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 leader boards in FanDuel and DraftKings tournament play.
We have ourselves an excellent slate on deck, with 12 games of National Hockey League action on this Tuesday evening. The Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers are tonight’s biggest favorites, and we have six teams (New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning) playing their second game in as many 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.
Casey DeSmith, Pittsburgh Penguins – Casey DeSmith checks all the boxes necessary tonight as a GPP goaltender. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a decent sized favorite and DeSmith is fairly cheap to own, on top of that, the Carolina Hurricanes love to shoot the puck (averaging over 34 shots per game, which is the fourth-most in the National Hockey League), but they struggle to score goals (averaging 2.70 goals per game, good for 23rd overall), putting the Penguins rookie tender in a prime spot tonight. DeSmith should not only win tonight at the PPG Paints Arena, but he should also see plenty of shots in the process, making him one of the top GPP options in goal this evening on this massive slate.
St. Louis Blues' Offense – Since the injury to Jaden Schwartz, the St. Louis Blues offense has not been the same offensive juggernaut we saw early in the season, and with 12 games on the docket, we may see this offense fly under the radar this evening in large field tournaments. With that being said, I do expect a decent amount of ownership on Vladimir Tarasenko and the Blues’ top line, but they will not be as highly owned as they should considering their opponent. The Ottawa Senators have very quietly been one of the National Hockey League’s weaker defensive teams, sitting 30th overall in CA/60, 21st in HDCA/60 and 25th in SCA/60. If you are a multi-entry GPP player, the Blues’ number one line is a must stack tonight. As for the Blues’ second line, they also have multi-goal potential tonight at the Scottrade Center, and they are not only much cheaper to stack, but they will be heavily under-owned in comparison.
Boston Bruins' Second Line – The Boston Bruins have one of the highest projected goal totals on the slate, and they should be popular tonight in all formats, but I expect most daily fantasy players to focus on Boston’s top line, leaving their underrated second line low-owned in large field tournaments. The New Jersey Devils are not a strong defensive team (21st in CA/60 and 26th in SCA/60), and with Patrice Bergeron and his linemates taking on the Devils’ best line, the Bruins’ second line should see plenty of scoring opportunities against New Jersey’s weaker lines.
Anaheim Ducks' Number One Line - The Anaheim Ducks’ top line never seems to get the attention they deserve in tournament play, and they find themselves in another favorable spot this evening at the Honda Center. Due to injuries, this potent line has not played a ton together, but they have been dominant when doing so. The New York Rangers have struggled on the back end all season long, showing an ugly possession game (31st in CA/60), while surrendering way too many scoring chances (29th in SCA/60) and high-danger scoring attempts (29th in HDCA/60). If you are looking for a late night hammer, the Ducks number one line is the place to be.
Jeff Petry, Montreal Canadiens - The Colorado Avalanche may have won 10 straight games, but they are not a strong defensive team, and they are one of six teams playing their second game in as many nights tonight at the Bell Centre. The Montreal Canadiens offense is likely to get overlooked this evening with so many teams in great spots, leaving the moderately priced Jeff Petry and his multi-point potential low owned in GPPs.
Darnell Nurse, Edmonton Oilers - Darnell Nurse is another moderately priced blue liner in play tonight at the Rogers Place as the Edmonton Oilers host the lowly Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres are playing some bad hockey these days, allowing a National Hockey League high 4.50 goals against per game this month. Nurse has now taken over as the Oilers power play quarterback and I think we see him find his way onto the score sheet tonight in this favorable matchup on home ice.