The NHL schedule consists of 11 games, so it’s a deep player pool with a few notable mismatches. Philadelphia, Minnesota, Montreal, St. Louis and San Jose are all on the second leg of a back-to-back set, and the Islanders and Golden Knights will both look to extend their six-game winning streaks.
Top Line Stacks
Capitals vs. FlyersAlex Ovechkin ($8,000) – Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,700) – Tom Wilson ($6,000)
Dating back to last season, Washington’s No. 1 line has connected for 4.45 goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 over the past two years, with a 4.58 mark this season. Additionally, Kuznetsov and Ovechkin both skate with the No. 1 power-play unit. The matchup is also soft with Philadelphia playing its third game in four nights and allowing 26 goals during its seven-game losing streak.
Golden Knights vs. RangersMax Pacioretty ($5,300) – Paul Stastny ($6,100) – Alex Tuch ($6,300)
The Rangers have surrendered 18 goals through their past three outings and are also playing the final leg of a three-game road trip, so this projects favorable for Vegas and its second line. Injuries have prevented the trio from spending too much time on the ice together, but in a short sample they’ve combined for a respectable 3.67 goals per 60 minutes. Additionally, all three enter in strong form and also skate on the same power-play unit. Stastny has three goals and four assists through his past six outings, Tuch sports a six-game point streak, and Pacioretty has scored in consecutive contests since returning to the lineup.
Superstar to Build AroundBrayden Point, TB at CBJ ($7,100) – With 15 goals, 20 assists and 69 shots through his past 24 games, Point is delivering elite numbers. He’s combined with linemates Nikita Kucherov ($7,900) and Tyler Johnson ($5,700) for a dominant 6.79 goals per 60 minutes this season, and Point also skates on the No. 1 power-play unit and already has a career-high 18 points with the man-advantage. Columbus is a tough matchup, but Point and Kucherov haven’t been slowed by any team this season, and it also helps keep the center’s ownership in check.
Value on OffenseJonathan Huberdeau, FLA at PIT ($5,800) – The Penguins had their eight-game winning streak snapped by Chicago on Sunday with a 5-3 loss, and there’s definitely still negative regression ahead of Matt Murray’s ($8,200) .962 save percentage over his past seven starts since returning from a lower-body injury in mid-December. As a result, this could prove to be a sneaky setup for Huberdeau. He’s clicked with center Aleksander Barkov ($6,700) for 6.38 goals per 60 minutes this season, and the wing has recorded seven goals, 22 assists, 11 power-play points and 48 shots through his past 20 games.
Joe Thornton, SJ vs. EDM ($3,500) – With a respectable three goals, four assists and three power-play points through 12 games dating back to mid-December, Thornton is a potential flier against the Oilers. He’s projected to continue centering Joe Pavelski ($6,800), and the duo has long-standing chemistry with 3.93 goals per 60 minutes over the past three years while also driving possession with a 54.2 Corsi For percentage at 5-on-5. Edmonton has also surrendered a healthy 12.97 high-danger scoring chances per 60 through eight road games dating back to the beginning of December.
Jack Roslovic WPG vs. COL ($2,500) – With Colorado surrendering the fourth most goals per 60 minutes (3.84) on the road since the beginning of December, this is a great matchup for the recently promoted Roslovic. The 21-year-old forward is projected to skate with Bryan Little ($3,600) and Patrik Laine ($6,500) in a top-six role, so at minimum price, he projects as an excellent source of cap relief.
Stud GoaliesPheonix Copley, WAS vs. PHI ($8,200) – Spending up in goal isn’t always the best course of action with such a deep player pool, but there’s a lot to like about Copley’s matchup with the Flyers. As noted, Philadelphia is playing its third game in four nights and has lost seven consecutive contests while scoring just seven goals through its past six outings. Copley has also won four of his past five starts with a dominant .942 save percentage.
Tuukka Rask, BOS vs. MIN ($8,000) – The Bruins are almost back to full health, and Rask has won three consecutive games with a .949 save percentage. With Minnesota playing its second road game in consecutive nights, this also checks out as a solid matchup for Boston and the Finnish netminder. Additionally, the Wild have scored just 2.10 goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 through their past 10 road games.
Value on DefenseShayne Gostisbehere, PHI at WAS ($4,800) – The Capitals average the second most shorthanded time in the league, so Gostisbehere should have opportunities with the man-advantage Tuesday. While the 25-year-old defenseman has recorded just a single goal and assist through his past 10 outings, he’s proven capable of busting out of scoring slumps in a big way in the past, and he should be scarcely owned with Philadelphia in the midst of a considerable slump. Don’t forget, Gostisbehere recorded 33 power-play points last season.
Tyler Myers, WPG vs. COL ($3,600) – Projected to continue quarterbacking the No. 2 power-play unit and receive additional ice time with Dustin Byfuglien ($5,600) out with an ankle injury, Myers’ value is on the rise. The towering defenseman has averaged 23:43 of ice time and recorded 10 shots and five blocks through the past three games, and as noted, Colorado checks out as a cushy matchup. The Avalanche have surrendered the fourth most goals per 60 minutes (3.84) since the beginning of December.
Power-Play DefensemenJohn Klingberg, DAL vs. STL ($5,700) – Not only are the Blues playing their second road game in consecutive nights, this is also St. Louis’ third contest in four days. It’s a tough schedule spot, and Klingberg has heated up with four assists, 14 shots, seven blocks and an average of 25:21 of ice time (2:20 with the man-advantage) through his past four outings. He’s also posted a high-end 1.8 points per 60 minutes over the past three seasons.
Nick Leddy, NYI vs. CAR ($3,500) – This is a reasonable price to turn to Leddy. He enters with an assist in four straight games and has been oddly unproductive at home this season with just 0.6 points per 60 minutes. Considering the veteran defenseman posted a 1.35 mark at home over the previous three seasons, there’s positive regression ahead. The Hurricanes are also ripe for a letdown showing given their current four-game winning streak.
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