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Highest Vegas Totals
- Colorado Avalanche vs. Philadelphia Flyers – 5.5
- Calgary Flames vs. Florida Panthers – 5.5
- Dallas Stars vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – 5.5
Goalies to avoid skaters against
Jake Allen ($7,400): Allen is my top goalie of the night thanks to his combination of price and production. Currently Allen ranks second in the NHL in GAA (1.71) and is tied for first in SV% (.945), but he is the 10th most valuable goalie in DraftKings DFS hockey on Tuesday night. The Blues are one of the best teams in the NHL right now, and even though they take on a surprising Devils team on Tuesday, and are as good defensively as any team in the league. It will be hard to find many producing better than Allen going into Tuesday night comparable to his price, so take advantage of his value before it shoots up with his continued good play.
Top Line of the Night
Tyler Seguin ($8,800) – Jamie Benn ($8,100) – Patrick Sharp ($6,000)
Until this line is stopped by someone, almost every night the Stars play they will undoubtedly be one of top two or three line stacks available through the whole of the league. Seguin and Benn are currently two of the three leading scorers in the NHL along with the Blackhawks Patrick Kane. Kane and Seguin recently surpassed Benn and have 23 points each, whereas Benn has put up a hefty 21himself. Sharp has seen his production steadily rise since being moved up to the Stars top line with the two top-scorers and should only see more points and productions chances going forward. A matchup with the Maple Leafs is in the headlights for Tuesday night and this line has combined for three points and 18 SOG against Toronto in one other game versus the Maple Leafs this season.
Top Upside and Value at Defense
Roman Josi ($6,200): Josi sits behind only Brent Burns in DraftKings FPPG among defensemen playing on Tuesday night. The Predators blueliner has been fantastic in his category coverage in DK DFS contests on a nightly basis netting players points, blocked shots and shots on goal. In his last five games alone he has five points, 12 SOG and an astonishing 20 blocked shots while seeing over 25 minutes of ice time every night. He is definitely worth the price tag Tuesday against Ottawa.
Colton Parayko ($4,000): With a defense as deep as St. Louis has, Parayko has been a revelation for the Blues this season. Of all defensemen playing on Tuesday night, he is third behind Burns and Josi in FPPG on a nightly DFS basis with 4.2 points per contest. Like Josi he hits on all major DK scoring categories including blocked shots and shots on goal, the latter of which he ranks seventh in the NHL in among defensemen.
Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Tyler Seguin ($8,800): Since he was traded to Dallas, Seguin has established himself as one of the most elite scorers in the entire league. An argument could be made that had it not been for his injury last year he would have won the scoring race. It seems he’s determined this year to prove that right and, as was said above, he has jumped his linemate Jamie Benn and tied Patrick Kane for the league lead in points with 23. He has been held off the scoresheet only twice this season and is currently riding an eight-game scoring streak that has produced 13 points and 34 SOG. Tuesday night Seguin faces a beleaguered Toronto team that only a week ago he had an assists and eight SOG against.
Value Plays to Fill Out Your Lineup
Boone Jenner ($3,900): Jenner is still the leading goal-scorer for the Blue Jackets and, in an effort by new coach John Tortorella to spread out scoring, has recently been bumped up to the Blue Jackets top line with Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno. On the season Jenner only has eight points, with seven coming by way of goals, but he could seem ample opportunity to produce alongside the Jackets top playmakers.
Jason Zucker ($4,200): Zucker has been a huge surprise for the Wild this season and has found a great chemistry on Minnesota’s second line with Mikko Koivu and Nino Niederreiter. Through 13 games Zucker has managed 10 points and had a six-game point streak snapped over the weekend against Tampa Bay. During that stretch he had all three of his goals and four of his seven assists while putting 20 shots on net. Minnesota is a good team and with Zach Parise out for the foreseeable future the Wild will need to see production elsewhere in the lineup so Zucker could be in line for an expanded role in the offense.
Jeff Carter ($6,000) This one isn’t injury related, but Carter did leave practice early on Monday and is being listed as day-to-day. Monitor this situation for your lineups, as Carter has come on strong as of late and been a large contributor on the Kings top line with a favorable matchup on Tuesday against Arizona.
Zach Parise ($7,800) Parise has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and will not be traveling with the Wild for their upcoming four-game road trip. He has been given a week-to-week status and might not rejoin the team on the ice until the final-third of the month in or around Thanksgiving.