With 11 NHL games on tap for this stacked Tuesday night of DraftKings DFS Hockey action, DFS hockey players have a loaded player pool to dive into to fill-out their lineups with both superstar and value plays. Let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for tonight’s game.
Jaroslav Halak ($7,300) – Halak continues his excellent play for the Islanders this season and turned in another gem on Saturday holding the Blue Jackets to two goals against in the Islanders OT win. The win and performance kept Halak just outside the top-five in the league in GAA, now at 2.04, and pushed his SV% into the top-10 at .926. Despite the strong play, Halak is still a middle of the road goalie in salary and that is good for DFS players who should take full advantage at having a top-flight goalie on Tuesday night who comes in almost $1,000 less expensive than some of the top goalie options.
Corey Crawford ($8,000) – Crawford was my top goalie of the night on today’s Cheat Sheet and it’s easy to see why coming off a three-win, two shutout week last week that garnered him NHL “First Star” of the week. He held the Predators to the lone goal that he surrendered last week and then posted back-to-back shutouts against Winnipeg and Vancouver. Crawford now sits with 15 wins, just a few shy of Braden Holtby’s league-leading 19 and he leads the league in shutouts with four and has posted very good numbers in both GAA and SV%. After a week of production like that, take the chance on Crawford to shut down the Avs potent offense on Tuesday night.
Darcy Kuemper ($7,100) – Kuemper has filled in great for the injured Devan Dubnyk and has put together three consecutive solid outings for Minnesota, including blanking a tough San Jose team on Saturday night. He has some shakier outings early in the season but chalk those up to limited playing time. Kuemper has yet to lose in regulation this season, which bodes well for your fantasy team as he has almost always been in line to get a win and put up good performances. The Wild welcome the Canucks on Tuesday night and at home this season Kuemper has posted a great .925 SV%..
Others to Consider: Pekka Rinne ($7,500), Jake Allen ($7,600), Connor Hellebuyck ($6,500), Dustin Tokarski ($6,800), Henrik Lundqvist ($8,100).
Justin Faulk ($6,200) – My top defender of the evening, Faulk is fresh off garnering NHL “Third Star” of the week honors last week. Faulk is riding a four-game point streak and has three consecutive multi-point outings for the Hurricanes. Faulk is third in the league among defensemen in scoring with 25 points, shots on goal with 94 and third in the NHL in power-play points with 14 and he leads all defensemen with 12 goals. The Hurricanes travel to Philly on Tuesday and this season Faulk has 11 points in 15 games away from home ice.
Francois Beauchemin ($5,100) – Beauchemin has brought a great two-way game to the Avalanche’s blueline and is quietly putting up a very solid campaign to date. He sits second on the team in blueline offense with 16 points, including three in his last four games, but his DK DFS value is his peripheral stats. His 89 blocked shots are 15 more than the next closest Avs defender and leads all NHL players in that category as well as putting 47 shots on goal so far. He will contribute offense, but you can almost guarantee that he will put up good blocked shots and shots on goal numbers every night for your DFS lineup.
T.J. Brodie ($4,700) – One of the defensemen that people forgot about this summer with the return of Mark Giordano and the acquisition of Dougie Hamilton, Brodie sits second on the team in points for blueliners with 13. He has come into his own lately and is riding a modest six-game point streak that has coincided with the Flames current five-game winning streak. He missed a large chunk of time this season, so he has produced his 13 points in only 20 games all-the-while logging the eight-most TOI in the league this season playing over 25:30 minutes per night. The Flames have a tough matchup with Nashville on Tuesday night but Brodie is producing at a high level right now, combined with his salary being what it is, and should be heavily considered for your lineup.
Marek Zidlicky ($3,200) – Zidlicky put together his best game of the season for the Islanders on Sunday against his former team the Devils. He had his first multi-goal game of the season to go along with three blocked shots and three shots on goal. He is manning the Isles third pair with Thomas Hickey and the two have formed a good chemistry so far as well as running the point on the Islanders second power-play unit. Zidlicky is beginning to find his game as of late with the two goals, four shots and six blocked shots in his last three games. He is an intriguing value play tonight against the Panthers.
Others to Consider: Shea Weber ($5,800), John Klingberg ($5,900), Ryan Suter ($5,700), Alex Pietrangelo ($5,200), Andrei Markov ($4,900), Shayne Gostisbehere ($3,900), Nick Leddy ($3,700), Ron Hainsey ($3,500).
Zach Parise ($7,600) – Now that he’s back and healthy, Parise is beginning to pick things up offensively for the Wild and is riding a four-game point streak, and has found the scoresheet in five of his last six. Any game that he has a point in over his last six, Parise has at least four shots on goal. Over this six game span he has two goals, four assists and 26 shots on goal. The Wild face the Canucks on Tuesday night who sit in the bottom-10 in the league in scoring defense and Parise has nine points in 15 games in his career against Vancouver.
Jamie Benn ($8,400) – Benn continues to form one of the most dynamic scoring pairs in the NHL with Tyler Seguin and continues to be one of the best all-around point producers in the league. So far on the season in 30 games, Benn has 40 points and an even split of 20 goals, which leads the league, and 20 assists. He is shooting at an incredible 21.3% clip, which should drop during the season, and right now is riding shotgun in the race for the Rocket Richard trophy for leading goal scorer. Before being held pointless on Saturday Benn had five points in his previous two contests and will have a great chance to get right back to it against the very weak back-end of the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. The Star welcome Columbus to Dallas tonight and on the season at home Benn has 14 goals and 10 assists.
John Tavares ($7,900) – Tavares snapped his scoring drought on Sunday against the Devils with a goal in the Islanders 4-0 rout. He put six shots on goal as well and it was one of his best outings in his last 10. Tavares is still one of the best players in the league and is capable of putting up points in masses. The Islanders have a home tilt with the Panthers in Brooklyn tonight where Tavares has 16 of his 23 points this year, and for his career has 16 points in 20 games against Florida. Roll the Islanders superstar tonight in a favorable matchup.
David Backes ($5,000) – Backes has points in four straight games for the Blues (3G, 2A) and has clicked since being put back with former linemate Alexander Steen on the Blues second line. Over his little streak Backes has 10 SOG and four blocked shots and is a nice, mid-range salary compliment to some of the more expensive centers available tonight and is guaranteed a top-six scoring role at both even strength and on the Blues top power-play unit. His 18 points this season sit him third on the Blues behind Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko.
Mats Zuccarello ($5,700) – After a slump that ended November and extended into the first part of December, Zuccarello is starting to turn things around and produce the way he had earlier this season. He has looked good the last week and finally saw some puck luck on the ice with a multi-point game on Friday against Edmonton and followed that up with a late goal against Calgary to help the Rangers send that game to OT. He leads the Rangers in both goals and points and is tied for second on the team in assists. Zucc is skating on the Rangers top line with Rick Nash and Derick Brassard and will be leaned on heavily for production against the suddenly hot Oilers in what could be a high-scoring affair on Tuesday night at MSG.
Nikita Kucherov ($5,500) – Inconsistency has been the name of the game this season in Tampa Bay, and Kucherov and his linemates have not had the production they were hoping for. However thanks to a recent return to form has Kucherov producing at almost a point-per-game pace over his last 10 games with eight points and 20 SOG in that span. He has three goals and 12 SOG in his last three games alone and will travel to face the Maple Leafs on Tuesday who are starting Jonathan Bernier, four goals against in each of his last three starts, and his 3.28 GAA this season.
Others to Consider: Leon Draisaitl ($4,700), Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,800), Max Pacioretty ($7,600), Steven Stamkos ($7,100), Nathan MacKinnon ($6,800), Kyle Okposo ($5,900), Jason Pominville ($5,200), Jordan Eberle ($5,200), Mikael Granlund ($4,500), Victor Rask ($4,600), Chris Kreider ($4,400), Jeff Skinner ($4,200), Lee Stempniak ($4,000), Elias Lindholm ($3,800), Andrew Shaw ($3,500).
Make sure to check out my Cheat Sheet and NHL Line Stacks posts today and as always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey