Each day I will be providing my recommended player picks for your FanDuel daily fantasy hockey lineups. The goal is to help you build the optimal cash game (50/50s/double-ups/head-to-head) lineup.
We have another fantastic Tuesday night of DFS on deck with 11 games of National Hockey League action. The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars are my top teams to target this evening, and they should be popular. Aside from those two teams, the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins are the biggest favorites, and we have two teams (Philadelphia Flyers and Calgary Flames) playing on consecutive nights.
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Carter Hutton, St. Louis Blues, $8,400 – The St. Louis Blues are the biggest favorites on the board tonight, which should put goaltender Carter Hutton on your radar. Although he may not be an elite goaltender, Hutton has done a solid job as a back-up goalie throughout his career. He was also very good in his only start this season, beating the New York Rangers, stopping 33 of 35 shots along the way. Hutton is moderately priced and he should easily come away with the win tonight against a struggling Calgary Flames team that is playing in consecutive road games. All things considered, Hutton makes a strong play in cash games.
Other Mid-Tier Play: Petr Mrazek (DET)
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $7,900 – Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars were a huge disappointment on Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, getting shut out 3-0 on home ice. Despite the ugly performance, I am going back to the well again tonight. The Winnipeg Jets have not been good in their own end to start the 2016-17 campaign. The Jets sit in the bottom-third of the National Hockey League in shots allowed, goals against and penalty killing. In this prime matchup, look for Seguin to break out with a big performance this evening.
Top Mid-Tier Play: Jaden Schwartz (STL)
Top Value Play: Pavel Zacha (NJ)
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, $7,900 – We have a few teams to pick on tonight and the Calgary Flames may be the number one target. Calgary was an absolute defensive disaster last season and it looks like they will struggle again this year. So far in 2016-17, the Flames have allowed the second-most goals per game, while leading the league in minor penalties. Tarasenko is an offensive monster and he is my top overall play on the slate.
Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils, $6,200 – You could easily argue that the Arizona Coyotes have been the worst defensive team in hockey this year and I think they will continue to struggle all season long. So far this year the Desert Dogs have allowed the second-most shots per game (34.4) and the most goals per game (4.20). With a young team and weak goaltending, the Coyotes are unlikely to improve anytime soon. Hall has looked great in his last three games (3 G, 15 SH) and with this juicy matchup on tap, I think we see him snipe another goal.
Other Top Play: Jamie Benn (DAL)
Top Value Play: Vladimir Namestnikov (TB)
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues, $5,500 – The Calgary Flames are a very undisciplined team (leading the NHL with 39 minor penalties), and they have struggled with penalty killing this year, ranking 23rd overall, after finishing the 2015-16 season with the league’s worst penalty kill. The Flames are also playing in back-to-back games (and their third game in the past four days), and tired teams tend to take penalties. All of this sets up well for the St. Louis Blues’ power play quarterback. Shattenkirk is an elite offensive defenseman and he has big game upside in this plus matchup on home ice.