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Highest Vegas Totals
– Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars – 5.5
– Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames – 5.5
– Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Arizona Coyotes – 5.5
Henrik Lundqvist ($7,800): Yes, Lundqvist has been very shaky as of late giving up 20 goals against in his last five starts but he seems due to have a great game and he has a perfect shot for that against a struggling Ducks team who are coming off a 5-2 drubbing at the hands of the Islanders. His peripheral stats have ballooned as of late with a goals against at 2.40 and a SV% hovering around .925, both historically uncharacteristic for the Rangers star net-minder. The Ducks had their hands full with Jaroslav Halak last night and playing on a back-to-back against an equally as physical Rangers team bodes well for Lundqvist and the Rangers at home tonight. It a hard call based on his play as of late, but Lundqvist is my pick of the night for net on Tuesday.
Top Line of the Night
Blake Wheeler ($7,000) – Bryan Little ($5,400) – Andrew Ladd ($5,200)
There are so many good games and lines tonight, including a matchup between Patrick Kane and Stars duo of Seguin and Benn who are chasing him in the scoring race, but the Jets trio continues to be one of the most underrated scoring lines in the league and despite a rough outing last night, Wheeler and Little were able to find the scoresheet. Little netted his 13th goal of the season last night against the Oilers. Wheeler picked up his 24th assist of the season and his 34th point on the year, both good for the team lead on the Jets. Ladd had snapped out of a scoring slump with a multi-point game against the Rangers last week but was held in check on Monday night against Edmonton. This line has been the driving force of this offense this season and despite being tied down as they were on Monday night, they and the Jets have a great matchup against the Flames on Tuesday night.
Top Upside at Defense
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,300): I have raved about OEL before and he is my top defender of the evening tonight. He snapped out of a brief scoring drought against Columbus last week and now has points in back-to-back games. He added a goal on Saturday in the Coyotes win against the Islanders and has six shots on goal in his last two games. He’s been fantastic all-around this season putting up 93 shots and adding 24 blocks. Arizona has a great matchup on Tuesday night against the Maple Leafs and OEL is a prime candidate for a big game from the blueline.
Dan Boyle ($3,800): Despite the calls from fans that he no longer has the game, Boyle is proving all the naysayers wrong. The grizzled-looking veteran has managed six points in his last seven games and has goals in back-to-back games, both coming on the power-play, while adding six shots on goal. There is still some life left in Boyle and he’s on a good offensive tear right now, so take advantage of him in a good matchup against Anaheim on Tuesday.
Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Patrick Kane ($8,800): Hard to argue against this one, despite his record-setting scoring streak ending Kane is still going strong and has bounced back with points in three straight games. He’s now up to 50 points on the season and has opened up a four point gap on Tyler Seguin and five points on Jamie Benn who he faces on Tuesday night in what could be a high-scoring affair in Dallas. On the road this season Kane has managed 20 points in 16 games.
Leo Komarov ($4,000): Komarov has come out of nowhere and exploded onto the scene for the Leafs. The European import is already on pace for a career season in only his third year in the league and leads the Leafs with 15 goals. He is riding a modest four-game point streak at the moment, that has produced five goals, and he has back-to-back three point games for Toronto. He has seen an even split on the season with 12 points at both home and on the road and he has a very good contest looming against the Coyotes and their backup goal-tending tandem filling in for the injured Mike Smith.
Jannik Hansen ($3,800): Hansen is fitting in nicely on the Canucks top line and even with Henrik Sedin missing the last two-plus games he has points in both games and in three of his last four overall. He has 20 points (10G, 10A) so far on the season in 35 games and as long as he stays on the Canucks top line with the likes of the Sedins he becomes a very intriguing value play for your DFS lineups.
Bobby Ryan ($5,700) Ryan missed the Senators game this weekend against the Lightning and is questionable for their game tonight against the Panthers. It’s a significant loss for Ottawa not having Ryan’s scoring touch in their lineup and should he play Tuesday, he is a great play for your lineup. Monitor this situation throughout the day today.
Joel Ward ($4,600) Ward is the fourth leading scorer on the Sharks so his loss from the lineup is a significant one given the amount of injuries they have sustained this season. He is doubtful to play on Tuesday night against LA meaning he will miss his second consecutive game for the Sharks with an undisclosed injury.