It’s a busy night in the NHL with 12 games, and only one of the matchups is between divisional opponents (Carolina t Pittsburgh). A trio of Pacific Division teams are playing their second road games in consecutive nights with Los Angeles in New Jersey, Vancouver in Washington and Arizona in Nashville. Additionally, there are a pair of marquee matchups jumping off the page. Tampa Bay is hosting Vegas, and the showdown between the Sharks and Jets could prove to be a preview of the Western Conference Final.
Top Line Stacks
Predators vs. CoyotesFilip Forsberg ($5,400) – Ryan Johansen ($5,400) – Viktor Arvidsson ($7,300)
This is a cushy matchup for Nashville with Arizona playing its second road game in consecutive nights after surrendering five goals in Dallas on Monday. The Preds’ No. 1 line projects to create plenty of in-game matchup problems for the Coyotes, as the trio has clicked for 5.09 goals and 18.83 high-danger scoring chances while driving possession with a 62.4 Corsi For percentage at 5-on-5. It also helps that Calvin Pickard ($6,800) will likely start for Arizona, and he has a target-worthy .898 save percentage over the past three years. It’s also worth noting that Johansen, Forsberg and Arvidsson have all been skating with the No. 1 power-play unit lately.
Lightning vs. Golden KnightsOndrej Palat ($4,300) – Steven Stamkos ($7,400) – Nikita Kucherov ($7,100)
There could be sneaky value with Tampa Bay’s top line. Vegas is a tough opponent, so there’s potential for their ownership to be down, and Kucherov and Palat have both received price reductions. Additionally, this trio has proven to be a matchup-proof line. They’ve combined for 6.99 goals and 17.84 high-danger scoring chances per 60 over the past three years while also driving possession with a 62.9 Corsi For percentage at 5-on-5.
Superstar to Build AroundAlex Ovechkin, WAS vs. VAN ($7,700) – There’s definitely been game-to-game inconsistency from No. 8 over the past month, but his 2.06 goals and 23.15 shot attempts per 60 still both rank second in the league. With Vancouver playing its second road game in consecutive nights, and Washington in need of a bounce-back showing, Ovechkin warrants a long look.
Value on OffenseAlex Chiasson, EDM vs. CHI ($4,500) – The wing’s shooting luck has dried up of late, as Chiasson has now gone nine games and 15 shots without a goal. However, he’s still locked into a top-six role and skating on the No. 1 power-play unit, and there’s always the potential for coach Ken Hitchcock to reunite Chiasson with both Connor McDavid ($7,800) and Leon Draisaitl ($6,900) — Chiasson and Draisaitl are currently playing with Tobias Rieder on the second line. Additionally, the matchup is soft with Chicago allowing a league-high 14.03 high-danger scoring chances per 60.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi, MTL vs. ANA ($3,500) – Anaheim has only won two of its past 18 games and is playing its third road contest in four nights. Additionally, the Ducks have surrendered 3.78 goals per game during the skid. Kotkaniemi, on the other hand, is trending in the opposite direction. The rookie has collected a respectable four tallies, three helpers, 16 shots and five blocks through 13 outings since the beginning of January, and he’s also been promoted to the No. 1 power-play unit of late.
Kyle Okposo, BUF vs. MIN ($3,200) – It’s been a down year for Okposo, but his recent promotion to the No. 1 line with Jack Eichel ($7,300) and Conor Sheary ($3,700) could provide a huge value boost for the veteran. It’s definitely worth noting that the majority of Okposo and Eichel’s success has come with the man-advantage (9.16 goals per 60 minutes over the past three years), and the Wild don’t allow many high-danger chances (7.76 per 60 through their past 10 games), though.
Stud GoalieCarey Price, MTL vs. ANA ($8,300) – There’s potential for Anaheim to turn things around Tuesday, after all, it’s hard to go on a 2-12-4 slide and score just 1.71 goals per 60 minutes. Still, Price has morphed back into his elite form with a .930 save percentage and 2.09 GAA through his past 21 outings. With the Ducks also playing their third road game in four nights, paying up for Price is worth considering.
Pekka Rinne, NSH vs. ARI ($8,200) – Another high-priced option in a favorable matchup, Rinne is ripe for a bounce-back showing after losing four of his past five starts with an .879 save percentage and 4.05 GAA. Arizona enters on the second leg of a back-to-back road set and has scored just 2.5 goals and generated only 10.18 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes away from the desert this season. Additionally, even with his recent struggles, Rinne sports a rock-solid .915 save percentage and 2.24 GAA at Bridgestone Arena this season.
Value on DefenseAlex Pietrangelo, STL at FLA ($5,000) – The veteran has turned things around since the calendar flipped to 2019, as Pietrangelo has registered nine points, 32 shots and 14 blocks while averaging 22:58 of ice time (2:41 with the man-advantage) through 13 contests. The Panthers are handing the crease over to James Reimer ($7,500) on Tuesday, and considering he has a .900 save percentage, 3.06 GAA and -5.80 GSAA, it should prove to be a solid spot for Pietrangelo and the Blues.
Charlie McAvoy, BOS vs. NYI ($3,600) – The Islanders are a tough matchup and have allowed just 1.59 goals per 60 minutes through their past 10 road games. However, it’s hard to overlook McAvoy at this price. His numbers since returning from a foot injury are modest (one assist, 12 shots and 14 blocks through eight games), but the sophomore still boasts 1.37 points per 60 minutes since entering the league — a top 35 mark among regular defensemen over the past two seasons.
Power-Play DefensemenBrent Burns, SJ at WPG ($6,900) – You know what to expect from Burns, but it’s been a boost for him when Erik Karlsson ($6,300) has been out of the lineup. Through the past four contests Karlsson has missed, Burns has recorded five points, 27 shots and 10 blocks while averaging 27:40 of ice time (4:17 with the man-advantage). Burns also paces all defensemen in goals (0.56), points (2.21) and shots (9.43) per 60 over the past three years.
Roman Josi, NSH vs. ARI ($6,400) – In the midst of another solid season and quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit, Josi stands out in the noted soft matchup against Arizona. He boasts a high-end 1.68 points per 60 minutes over the past three seasons and also offers a high floor through his shot volume (6.07 attempts per game since 2016-17 campaign) and willingness to block shots.
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