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After an entertaining Monday night of hockey action, the NHL presents us with a fantastic nine-game slate on this Tuesday evening. There will be plenty of cash game volume out there and more tournaments than you could possibly enter.
A couple of the NHL’s weaker teams (Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes) are playing on consecutive nights and facing two of the league’s best offenses (New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues), and we should be looking to target those teams in our cash games, at the very least.
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Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues, $7,300 – Allen has been very shaky at times this season and has not posted great numbers (2.57 GAA, .904 SV%) overall on the year. However, he has been good since the beginning of January (1.78 GAA, .923 SV%) and is in a great spot tonight versus the offensively challenged Arizona Coyotes. The Desert Dogs have a very difficult task of not only playing the Blues in St. Louis (where they are one of the NHL’s best teams on home ice, 20-5-2), but also playing consecutive road games. Unlike a lot of other weak offenses, the Coyotes actually take a decent amount of shots per game (29.3), with very little results (2.24 goals per game), making this the perfect scenario for your cash game goalie. Look for another strong performance from Allen tonight and the all-important win.
John Tavares, New York Islanders, $8,400 – Tavares has really picked up his offensive game since the calendar turned to 2015 (9 G, 19 PTS, 61 SOG in 16 GP) and should be one of the top centers to target in all formats tonight. Not only are the Oilers awful on the road (6-14-7), but now they get to face one of the league’s most potent offenses, playing on back to back nights. Edmonton has allowed the second-most goals against per game in the NHL this season, a number that will only go up in Long Island tonight. Tavares seems like a lock for a multi-point game.
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, $6,100 - The Bruins have been a much a better hockey club in the past month, thanks in large part to their leader, Patrice Bergeron. One of the best two-way players in the game, Bergeron is always a safe play in your cash games. The Stars have consistently ranked near the bottom of the league in most defensive categories all season long. Dallas has lost three of their last four games and will be playing their third game in four nights. Look for another productive game from Bergeron tonight.
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens, $8,700 – Pacioretty is coming off back to back multi-point games, tallying four points, 11 shots on goal and a plus four rating. Mad Max has 10 goals and 17 points in his last 15 games and has been a stud at home (13 G, 31 PTS, in 27 GP) all season long. The loss of Goaltender Steve Mason is a huge blow to the Flyers and I expect the Habs to take advantage of that tonight. The Flyers are not a great defensive team to begin with, sitting in the bottom third of the NHL in most defensive categories. Earlier in the year Philadelphia had a hard time keeping the puck out of their net with Ray Emery and company filling in for Steve Mason. Pacioretty is a cash game beast and is one of the top players to target tonight.
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, $7,400 – Tarasenko has been lighting it up in his last five games, producing four goals, five points, 21 shots on net, and a plus five rating. This 23-year-old Russian has become the Blues’ biggest offensive threat and one of the top snipers in the NHL this season. The Blues crushed Arizona in both of their meetings this season (6-1 & 6-0), and I think we see more of the same tonight.
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues, $4,700 – Pietrangelo logs over 25 minutes of ice time per game and is seeing a ton of time on the Blues’ top powerplay unit. The Blues are a consistent and explosive offense and they should not have any trouble scoring against this defensively challenged Arizona squad. All signs to point to the Blues blowing away the Desert Dogs tonight. Look for Pietrangelo to take advantage of the Coyotes 27th-ranked penalty kill.
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, $3,700 – Markov has goals in back to back games and has started to shoot the puck a lot more recently, with 12 shots on goal in his last three games. Markov is a powerplay specialist and he should find success against Philadelphia’s 28th-ranked penalty kill this evening.