It’s a unique Tuesday in the NHL without a single team playing a back-to-back set. The Wild can leap-frog into a playoff spot with a win over the Avalanche, and the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes are also looking for wins to hold off the Canadiens and maintain their current playoff positions. Additionally, a couple marquee matchups jump off the page with the Bruins hosting the Islanders and Toronto visiting Nashville.
Top Line Stacks
Rangers vs. Red WingsChris Kreider ($5,300) – Mika Zibanejad ($6,400) – Ryan Strome ($3,300)
The Blueshirts’ new-look top line is intriguing and cheap. All three players are first-round picks with scoring pedigree, and Zibanejad and Kreider are in the midst of career years. Strome also enters Tuesday’s contest with a respectable six goals and seven assists through his past 18 outings. Additionally, Detroit has allowed the most goals and second most high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes since the Trade Deadline
Panthers at StarsJonathan Huberdeau ($6,700) – Aleksander Barkov ($7,200) – Evgenii Dadonov ($5,300)
This is a daunting matchup, so even with as hot as the Florida top line has been, there could be a dip in ownership. Dallas has surrendered just 1.66 goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 since the beginning of February, after all. Still, Barkov, Huberdeau and Dadonov has combined for 10 goals and 27 assists through the past six games and an elite 7.42 goals per 60 minutes for the campaign. There’s risk-reward appeal here.
Superstar to Build AroundAlex Ovechkin, WAS at NJD ($8,000) – Dating back to mid-February, Ovechkin has marked the scoresheet in 12-of-15 games for 10 goals, seven assists and 69 shots. He’s also averaged 20:02 of ice time per contest (4:14 with the man-advantage) during that stretch and draws a soft matchup. The Devils have surrendered the fourth most goals per 60 minutes (3.39) and has a fourth lowest .893 team save percentage since Jan. 1.
Value on OffenseAndrei Svechnikov, CAR vs. PIT ($4,100) – It’s been a sneaky good rookie campaign for the Russian. He’s recorded an impressive 15.52 shot attempts while also being on the ice for 6.08 high-danger scoring chances per 60. Svechnikov has also recorded three goals, an assist and seven shots over his past three contests. Skating with Jordan Staal ($4,200) and Teuvo Teravainen ($5,600) has proven to be a good fit with the trio recording a 57.7 Corsi For percentage at 5-on-5, and there’s definitely positive regression ahead of their combined 2.86 shooting percentage.
William Nylander, TOR at NSH ($3,600) – This price stands out. Nylander has collected five assists and 12 shots through his past three games and is projected to skate with Auston Matthews ($7,400) again at even strength. The pair have clicked for 4.13 goals over 886:55 of shared ice time the past two years, and with Nashville’s reputation as a tough opponent, Nylander has the potential to also fly under the radar.
Derick Brassard, COL at MIN ($3,000) – Through 10 games with the Avs, Brassard has just two goals and is currently mired in a six-game point drought. He’s been skating with Nathan MacKinnon ($7,700) in all situations, so there’s a lot to like about a rebound showing from the veteran. Even with Minnesota winning just two of its past eight games, the Wild have still allowed just 8.31 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes during the stretch, so Brassard is more of a contrarian lean.
Stud GoaliesHenrik Lundqvist, NYR vs. DET ($8,000) – Detroit has only won one of its past nine road games and has a 44.51 Corsi For percentage while scoring just 1.51 goals and generating only 9.62 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 during the skid. Plus, for what it’s worth Lundqvist has made 43 saves against the Red Wings the last time the two teams met.
Tuukka Rask, BOS at NYI ($7,800) – After allowing nine goals through his previous two outings, there’s bounce-back potential for Rask against the low-scoring Islanders. New York’s commitment to defense has hindered their offensive production of late, and the Isles have the fourth lowest Corsi For percentage in the league (46.3) since Feb. 1 and scored just 2.13 goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 during that stretch.
Value on DefenseP.K. Subban, NSH vs. TOR ($4,600) – Toronto is tied with Detroit for the most goals against per 60 minutes in the league (3.84) since the deadline, including 23 through its past four contests. Subban, meanwhile, is in need of a slump-busting matchup. He’s recorded just two goals and two assists through his past 13 contests despite logging 24:25 of ice time per outing (2:13 on the man-advantage). He does also offer a respectable fantasy floor with 33 shots and 12 blocks during the noted stretch. Additionally, his current 1.23 points per 60 minutes is a far cry from the 1.66 mark he posted through his first two seasons with the Preds.
Philippe Myers, PHI vs. MTL ($2,500) – While he’s been statistically quiet and played inconsistent minutes through his first 13 NHL games, Myers has passed the eye test and checks out as a minimum-priced flier. It’s a buying opportunity, though. The 22-year-old defenseman has shown respectable offense upside at the lower levels, and he’s slotted into a second-pairing role. The Canadiens are also reeling along the worst stretch of their season with a 6-10-1 record and 3.17 goals against per 60 minutes since mid-February.
Editor’s Note: Myers (illness) will not play.
Power-Play DefensemenRoman Josi, NSH vs. TOR ($6,200) – It’s easy to give Josi a long look as an alternative to P.K. Subban ($4,600). As noted, the Maple Leafs are playing terrible of late, and Josi is primed for a breakout showing. He checks all the boxes. He’s logged 25:57 of ice time per game during his current 10-game offensive lull (just four points) while still helping out in the secondary categories with 36 shots and 21 blocks.
Oscar Klefbom, EDM at STL ($5,200) – The Swede has collected an assist in three straight games while logging a hefty 23:37 of ice time per contest, including 3:52 with the man-advantage. St. Louis has also gone just 3-4-2 with a poor .900 team save percentage, so this could prove to be a solid matchup. Additionally, Klefbom has been playing consistently with either Connor McDavid ($7,600) and/or Leon Draisaitl ($7,800) during his active three-game point streak.
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