There are nine games tonight, but every team other than Dallas, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles is rested. Tonight's action includes Washington vs. the New York Rangers, with the winner of that contest taking first place in the Metropolitan Division. Two of the worst teams in the league thus far will also face off in Calgary vs. Colorado.
Remember to check the bottom of the page later for starting goaltender updates and keep an eye on the injury page as well.
Anders Lee LW (NY Islanders) - $5,700
We'll start with the fact that Lee has been fairly mediocre this season with three goals, six points, and a minus-six rating in 12 games this season. Beyond that though, the reason why you want to pass on Lee is because Tavares is dealing with an illness that's expected to keep him out of tonight's contest against New Jersey. Part of Lee's appeal this season was the fact that he was getting decent minutes with Tavares, we're naturally less likely to go with him.
Nick Foligno RW (Columbus) - $6,500
Foligno has just one goal and five points in 12 games this season after breaking out last season with 73 points. This might be the start of a campaign where he falls back to Earth, but what makes him particularly unappealing right now is the fact that the promising line of Foligno, Ryan Johansen, and Brandon Saad has been completely dismantled. Each of the three were on separate lines during Monday's practice and that likely hits Foligno the worst.
Matt Duchene C (Colorado) - $6,900
Duchene might be a tempting option for some given that Colorado is up against Calgary, which has allowed more goals than any other team so far this season. This does seem like a decent opportunity for Duchene to break out of his slump, but I'm still hesitant to recommend him. The fact that he's been limited to a goal and three points in 11 games is obviously a factor, but Duchene also hasn't had the smoothest of career paths. He's had some phenomenal seasons, but there's been some disappointing ones sprinkled in there too. As talented as he is, he's a gamble in general this season and one that's been cold out of the gate to boot. If he was cheaper than maybe he'd be worth rolling the dice on anyways against Calgary, but on a busy night like tonight, you can do better.
Ryan McDonagh D (NY Rangers) - $5,600
McDonagh logs big minutes for the Rangers, but so far he has just an assist in 11 games. Part of that is due to a decline in power-play ice time as he went from averaging 2:52 minutes per contest in 2013-14 when he had 43 points to 1:31 minutes now, behind blueliners Keith Yandle and Dan Boyle. Looking towards tonight's game against Washington in particular, he's expected to get the tough assignment of shutting down the Alex Ovechkin, making him less desirable in the short term even independent of his poor offensively numbers.
Tuukka Rask G (Boston) - $8,300
Rask got off to a rough start this season, but he's been one of the league's best goaltenders over the past few years and has allowed just one goal over his last two starts, so some are bound to be tempted to take him. He even has a reasonable price point compared to most other starters. But keep in mind that the teams he dominated were Arizona and Florida, whereas he's up against Dallas tonight. That's a far bigger test and it's why I recommend staying away from him tonight.
Rick Nash LW (NY Rangers) - $8,500
For that price point, you need a player that's been great and while Nash has certainly been that in the past and is likely to eventually start producing like a star again, he is off to a slow start this season. He has one goal and six points in 11 games even after registering three assists on Oct. 30. Some might see that three-point night and see it as an indication that he's starting to break out and while that might be the case, I wouldn't feel comfortable enough to take him yet. Keep in mind that his three-point night came against Toronto, arguably the worst team in the NHL, and tonight he'll be up against the far tougher Capitals. Nash might be a great guy to pick up in a week's time, but I'd err on the side of caution with him for now.
John Tavares C (NY Islanders) - $9,200
As we mentioned above, Tavares has been battling an illness and isn't expected to play Tuesday. He did skate Tuesday morning, so it shouldn't be too long before he's back, but it certainly would be rough if you actually picked him tonight, thinking that there was a decent chance that he would play.
Marian Gaborik LW (Los Angeles) - $6,800
I recommended passing on him yesterday, noting his cold start and the fact that he had been playing alongside Nick Shore and Trevor Lewis. He finished yesterday's contest with no points and a minus-one rating, but he played alongside Anze Kopitar, so some might be tempted to roll the dice on him now. I'm once again suggesting that you don't pick Gaborik. The Kings are up against the formidable St. Louis Blues and he's a 33-year-old that's being asked to play for a third time in four nights. That's a poor combination.
Antti Raanta G (NY Rangers) - $9,000
Raanta has a 0.50 GAA and .978 save percentage, but there are three reasons you shouldn't take him tonight: 1) Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start 2) even if Raanta does start, it will be against the dangerous Washington Capitals and 3) those impressive numbers don't really mean much given that he's just played in two games. Normally I wouldn't bother specifically arguing against not taking a backup, but his price is so out of line with my opinion of his worth that I feel obligated to draw attention to it.
Tampa Bay (Ben Bishop) confirmed @ Detroit (Jimmy Howard) confirmed
Los Angeles (Jhonas Enroth) @ St. Louis (Jake Allen) confirmed
Calgary (Karri Ramo) confirmed @ Colorado (Semyon Varlamov) confirmed
Philadelphia (Michal Neuvirth) confirmed @ Edmonton (Anders Nilsson) confirmed
Columbus (Sergei Bobrovsky) confirmed @ San Jose (Martin Jones) confirmed