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Pekka Rinne (NSH) - G - $8,600
Nashville has started the season with a troubling 2-5-1 record, which includes a 0-4-1 mark on the road. Rinne has struggled away from home with a 3.86 goals-against average and an .892 save percentage in four starts. This does not appear to be a favorable matchup for Rinne and the Predators at Colorado.
Anze Kopitar (LAK) - C - $7,000
Los Angeles ranks 29th in the league this season with 2.11 goals for per game. The Kings’ opponent Tuesday night, the Anaheim Ducks, haven’t been much better at 2.33 goals for per contest. Kopitar has been more productive at home this year than on the road, but he has scored two goals and one power-play point in nine games, so he isn’t doing enough to justify his price tag right now.
Aleksander Barkov (FLA) - C - $6,200
Barkov has been ice cold lately after a very promising start to the season. He has not recorded a point in the last five games and he has been limited to a mere five shots during that time. When you factor in his lack of success against Boston (two goals and one assist in eight games) and Tuukka Rask’s superb play this season, you are probably better off avoiding Barkov Tuesday night.
Jason Spezza (DAL) - C - $6,200
The Stars have had trouble scoring lately and injuries have cut into the team’s depth. Spezza has been seeing time on the wing with Radek Faksa and Antoine Roussel. He is still trying to adjust to the new role and just returned from a two-game absence on Saturday from a lower-body injury.
Alexander Steen (STL) - W - $6,200
The Blues have been held to one goal in five of the past six games. Steen hasn’t picked up a point in his last three outings. He has two goals in nine matches and one of those markers was scored into an empty net. Wait until he heats up again before selecting him for your roster.
Kyle Okposo (BUF) - W - $6,100
Okposo has been hot with three goals in his last two games, but Devan Dubnyk and the Wild have been extremely stingy. The Minnesota netminder has a shutout streak of 181:43. Obviously, it won’t last forever but I’m not confident enough in Buffalo’s offense to break through. It may not be a happy homecoming for Okposo and company.
Alex Killorn (TBL) - W - $5,700
Killorn appears to have cooled down after a hot start. He hasn’t earned a point in his last two games and he has been credited with two shots over that span. Killorn skated with Valtteri Filppula and Jonathan Drouin Saturday night, so he is outside of the top-six group now. I would steer clear of using him at this time.
John Carlson (WSH) - D - $6,000
Carlson isn’t doing nearly enough to justify his current price on FanDuel. He has one assist in eight games and he hasn’t earned a point in six straight appearances.
Torey Krug (BOS) - D - $5,300
Krug is still looking for his first point of the year after eight contests. He feels like he is getting back on track after recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, but until the points start to come you are better off looking elsewhere on defense.
John Klingberg (DAL) - D - $4,900
Over the previous two seasons getting Klingberg for $4,900 would be a bargain, but he has struggled early into the 2016-17 campaign. He has no goals and three assists in eight matches, while being credited with a mere 10 shots. All of his points have come on the power play, but the Stars currently rank 21st overall with the man advantage so it hasn’t been very efficient. He should bounce back, but for now there are better options.