For those players who started their contests last night with Rangers vs. Sharks, you already have some players in your lineup that have played. But for spots you can still change out, and for those players who are Tuesday-only players, let’s take a look at your Tuesday cheat sheet with seven NHL games on the docket for tonight.
Highest Vegas Totals
– New York Islanders vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – 5.5
– Dallas Stars vs. Philadelphia Flyers – 5.5
– Washington Capitals vs. Calgary Flames – 5.5
Stud Goalies (to avoid playing skaters against)
Braden Holtby ($8,000): There are some elite-level goalies playing on Tuesday night, but Holtby is the high-priced net-minder to target. Going against a Calgary team that is lacking depth scoring, the Capitals defense and Holtby have a favorable matchup against the Flames who are one of the worst scoring offenses in the NHL. Even with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan on the top-line for Calgary, roll Holtby without hesitation.
Dud Goalies (to avoid starting in your lineup)
Marc-Andre Fleury ($7,800): The headline is misleading, because Fleury isn’t a dud goalie, but don’t let his previous two outings against Ottawa and Toronto fool you, he is in for a tough matchup on Tuesday night with a surprisingly deep Florida Panthers team. Fleury’s first three games, all loses, were to teams that currently rank inside the top-10 in the NHL in team scoring. The Panthers come into Tuesday’s game tied-eighth in the league in scoring and boast a lethal top line of Jaromir Jagr, Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov. Pittsburgh has questions still defensively and there are more solid, and some less expensive, options for players in net on Tuesday night.
Top Line of the Night
John Tavares ($8,000) – Anders Lee ($4,800) – Ryan Strome ($4,600) – New York Islanders
The Islanders are fourth in the NHL in scoring so far on the season and their top-line is a big reason why. The line is starting to find its stride together after seeing limited playing time in the preseason. Tavares, arguably a top-three player in the league, has three consecutive multi-point games with two goals and five assists in that span. Strome and Lee are both riding three game point streaks as well and this line is clicking right now going into a juicy matchup with the 0-6-0 Blue Jackets, who are giving up an average of five goals against per game.
Top Upside and Value at Defense
John Carlson ($6,200): Carlson is quickly making a case to be the defenseman in your lineup every night he plays. With five points in his first four games, and averaging 5.1 DK DFS points-per-night, Carlson is seeing even strength and power-play time with the Caps top lines. Roll Carlson with a great matchup against the Flames.
Alex Goligoski ($4,200): Goligoski only has two assists on the young season, but is seeing great category coverage for the Stars. Through Dallas’ first five games Goligoski has 14 SOG, nine blocked shots and is seeing plenty of chances to produce on the Stars top defense pair and second power-play unit.
Best Superstar to Build Lineups Around
John Tavares ($8,000): As was said above, Tavares is riding a three game, multi-point scoring streak and he’s tied in a logjam of players with eight points on the season. The Islanders Captain has a great matchup on Tuesday with Columbus and Sergei Bobrovsky’s 5.07 GAA and .835 SV%.
Best Value Plays to Fill out your lineup with
Anthony Duclair ($3,900): Duclair is showing the flashes that made him one of the top prospects in the Rangers system before the trade that sent him to the desert. The Coyotes are one of the surprises of the young season and Duclair is a huge reason. Through five games he’s got six points (4G, 2A) and is clicking on a line with Martin Hanzal and Tobias Rieder. This line should continue to see success and has a great matchup against the Devils on Tuesday.
Michael Raffl ($3,900): Raffl notched his first point, an assist, on Saturday night for the Flyers. The low point total aside, Raffl has 13 SOG so far through four games and is playing in a prime position to produce on the left wing for Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. He’s a great value buy in what could turn into a high scoring affair against Dallas.
Paul Stastny ($5,100) Stastny is enjoying a solid start to the season on a line with snipers Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Steen. Early in the Blues game on Friday against Vancouver, Stastny exited with a lower-body injury that will sideline him for Tuesday night’s game with Montreal. Monitor his status later in the week to see when he returns but right now look elsewhere for Center production.
Victor Hedman ($5,000) Hedman left the Lightning game against Dallas on 10/15. He is reportedly dealing with a head issue that sidelined him against Buffalo on Saturday night. The issue could keep him off the ice one more night on
Tuesday night against Nashville, but monitor his status during the day leading up to game time.
Check out my NHL Targets and NHL Line Stacks posts later today before finalizing your lineups. As always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey