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Highest Vegas Totals
– Dallas Stars vs. Boston Bruins – 5.5
– Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens – 5.5
– Columbus Blue Jackets vs. San Jose Sharks – 5.5
Stud Goalies (to avoid playing skaters against)
Braden Holtby ($8,000): Much like on defense, there are more than a few elite level goalies in the player pool to pick from, including two in the game along, but the pick tonight is Holtby. After allowing three goals in back-to-back games to open the season, Holtby hasn’t allowed more than two goals in any of his six starts since, a stretch he’s gone 5-1-0. He has posted a fantastic 1.90 GAA and .924 SV% on the season, so if you want to spend big on a goalie for Tuesday night, roll Holtby.
Top Line of the Night
Patrick Marleau ($6,000) – Joel Ward ($4,300) – Tomas Hertl ($4,600)
This line has been the offensive cog for the Sharks and has kept their top-six going strong since the loss of Logan Couture. Ward has six goals and seven total points in his last five games and has put 14 shots on goal over that span, on his way to leading the Sharks with 11 points so far on the year. Marleau is one of the most consistent offensive wingers in the game for the better part of the last decade, and has continued that with four assists and 11 SOG in his last five games. Hertl is looking to bounce back to his rookie year form and has two points and eight shots over his last four outings. The line has been playing very solid and has a great matchup on Tuesday with a Blue Jackets team that is giving up almost four goals against per game.
Top Upside and Value at Defense
P.K. Subban ($6,000): There are so many elite level defensemen who are playing on Tuesday night, it’s hard to choose one here but the pick is Subban. He and defensive linemate Andrei Markov ($4,900) are tied for the NHL lead for points on defense with 12 and they have a great matchup with Ottawa on Tuesday at Bell Centre. On the season the Senators are giving up over three goals per game, and the Canadiens are averaging a league best four goals per game at home, so spend big on Subban in a very favorable matchup.
Ryan Murray ($3,100): Despite what the Blue Jackets have done this season, they still have some fantasy relevant players. Murray has played strong this season and has managed to put up four points and six SOG over Columbus’ last five games, all the while averaging over 20 minutes of TOI. He is a great value pick for Tuesday night.
Best Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Tyler Seguin ($8,500): You can argue Ovechkin here, but the matchup that Seguin and the Stars have is too good to pass up and he saves you some money over Ovie to repurpose elsewhere in your lineup. Seguin currently sits one point behind linemate Jamie Benn ($8,000) in the scoring race, but is averaging almost half a point per DK DFS hockey contest on a nightly basis. A great scoring matchup presents itself when the Stars head to Beantown to on the Bruins and their 26th-ranked scoring defense, so pay the premium to put Seguin in your lineup and take a look at some value plays below to balance your team.
Best Value Plays to Fill out your lineup with
Brayden Schenn ($4,300): Schenn has been solid for the Flyers over their last five games, and sits second on the team to Mark Streit with six points. Over his last five outings he has three points and 11 SOG while being a staple of Philadelphia’s top-six. With the struggles of Claude Giroux (five points) and Jakub Voarcek (no goals, 44 SOG) this season, Schenn has been an offensive bright spot for the Flyers and takes on Edmonton’s 27th-ranked scoring defense on Tuesday night.
Adam Henrique ($4,700): The Devils have won six of their last seven games and Henrique has been a large contributor over that span. He leads the team in goals (six) and is second to Mike Cammalleri with nine points, five of those coming in the Devils last five games. The New Jersey has a tough division matchup with the Islanders on Tuesday, but they have looked sluggish their last few outings and the Devils beat them in a shootout over the weekend. Henrique is playing on the Devils top offensive line so take advantage of his cost effectiveness while you still can.
Kevin Shattenkirk ($4,800) Shattenkirk hasn’t played for the Blues since Oct. 13 thanks to a lingering groin issue. Despite the fact that he has practiced on and off with the team lately, he seems unlikely to play tonight against the Kings but something could change if he feels better Tuesday in practice. Right now look elsewhere on defense for help.
Mark Stone ($5,800) Another blow to the Senators top-six, but not an injury, Stone will serve a two-game suspension starting Tuesday for an illegal check in Saturday’s game. Stone was having a great start to the season with 13 points in the Senators first 11 games.
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