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Highest Vegas Totals
– Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Islanders – 5.5
– Edmonton Oilers vs. Arizona Coyotes – 5.5
– Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche – 5.5
Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000): Fleury has been fantastic since his return just after the new year going 2-1-1 and has allowed only eight goals against in four starts. Before his injury he was having a very solid season despite the struggles of the Penguins offense, but now that he has returned he has seen the bulk of the workload and will see that going forward. The Penguins travel to face the lowly Hurricanes on Tuesday night and Fleury has been fantastic on the away from home this season posting a 1.94 GAA and .939 SV% on the road.
Top Line of the Night
Patrick Kane ($9,000) – Artemi Panarin ($6,100) – Artem Anisimov ($4,800)
The Hawks second line continues to be one of the top producing lines in the league, and of course that is always helped by the fact that it has the leading scorer in the NHL. Kane just continues to be the best player in the league and has pushed his lead in the scoring race to nine over Jamie Benn with 62 points. He has 14 points in his last 10 games and is coming off a two goal, six shot game against Colorado on Sunday night. Panarin has points in five of his last seven games and three of those games have been multi-point outings. He managed an assist on one of Kane’s goals against the Avs. Anisimov is tied for third on the Hawks with 15 goals on the season and despite only having 24 points on the year he has five points in his last seven games. He picked up a power-play assist on Kane’s second goal against Colorado on Sunday and has been picking up his offensive game as of late. This is a dynamic line that is difficult to keep from the scoresheet thanks to Kane and they have a matchup against the Predators who have been battling their struggles over the past month.
Top Upside at Defense
Kris Letang ($5,900): Before being held off the scoresheet on Saturday against Montreal Letang was on fire with a four-game point streak that produced nine points. He had a great non-offensive games against the Canadiens with five blocks and a shot on goal. On the season he is putting up 3.9 FPPG, which is good for third among defensemen on Tuesday night behind only Brent Burns and Roman Josi. The Penguins face the Hurricanes on Tuesday night and Letang in his career has managed eight points against Carolina.
Nick Leddy ($4,000): Leddy has not had the season offensively that he put up at the point last year with only 15 points in 42 games. However he has six points in his last seven games for the Islanders and with Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic both expected out of the lineup again on Tuesday night Leddy will be the focal point of the NY offense from the blueline. In the Islanders last game against the Blue Jackets Leddy managed an assist and in his career, mostly with Chicago, he has 13 points in 22 games vs Columbus.
Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Zach Parise ($7,800): Parise has been strong since he returned from the injury that cost him nine games earlier this season and he has found his scoring touch again lately with five goals in his last four games and now has 27 points on the year. He had a hat-trick against the Blue Jackets and then managed a goal in two of his next three against Philly and New Jersey. He also put 17 shots on goal in the four games and has a very favorable matchup against the Sabres, who are bottom-half of the league in scoring defense, who Parise has 19 points against in 28 career matchups.
Jordan Staal ($3,600): Staal has three straight multi-point games for the Hurricanes and is now up to 21 points on the year for the Hurricanes. He has a goal and an assist in three consecutive games against Vancouver and in a home-and-home against Columbus. He has managed six shots on goal and one of his markers came on the power-play while seeing almost 20 minutes of ice time per night. Staal faces his former team the Penguins on Tuesday night at home and this season he has managed 10 of his points on home ice.
Tobias Rieder ($4,400): The Coyotes are one of the hottest teams in the league at the moment and have ridden a 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games all the way to second place in the Pacific Division. Rieder has been a key component of that with nine points in those 10 games. He has points in two of his last three games, both games multi-point outings, and is coming off one of his best games of the season on Saturday against the Predators posting two goals, an assist, seven shots on goal and two blocked shots for a 12.5 point night. He is averaging 3.1 FPPG on the season but on this recent streak by the Coyotes he is putting up over four FPPG per night.
Jake Allen ($7,600) A huge blow to the Blues and fantasy players, St. Louis had to place Allen on the disabled list and he’s considered week-to-week with a lower body injury. His replacement is Brian Elliott who is a serviceable veteran and can handle the workload so look at him as a viable replacement.
Mark Scheifele ($5,000) Scheifele missed the Jets game against the Sabres over the weekend and is now expected to miss an additional five-to-seven days with an undisclosed injury. For the moment Adam Lowry is penciled into the Jets second-line center role in between Andrew Ladd and Alex Burmistrov.
Make sure to check out my NHL Targets and NHL Line Stacks articles today before finalizing your lineups. As always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey