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Highest Vegas Totals
– Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators – 5.5
– Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames – 5.5
– Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues – 5
Jake Allen ($7,700): There are a lot of good goalies playing on Tuesday night but I like Allen’s matchup against Florida. Allen had a great game over the weekend against Columbus turning aside 23 of 24 shots on his way to his 11th win of the season and further entrenching himself as the starter in the St. Louis crease. He is currently sporting near top of the league numbers with a 2.0 GAA and a .930 SV%. He is one of the most expensive goalies available on the evening, but even at $7,700 he isn’t breaking the bank for a goalie who is putting up 5.4 FPPG every night out. The Panthers have been struggling as of late making Allen a great start for your DFS fantasy hockey lineup Tuesday night.
Top Line of the Night
The Habs top line has not seen a production drop-off since losing Brendan Gallagher, with Pacioretty and Plekanec continuing to pick up the offensive slack for the line. Pacioretty has been great in the month of November with points in nine of his last 11 games. He leads the team with 12 goals and has also added 12 assists on the season to sit in a tie with Plekanec for the team lead with 24 points. Plekanec has been equally as hot and productive as Pacioretty with points in nine of his last 11 games as well. Plekanec sits second on the team with 17 assists on the season while adding seven goals. Smith-Pelly had a solid debut on this line with a multi-goal effort but has been quieted his last two outings while only seeing a combined 26 minutes of TOI. Still as long as he is on this line, and he remains as inexpensive as he is right now, consider him for your lineup as a great low-risk, high-reward value play. The Canadiens have a great matchup on Tuesday against Columbus so find a way to get this line stack in your DFS lineup.
Top Upside at Defense
Erik Karlsson ($7,400): Karlsson is my top upside defender of the evening going against the Flyers at home on Tuesday night. Karlsson is the second-most expensive defender available on Tuesday night behind Brent Burns, but the level of production that he is carrying right now can’t be overlooked. He is putting up scoring numbers like a forward with points in nine straight games for the Senators, with four of those games being multi-point outings. He has all five of his goals and nine of his 21 assists during this current hot-streak. Despite potentially going against Michael Neuvirth tonight, Karlsson is almost a must play in your defensive lineup and you can find more inexpensive areas to spend elsewhere in your lineup to makeup the massive cost, but get him in your lineup if you can.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,200): I had written about Vlasic earlier in the season, and he remains a very underrated player for the Sharks. Despite not putting up kind of numbers that teammate Brent Burns puts up, Vlasic is still a top-pairing defenseman who is seeing over 23 minutes of ice time per night. After only putting up five points in his first 13 games, Vlasic has put up six points in his last 10 games and is coming off a multi-point game on Saturday against Calgary. He gets fantastic category coverage with 18 blocked shots and 15 shots on goal in those 10 games as well and is averaging 2.9 FPPG per night on the season.
Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Patrick Kane ($8,600): This is a no-brainer at the moment. Kane is the hottest scorer in the league and is fresh off setting the record for consecutive games with a point by an American born player with 19 games. He still maintains a slight lead over Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin in the scoring race with 37 points on the season and leads the league in assists with 23. With as hot as he has been scoring as of late Kane is a must start in your lineup on Tuesday night.
Antoine Vermette ($3,200): Vermette is one of the best value plays for forwards at the moment with five points and two multi-point games in his last four games. He has put up all seven of his points this season in his last 10 games after a slow start to the season. At the moment he’s centering the Coyotes top line with Mikkel Boedker and Max Domi and, despite facing a formidable Predators team, should be strongly considered for your lineup on Tuesday night.
Cody Eakin ($4,000): Eakin had a four-game point streak snapped on Friday against Vancouver but got right back to it with a two assist game on Saturday night against Minnesota. The Stars travel to the Flames on Tuesday night and Eakin has been great away from home with nine of his 12 points on the road this season.
Johnny Gaudreau ($6,000) Gaudreau, the Flames leading scorer on the season, did not practice on Monday with flu-like symptoms and is listed as day-to-day. It would be a large blow to the Flames offense if he doesn’t play against Dallas, so check his status tonight prior to game-time before deciding whether to play him.
Carey Price ($7,400) Price will miss a considerable amount of time, at least a month, due to the injury he suffered on Wednesday against the Rangers. While the Canadiens have not specified the injury outside of a knee issue, it is believed that it is the knee injury that cost him a few weeks earlier this season. For the time-being Mike Condon once again inherits the starting duties full-time for the Canadiens going forward.
Make sure to check out my NHL Targets and NHL Line Stacks posts today and as always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey