. BOS ($4,600) – While this is a tough matchup, Sergachev could prove to be a sneaky target who’s scarcely owned. He’s averaged 6:35 of power-play time over the past two games and recorded two helpers and nine shots to post double-digit DraftKings points in both contests. Additionally, with the 12 goals through the first two matchups between Boston and Tampa Bay, there’s potential for this to be another high-scoring affair.

Power-Play Defenseman

Kris Letang, PIT vs. OTT ($6,700) – Look for a bounce-back showing from Letang on Tuesday. He’s recorded just a single assist during Pittsburgh’s current six-game losing streak, but he’s also reached the shots and blocks bonus three times during the stretch to help buoy his fantasy value. The matchup is also soft. Ottawa owns an active 7-13-8 record with 3.41 goals against per 60 minutes, and the Senators own a 25th-ranked, 76.9 penalty-kill percentage for the campaign.

Neal Pionk, WPG vs. BUF ($5,000) – This is a reasonable price to target Pionk at, especially considering how soft the matchup is. While the first-year Jet only has a single assist through his past three outings, he’s moved the fantasy needle with 20 shots. Pionk is a lock on the No. 1 power-play unit and has been consistent with 10 points while averaging 22:43 of ice time (3:23 with the man advantage) over his past 12 games.

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