With only three games in the NHL, it’s a shallow player pool Tuesday. Finding avenues to differentiating lineups can be tricky, so don’t be afraid to be creative. It’s worth noting that both the Jets and Flyers are playing their second game in consecutive nights out of the All-Star break.
Top Line Stacks
Blue Jackets vs. SabresArtemi Panarin ($6,600) – Pierre-Luc Dubois ($5,800) – Cam Atkinson ($7,700)
Buffalo has struggled for over a month with a 5-9-2 record while allowing 3.15 goals per 60 minutes dating back to mid-December, so this checks out as a solid matchup for Columbus’ No. 1 line. The trio has connected for 5.48 goals per 60 minutes over the past two seasons, and has the added bonus of skating together in all situations.
Flyers at RangersJames van Riemsdyk ($5,000) – Claude Giroux ($5,900) – Travis Konecny ($4,600)
Another cost-effective stack, this new-look line has produced well in a limited sample (185:40) with 4.52 goals per 60. Giroux, van Riemsdyk and Konecny have also combined for 10 goals and nine assists through Philadelphia’s past six contests. The Rangers are also starting Alexandar Geogiev ($7,900), and he surrendered seven goals in his last start to bring his ratios to a target-worthy .895 save percentage and 3.43 GAA.
Superstar to Build AroundBrad Marchand, BOS vs. WPG ($6,700) – With 12 goals, 17 assists and 71 shots through his past 20 games, Marchand is rounding into form for the stretch drive and postseason. This salary doesn’t match his recent form, and as noted, the Jets are playing their second road game in consecutive nights. It’s also worth noting that Marchand has 11 multi-point showings during that 20-game stretch.
Value on OffensePeter Cehlarik, BOS vs. WPG ($3,300) – While Cehlarik went pointless during his two-game stint in the AHL during the All-Star break, he did register six shots against Springfield on Saturday. He’s skating in a top-six role alongside David Krejci ($4,900) and Jake DeBrusk ($4,200), and through three games the trio has combined for a 74.47 Corsi For percentage at 5-on-5 and eight points (two goals).
Brett Howden, NYR vs. PHI ($3,100) – Projected to skate on the No. 1 line with Mika Zibanejad ($6,600) and Chris Kreider ($5,800) this is a ripe opportunity for Howden to snap out of his prolonged scoring slump. The rookie has gone 30 games without a goal and has just five assists during the stretch. Don’t forget, Howden recorded an impressive four tallies and six helpers through the first 17 games of the campaign.
Jack Roslovic, WPG at BOS ($2,500) – It’s rare to find a player skating in a top-six role and receiving power-play time at minimum price, so expect Roslovic to be a popular target Tuesday. He scored a power-play goal on his only shot in Monday’s loss to Philadelphia, but make sure to note that his 1.54 points per 60 minutes is nothing to write home about.
Stud GoalieSergei Bobrovsky, CBJ vs. BUF ($8,000) – The Russian has been far from special this season with a .904 save percentage, and the recent off-ice incidents shouldn’t be entirely ignored, either. Still, Buffalo enters in poor form. The Sabres have won just two of their past nine road contests and scored only 2.42 goals and generated just 9.34 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes during that stretch.
Connor Hellebuyck, WPG at BOS ($7,600) – Boston is the biggest favorite on the schedule Tuesday, so there’s contrarian appeal with Hellebuyck. He’s an outing removed from 37-save road win over the Predators last week. Additionally, at Hellebuyck’s price, the risk could be well worth the reward from a shallow goalie pool.
Value on DefenseTorey Krug, BOS vs. WPG ($5,200) – This is a cushy price for Krug. He leads all regular defensemen in points per 60 minutes (2.29) dating back to the beginning of last season and has collected a goal, eight assists and 20 shots through 10 games in January. Obviously, the Jets are a tough opponent, but they’re also in a tough schedule spot on the second leg of a back-to-back set out of the All-Star break.
Ivan Provorov, PHI at NYR ($4,500) – With Shayne Gostisbehere out with a lower-body injury, look for Provorov to see a spike in ice time — and especially in offensive situations. He might not quarterback the No. 1 power-play unit for the entire game, but the Russian should spend time with the top unit. Provorov also offers a relatively high floor through his shot volume (10.67 attempts per hour) and willingness to block shots with 88 through 49 games.
Power-Play DefensemenJacob Trouba, WPG at BOS ($5,100) – The American has stepped up of late with Dustin Byfuglien out of the lineup. Trouba has recorded eight points, 18 shots and 18 blocks while logging 24:28 of ice time (3:28 with the man-advantage) through his past nine contests. He’s also been promoted to the No. 1 power-play unit, and his salary jumps off the page as a bargain considering his new role and recent form.
Zach Werenski, CBJ vs. BUF ($4,900) – The Sabres’ struggles have been outlined and Werenski’s play is trending in the right direction. He’s registered four goals, seven assists, 33 shots and 17 blocks through his past 14 contests and is a nice complement to Columbus’ No. 1 forward line, as all four are projected to skate with the top power-play unit.
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