It was busy night on the National Hockey League ice with 13 total games, and just five teams sitting it out on Tuesday. It was a mediocre night as far as fantasy is concerned, with an average of 6.0 goals per game - or 79 total goals. There were no shutouts, but only one team managed more than five goals in their game. It was also a strange evening with no shootouts and only one game decided in overtime, which is surprising with such a large slate. In fact, only four of the games were decided by one goal. Let's get started!
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Minnesota Wild 4, Buffalo Sabres 1
Zach Parise was the fantasy stud in this one, as he had two more goals to light the lamp at least once in each of his past three outings. One of the goals was on the power play, and he has four goals and five points with a plus-3 rating during the three-game span. It was his first two-goal game on the road since Oct. 23, 2016 against the New York Islanders.
Jason Zucker was also in the multi-point club, posting a goal and an assist. He has three goals and 10 points over the past 11 games to pick up the pace for his fantasy owners. It was more than enough support for Alex Stalock, who improved to 4-3-0 with a 2.63 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in his eight starts and 10 appearances. As such, he is a decent No. 3 fantasy backstop and DFS option when the matchup is favorable.
Brandon Montour was the only scorer for Buffalo, helped out by Jack Eichel and Victor Olofsson. Linus Ullmark allowed three goals on 25 shots to slip to 4-4-1 with a 2.99 GAA and .912 save percentage.
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Florida Panthers 5, Philadelphia Flyers 2
The Panthers were all over the Fly Guys, led by their brightest stars. Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist. After posting zero goals through his first 12 games he has seven goals and 14 points in the past nine games since Oct. 30.
Evgenii Dadonov picked up two helpers with a plus-2 rating and seven SOG, and he has two goals and four points with consecutive multi-point showings. Brett Connolly was also in the multi-point club, posting a goal and an assist.
It was more than enough support for Sergei Bobrovsky, who improved to 8-4-4 with a 3.43 GAA and .887 save percentage. That was much better than Carter Hart, who was yanked midway through the second period after giving up four goals on 18 shots. Morgan Frost picked up his first NHL goal in the losing effort.
Boston Bruins 5, New Jersey Devils 1
David Pastrnak was good for his 18th and 19th goals of the season, becoming the second-fastest player to 150 goals in franchise history, behind only Barry Pederson, the team's first-round pick in 1980. He accomplished the feat in 316 games, while Pasta needed 341. That's it.
Matt Grzelcyk had his first-ever two-goal game, while Brad Marchand was good for three helpers. Marchand has 13 goals and 35 points across just 21 games, putting him well on his way to a second straight 100-point campaign.
Tuukka Rask snapped a personal three-game losing streak, allowing only one goal on 26 shots to move to 9-2-2 with a 2.06 GAA and .930 save percentage.
New York Islanders 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (OT)
Semyon Varlamov and Matt Murray weren't the fantasy players to own in this high-scoring game. The Islanders won in overtime, as they haven't lost in regulation since Oct. 11 in Carolina, a streak of 15 games.
Brock Nelson scored his first goal since Oct. 19, and he liked it so much he did it again. He had two goals and an assist, and now he has two goals and seven points during a four-game point streak. Nick Leddy also chipped in with three helpers while managing an impressive plus-5 rating.
Anthony Beauvillier and Derick Brassard also got into the multi-point thing, with A.B. going for a goal and an assist, while Brassard had two helpers. Brassard also added a plus-3 rating and six hits.
Jake Guentzel had a goal and an assist, as he comes back around after a cold streak. He had just one goal and one point in the first six games of November with a minus-7, but he has two goals and four points in the past two. Brandon Tanev had two goals on two shots, and he has five goals and 11 points in 21 games to help fantasy owners in deeper pools.
Columbus Blue Jackets 5, Montreal Canadiens 2
Emil Bemstrom and Pierre-Luc Dubois were the fantasy studs in this one. Bemstrom had a goal and an assist, and he has three goals and six points during his current five-game point streak. PLD went for two goals and a helper, and he how has four goals and seven points in eight November contests.
Joonas Korpisalo allowed two goals on 32 shots as he improved to 8-7-1 with a 2.97 GAA and .900 save percentage, winning three of his past four starts.
Joel Armia was the fantasy stud for the Habs, posting his seventh goal of the season. He has seven goals and 11 points in 19 games, making him worth a look in deeper pools. Carey Price needed much more offensive support, however, as he allowed five goals on 26 shots to slip to 10-5-2 with a 2.75 GAA and .911 save percentage to snap a three-game winning streak.
Ottawa Senators 4, Detroit Red Wings 3
Anders Nilsson made 35 saves in a road win, improving to 6-4-1 with a 2.79 GAA and .924 save percentage. He has five wins in the past six starts. Anthony Duclair backed him goaltender with two goals and an assist, giving him three goals and four points in two outings. It was his first time with goals in consecutive outings since March 16-20 last season.
Jonathan Bernier coughed up four goals on 33 shots, slipping to 5-5-2 with a 3.24 GAA and .891 save percentage. Valtteri Filppula allowed a goal and an assist, his first multi-point game of the season. Filip Hronek had two assists and a plus-2 rating, and he has a goal with four points over the past three outings.
St. Louis Blues 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 1
Jordan Binnington improved to 10-3-4 with a 2.32 GAA and .920 save percentage across 17 starts, making 17 saves on 18 shots in this one. Oskar Sundqvist notched the game winner, and he has the goal and four points over his past five showings.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed two goals on 33 shots, as he has now lost consecutive outings. That's twice this season he has fallen in back-to-back starts, as he falls to a very regular 7-6-0 with a 2.95 GAA and .904 save percentage. He didn't lose consecutive outings in his entire 2018-19 campaign en route to the Vezina Trophy.
Winnipeg Jets 2, Nashville Predators 1
The Jets received just enough offense in a goaltender duel in the Music City. Nikolaj Ehlers notched his 10th goal of the season, assisted by Jack Roslovic and Mark Scheifele. He has seven assists to go along with his 10 goals, and this was his third game-winning tally.
Connor Hellebuyck allowed just one goal on 39 shots, as he moved to 10-6-1 with a 2.35 GAA and .930 save percentage. He was better than Juuse Saros, who allowed two goals on 25 shots in the hard-luck loss. The Nashville backup is now 1-5-1 with a 3.27 GAA and .886 save percentage, as he is just not cutting the mustard this season.
Carolina Hurricanes 4, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Petr Mrazek allowed two third-period goals, but he held on for the road victory, as the Hurricanes swept a three-game road trip for the first time in Whalers/Hurricanes franchise history. Mrazek stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced, as he moved to 10-3-1 with a 2.57 GAA and .907 save percentage.
Nino Niederreiter scored a goal with an assist, as he is starting to show improvement after a dismal start. He has three goals and 10 points over 21 games, with four points in the past four outings.
Lucas Wallmark posted two helpers and a plus-2 rating, his first multi-point performance since Jan. 20 in Edmonton last season.
Robin Lehner was on the short end, allowing three goals on 32 shots, falling to 5-4-2 with a 2.52 GAA and .934 save percentage in 12 games.
Dallas Stars 6, Vancouver Canucks 1
Ben Bishop yielded just one goal on 33 shots to turn back the Canucks, moving to 7-5-1 with a 2.20 GAA and .928 save percentage. He has rebounded nicely after being pulled twice in the past six outings.
Jamie Benn erupted for two goals and three points, as he is starting to heat up. He has three goals and six points with a plus-5 rating during his current three-game point streak, including goals in consecutive outings for the first time this season.
Justin Dowling posted a goal and an assist, as he is on fire lately. He failed to score a goal in his first 33 NHL games, but he now has three goals and four points with a plus-3 rating across the past four contests. He isn't someone to focus upon in seasonal fantasy pools just yet, but he is a great DFS target while running hot.
Jacob Markstrom was bagged for six goals on 31 shots, and he is now 0-4-2 in the past six outings. He has allowed 10 goals in the past two starts against the Stars, so he'll be pleased that they do not appear on the schedule again until March 30.
Colorado Avalanche 3, Calgary Flames 2
Andre Burakovsky netted two of the team's three goals to back Philipp Grubauer, who improved to 7-3-2 with a 2.73 GAA and .917 save percentage. It ended a personal three-game losing streak for the backstop.
David Rittich allowed three goals on 26 shots to fall to 9-6-3 with a 2.73 GAA, and he is winless over his past three showings. Andrew Mangiapane and Derek Ryan were the goal scores for the losing side.
Vegas Golden Knights 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Zach Hyman scored a power-play goal, his first of the season after missing the first 19 games recovering from an ACL injury. Jason Spezza was the other scorer, and he had an assist. That's goals in consecutive games for Spezza, his first time with back-to-back goals since Oct. 19-23, 2018 as a member of the Stars.
Marc-Andre Fleury was stellar, stopping 31 of 33 shots to move to 11-5-1 with a 2.49 GAA. His best save was a diving stop to rob Nic Petan late in the third period, preserving a one-goal lead. Eventually they would get an empty-net tally. Cody Glass had a power-play goal and an assist, while Max Pacioretty had two helpers.
Edmonton Oilers 5, San Jose Sharks 2
Last, but certainly not least, Connor McDavid continues to shine. He had a goal and three points, giving him an insane nine goals and 20 points during his current eight-game point streak. He'll look to keep up the good work Thursday in L.A.
Mikko Koskinen allowed just two goals on 35 shots, improving to 8-1-2 with a 2.39 GAA and .923 save percentage, including 4-1-0 with a 2.18 GAA and .928 save percentage in five games on the road.
Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse had two assists apiece, and Nurse has three helpers in the past two games. Klefbom has six assists during his three-game point streak, and eight assists in the past five outings.