With eight NHL games on tap for this Tuesday of DraftKings hockey contests, DFS hockey players have a large player pool to delve 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 slate of game.
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Martin Jones ($7,100) – Jones had his stumbles this season, as have the Sharks as a whole, but he has bounced back and found the game he flashed in his first starts of the season and has looked very strong as late in the San Jose crease. Take away his two goals on three shots performance against the Islanders last week, a game in which he did not factor in the decision, and in his last three full starts he is 2-1-0 with four goals against. The Sharks visit the Bruins in a winnable game in Boston on Tuesday night and Jones has won his last three road starts. He’s a good value to look at for your lineup on Tuesday night.
Kari Lehtonen ($7,000) – Lehtonen has been a large contributing reason for the Stars hot start to the season with an 8-1-0 record through his nine starts. He has outplayed countryman Antti Niemi in the Stars crease and for the moment has seemingly taken the reigns in their battle. He has been superb in the month of November as well, allowing a total of 10 goals against in his five starts this month. The Sabres have been better than people expected them to be this season, but the Stars have looked impressive at both ends of the rink. Lehtonen has above average numbers on the year posting a 2.38 GAA and a .921 SV% and is a great value-buy on the night for your goalie slot.
Reto Berra ($6,800) – Berra is my value-buy of the night in goal and has truly come out of nowhere to be one of the hottest goalies in the league. Berra and the Avalanche have won three straight games, including an impressive 6-1 win in Montreal on Saturday. If you take away the 4-3-0 record, Berra has stabilized the Avalanche crease with impeccable 1.50 GAA and .953 SV%, both of which lead the league by hefty margins. He has two shutouts on the season, only one game giving up more than two goals and has a matchup with Maple Leafs on Tuesday night and their 25th-ranked scoring offense. Roll Berra on the road, where he is 4-2-0 with a 1.51 GAA and .954 SV% this season, and take advantage of the outstanding production while he is still this affordable.
Others to Consider: Brian Elliott ($7,000), Tuukka Rask ($7,500), Jonathan Quick ($7,500), Marc-Andre Fleury ($7,700), Pekka Rinne ($8,100), James Reimer ($6,400), Cory Schneider ($7,100).
John Klingberg ($5,400) – The leading scorer for defensemen in the NHL at the moment? Subban? Markov? Karlsson? Close, but the answer is the Stars impressive sophomore blueliner who has amassed 20 points on the season and continues to quickly cement himself as one of the elite, young defensemen in the league. Klingberg, who has managed five multi-point games in his last 10 outings, sits second in the league in assists with 16 and leads all defensemen in that category. The price isn’t as steep as some other defensemen on the market and with the matchup with the Sabres on Tuesday night Klingberg is almost a guaranteed must start for your DFS Hockey lineup.
Seth Jones ($4,200) – The Predators are one of the deepest teams in the league on defense and get an immense amount offensive production from their blueline. This season the production has been more spread out and staggered but they have seen from nearly everyone and Jones has looked particularly solid as of late. Jones has managed five points and seven SOG over the Predators last three games and comes in at a great price to pair in your DFS lineup with a higher-priced top-flight defenseman for a potentially great production duo.
Tyson Barrie ($4,800) – Barrie has been one of the highest scoring defensemen in the league in the month of November with eight points in seven games this month. The Avalanche has seemingly righted the ship for the moment, and Barrie has been a large part of providing consistent contribution from the blueline. He needs to see his SOG numbers increase, only 10 this month, but he is a candidate who should get a strong look thanks to his affordability, production this month and a favorable matchup with the Maple Leafs ahead on Tuesday night.
Others to Consider: Shayne Gostisbehere ($2,500), Brent Burns ($7,000), Roman Josi ($6,400), Colton Parayko ($4,200), Rasmus Ristolainen ($4,500), Jared Spurgeon ($4,300), Drew Doughty ($5,800), Morgan Rielly ($4,500), Kris Letang ($5,700), Shea Weber ($5,800).
Tyler Seguin ($9,000) – Seguin is a must start every night at the moment and is currently one of the best players in the league. He leads the league in assists (17), is fourth in shots on goal (72) and sits second behind Patrick Kane in the scoring race with 26 points. Seguin and Jamie Benn ($8,200) have largely been the reason the Stars own the highest scoring offense in the league and they have a potentially high-scoring matchup with the Sabres on Tuesday night.
Nathan MacKinnon ($7,500) – MacKinnon has continued to stay hot this season and has jumped out to lead the Avs in scoring with 19 points in 17 games and that was cemented with a three-point performance against Montreal over the weekend. Over his last nine games MacKinnon has 12 points (5G, 7A). He’s the second best point-per-contest center behind Seguin, and has the third highest FPPG of all skaters on Tuesday night at 5.1, and he comes in at $1,500 cheaper than Seguin with a matchup against Toronto for those players who are looking for a less expensive, top-end option for their DFS lineup.
Mike Cammalleri ($5,000) – Don’t look now but the Devils are looking like a legitimate threat in the Metro division and their offense has largely been helped by the presence of Cammalleri. He has quietly put together a point-per-game so far on the season with 17 points in 17 games. He has however been streaky, scoring in consecutive games, and then going cold for games in a row. He is coming off a three point game against the Penguins over the weekend and has a favorable matchup with Calgary on Tuesday which will be a great chance for him to add to his production with linemates Adam Henrique ($4,700) and Lee Stempniak ($3,700).
Patrice Bergeron ($6,300) – Bergeron is known as one of the best all-around centers in the NHL today, but like Cammalleri he has put together a largely quiet, point-per-game campaign. On the season Bergeron has 16 points in as many games, has only been held off the scoresheet in four games, is averaging 4.4 FPPG (4th among centers on Tuesday night), and has 29 SOG in six games in November. The Bruins have a difficult matchup with San Jose on Tuesday but Bergeron will have a very good opportunity to produce for the Bruins.
Jason Zucker ($4,600) – Zucker was held off the scoresheet on Saturday against Dallas for only the second time in his last 11 contests. The last time before that was November 7 against Tampa Bay and he promptly came out and put up three points and eight SOG in his next two outings. He is playing on Minnesota’s top-line at the moment and seems to be the guy who is stepping up to fill the scoring void left from not having Zach Parise. At that affordable of a price, being able to put a guy who has 13 points in 16 games and is averaging almost four FPPG a night (3.8) is almost a no-brainer.
Joffrey Lupul ($4,100) – The Maple Leafs have been better as of late, especially since James Reimer has been in net, but Lupul has been a consistent scorer for them for the past few years and is continuing in that role now with seven on the season to lead the Leafs in that category. He also checks in second on the team with 10 points and third on the team with 49 SOG. The Avalanche has a penchant for playing high-scoring affairs, so for those looking for an inexpensive play on the wing with a great opportunity to give your team some production, look no further than Lupul on Tuesday night.
Others to Consider: Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,600), Joel Ward ($4,500), Michael Frolik ($4,900), Joe Pavelski ($7,400), James Neal ($6,400), David Krejci ($5,900), Alexander Steen ($6,600), Matt Duchene ($5,400), Adam Henrique ($4,700), Boone Jenner ($4,200), Johnny Gaudreau ($6,200), Ryan O’Reilly ($5,100), Sidney Crosby ($7,700).
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