It’s a busy night in the NHL on Tuesday with 12 games on the schedule. The New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Ducks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers are each coming off losses Monday while the remainder of the teams playing have at least one day of rest. There are plenty of even matchups making it difficult to pinpoint players who are likely to produce. Owners will want to select one or two dependable, higher-priced players and round out their lineups with under-the-radar options in hopes that a strong performance or two from those bargain picks help put their teams over the edge. Here are some players to target.
Brian Elliott ($8,200) – The door swung open for Elliott on Jan. 9 when the Blues placed starting goaltender Jake Allen on injured reserve with a knee injury. The veteran goaltender has been up to the challenge with a 7-3-1 record in 11 consecutive starts and is expected to play a 12th straight game when the Blues face the Jets at home Tuesday. Elliott should be a fine play against Winnipeg based on a 9-2-3 record with a 2.68 goals-against average in 15 career games against the Jets. Winnipeg has also struggled recently, going 2-5-0 with a 2.57 goals-for average in the past seven games.
Joonas Korpisalo ($6,800) – A value-pick version of Elliott, Korpisalo is confirmed to get a seventh straight start Tuesday when the Blue Jackets host the New York Islanders. The rookie goalie has filled in nicely for starter Sergei Bobrovsky who injured his groin in a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Jan. 21. Korpisalo is 4-1-1 with a 1.83 GAA average in his past six starts and will try for a three-game winning streak Tuesday. Although the Islanders scored eight goals against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, owners should still take the chance on Korpisalo if they want to go the bargain route for their goaltender.
Others to Consider: Cory Schneider ($8,300), Steve Mason ($7,400), Jacob Markstrom ($6,900)
Shea Weber ($6,200) – Owners can save money for a more expensive goalie or forward as the pool of defenders is stocked with great mid-priced options like Weber. The Nashville Predators captain will try for a three-game point streak after registering a goal and assist in each of his past two games. While the Predators are home against the NHL-best Washington Capitals, owners should select Weber with full confidence. The Preds top defenseman at regular strength and the first power-play unit has nine points (three goals, six assists), 13 blocked shots and 30 shots on goal in 10 career games against Washington.
Seth Jones ($4,600) – A mid-season trade from the Predators to the Blue Jackets has done a world of good for Jones. The young defenseman has seven assists in 13 games with Columbus as compared to just 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in 40 games with Nashville. Jones should be a good value pick Tuesday, especially if owners select his teammate, Korpisalo, as their goalie.
Others to Consider: Mark Giordano ($6,800), Torey Krug ($5,900), Brent Seabrook ($5,700), Hampus Lindholm ($4,300)
Alex Ovechkin ($8,700) – The upside of choosing the most expensive player in the pool Tuesday is that Ovechkin gives owners a strong chance at a bunch of fantasy points. Although respective team budgets will tighten with Ovechkin in the lineup, it’s tough to pass up on his 30 goals and League-leading 248 SOG through 49 games this season. The Capitals captain has done well against the Predators in his career with 12 points (eight goals, four assists) and 57 shots on goal in 11 games.
Alex Galchenyuk ($4,300) – If Ovechkin is your top forward choice then you must dig deep for a secondary option. Galchenyuk is always a gamble but is priced low enough to warrant the risk. The Canadiens forward has seen some time on the top line recently with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher. Galchenyuk will try to get his offense back in gear at home against the Lightning after ending a four-game point streak in a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.
Others to Consider: Tyler Seguin ($8,500), Leon Draisaitl ($5,300), Vincent Trocheck ($4,900), Tomas Hertl ($4,800)