Eight games on the docket tonight with some top contending teams in action in tight playoff races. The Islanders, Penguins, Lightning, Kings and more are all in action tonight, meaning that DraftKings DFS hockey players will have a player pool that is flush with top-tier and value talent to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the top superstars and bargain buys for a solid Tuesday night slate of games:
Andrei Vasilevskiy – TB @ TOR – $8,000: This was a tough decision between Vasilevskiy and Braden Holtby, who has equally as good of a matchup against the Hurricanes, but I went with Vas. He had his personal three-game winning streak snapped against the Flyers his last time out when he allowed three goals on 39 shots but it’s his performance against Toronto this season that makes him my top starter against the Leafs tonight. In three games against them this year, Vasilevskiy has been superb – going 3-0-0 and only allowing five goals against on 99 shots faced, good for a 1.65 GAA and .949 SV%. Just two weeks ago Vas went into Air Canada center and held the Leafs in check, stopping 31 of 32 shots to pick up the victory. He goes for the season sweep tonight and with his success against them this season so far, he is easily one of the top netminders available tonight.
Petr Mrazek – DET @ PHI – $7,900 – Mrazek has shown all season that he is a solid and capable number one goalie in the NHL and has been fantastic for the Red Wings to keep them deep in playoff contention. He’s currently tied for fifth in the league goalie stats in both GAA and SV% with a 2.17 GAA and a .925 SV%. He did hit a bump in the road in late February and into the first couple of games into March but coach Jeff Blashill stayed the course and Mrazek righted the ship. Over his last three starts Mrazek has allowed only five goals against, posted a 2-1-0 record and the loss came in a 1-0 game against the Maple Leafs over the weekend on somewhat of a fluke goal. The Mrazek of the last three is the one to expect going forward more than the one who has posted a 3.10 GAA overall in his last 10 games. In his only start against the Flyers this season Mrazek took the OTL losing in a shootout to Philly in mid-January.
“In his previous three games against the Bruins when he was with the Leafs Reimer was 1-1-1 and posted a 2.27 GAA and .935 save percentage”
James Reimer – SJ @ BOS – $6,800 – Reimer will get the nod for the Sharks tonight when San Jose travels to battle the Bruins in Beantown. It will be his third start in a Sharks uniform and we have seen two different Optimus Reimer performances in his first two appearances with SJ. He allowed three goals in a loss to the Canucks and then posted a shutout against the Oilers last Tuesday with a 31-save performance. Reimer performed well earlier this season when he was in Toronto, sitting near the top of the league in GAA and SV% for a good chunk of the year, and he faces the Bruins tonight in his fourth start against Boston on the season. In his previous three games against the Bruins when he was with the Leafs Reimer was 1-1-1 and posted a 2.27 GAA and .935 SV%. He is one of the best buy-low options on the night and should be extra motivated playing a former division rival in the middle of a heated playoff race.
Others to Consider: Braden Holtby ($8,500), Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,300), Al Montoya ($7,400), Devan Dubnyk ($7,600).
Kris Letang – PIT vs NYI – $7,000: Letang pushed his point streak to four games with an assist against the Rangers on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh’s big divisional win against NY. Now Letang gets the Islanders tonight in Pittsburgh having scored a goal against them just last Tuesday, the second game of his current streak. Overall Letang has eight points in his last 10 games and has added 23 shots and 15 blocks. The Penguins host the Islanders tonight, who are on the second night of a back-to-back after beating Florida in Brooklyn last night, and they will face either last night’s starter Thomas Greiss or JF Berube who hasn’t seen game action in over a month.
Brent Burns – SJ @ BOS – $8,300 – Burns continues to be basically a fourth forward for the Sharks every time that he is on the ice for San Jose. With so many people having given Erik Karlsson the Norris trophy Burns is making a late season push and is right on his heels offensively thanks to Karlsson who has cooled off considerably as of late. Burns has closed to within eight points of Karlsson with a 12 point explosion over the course of his last 10 games and has a favorable matchup tonight in what could turn into a higher scoring game. Burns has posted six goals and six assists with 36 SOG and three PPP as well in that 10 game span. Despite Tukka Rask playing stronger as of late he still owns a 2.51 GAA, so if you are willing to pay top dollar to put Burns in your lineup he is a top defenseman available this evening.
“[Goligoski] has eight points, all assists, that have come in seven of his last eight games for Dallas”
Alex Goligoski – DAL vs LA – $4,800: Goligoski has taken on the reins of the Stars blueline offense with John Klingberg still out, and confirmed to not be playing on Tuesday night against the Kings. Goligoski has eight points, all assists, that have come in seven of his last eight games for Dallas while posting two multi-assist games. The Stars have a matchup tonight against the Kings who are coming off a 5-0 win last night over the Blackhawks with Jonathan Quick in net, so the Stars tonight might be in line for a matchup with Jonas Enroth.
Mark Barberio – MON vs FLA – $2,900 – With PK Subban still nursing the neck injury that he suffered last Thursday and already ruled out of the lineup for tonight’s matchup against the Panthers and tomorrows against Buffalo, Barberio will continue to see the bulk of the time on the Habs top defensive pair with Andrei Markov. Barberio stepped in and handled the responsibility fluidly on Saturday against the Wild playing well over 25 minutes, his most TOI of the season, and added a goal on his only shot. The goal gave him points in back-to-back games after he posted a multi-assist game against the Sabres on Thursday and gives him points in three of his last four games overall. Not only is Barberio playing top even strength minutes, he is also paired with Markov to run the point on the Habs PP making him a prime value option for your defensive slot on your roster tonight.
Others to Consider: John Klingberg($6,400), Matt Dumba ($4,000), Trevor Daley ($3,900)
Jamie Benn, LW – DAL vs LA – $8,000: This was a toss-up between Benn and Tyler Seguin tonight, and both are now playing on separate lines, but I went with Benn because of his recent stronger performance. With 10 points in his last 10 games, Benn has surged ahead of Seguin in the race for second place in the scoring race behind Patrick Kane and is now up to 77 points on the year. Benn has been productive lately no matter the opponent, riding a four-game point streak with points against the Senators, Habs, Blackhawks and Blues. He has back-to-back multi-point games with a goal and an assist against each of Chicago and St. Louis and has put up at least one power-play point in each of his last four games. The Stars are facing the Kings tonight in a tough matchup, but they are catching the Kings coming off a game last night in Chicago so I like Benn’s matchup against a tired LA team potentially playing backup goalie Jonas Enroth.
Steven Stamkos, C – TB @ TOR – $7,100 – Stamkos played a great game over the weekend against the Blue Jackets, powering the Lightning to 4-0 win over Columbus with a two-goal, three point performance in a game he put up six shots on goal and two short-handed points (1G, 1A). The great outing broke a four-game scoreless streak for Stammer who has largely had a down season for the Lightning with 55 points, despite putting up his fifth 30+ goal season. He will fall short of his 72-point season from last year but has solidly put up nine points in his last 10 games, and with Nikita Kucherov potentially out of the lineup tonight Stamkos will have to pick up the offensive slack in the Lightning top-six against a weak Toronto defense. Stamkos has struggled against the Maple Leafs on the season with only a single goal in his first three matchups, but historically Toronto has been a team he has consistently performed well against with 32 points in 28 career meetings.
Aleksander Barkov, C – FLA @ MON – $6,400 – Barkov has had a strong breakout season for the Panthers and has largely been a key cog in their surge to the top of the Atlantic Division. He has taken control of the offense and has turned into one of the best, young playmaking centers in the league. At only 20 years-old his ceiling is so high and will only continue to get better as he matures. Despite missing some time earlier in the season, only playing 53 games to date, Barkov has already set career highs in both goals (22) and assists (23) to give him a new career-high with 45 with the prospect of breaking the 50-point barrier for the first time very high. He has settled in well with Jaromir Jagr and Jonathan Huberdeau on the Panthers top line and has helped make this one of the most underrated top lines in the whole of the NHL. He’s been especially fantastic as of late with 10 points in his last 10 games, putting up points in eight of those games. He is coming off a multi-point game last night against the Islanders and he has scored a goal in each of the last three games he has found the scoresheet. He has picked up his shooting lately as well with six goals on 31 shots in those 10 games (19.4%), after putting only 104 SOG in his first 43 games of the year (2.4 SOG/G).
“In three games against the Caps this season Skinner has two goals and nine shots and at $5,600 is a solid mid-level buy”
Jeff Skinner, LW – CAR @ WAS – $5,600 – Skinner has re-established himself as a potential star again in the league with his performance this season after posting only 31 points in 78 games last year. On a Carolina team that has been up and down this season Skinner has 25 goals and 43 points in 69 games giving him his fourth career 20+ goal season. He’s ridden a four-game point streak right now and points in five of his last six games (three multi-point games) overall to overtake Victor Rask for the team lead with 43 points and is the only player on the Hurricanes who sits above the 20-goal mark. The Canes have a very tough matchup tonight with the Capitals on the road, but so far in three games against the Caps this season Skinner has two goals and nine shots and at $5,600 is a solid mid-level buy, especially with his recent run of offense against playoff contending teams.
Zack Smith, C – OTT vs MIN – $4,200 – Smith has been a pleasant surprise for the Senators this season and has picked up the slack of the Sens anemic offense that has seen a huge drop in production from the likes of Mike Hoffman, Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan. He has formed a very effective first line with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mark Stone and the trio has performed fantastic in their best effort to keep the Senators in the playoff picture. Smith has been on an absolute tear as of late with 11 points in his last 10 games and is currently riding an eight-game point streak and has scored a goal in five straight for Ottawa. The goal streak has pushed him over the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career, giving him 21 to date, making him the fourth Senators to break that mark this season and his 30 points are a new career high as well. With this line as productive as it is at the moment, Smith and Co are very well deserving of looks for your lineups tonight.
Sven Andrighetto, RW – MON vs FLA – $3,800: With the Canadiens almost assuredly out of the playoffs Andrighetto is taking advantage of the prime opportunity to play on the Habs top line with Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk to show what he can bring to the table. It took him a few games there to settle in but now he has four points in his last three games. All the points have been of the assist variety, with one coming on the PP, but Andrighetto has not been shy about shooting either with seven SOG and three blocked shots in those four games as well. He’s on the higher end of value players with a $3,800 price tag but he is playing a lot of minutes in a top line role and has a matchup with a team that played a hard-fought game in Brooklyn last night in a loss to the Islanders.
Others to Consider: Tyler Seguin ($8,200), John Tavares ($7,800), Sidney Crosby ($7,900), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,700), Anze Kopitar ($6,400), Max Pacioretty ($7,200), Patric Hornqvist ($6,800), Mark Stone ($5,700), Jonathan Huberdeau ($5,500), Ondrej Palat ($4,900), Andre Burakovsky ($4,800), David Pastrnak ($4,200), Vincent Lecavalier ($3,200).
Make sure to check out my NHL 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