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.
After a quiet but exciting Monday night of hockey, the National Hockey League presents us with a terrific 10–game slate on this Tuesday evening. The New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montréal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche are the biggest favorites on the dock and we have two teams (Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins) playing on consecutive nights.
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Antti Raanta, New York Rangers, $8,700 - And the beat goes on…as the Vancouver Canucks continue to play ugly hockey, losing their ninth straight game at the hands of the New York Islanders last night. The Canucks are not only losing, they are also struggling to score, sitting 30th overall in goals per game this season, with a pathetic 1.62 per game. Antti Raanta and the New York Rangers are on a roll and there is no way they slow down tonight versus this weak Canucks squad playing in back-to-back games (and three times in their last four nights). Raanta is not only a lock for the win tonight, but he also has the best chance for a shutout this evening.
Other Options: Marc-André Fleury (PIT), Carey Price (MTL)
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, $8,900 - At 29 years old, Sidney Crosby remains the best player in the world. He'll get to prove that he is still the best player in the world tonight when he faces Connor McDavid for the first time, who is threatening to supplant him for that distinction. After missing the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first six games of the 2016-17 season with a concussion, Sid the Kid has come back with a vengeance, racking up eight goals, 10 points and 21 shots on net in six games this year. Crosby has even picked up his offensive game of late, producing six goals over his last four contests, including two consecutive multi-goal performances. Look for Crosby to hit the score sheet multiple times tonight in this plus matchup on home ice.
James Neal, Nashville Predators, $6,700 - James Neal is playing his best hockey of the season right now. The Predators winger has produced two goals, four points and 17 shots on goal in his last four games. Playing alongside puck possession monster Ryan Johansen, Neal will continue to see plenty of scoring chances and fire plenty of shots on goal. The Ottawa Senators’ 1980’s style of hockey will open up scoring chances for Neal tonight at both even strength and on the power play, and I think we see him snipe at least one goal tonight.
Rick Nash, New York Rangers, $6,500 - With goals in three of his last four contests, Nash looks rejuvenated of late. The 32-year-old winger has shown great chemistry with his linemates Derek Stepan and former Hobey Baker award winner Jimmy Vesey. The New York Rangers lead the National Hockey League in goals per game (4.23), with Nash and the Blue Shirts’ top line a big reason why. Led by Nash, this trio has multi-goal upside in a very favorable matchup on home ice.
Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche, $4,900 - If you thought the Arizona Coyotes defensive numbers were bad, and they are (leading the NHL in shots allowed and goals against per game), you should see their road totals. The Desert Dogs have actually been dramatically worse away from Gila River Arena, allowing a ridiculous 4.57 goals per game. This obviously puts the Colorado Avalanche in play this evening, and if we also consider the Coyotes own the league’s 27th ranked penalty kill, that leads us right to the Avs’ power play quarterback Tyson Barrie. Whether it’s at even strength or on the power play, the moderately priced Barrie should convert one of his many scoring opportunities this evening.
Top Value Plays: Erik Johnson & François Beauchemin (COL)