With a whopping 12 NHL games on the docket for Tuesday night, DraftKings DFS Hockey players will have their pick of the litter of superstar and value players in the DK player pool. Players who are already entered into the Monday-Tuesday contest be advised, only four games on Tuesday night have players eligible to be used in your player draft pool. Let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for tonight’s game.
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Henrik Lundqvist ($7,900) – Lundqvist is arguably the best goaltender in the NHL at the moment. He is always year-in and year-out a top Vezina candidate and he’s the early front-runner for that right now, especially with Carey Price still sidelined. He’s currently riding a three-game winning streak, is third in the league in GAA with a 1.80 mark, and is tied for first in SV% posting a .945. He is the second-most expensive goalie on Tuesday night but has the best matchup of the evening against Carolina, who boasts the fourth-worst scoring offense in the NHL with a 2.14 GF/G average.
Jake Allen ($7,400) – I wrote about Allen yesterday in my Monday-Tuesday contest Targets article, and I’m sticking with him here. He is tied with Lundqvist at the top of the league in SV% and is second only to Mike Condon in GAA with a 1.71 mark. He comes in $500 cheaper than Lundqvist and is my value-buy at goalie with a great matchup on Tuesday against the Devils and their 21st-ranked scoring offense.
Petr Mrazek ($7,100) – Mrazek has been in a tight battle this year for playing time with incumbent Jimmy Howard in coach David Blashill’s new system. Both have played well, with Howard posting slightly better numbers to date. However Howard sustained an undisclosed injury over the weekend against the Stars, and so Mrazek will see the starts in net for the Wings until Howard is able to return to split time. Mrazek has been strong lately, surrendering only six goals against in his last three starts. He has posted solid numbers on the year with a 2.36 GAA and a .929 SV% and is an intriguing value play on Tuesday against the Capitals.
Others to Consider: Pekka Rinne ($8,000), Jaroslav Halak ($7,200), Kari Lehtonen ($6,800), Martin Jones ($7,300), Ben Bishop ($7,400), Ryan Miller ($7,400), Jonathan Quick ($7,500).
Roman Josi ($6,200) – Josi has his coming out party last year, finishing sixth in the NHL in scoring among defensemen, and has continued that this year. His last 10 games have been phenomenal, and the young Preds defensemen is quickly establishing himself as one of the premiere blueliners in the league. Over those 10 games Josi has managed eight points, but even more so is averaging almost three blocks (2.9) and three SOG (2.7) in that span as well. He has four power-play assists in those games, is seeing over 25 minutes of TOI and is averaging 4.5 FPPG on a nightly basis in DK contests. If there is a defenseman to pay up a little bit for, Josi is the one with a matchup against the Senators bottom-10 scoring defense.
John Klingberg ($5,200) – Klingberg is another young defenseman who is quickly establishing himself at an elite level. I’ve recommended him more than once this season, and every time he has paid off. With three multi-point outings in his last five games and a game with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, Klingberg is a great option play for those DFS hockey players looking for a top-pair defender that will save you money over the big name guys at the top.
Morgan Rielly ($4,300) – Another young defenseman having a solid year who I have written about. Rielly is outplaying his value right now, averaging 3.6 FPPG on the year, and that number jumps to 4.0 when you look at his previous 10 game clip. In that span he has put up eight of his 10 points on the season, along with 21 shots on goal and 20 blocked shots. Goals can be had against Dallas, and Rielly is a good value play on a team getting no production from the blueline outside of him and Dion Phaneuf.
Jared Spurgeon ($3,900) – Spurgeon has settled in nicely on the opposite side of Ryan Suter on Minnesota’s top defensive pairing. Injuries have always hampered him, but Minnesota is trusting him on the top-pair, as well as giving him significant power-play time and it’s paying off so far, as Spurgeon is on pace for a career season in offensive production. He has three points, two coming on the power-play, nine blocks and nine shots on goal in his last four games and is another solid value play on Tuesday night.
Others to Consider: Justin Faulk ($5,700), John Carlson ($6,400), Colton Parayko ($4,000), Dion Phaneuf ($4,400), Brent Burns ($6,800), Keith Yandle ($5,000), Jake Muzzin ($4,600), Mark Streit ($4,900).
Nicklas Backstrom ($6,700) – Backstrom has looked as good as ever in his first 10 games of the year since returning from injury, and he’s done it without a guy named Ovechkin playing on his even-strength wing. Through his first 10 games, Backstrom has managed 11points, five coming on the man advantage, and is averaging over four points a night in DraftKings FPPG. The Caps are a lethal team on the offensive front, scoring over three goals per night, which is good for fourth in the NHL. Backstrom is almost $1,000 less than the other top centers on the night, so for those who want to spend elsewhere, plug him in and save some money in your lineup.
Jamie Benn ($8,100) – Benn’s been slacking lately (sarcasm) and has let linemate Tyler Seguin and Patrick Kane pass him for the scoring lead. Benn ONLY has 13 points in his last 10 games, with 24 SOG and is averaging almost five FPPG (4.7). While Seguin is getting more of the notoriety at the moment, Benn is still one of the most lethal scorers in the league and is an almost must start against Toronto on Tuesday, a team he has a goal and six SOG against already this season.
Kyle Palmieri ($4,000) – An interesting value play for the surprising Devils who sit fourth in the Metro division. Palmieri was seemingly buried in the Ducks lineup for years and was never known to be much of an offensive threat with 89 points in 198 career games going into this season. But so far seeing solid time in the Devils top-six rotation Palmieri has 12 points in 14 games and is riding a three-game point streak at the moment, including back-to-back multi-point efforts. It’s hard to determine if this offensive streak will continue but plug him in your lineup while he’s hot and take advantage of the great value in comparison to his recent production explosion.
Bobby Ryan ($5,200) – Ryan was once thought an untouchable commodity when he was in Anaheim, but has failed to show consistent flashes of that since coming to Ottawa two years ago. He is beginning to show that flash again with the Senators and has put up seven points in as many games and is showing good chemistry with linemates Mika Zibanejad and Mike Hoffman. The Senators have been an above average offensive team so far this season, ranking 10th in the NHL in scoring, and Ryan sits fourth on the team in scoring with 11 points. A tough matchup with the Predators and Pekka Rinne looms on Tuesday night, but Ryan is worth a look at that price.
Oscar Lindberg ($3,400) – Most people expected Lindberg to just be a “flash in the pan” and fizzle out after putting up four goals in his first few games of the season. However he has done just the opposite and has kept up his scoring ways for the Rangers to the tune of seven goals and 11 points in 14 games. He’s riding a three-game point streak (2G, 2A) at the moment and has seven SOG over that span. With a matchup against the lowly Hurricanes on Tuesday, roll Lindberg as a flyer with that price tag and level of production.
Scott Hartnell ($5,300) – The Blue Jackets struggles this season have been well documented, but they possess a very good offense that can get going at any time. Hartnell is an example of that, and has been a streaky player in his career, but when hot can put up loads of points in a short period of time. One of those time is right now. Hartnell has five points (4G, 1A) in his last four games, and is settling in nicely on Columbus’ second line with the Brandon’s Dubinsky ($4,500) and Saad ($5,700). Columbus has been playing better as of late under new bench-boss John Tortorella and Dubinsky also finding his scoring touch with a four-game point streak.
Others to Consider: John Tavares ($8,200), Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,600), Alex Ovechkin ($9,600), Joel Ward ($4,400), Mike Cammalleri ($5,100), Joe Pavelski ($7,500), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,700), Mike Hoffman ($4,900), Ryan O’Reilly ($5,100), Anze Kopitar ($5,300), Jarome Iginla ($5,300).
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.