It’s an unusually quiet Tuesday in the NHL with just seven games. The Panthers, Sabres and Kings are all playing the second leg of a back-to-back set, and there are also plenty of playoff implications. Arizona, Chicago, Montreal, Columbus and Carolina are all battling for a postseason berth, whereas the Capitals and Islanders are fighting for top billing in the Metropolitan Division.
Top Line Stacks
Blackhawks at CoyotesAlex DeBrincat ($6,400) – Jonathan Toews ($7,400) – Patrick Kane ($8,300)
Chicago reunited its three best players for the majority of Sunday’s game against Colorado, and while the trio were held off the scoresheet, they combined for 15 shots. Additionally, Toews, Kane and DeBrincat have a 56.5 Corsi For percentage and have clicked for 8.18 goals per 60 minutes overall. There’s also a chance they slide slightly under the radar with Arizona allowing just 1.77 goals per 60 at 5-on-5 through 12 March contests.
Canadiens vs. PanthersJonathan Drouin ($4,500) – Jesperi Kotkaniemi ($3,600) – Joel Armia ($3,600)
Florida surrendered seven goals to Toronto on Monday and has now lost four of its past five games with 14 goals allowed over the latest two losses. While Montreal’s new-look third line has only shared the ice for 75:18 at 5-on-5, there should be positive regression to its current 2.5 on-ice shooting percentage, especially since they’ve combined to attempt 78 shots. All three also skate on the same power-play unit and provide oodles of cap relief to stack the rest of your lineup.
Superstar to Build AroundLeon Draisaitl, EDM vs. LA ($7,700) Dating back to mid-February, Draisaitl has found the scoresheet in 18 of 20 games for 11 goals and 18 assists while logging 23:51 of ice time per contest (3:21 with the man-advantage). There’s potential for a letdown showing from the Kings after topping Calgary 3-0 on Monday, too. After all, Los Angeles has now won three games in a row after posting a 2-12-4 record and allowing 3.51 goals per 60 leading into its current heater.
Value on OffenseAlexander Nylander, BUF at OTT ($4,200) – While his three-game point streak was snapped during Monday’s 3-1 loss to New Jersey, Nylander still registered four shots and spent the majority of the game flanking Jack Eichel ($8,200). It’ll be important to double check Buffalo’s line combinations before locking the Swede into your lineups, but the Sens should prove to be a favorable matchup after allowing the most goals per 60 in the league this season.
Zack Kassian, EDM vs. LA ($3,000) – The rugged wing continues to skate with Connor McDavid ($8,300) and Draisaitl ($7,700) at 5-on-5, and the trio have clicked for 5.21 goals per 60 minutes this season. Add the noted potential for a soft matchup, and Kassian’s clearly underpriced considering his six goals, two assists and 24 shots over the past 12 games, too.
Sam Steel, ANA at VAN ($2,500) – Projected to center Rickard Rakell ($5,600) and Jakob Silfverberg ($4,900) atop the Anaheim depth chart, Steel is worth considering at minimum price. He’s collected an assist in consecutive games and has the scoring pedigree to continue moving the offensive needle. There’s nothing scary about a date with the Canucks, either. Vancouver has lost consecutive games with a minus-7 goal differential.
Stud GoaliesMikko Koskinen, EDM vs. LA ($7,900) – It’s been a season of peaks and valleys for the Finn, and his recent stretch has been no different. Koskinen enters Tuesday with a 7-3-1 active record backed by a .912 save percentage and 2.89 GAA. However, he allowed six goals in a road loss to Vegas during that stretch, so his numbers are somewhat skewed as a result. Obviously, the opponent is also encouraging, as Los Angeles has scored just 1.96 goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 on the road this season.
John Gibson, ANA at VAN ($7,300) – It’s been an improved stretch for Gibson and the Ducks, as the netminder has won five of his past six starts with a .926 save percentage and 2.50 GAA. Additionally, considering the Canucks have scored just 1.95 goals per 60 since Feb. 1, his salary is also reasonable. Vancouver aren’t home favorite, either.
Value on DefenseRasmus Dahlin, BUF at OTT ($4,400) – Another modest-priced Sabres skater to consider against the defensively challenged Sens, Dahlin is hitting top stride of late with an assist in four straight contests. He’s also seen an uptick in minutes and shot volume with an average of three shots and 22:09 of ice time per contest (3:08 with the man-advantage) through his latest seven games.
Cam Fowler, ANA at VAN ($4,200) – It’s been a strong stretch for Fowler, as he’s registered nine points, 15 shots and 18 blocks through his past 12 outings. The veteran defenseman quarterbacks the No. 1 power-play and has averaged 22:54 of ice time per contest during the noted stretch.
Power-Play DefensemenOliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI vs. CHI ($5,000) – In the midst of a solid stretch, this is a reasonable price to turn to Ekman-Larsson. He’s recorded 12 points — five goals — through his past 16 outings while logging a hefty 23:11 of ice time per game (3:34 with the man-advantage). The Blackhawks have struggled defensively on the road all season with a league-high 14.41 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes surrendered, and the Swede has been a more consistent scorer at home over the past two years.
Drew Doughty, LA at EDM ($4,400) – It’s been a down year for Doughty and the Kings, but Edmonton projects as a soft matchup, and this salary is manageable. The veteran has still recorded a respectable 22 power-play points for the season, and the Oilers have allowed a league-high 11.61 goals per 60 minutes while shorthanded since Feb. 1. Doughty’s also gone 25 games without a goal, so there’s likely statistical correction ahead before the end of the season.
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