Every Tuesday and Thursday I will be providing my recommended player picks for your daily fantasy hockey lineups. The goal is to help you to the top of the leaderboards in FanDuel and DraftKings tournament play.
We have another exciting Tuesday night ahead of us, with 10 games of National League Hockey action. The Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins are your biggest favorites, and we have two teams (New York Islanders and the Nashville Predators) playing on consecutive nights.
NOTE: Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page page prior to game time, to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting.
Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins - If you are looking for a high upside option in goal tonight, Tristan Jarry is once again in play. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ young goaltender has looked terrific so far in his short stint at the National Hockey League level (1.99 GAA, .937 SV%), and he has been superb in place of the injured Matt Murray, stopping 66 of his last 67 shots, including a 34 save shutout. With the Penguins’ open style of play, Jarry should see plenty of rubber tonight, and if he can come away with the win, he should be one of the highest scoring goalies on the night.
Dallas Stars Top Line - I rarely go out of my way to pick on the Nashville Predators, but they are playing their second game in as many nights and they will be without their best defensive forward in Ryan Johansen. On top of that, the Dallas Stars’ top line is kind of good, and pretty much matchup proof. Still the matchup is less than ideal and the Stars’ loaded top line is extremely expensive to stack, which should keep their ownership down, and there is plenty of potential here. If you are looking for an under-owned line to stack that has huge upside, you have found it.
Vancouver Canucks Number One Line - The Vancouver Canucks’ top line has been one of the best contrarian lines in the National Hockey League this season and they are once again in play tonight. The Carolina Hurricanes can be a difficult opponent, but they have not been playing their best hockey of late, losing four of their last six games, while surrendering 24 goals against in the process. With the Canucks on home ice, Coach Travis Green will be able to keep his top line away from Jordan Staal and the Hurricanes’ shutdown line, putting them in a much better position to have a productive night. Furthermore, with the Canucks adding the talented young Nokalay Goldobin to the top line, this threesome has become cheap to stack, and they have multi-goal potential once again tonight.
Montreal Canadiens Top Line - The St. Louis Blues are not an easy team to face, thanks to their solid defensive game and very good goaltending. With that being said, I still have interest in the Montreal Canadiens’ number one line tonight. With so many expensive line stacks in play, we need to find a secondary line stack that is less expensive, and the Canadiens’ top line fits the bill. Not only is this trio inexpensive to stack, they still provide multi-goal upside, with all three members seeing power play time. Sure, it is unlikely this Habs trio produces a huge game, but a multi-goal game may be all you need if you are able to pair them up with another line stack that goes off.
Colorado Avalanche’s Number One Line - The Colorado Avalanche have been lights-out on home ice this season (8-4-1) and their top line continues to produce. They face the Buffalo Sabres who can be a stingy defensive team, but their goaltending is below average and they can certainly be outplayed. Like the Montreal Canadiens’ top line above, The Avs’ number one line is also easy to pair up with a more expensive line, and they also have multi-goal potential this evening at the Pepsi Center.
Jonathan Marchessault & Shea Theodore, Vegas Golden Knights - The Vegas Golden Knights find themselves in a good offensive spot tonight at the T-Mobile arena. The Golden Knights are not only rolling offensively, they also have a plus matchup on deck, with the banged up Anaheim Ducks coming to town for their sixth and final game of their long road trip. With all their injuries, the Ducks have struggled defensively and that opens the door for Jonathan Marchessault and company. The underrated Marchessault has been on an offensive tear of late (19 PTS in his last 15 GP), and the Golden Knights’ top line in general has been one of the hottest lines in the National Hockey League. With so many good offensive spots to attack tonight, we could see the 26-year-old sniper and his linemates fly under the radar tonight in tournament play. Additionally, we can look to the Vegas blue line, where Shea Theodore continues to log heavy minutes at even strength and as the Golden Knights’ power play quarterback. Considering the favorable spot, and his inexpensive price tag, Theodore is likely the top point-per-dollar play on defense tonight.