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Highest Vegas Totals
– Dallas Stars vs. Buffalo Sabres – 5.5
– St. Louis Blues vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – 5.5
– Colorado Avalanche vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – 5.5
Reto Berra ($6,800): Berra has come out of nowhere to be one of the hottest goalies in the league and what a surprise he has been. Take away the 4-3-0 record, Berra has stabilized the Avalanche crease with impeccable 1.50 GAA and .953 SV%, both of which lead the league by hefty margins. He has two shutouts on the season, only one game giving up more than two goals and has a matchup with Maple Leafs on Tuesday night and their 25th-ranked scoring offense. Roll Berra and take advantage of the outstanding production while he is still this affordable.
Top Line of the Night
Tyler Seguin ($9,000) – Jamie Benn ($8,200) – Patrick Sharp ($6,200) – Dallas Stars
I’m sorry if this is starting to sound like a broken record, but this line is just too good and they have yet to be shut down. Seguin is second in the league in scoring with 26 points, he leads the league in assists and has 14 of those points in his last 10 outings all the while averaging 5.8 FPPG on the season. Benn is right behind Seguin with 25 points on the season and sits second to Kane with 12 goals on the year. Sharp has been just that, sharp. He has settled in fantastically with Seguin and Benn and has scored in five straight games and had put up 12 points in his last 10 games. While the Sabres have been better as of late, they still have a bottom-third of the league scoring defense and it is incredibly difficult to keep this trio off the scoresheet as the Stars top-line has the ability to turn up the scoring at will.
Top Upside at Defense
John Klingberg ($5,400): Klingberg has quietly, in the shadow of Dallas’ top-line, crept his way to the league lead in points among defensemen with 20. In his last 10 games he’s managed 13 points (3G, 10A), 10 blocked shots and 20 SOG. He is seeing plenty of time with Seguin, Benn and Sharp and will be a great chance to see production for your lineup in a defense slot.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($2,500): It’s hard to find a better value than $2,500, and Gostisbehere is potentially a great value-buy. With the loss of Mark Streit for the forseeable future, the Flyers called up one of their top defenseive prospects in Gostisbehere. In the AHL this season, he’s been superb with 10 points and 41 SOG (led team) in 14 games. He promptly came in on Saturday against Carolina and put together an impressive stat line with an assist, a blocked shot and two SOG in 17 minutes. He has also stepped in as the point-man on the Flyers power-play unit, so take a chance on Gostisbehere on Tuesday night as he should see an expanded role for Philly.
Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Nathan MacKinnon ($7,500): I go MacKinnon here just to not write about Seguin twice in one article, but MacKinnon is no slouch either. He has 19 points this season to lead the Avalanche, and has nine points in seven games this month. He comes in $1,500 less than Seguin on the night, he is second to Seguin with 5.1 FPPG of centers playing on Tuesday and faces Toronto’s bottom-third of the league scoring-defense in his matchup.
Best Value Plays
Adam Henrique ($4,700): Henrique is on pace for one of the best seasons of his career with 14 points through 17 games. He has settled in nicely centering the Devils top-line with Mike Cammalleri ($5,000) and Lee Stempniak ($3,700) and has five points in his last four games. He doesn’t shoot much, only 20 SOG this season, but he has hit on eight of those shots for a 21.6 shooting%. The Devils, fresh off a shutout of the Penguins over the weekend, take on the Flames Tuesday night who are dead last in the league in goals against, surrendering 3.7 tallies per game.
Frank Vatrano ($3,000): Vatrano has slotted onto the Bruins second-line with David Krejci ($5,900) and Loui Eriksson ($5,000). He made his NHL debut on November 7 and promptly scored his first goal that night. He has continued to shoot the puck well despite not finding twine again since and has amassed 17 SOG in his first four games. He is playing in Boston’s top-six and with David Pastrnak on the shelf for the moment, he will get every chance to prove himself in that role for the time being. Take a chance on Vatrano who is averaging over four shots on goal per night at the moment.
Patric Hornqvist ($5,800) Hornqvist missed practice on Monday and should be monitored before considering him for your lineup on Tuesday night. He had a two-game point streak snapped on Saturday against the Devils, but has been a staple in the Penguins top-six rotation this season and that always makes him worth a look.
David Pastrnak ($4,000) According to Bruins GM Don Sweeney Pastrnak is dealing with a small fracture in his foot and will be sidelined for the foreseeable future. He had been struggling to have an impact for the Bruins top-six and there are much better value options for your lineup in the player pool.
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