Every Tuesday and Thursday I will be providing my recommended player picks for your daily fantasy hockey lineups. The goal is to help you to the top of the leaderboards in FanDuel and DraftKings tournament play.
After a fairly quiet and uneventful Monday night in the National Hockey League, we kick it up a notch on this Tuesday evening, with a massive 11-game slate. The Vegas Golden Knights, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lighting are tonight’s biggest favorites, and we have three teams (Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and the Los Angeles Kings) playing on consecutive nights.
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Andre Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning - If you are looking for 35-plus save potential tonight in GPPs, you need to consider Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andre Vasilevskiy. Since the All-Star break, the Lightning are allowing the fifth-most shots against per game (34.6) in the National Hockey League, meanwhile the Toronto Maple Leafs are taking the seventh-most shots per game (34.3), and without Auston Matthews in the lineup, this offense is not the same powerhouse it was earlier in the season. Vasilevskiy and the Lightning should get the job done tonight at the Amalie Arena, and he should make plenty of saves along the way. As a bonus, the Russian netminder is likely to be heavily under-owned this evening, thanks to a hefty price tag and what appears to be a difficult matchup.
Colorado Avalanche Top Line - Despite having one of the most consistent and explosive lines in the National Hockey League, the Colorado Avalanche’s number one line rarely seems to be highly owned on big slates like this, and with them being on the road tonight in the midst of an 11-game slate, with plenty offense to go around, they could very well have lower ownership than they should once again. The Chicago Blackhawks are a poor defensive team, and although their defensive metrics have improved since the All-Star break, they are still allowing too many scoring chances and high-danger shot attempts, putting the Av’s top line in a better spot than some may realize. MacKinnon and company will likely get a heavy dose of Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks’ top line tonight at the United Center, but MacKinnon has proven to be match-up proof, and Toews is no longer the shutdown stud he once was.
Columbus Blue Jackets Number One Line - Despite playing their second game in as many nights, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ top line is in a great spot tonight at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers have been a defensive disaster since the February 26 trading deadline, sitting 27th overall in SCA/60 and dead last in CA/60. The Blue Shirts have also allowed the third-most goals against per game since the All-Star break, surrendering 3.59 per contest. All of this of course certainly opens the door for the Blue Jackets’ moderately priced number one line. This underrated trio correlates well at both even strength and on the Blue Jackets’ number one power play unit, and they have multi-goal potential tonight in this favorable matchup.
Florida Panthers Offense - The Ottawa Senators have been one of the National Hockey League’s worst defensive teams all season long (ranking 31st overall in CA/60, 22nd in HDCA/60 and 27th in SCA/60), which puts the Florida Panthers offense in a prime spot tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre. However, with the Panthers playing on the tail end of a road back-to-back, and with a huge 11-game slate on deck, they may not get the attention they deserve tonight in large field tournaments. Both of the Panthers’ top two scoring lines are stackable tonight, and with two-thirds of both of those lines representing Florida’s number one power play unit, power play quarterback Keith Yandle can be paired with either line.
Carolina Hurricanes Top Line - Over the last six weeks you could argue that the Edmonton Oilers have actually been the worst defensive team in the National Hockey League, ranking 27th overall in CA/60, and 31st overall in both HDCA/60 and SCA/60. Making matters worse, the Oilers continue to play undisciplined hockey (taking the eighth-most penalty minutes per game), while toting the league’s 28th ranked penalty. The Carolina Hurricanes’ top line is moderately priced and they have multi-goal potential tonight at the PNC Arena. Not to mention, with so much offense on the board this evening, I doubt we see much traction on this underrated trio. Also, because this line remains fairly easy to stack, I suggest you add power play quarterback Justin Faulk to the mix whenever possible.