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Top Lines of the Night
Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers
Sidney Crosby ($8,100) – Jake Guentzel ($6,300) – Conor Sheary ($5,500)
The Penguins put this line back together on Saturday against the Florida Panthers and they get a great matchup on Tuesday against the New York Rangers. Crosby netted a pair of goals on Saturday, giving him three goals and eight points in six games on the year. Guentzel was held scoreless on Saturday but he has skated on this line all season so far and has five points and 15 shots on goal in six games. Sheary has bounced around the lineup a bit but is back on this line. He made an immediate impact with an assist and three shots on goal against the Panthers. He now has points in three straight games. This line will have a favorable matchup against the Rangers, who rank 20th in the league allowing 3.5 goals against per game this season.
Ottawa Senators vs Vancouver Canucks
Kyle Turris ($5,700) – Ryan Dzingel ($4,600) – Zack Smith ($4,200)
This line has been great for the Ottawa Senators over the last week, and Turris, in particular, has been a fantasy beast in that time period. Turris scored points in all three of his games last week for the Senators, with two three-point games in the week. He scored two goals, five assists and seven shots on goal in three games. Smith joined him with assists in all three games. Dzingel scored two goals and added eight shots on goal. The trio is a great value stack tonight and combined for three points against the Vancouver Canucks last week. They look to continue their strong performances against the Canucks again on Tuesday.
Superstar to Build Around
Nicklas Backstrom ($6,500) – Backstrom has been absolutely dominant for the Capitals this season, joining teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov with a league-leading 11 points so far. He has not shown any negative effects from not playing at even strength with Alex Ovechkin, as he is currently riding a five-game point streak. He has three goals and eight assists on the season, with three multi-point games and six power-play points. He has a great matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday in what could be a high-scoring affair.
Value on Offense
Valtteri Filppula ($4,100) – Filppula has looked strong the last two games for the Philadelphia Flyers, scoring goals in both games against the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals. He netted a pair of power-play goals on four shots against Nashville and then added his third of the season the next time out against the Capitals. He’s centering the Flyers’ second line right now, skating between Jordan Weal and Wayne Simmonds.
Alex Tuch ($3,500) – Tuch was called up to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday to replace the injured Jonathan Marchessault and immediately made his presence felt. In his season debut, Tuch scored a goal and dished out an assist, his first NHL points, and added four shots on goal. He’s skating on a line with Vegas center Vadim Shipachyov ($3,700), another value target tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.
Craig Anderson ($8,300) – Anderson continued his strong start to the season by shutting out the Calgary Flames on Friday, stopping all 25 shots that came his way. He’ll get the nod on Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks, who are averaging only 2.2 goals scored per game this season. The Ottawa Senators defense will get a boost with the season debut of star defenseman Erik Karlsson from injury.
Ben Bishop ($8,200) – Bishop has been as advertised for the most part this season for the Dallas Stars, going 2-1-0 with a 1.62 goals against average and a .938 save percentage in four starts. He bounced back on Saturday to hold the Colorado Avalanche to one goal on 23 shots, after allowing three goals in a loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday. He has a great matchup on Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes.
Value on Defense
Aaron Ekblad ($4,900) – Ekblad has been a fantasy beast for the Florida Panthers over the last three games and should be on DFS radar on Tuesday. Ekblad comes into Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers riding a three-game point streak with two goals, two assists, six blocked shots and eight shots on goal. He has scored a goal in consecutive games and has two power play points on the season.
Olli Maatta ($4,100) – Maatta continues to look very impressive to open the season for the Pittsburgh Penguins now that he is healthy this year. Maatta has two goals, six points, two power play points and 14 shots on goal in six games this season. He enters Tuesday’s matchup against the New York Rangers riding a four-game point streak.
Power Play Defensemen
P.K. Subban ($6,200) – Subban has opened the season strong for the Nashville Predators, especially on the power play. Subban has points in four of his five games this season and has a power-play point in three of those games. So far on the year Subban has one goal and six assists and comes into Tuesday night riding a three-game point streak that has produced six of his points on the year.
Erik Karlsson ($6,700) – Karlsson will make his much-anticipated debut on Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks. The two-time Norris Trophy winner, who finished second in the voting last season, had 71 points last year which was third amongst NHL defensemen. He should resume his spot on the Senators top defensive pairing and should be back running the point on the Senators’ first power play, where he had 27 power play points last season.
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