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Top Lines of the Night
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Carolina Hurricanes
Nikita Kucherov ($7,800) – Steve Stamkos ($7,600) – Vladislav Namestnikov ($5,200)
Stamkos and Kucherov sit one and two in the NHL in scoring with Stamkos leading the league with 18 points and 15 assists, and Kucherov sitting second with 16 points and tied with Alex Ovechkin for the league-lead with 10 goals. Both Stamkos and Kucherov have found the scoresheet in all nine of the Lightning’s games this season. Namestnikov is acclimating himself to this line well, with 10 points on the season and enters Tuesday with a six-game point streak. All three members of this line are coming off multi-point performances against the Pittsburgh Penguins, combining for nine points in the game.
Dallas Stars @ Colorado Avalanche
Tyler Seguin ($8,000) – Jamie Benn ($7,200) – Alexander Radulov ($6,000)
Tyler Seguin has opened the season as a fantasy beast for the Dallas Stars with six goals and eight points in eight games to open the season, and he has a current four-game point streak. He is third in the NHL with 45 shots on goal. Benn joins Seguin with eight points in eight games to open the season and has points in back-to-back games with two goals and two assists. Radulov was off to a slow start, but he has a goal and an assist in his last three games, with seven shots on goal. They face the Colorado Avalanche for the second time in 10 days on Tuesday, and Seguin and Benn both had multi-point games against the Avalanche on October 14th.
Superstar to Build Around
Evander Kane ($7,000) – Not the Kane that many were expecting tonight, but despite the Buffalo Sabres’ slow start to the season, Evander Kane has been an absolute fantasy beast to open the year, especially on DraftKings. Kane is skating on the Sabres’ first line with Jack Eichel and has started the season with 11 points in his first nine games, tying him for seventh in the NHL. Kane is also second in the league with 47 shots on goal. He has the second-highest FPTS per game average of all position players in the DraftKings player pool, averaging 6.2 points per game.
Value on Offense
Derek Dorsett ($3,300) – Dorsett may be playing a bottom-six role for the Vancouver Canucks, but he has been the team’s best scorer over the last week. Dorsett enters Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild with a three-game point streak. He has scored a goal in each of the three games and has four goals and one assist overall with 10 shots on goal in that span. He has points in four of his last five games overall.
Chris Stewart ($3,900) – With the Wild having a heavily injury-depleted lineup at the moment, Stewart has stepped up and delivered at the beginning of the season. Stewart has opened the season with a six-game point streak, scoring at least one point in each of the Wild games. Largely a bottom-six player, Stewart is skating on the Minnesota first line with Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker and has six goals, eight points and 14 shots on goal in six games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy ($8,200) – Much like his offense, Vasilevskiy has started the season on fire for the Lightning. Vasy leads the NHL in wins, winning six straight starts and seven of his eight starts on the season. Vasilevskiy also sits fifth in the league with .933 save percentage. He’ll put his six-game winning streak on the line at Carolina on Tuesday.
Jaroslav Halak ($8,100) – Despite going 2-2-0 and allowing three goals against in each of his last four games, Halak is a great start on Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes at home. Halak has a .913 save percentage through five games and is 7-3-1 with a 1.92 goals against average in his career against the Coyotes. Arizona currently ranks 29th in the NHL in scoring, averaging 2.3 goals per game this season.
Value on Defense
Brad Hunt ($3,200) – After being a healthy scratch for the first four games of the season for the Vegas Golden Knights, Hunt has played his way into the lineup and has paid dividends quickly. Hunt is skating on the Golden Knights’ second pair with Colin Miller and has three assists in his last two games. He’s averaging over 18 minutes of ice time per game and has two power-play points.
Mikhail Sergachev ($3,800) – If Sergachev continues to have weeks like he did this week, he will not be a value defenseman for much longer. The rookie defender capped a four-game week last week with three-consecutive multi-point games. He had three goals, three assists, two power-play points and six shots on goal. He’s a must-start for me with his exposure to the Lightning’s powerhouse offense.
Power Play Defensemen
Erik Karlsson ($7,300) – Karlsson is making up for the time that he lost to open the season recovering from his offseason ankle surgery. After being held scoreless in his first game of the season last Tuesday, Karlsson has posted back-to-back three-point games. He has six assists, two power play assists, two blocked shots and 10 shots on goal in his last two games, averaging 9.0 points per game in that span.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($5,900) – Gostisbehere continued his strong start to the NHL season with an assist against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. He added a blocked shot and two shots on goal. Ghost now has 11 points in his first eight games, with seven power-play points, all assists. His seven points on the man-advantage are tied for second in the NHL.
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