With eight NHL games on tap for this packed Tuesday night of DFS Hockey contests, DraftKings hockey players will have a deep player pool consisting of top players like Kane, Seguin, Benn, Stamkos and more at their disposal to fill-out their lineups with both superstar and some great value plays. Let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for tonight’s games:
Jonathan Quick ($8,500): Quick was my top goalie of the night on today’s cheat sheet. Over his last nine starts dating back to December 28 he has allowed more than two goals against in a game only once, a four goal loss to the Senators on Saturday, but he quickly followed that up with a solid win against the Ducks on Sunday. He has been one of the most consistent goalies in the league this season which has led him to 25 wins (good for third in the league), a tie for eighth in GAA at 2.10 and he sits just outside the top-10 in SV% at .923. With the offensive inconsistencies of the Stars lately and Jamie Benn (four points his last seven) and Tyler Seguin (three points his last seven) both fighting scoring slumps, Quick is a great option tonight for the Kings to keep the Stars normally potent offense in check.
Henrik Lundqvist ($7,900) – Lundqvist has snapped out of the slump that he was in with his near-month of inconsistent play for the Rangers and has now put forth three consecutive strong outings going 2-1-0 over those three games last week. He started his week keeping the Bruins in check with a 32 save, one goal against win. He would follow that up allowing two goals against in each game against the Islanders and Flyers splitting those games with a win and loss. Lundqvist is still one of the best goalies in the league and despite the uncharacteristic numbers this season he still sits tied for fourth in the league with 20 wins. The Rangers welcome the Canucks to the Garden tonight and for his career Lundqvist has put up stellar numbers with a 2.03 GAA and .937 SV% in eight games against Vancouver.
Ben Bishop ($7,700) – Bishop continues to play incredibly strong for the Lightning and has continued to have his career breakout season. I wrote about him last week before the Penguins game before the Lightning gave him the night off but Bishop came right back on Sunday night and shutdown the Panthers, arguably the hottest team in the league, holding them to one goal on 27 shots. He’s riding a three-game winning streak and is facing the Oilers tonight who he beat just 11 days ago in Edmonton holding them to two goals against on 26 shots. He’s firmly inside the top-10 in the NHL in all three categories including sitting second in the league in GAA at 1.97. With such a great matchup tonight, and coming in almost $1,000 less expensive than the top goalies tonight, Bishop is a great option for your lineup tonight.
Others to Consider: Cory Schneider ($8,000), Tuukka Rask ($7,800), Steve Mason ($7,200), Corey Crawford ($8,300), Braden Holtby ($8,600)
P.K. Subban ($6,200): Subban hit a long slump from mid-November for about a month until mid-December but has been on fire since then. In the 15 games since December 15 he has 11 points and has only been held off the scoresheet in four of those games. He’s is riding a five-game point streak at the moment with two goals and three assists and is beginning to shoot the puck more averaging over three SOG per game on this current run with 16 shots. He has added points in all situations with three of his five points on the run coming on the power-play. The Canadiens haven’t turned things around after their hot start to the season and are mired in a four-game losing streak but Subban has been very productive and should see that continue.
Victor Hedman ($5,600): Hedman was my top d-man of the night on the Cheat Sheet and he’s beginning to show the production we had been expecting going into the season after an slow start to the year. He has come on particularly strong lately with points in four of his last five games. He has seven points and two multi-point games in that span while adding 13 blocked shots and 16 SOG. One of those games was a three point game against the Oilers in Edmonton on January 8, and the Lightning welcome the Oilers to Tampa Bay tonight. Hedman will have a great opportunity to pick up his production where he left off 10 days ago and is my top defenseman of the evening.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($4,800): I’m a huge Ghost fan and also wrote about him on the Cheat Sheet now that he is back for the Flyers and seems primed to get back to his level of production once some puck luck goes his way. He’s finally healthy and over the knee injury that forced him to miss two games and in his first two games back, despite not recording a point, he has put a fantastic 11 shots on goal. He has been shooting the lights out this season and has 19 points since his call up. He will have a great matchup to produce tonight against the Maple Leafs now that he is back in the Flyers top-four and top power-play unit.
Jake Muzzin ($4,800) – Muzzin sometimes gets overshadowed by the presence of Drew Doughty in the Kings lineup, and he’s been fantastic, but Muzzin is the Kings defenseman you want in your lineup at the moment. He has been stellar his last nine games with points in eight and is currently riding a seven-game point streak, with a goal and six assists, and has been getting it done all-around by adding 12 blocked shots and 27 shots on goal overall in his those games. He is also helping Doughty to run the point on the Kings potent power-play unit and four of his points on this current outburst have come on the man advantage. His 24 points sit one behind Doughty for the team lead among defensemen and at the moment Muzzin has a higher offensive ceiling.
Others to Consider: Roman Josi ($7,100), John Klingberg ($6,000), Brent Seabrook ($5,800), Ryan McDonagh ($4,900), Matt Niskanen ($4,700), Dougie Hamilton ($4,600), Jack Johnson ($4,000), John Moore ($2,700)
Patrick Kane ($9,100): Fresh off another top-star of the week Kane continues to set the league ablaze this season. In four games last week Kane tied for the scoring lead for the week with seven points thanks to four goals and three assists. He had points in three of the four outings, including a hat-trick and an assist in a four-point game against Toronto. He followed that up with a goal and assist on seven SOG against the Canadiens on Sunday night. Through 48 games this season he has 69 points and has run away from Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin in the scoring race and right now is well on his way to a career season and should breach the 100-point plateau. He is facing the Predators tonight, who have been very inconsistent this season especially Pekka Rinne, and this season against Nashville Kane has two goals, one assist and seven SOG in three games.
Patrice Bergeron ($7,400) – Bergeron snapped a three-game pointless streak with a multi-goal game against the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. He added a blocked shot and five SOG in the Bruins winning effort. He has been a major contributing factor to Boston having the third-highest scoring offense in the NHL with 40 points in 44 games and if he goes on another scoring run like the one he opened the season on, Bergeron will be a point-per-game player again this season. He is leading the Bruins in goals, assists, points and shots and he’s fourth in the league in PPP with 19. The Bruins face their heated division rival the Canadiens on Tuesday night and this season Bergeron has three points in four games vs Montreal.
Sam Bennett ($3,800): Another NHL Star of the week, Bennett is fresh off a breakout scoring run in the Flames three contests last week. His play this season has been inconsistent but he lit up the scoresheet last week and led the league with six goals in three contests. He kicked off his week with a goal against the Sharks and then had his big four-goal game against the Panthers on five goals. He kept the streak going with a goal and four SOG on Saturday against the Oilers. He gets the Devils tonight in a tough matchup but you should roll the hot hand and take the value tonight.
Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,400) – Kuznetsov continues to have the breakout season that many had expected him to have and he leads the Capitals in assist with 29 and points at the moment with 44. Couple those numbers with his stellar +23 rating, good for second in the NHL, and Kuznetsov is a top-tier fantasy option. He is coming off a very solid week last week that saw him put up seven points and he had two, three-point games against Vancouver and the Rangers. He continues to anchor the Caps second line and is producing on their second power-play unit as well with 12 PPP on the season. He is almost $2,000 cheaper than some of the top centers available on the night and is producing at a high level to warrant heavy consideration for your roster. Roll Kuz tonight in a great matchup vs Columbus and the returning from injury Sergei Bobrovsky.
Nikita Kucherov ($6,300) – I went a little center-heavy with the Targets today so I’ll add some more wingers here to finish. I’ll start with Kucherov who continues to be the offensive cog in the wheel for the Lightning. Stamkos has turned things around and is producing again but Kucherov has been solid all season and continues to lead the team in points, is second in goal and assists, and is the only Lightning player aside from Stammer in double-digits in goals with 19. He has points in five straight games with four goals and three assists and has added 14 SOG over that game span. He had a goal and three shots against the Oilers, tonight’s opponent, two weeks ago in Edmonton and with his recent hot streak bank on him to be heavily involved tonight for Tampa Bay.
Andrew Shaw ($3,900) – Shaw is a nice value play tonight for the Blackhawks as they travel to Nashville for a showdown with the Predators. Playing with Jonathan Toews has boosted Shaw’s fantasy value and he has responded. He is up to 23 points on the season but has been making his most significant impact in the Hawks last five games. He has points in four of those contests and three of them have been multi-point outings including a two assist night on Sunday against the Canadiens. Just last Tuesday he has a multi-goal game against Pekka Rinne and the Predators in Chicago with six shots and he should continue to see every chance to produce skating on the top line for Chicago as well as flanking Toews on their power-play.
Others to Consider: Tyler Seguin ($8,500), Jamie Benn ($8,700), Max Pacioretty ($7,300), Rick Nash ($6,900), Michael Frolik ($4,400), Brendan Gallagher ($6,100), Jakub Voracek ($6,000), Tyler Toffoli ($6,000), Justin Williams ($5,100), Anze Kopitar ($6,000), Jordan Eberle ($5,000), Chris Kreider ($4,200), Vladislav Namestnikov ($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