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by Dan Dobish

It was an exciting night from coast to coast in the National Hockey League, as 20 of the 31 teams were in action on Tuesday. We continue to see the amazing resurgence of the Buffalo Sabres, as they won their 10th game in a row, the Colorado Avalanche have a streak half that long, as they continue to make their way back from the depths to playoff form. Road teams won eight of the 10 games, with three contests decided in overtime and eight of the outings decided by one goal. Let's get started!

 

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Tuesday's Fantasy Five

 

Mikko Koskinen stopped all 28 shots he faced in Tuesday's 1-0 overtime victory against the Dallas Stars, picking up his second shutout of the season. He has rolled up an impressive 6-2-1 record with a 2.29 goals-against average (GAA) with a .923 save percentage so far. Koskinen continues to show well, taking the reins of the Edmonton starting goaltender job and he isn't looking back. If you own stock in Cam Talbot, he has had more than enough opportunity over the past two seasons to keep his job, but someone hotter has stepped up and now Talbot is on the back burner. Koskinen can be trusted as a No. 2 fantasy backstop across all formats, especially since he has a high-octane offense in front of him.

 

Brady Tkachuk, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, is looking like the real deal. It helps that he has outstanding bloodlines, too. The 6'3, 196-pound son of former NHLer Keith Tkachuk had two more goals, an assist, a plus-2 rating and he tied a season-high with six shots on net in Tuesday's 4-3 victory in Philadelphia. It was his second multi-goal game of the season, and oddly enough the other such occurrence also came against the Flyers in Ottawa back on Oct. 10. He is up to nine goals with 16 points and a plus-6 rating through 14 games. The rook is working at better than a point-per-game clip, way better than even Senators management likely envisioned this early on. Consider him a fantasy must-start across all pools.

 

While yes, it was in a losing effort against red-hot Buffalo, Joe Pavelski picked up a power-play goal and an even-strength marker with seven shots on net against the Sabres. He also won 13 of his 18 faceoff attempts (72.2 percent) to help fantasy owners using advanced scoring systems. Pavelski snapped a rare three-game goal drought. Despite the recent cool streak, he has managed 10 goals with 14 points and a plus-1 rating while lighting the lamp four times on the man advantage in 13 outings in the month of November. He'll be sad that the Sabres won't appear on the schedule again until next season, as he has three goals, including two on the man advantage, in the two games against Buffalo.

 

Mark Scheifele picked up a pair of even-strength goals in a marquee matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In fact, give Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler assists on Scheifele's appearance in the Fantasy Five. Both of the wingers picked up assists on the pivot's goals. He is just showing no signs of letting up, collecting seven goals with 14 points and a plus-6 rating in 11 games in the month of November, and 13 goals with 26 points overall on the season. He has managed just one occasion of going scoreless in back-to-back outings. Other than that, Scheifele has been one of the more consistent fantasy producers across the league.

 

The power line of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog were at it again, this time in the Music City in a 3-2 victory against the Nashville Predators. MacKinnon was the star of the cash line, burying a pair of goals as Colorado won for the fifth consecutive game. MacKinnon has been white-hot, as he has finally ascended from good player to superstar after being the No. 1 overall pick in 2013. He has eight goals with 19 points across the past 11 outings, including four power-play goals and nine points on the man advantage. Rantanen also has 19 points in his 12 games in November, as these two are showing no signs of slowing down for those with exposure to them in DFS and seasonal fantasy.

 

Fantasy Game of the Night

 

The Vegas Golden Knights and Chicago Blackhawks combined for 11 goals in Tuesday's battle on NBCSN, and the visitors put on a show. Marc-Andre Fleury did enough on 24 shots, allowing three goals, to pick up the victory in Chitown. Cody Eakin, Derek Engelland and Shea Theodore each produced three-point nights, while William Karlsson struck on the power play. Eakin was good for two goals, an assist and a plus-4 rating, while Engelland had three assists with a plus-3 rating, a blocked shot and a hit. Theodore was huge, though, as he had two goals, an assist, a plus-4 rating and a minor penalty across 21:11 of ice time. Ryan Carpenter, Tomas Nosek and Max Pacioretty each got in on the multi-point parade with two assists each. William Carrier didn't etch his name onto the scoresheet, but he was good for a plus-1 rating, two shots on goal and six hits. Carrier easily leads the NHL with 128 hits through 26 games.

 

It was a pretty awful outing for Corey Crawford, as he coughed up six goals on 30 shots before getting the hook after two periods in favor of Cam Ward. He wasn't much better, as the former Hurricanes backstop yielded two goals on 13 shots. Dylan Strome, acquired from the Arizona Coyotes on Monday, made his team debut. While he didn't bring success to the team in the 8-3 loss, he certainly did his part with a goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating with three shots on goal to endear himself to his new teammates. The former No. 3 overall pick in 2015 is hoping a change of scenery will finally jump-start his offense. Remember, he is still just 21 years old. Gustav Forsling picked up his first goal of the season, and he has three points over the past two games as he is showing signs of life after a slow start. Erik Gustafsson managed to find the back of the net for the second consecutive game, his first time lighting the lamp in consecutive outings for the first time in his 101 NHL games.

 

Quick Hits: Jeff Skinner continues to make a splash in Buffalo, scoring the game-winning tally in overtime to sink the Sharks and help the Sabres win their 10th consecutive outing. … Carter Hutton was on fire again, allowing just two goals on 36 shots to pick up the victory and move to 12-6-1 with a 2.50 GAA and .920 save percentage. … Thomas Chabot isn't making Ottawa fans forget Erik Karlsson, but he is certainly lessening the blow of his loss. He picked up another goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating. … Curtis McElhinney is making the most of his chance to play regularly in Carolina. He allowed just one goal on 48 saves in a victory in Montreal, as the Canadiens flipped the script on the league's top team in terms of SOG. … Shea Weber picked up an assist with a plus-1 rating and three shots on goal in his season debut vs. Carolina. … Nick Ritchie posted a goal, an assist and a plua-1 rating with four hits across 13:19 of ice time. … Brayden Point continues to roll up big numbers, notching his 18th goal and 32nd point of the season in Tuesday's loss against the Ducks. He has at least one goal in three straight outings, and he has 18 goals and 32 points with a plus-12 rating overall on the season. … Samuel Girard posted two assists with two blocked shots across 20:05 of ice time in a victory in the Music City. The bad news is that he failed to nab Dr. Richard Kimble yet again. … Josh Archibald posted two goals and an assist in a win at Minnesota, putting a nine-game scoreless drought to bed in dramatic fashion. … Antti Raanta left after two periods in that game against the Wild with a lower-body injury. He'll be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Adin Hill came on with Raanta needing medical attention. … Jared Spurgeon posted assists on all three goals for the Wild. … Dustin Brown posted a goal and an assist with a plus-2 rating and three hits at Vancouver, following up his hat trick in style. … Cal Petersen posted a win, allowing just one win on 32 shots. Jonathan Quick might return soon to splash cold water on Petersen's fantasy appeal. … Brock Boeser was scoreless with a minus-1 rating in his return from injury.