With nine games on this Tuesday night of NHL action, DraftKings DFS Hockey players have a plethora of superstar, and value, talent to choose from in the player draft pools. Let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for tonight’s slate of games:
Jaroslav Halak ($7,100) – Halak has been very good this season for the Islanders, and has been a prime reason early on that their deficiencies are being covered up. So far on the year Halak has posted a stellar 1.80 GAA and a .932 SV% with two shutouts in only five starts. He lost in a shootout on Saturday to the Devils in Newark but gets a quick chance at redemption with a tilt at Barclay’s Center on Tuesday night, where he is 2-1-0 on the season.
Braden Holtby ($8,000) – Holtby is my stud goalie of the night, and is going against a high-powered, and offensively buzzing, Rangers team who have scored 17 goals in their last five games. Still on the season Holtby has been great posting a 1.90 GAA and .924 SV% in eight starts and has powered the Caps to an early season lead in the Metro Division.
Ben Bishop ($7,400) – Don’t let the higher GAA (2.40) or the lower SV% (.916) fool you, Bishop has been playing fantastic as of late. He is riding a three-game losing streak, but in that span he has only allowed five goals against, stopping 77 out of 82 shots against. The Lightning are on the road on Tuesday in Detroit, and Bishop has been better away from home this season posting a 2.32 GAA and .918 SV% on the road.
Others to Consider: Henrik Lundqvist ($8,000), Jimmy Howard ($6,900), Petr Mrazek ($7,000), Jhonas Enroth ($6,900), Jake Allen ($7,400), Cam Talbot ($6,300), Kari Lehtonen ($6,700)
Brent Burns ($6,400) – It says something when Burns, as a defenseman, is the seventh-highest scoring DFS fantasy player (4.9 FPPG) who is available on Tuesday night. The Sharks blueliner, who has points in three of his last four games (2G, 3A), has 17 blocked shots and a staggering, and league-leading 49 shots on goal in only 11 games. The Sharks have a matchup with the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets so pay the extra price and put Burns in your lineup vs their 29th-ranked scoring defense.
Victor Hedman ($5,100) – After his injury last season, Hedman struggled to get his offensive game back. This year he is not having that issue with 10 assists in 12 games to power Tampa Bay’s blueline offense. He has been quiet as of late with only one point in his last five games but has managed to produce elsewhere with seven blocked shots and 12 SOG in that span. Tampa Bay has a getable matchup with Detroit on Tuesday who rank middle of the league in both scoring and defense.
Jake Muzzin ($4,400) – I had Muzzin on my Targets list yesterday, and he’s back today after a multi-point effort against Chicago last night. That’s now back-to-back multi-point efforts and points in four straight for the Kings offensive defenseman. It’s hard to pass on the value that Muzzin brings you as a top-pair defenseman for that price and his production as of late is just the icing on the cake for why you should be putting him in your lineup until he cools down or his price shoots up higher than linemate Drew Doughty.
Niklas Kronwall ($4,100) – Kronwall put up two assists against Ottawa on Saturday which gives him three points, all assists, in his previous four games, a stretch where he has also managed four blocked shots and three SOG as well. He is a top-pair defenseman and for the moment is running the point on Detroit’s powerplay so expect moderate category coverage and production going forward until Mike Green returns.
Others to Consider: Colton Parayko ($3,700), Andrei Markov ($4,900), Mark Streit ($4,700), Jason Demers ($3,300), John Klingberg ($5,100), T.J. Brodie ($4,200)
Mats Zuccarello ($5,200) – The Rangers desperately missed Zuccarello in the playoffs last season and what he has done in the early goings this year is the proof of that. Zuccarello managed a hat-trick against Toronto over the weekend which gives him the lead in goals on the Rangers with seven and the team lead in points with nine. He is averaging almost four fantasy points per game and is playing on the Rangers top-line with Rick Nash and Derick Brassard. They are in for a difficult time with Washington on Tuesday but Zuccarello is a good value-buy on the wing.
Jamie Benn ($8,000) – Benn added to his league lead in two categories on Monday night with his 10th goal and 18th point of the season in Dallas’ 4-1 loss in Toronto. A date with Boston and their 26th-ranked scoring defense, giving up over three goals against per game, is on tap for Dallas and Benn could be in for a big day.
Taylor Hall ($6,500) – Hall has quietly put together a fantastic start to his season in the shadow of the Connor McDavid hype, posting 13 points in Edmonton’s first 12 games. Hall has nine points (3G, 6A) in his last five games and is showing flashes of his previous 80-point form from two years ago. Edmonton has a great matchup with Philly’s porous scoring defense on Tuesday so expect a high scoring affair at Rexall Place where Hall has eight points in six games on the year.
Henrik Zetterberg ($7,000) – For a time this season, Zetterberg was the leading scorer in the league. He has points in all but two games this year, including four points and13 SOG in his last four games. He is averaging 4.0 fantasy points per game and has seven points at home this season where the Red Wings welcome the Lightning on Tuesday night.
David Desharnais ($3,900) – Desharnais gets overshadowed sometimes by the production of the Habs top line of Pacioretty, Gallagher and Plekanec but he has put together a very good 12 points on the season in a largely third-line role while seeing only about 13 minutes of ice time on a nightly basis. He has put up five points (1G, 4A) his previous two games and is a great value-buy against Ottawa on Tuesday.
Mike Hoffman ($4,800) – Hoffman is finally healthy and is set to return to the Senators lineup on Tuesday night against Montreal. Hoffman hasn’t played in almost two weeks, last seeing action on October 22, but before his injury he had eight points in seven games. With Mark Stone suspended for the next two games stemming from an illegal hit over the weekend, expect Hoffman to slot back onto the Sens top-line next to linemate Kyle Turris ($6,300) for the currently Carey Price-less Canadiens.
Others to Consider: Leon Draisaitl ($2,600), Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,500), T.J. Oshie ($6,000), Joel Ward ($4,300), Michael Frolik ($4,700), Joe Pavelski ($7,200), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,600), Brayden Schenn ($4,300), Josh Bailey ($4,100), Anze Kopitar ($5,400), Brad Marchand ($4,900), Jori Lehtera ($4,000)
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.