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.
After a very busy and exciting Monday night of National Hockey League action, we keep things rolling on this Tuesday evening with seven games on tap. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames are tonight’s biggest favorites, and despite the fact that we only have a seven-game slate, we have five teams (Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets and the Los Angeles Kings) playing on consecutive nights.
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Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins & Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild - The Carolina Hurricanes love to shoot the puck (averaging 34.3 shots per game, which is the third-most in the National Hockey League this season), but they struggle to score goals (ranking 26th overall in goals per game), which is the perfect situation for your GPP goalie. Not only should Tuukka Rask win tonight, but he should also make 30-plus saves along the way. It is a similar situation with Devan Dubnyk tonight. The Minnesota Wild allow a decent amount of shots on nightly basis (31.9), but most of these are perimeter shots, as the Wild continue to be one of the best teams in the game at suppressing scoring chances and high-danger shot attempts, which only helps Dubnyk pad his stats. With Nathan MacKinnon and company getting a heavy dose of Mikko Koivu, Dubnyk and the Wild should have a successful night.
Winnipeg Jets @ Nashville Predators - The offenses of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild and the Calgary Flames should draw most of the attention this evening in tournament play, which means the game at the Bridgestone Arena could get overlooked, and it could very well turn into a shootout. Both the Winnipeg Jets (fourth overall in goals per game), and the Nashville Predators (seventh overall in goals per game), have elite offenses and multiple lines that can score, so do not be surprised if we end up seeing a back and forth high scoring affair, like we saw just two weeks ago in Winnipeg, where the Predators came from behind to win 6-5. Both of the Predators’ top two scoring lines are stackable tonight, with their top line having the higher ceiling and their second line being the better bang for your buck. As for the Jets, you could certainly stack their top line, but they have not been the same without Mark Scheifele, so I will concentrate on sniper Patrik Laine the Jets’ second line.
Tampa Bay Lightning’s Second Line - The Tampa Bay Lightning’s top line should be very popular tonight in large field tournaments, and for good reason, but they are not the only Lightning line to consider tonight at the Amalie Arena. The Ottawa Senators have been a defensive disaster all season long (31st overall in CA/60. 22nd in HDCA/60 and 27th in SCA/60) and they do not appear to be getting any better, if the last six weeks are any indication (remaining dead last in CA/60, while ranking 27th in HDCA/60 and 30th in SCA/60), and this means we can certainly attack Ottawa with multiple lines this evening. Tampa Bay’s entire second line skates together at both even strength and on the Bolts' second power play unit, and they have multi-goal upside at a moderate price.
Dallas Stars Top Line – Despite being on the road, the Dallas Stars have a plus matchup on deck and head Coach Ken Hitchcock has decided to reunite his talented trio of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov. The Montreal Canadiens have now lost five straight contests and 13 of their last 16 games and I expect the Stars’ top line to dominate when on the ice. The Stars fearsome threesome is as explosive as any line in the National Hockey League, and with so many teams in great spots tonight, they are likely to get overlooked. This line won’t come cheap, but they have big game upside tonight at the Bell Center, and it’s not like Antti Niemi is going to shut them down.
T.J. Brodie, Calgary Flames – The Calgary Flames offense should be fairly popular tonight and I expect both Mark Giordano and Dougie Hamilton to draw plenty of attention, however, T.J. Brodie has similar upside, and I doubt we see much traffic on him at all tonight in large field tournaments. The Edmonton Oilers have been a defensive liability all season long, and their defensive game continues to get worse (ranking 29th overall in both CA/60 and SCA/60, while allowing the most HDCA/60 since February 1st), and we already know they own the National Hockey League’s worst penalty kill. Brodie has multi-point upside on the power play alone this evening and he comes at a discounted price.