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After a quiet Monday night, the NHL explodes this Tuesday evening with an exciting 11-game slate. It has been a while since the NHL put 22 teams in play on one night, so it should be very entertaining night to say the least.
The New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild are the biggest favorites on the board, while the Arizona Coyotes and Detroit Red Wings are playing on consecutive nights.
Make sure to check the RotoGrinders NHL Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.
Scott Darling, Chicago Blackhawks, $6,000 - Corey Crawford will get the night off after allowing eight goals in his last two starts, giving Scott Darling the start in net tonight versus the Florida Panthers. Darling has been outstanding in goal for Chicago this season, winning five of his seven starts and posting a 1.97 GAA with a .937 SV%. The Panthers are a decent team and should fire 25 plus shots at Darling tonight, however they are not a strong offense (ranked 25th in goals per game) and will likely score two or less goals. Look for the Blackhawks to bounce back tonight with a win and for Darling to play well yet again. Darling is inexpensive, so you will have a lot of salary left to load up on studs, making him a great value in goal this evening.
John Tavares, New York Islanders, $8,800 – Tavares is riding a five-game point streak and is one of the NHL’s hottest players right now. During his five-game scoring streak, Tavares has racked up five goals, 11 points and 23 shots on goal. The Coyotes do not travel well and will be playing in back-to-back road games, which is never an easy task, especially against one of the league’s best teams on home ice (21-7). Tavares is one of the top plays of the evening and could easily have a two- or three-point night.
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets, $6,400 – Johansen has 52 points in 58 games this season and is the Blue Jackets’ biggest offensive threat. The Sabres are dead last in shots against (35.0) and goals against per game (3.32) this season, and they have the league’s second-worst penalty kill too. On the flip side, Columbus is playing inspired hockey these days, scoring the fourth-most goals per game in the month of February (3.30) - not to mention the Blue Jackets have the sixth-best powerplay in the NHL. Johansen has played his best hockey on home ice this year (10 G, 28 PTS in 28 GP) and I think he has a multi-point game against the Sabres.
Rick Nash, New York Rangers, $8,500 – Nash has had a very productive February so far with eight goals, 14 points, and 49 shots on goal in 11 games. Nash is currently second in the NHL in goals with 37 and 4th in shots on goal with 221. This is the start of a seven-game road trip for Calgary, and going from the West Coast to play a team on the East Coast is always a difficult task, especially when it is against one of the NHL’s better teams on home ice (18-7-5). The Flames have now lost consecutive games, allowing nine goals in the process. Meanwhile, the Rangers are rolling with only one loss in their past 10 games, and they lead the NHL in goals per game (4.09) this month. Look for Nash to snipe at least one goal and to be one of the top fantasy producers tonight.
Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild, $7,000 – Parise broke out of a mini-slump with a multi-point game versus the Oilers on Friday night and then followed that up with two goals and five shots on net against the Dallas Stars on Sunday. The Oilers are once again struggling badly, as they have now lost four of their past five games, and allowing 21 goals along the way. Edmonton has allowed the second-most goals per game on the season (3.30) and the most goals per game in the month of February (3.45). Parise could very well be in store for another multi-point performance tonight.
Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets, $6,700 – The Stars are back to their old ways, losing three in a row and allowing 18 goals in those three games. Dallas has been one of the NHL’s weaker defensive teams all season long and they have not improved in February, allowing the fourth-most shots (31.9) and the most goals against per game (3.45) this month. Ladd loves to play at home and is great option on the wing here.
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators, $6,700 – Weber is having another terrific season (14 G, 42 PTS, +20, 167 SOG in 60 GP) for Nashville and he has been outstanding on home ice (10 G, 22 PTS, +13 in 29 GP). The Predators have scored the eighth-most goals in the NHL this year and they have scored three or more goals in all but one home game in 2015. Nashville has the best overall record in hockey (40-13-7) and the best record on home ice (25-3-1) this season. The Colorado Avalanche have been playing much better hockey recently, but they will be no match for Weber and the Predators tonight.
Johnny Boychuk, New York Islanders, $4,600 – Boychuk is back on the Islanders’ number one powerplay unit and has a plus matchup versus a defensively challenged Coyotes squad tonight. Arizona is one of the NHL’s weaker defensive teams, ranking sixth in shots against (31.9) and third in goals against (3.27) per game his season. The Desert Dogs defensive numbers have been worse when on the road and they also have the league’s 26th-ranked penalty kill. Meanwhile, the Islanders have the NHL’s best offense on home ice, averaging 3.43 goals per game. The Islanders will score some goals tonight, and you can bet Boychuk will be involved.