With seven games on tap for Tuesday night, let’s take a look at some players to target for your DraftKings DFS Hockey lineups. Those players who are already entered into Monday/Tuesday contents can still make changed even with your lineup set, so here are some players to consider before all lineups lock on Tuesday night:
Braden Holtby ($8,000) – Holtby has a very favorable matchup on Tuesday night against the Flames. So far on the season the Flames have struggled offensively with secondary scoring and have failed to get the production from their defensemen they had hoped going into the season. Holtby brings a 2.05 GAA and a .920 SV% into the game, so have confidence rolling him against a Calgary team that sits in the bottom 1/3 of the league in scoring offense.
Mike Smith ($5,900) – With the start that Smith has had to the season, the fact he is so ridiculously priced should make him almost a guaranteed must start in your DFS Hockey lineup. Smith’s 3-1-0 record with a 2.25 GAA and .940 SV% are fantastic numbers and nothing to be overlooked. Yes, he gave up five goals against to the Bruins on Saturday, but Smith will have the chance for a huge bounce back win for the Coyotes against the Devils on Tuesday, and with that price tag he’s hard to pass up.
Jaroslav Halak ($7,000) – Halak was tested on Saturday by the Sharks in his season debut. While he did allow three goals, he started to look stronger as the game wore on. He didn’t play much in the preseason so it could take him a few games to get his stamina back, but he is a great value buy against a surprisingly bad Columbus team.
Others to Consider: Carey Price ($8,400), Marc-Andre Fleury ($7,800), Ben Bishop($7,700), Pekka Rinne ($7,900), Kari Lehtonen ($6,500), Antti Niemi ($6,800).
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,000) – OEL has taken command of the Phoenix blueline since the trade that sent Keith Yandle to the Rangers. Only two points (1G, 1A) on the season, but Ekman-Larsson has continued to shoot the puck and is currently tied for the lead in SOG by defensemen with 21. Expect that trend to continue with a great chance for offense when the Coyotes take on the Devils on Tuesday night.
Roman Josi ($6,100) – Josi had a breakout season in 2014-2015 and has carried that strong play over into this year. The price tag is high, but with points in three consecutive games (2G, 3A) to go along with five SOG and five blocked shots, Josi is getting every chance to produce on Nashville’s top-pair alongside Shea Weber.
Johnny Boychuk ($5,000) – Boychuk was finally able to show his offensive potential last season with the Islanders and has brought that into the early stages of the new season. Through five games the heavy-handed shot of Boychuk has produced 21 SOG, tying Ekman-Larsson and Justin Faulk for the NHL lead among defensemen. He also has three points and 11 blocked shots and is seeing time and extra offensive chances on the Isles potent-at-times power-play unit. Don’t hesitate about putting Boychuk in your lineup against Columbus.
John Carlson ($6,200) – Carlson is enjoying a great start to the season with five points in Washington’s first four games. He is seeing increased time and offensive chances at both even strength and on the power-play thanks to the offseason departure of Mike Green and DFS Hockey players should jump all over Carlson in a favorable game against Calgary.
Others to Consider: Alex Goligoski ($4,200), Dennis Wideman ($4,800), P.K. Subban ($5,900), Kris Letang ($5,400), Mark Streit ($4,300), Carl Gunnarsson ($2,600).
Tyler Seguin ($8,300) – Few players in the league are as hot as Seguin is at the moment. Riding a four game points streak, Seguin comes into Tuesday’s contest against Philadelphia with eight points (3G, 5A) and 23 SOG over that time period. The cost is high but so is the chance for great production from Seguin.
John Tavares ($8,000) – Tavares takes three consecutive multi-point games into his matchup Tuesday night against a winless Blue Jackets team that has given up the most goals in the league to opponents this season. With eight points (3G, 5A) and averaging over three SOG per game, Tavares is one of the strongest forward plays on Tuesday night.
T.J. Oshie ($5,400) – Oshie is beginning to settle in on Washington’s top line with Alexander Ovechkin and for the moment Evgeny Kuznetsov. With the return of Nicklas Backstrom over the weekend, Coach Barry Trotz could move him up to the first line and make Oshie even more valuable. Still, Oshie is seeming time Backstrom and Ovechkin on the Caps top power-play unit and at an affordable $5,400 he is averaging a point-per-game with 16 SOG through Washington’s first four games.
Filip Forsberg ($6,000) – Forsberg has looked strong in the early part of his sophomore season with Nashville. The team is still struggling for secondary scoring, but Forsberg is doing his part with two goals and two assists on the year. His shot output is low, only 10 SOG on the season, but he will need to help power the Predators offense on Tuesday against Tampa Bay so expect a lot of chances for Forsberg to produce.
Jaromir Jagr ($5,600) – Jagr continues to prove that age is just a number. With five points in his last three games, Jaro is off to a sizzling start to the season for a young Panthers team. A tough matchup looms with Pittsburgh on Tuesday, but Jagr is a solid mid-range value on the wing.
Martin Hanzal ($4,300) – Hanzal, along with linemates AnthonyDuclair ($3,900) and Tobias Rieder ($4,000), has had a strong start to the season for the surprise Coyotes. Hanzal had his four game point streak snapped on Saturday against the Bruins but has a favorable matchup against New Jersey on Tuesday night. The trio currently makes up the Coyotes highest scoring line and DFS Hockey players should strongly consider riding them while they remain hot before their prices really shoot up.
Others to Consider: Alex Ovechkin ($9,100), James Neal ($5,900), Kyle Okposo ($5,900), Max Domi ($5,200), Jamie Benn ($7,600), Max Pacioretty ($7,600), Anders Lee ($4,800), Ryan Strome ($4,600), Ales Hemsky ($4,200) Jonathan Drouin($5,000).
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.