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.
Hello Grinders, and welcome to our last Tuesday night slate of the regular season, featuring nine games of National Hockey League action. The Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks are tonight’s biggest favorites, and we have two teams (Florida Panthers and the Winnipeg Jets) playing on consecutive nights.
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Antti Raanta, Arizona Coyotes - Antti Raanta is inexpensive to own ($7,900 on DraftKings, and $7,700 on FanDuel) and he has been the hottest goaltender in the National Hockey League, winning his last five starts, while posting a 1.00 GAA and a .964 SV% last week alone. Despite being on the road, the matchup for Raanta and the Arizona Coyotes is actually a good one. The Calgary Flames have been decimated by injuries and they appear to be no longer interested in winning games this year, losing seven of their last eight contests and 12 of their last 16. Despite their losing ways, the Flames actually lead the National Hockey League in shots per game this month (37.1), so if Raanta can come away with the win (and I think he does), he should be one of the highest scoring goalies on the night.
Boston Bruins @ Tampa Bay Lightning - The game between the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning might not be the most DFS relevant game, but it has sneaky shootout potential. With the Lightning having home ice advantage, look for Bolts coach Jon Cooper to keep his lethal top line away from the Bruins’ ferocious number one line, which should open the door for both lines to have multi-goal performances. Although I do like Lightning’s top line (even without Steven Stamkos), I would also not sleep on the Bruins’ number one line, despite the difficult matchup (as the Bruins’ top line will face Tampa Bay’s second line, which is their best defensive line). Boston’s top line has shown us throughout the 2017-18 campaign that they are simply matchup proof, and we could see both of these potent lines produce big games in a high scoring affair. Not to mention, both of these expensive lines will be criminally under-owned in large field tournaments.
Montreal Canadiens Top Line - The Winnipeg Jets are locked into the second seed in Central Division, so they do not need to win this game tonight at the Bell Center, and we could see Jets coach Paul Maurice rest some key players like he did last night against the Ottawa Senators. On top of that, Winnipeg is playing their last game of a four-game road trip, and this is not only their second game in as many nights, it is also their third game in four nights. Of course, all of this puts the Montreal Canadiens’ top line in play. The Habs’ number one line correlates well at both even strength on their top power play unit, and they are not expensive to stack, so we should easily be able to add power play quarterback Jeff Petry to the mix.
San Jose Sharks Offense - The matchup on paper may not look all that appealing, but the San Jose Sharks are a sneaky offense to target tonight in large field tournaments. The Dallas Stars have been awful down the stretch (losing 11 of their last 14 games), and now they are simply playing out their disappointing season, and I don’t see them being too interested tonight at the Shark Tank. Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks desperately need the win as they try to fend off the Los Angeles Kings to maintain home ice advantage in the first round, so you know they are going to be flying out of the gate. The Sharks have two very capable scoring lines, with their top line being the main attraction, and their moderately priced second line likely to fly well under the radar. Adding Brent Burns would also differentiate your lineup, as most will struggle to fit him in.