As usual after a slow Monday night, the NHL comes back with a strong Tuesday night slate, as there are 10 games available to construct our lineups with. Let’s start with the heaviest favorites of the night.
Winnipeg opened as a -230 favorite on home ice against a Chicago Blackhawks team that has gone 1-9 over their last 10 games. Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler are the plays from the top line, while Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor make a nice pairing from the second line.
The Washington Capitals are certainly in play, as they have been inserted as a -250 home favorite against a Detroit team that is coming in from playing Los Angeles on home ice last night. It goes without saying that Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and defenseman John Carlson are the ones to key in on in this one.
Finally, the Columbus Blue Jackets opened at a hefty -205 favorite on home ice against a Vancouver team that has had its share of problems lately. The only worry here is that Elias Pettersson has the uncanny ability to take over a game almost all by himself. This should not deter you from using Artemi Panarin, Pierre-Luc Dubois or Cam Atkinson, as they will get plenty of opportunities from the top line.
Jonathan Huberdeau - Florida Panthers - $7,000 FD and DK
If you have been following along, you know that Huberdeau was also in this piece last Tuesday, and for good reason. With Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen all in play this evening, Huberdeau is liable to go unnoticed here tonight as he skates on home ice against a Blues team that is in total disarray. While the Panthers are in last place in the Atlantic Division, the 93 goals that the team has scored can sure be useful here on home ice. Florida has scored 10 power play goals over the last seven games, and Huberdeau has had a hand in half of them while grabbing 15 points in those seven games. Look for Huberdeau to skate on the team’s top line with Aleksander Barkov and Evgenii Dadonov, which should get plenty of action this evening.
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Jack Eichel - Buffalo Sabres - $7,700 FD, $7,500 DK
Eichel and the Sabres may just fly under the radar here due to the fact that the team has lost their last five games. Eichel seems to be a younger version of Patrick Kane, as regardless of what goes on around him he seems to find the score sheet. This is evident in the fact that he has lit the lamp four times and has added four assists to his resume over the last six games. Eichel has gone on record as saying that the team has not been working as hard as they were a few weeks ago, which has led to the team’s current slide. With all of the others players on the slate this evening, including John Tavares and Auston Matthews from Toronto, Eichel and his 36 points in 30 games may be overlooked this evening as they take on a Los Angeles team that is playing their third game in the last four days spanning three different time zones.
Jonathan Drouin - Montreal Canadiens - $5,700 FD, $6,000 DK
It’s no coincidence that once Montreal defenseman Shea Weber returned to the lineup, the team started to play better. Weber is obviously in play on the back line, but for now we will focus on Jonathan Drouin. Max Domi could also be mentioned here as they skate on the top line together, but it has been Drouin who has been piling up the points of late as evidenced by finding the score sheet six times over the last six games. Minnesota has been in a downward spiral, winning only three of their last seven games. The 25 goals that the Wild have given up over the last six games is an indication that the team could be in some serious trouble if they can’t turn things around. Meanwhile, Drouin has 10 goals and 16 assists through the first 30 games.
Torey Krug - Boston Bruins - $6,000 FD, $5,800 DK
While the Boston Bruins have had their problems over the last 10 games, they have shown some signs of life even without superstar Patrice Bergeron. Torey Krug has been a big part of the scoring of late, as he has collected nine of his 17 points over the last seven games. Krug was hurt for the first part of the season, which saw him grab eight points in the first 11 games he played in. It would seem that Krug is feeling more comfortable on the ice, and that should help the Bruins this evening at home against an Arizona team that all of a sudden has a few goaltending issues.
Linus Ullmark - Buffalo Sabres - $7,700 FD, $7,900 DK
While the Sabres have been playing sub-par hockey of late, they still have a sterling home record of 9-3-1. With Carter Hutton out with an injury, look for Ullmark to get the call here against the Kings, who have traveled a lot of miles while having a lot of difficulty putting the puck in the net. Ullmark has found his way into 10 games, and although his goals against average is 3.04, his save percentage of .913 ranks 26th of the 66 goalies that have played in at least five games. There are definitely better plays this evening, but goalies like the ones in Washington, Winnipeg and Columbus will surely have a higher ownership than Ullmark will have.