After a quiet three-game main slate last night, the NHL DFS action picks up again tonight with a nine-game Tuesday slate. Let’s get into it!
C – Sean Couturier (PHI) – $7,000 vs. MON
Few, if any, teams on this slate have a better matchup than the Flyers do on home ice tonight against the Canadiens. Of course, Couturier is enjoying a massive breakout season that has seen him score 29 goals so far and add 30 helpers on 170 shots on goal. The red-hot Flyers are winners of six of their last seven games and their offense stayed very hot with another seven goals against the Rangers their last time out. A home date against the NHL’s 28th-ranked road defense should keep them hot tonight.
C – Bo Horvat (VAN) – $5,700 vs. COL
Horvat missed some time this season with an injury, but overall he’s had a quality campaign. For the season, he’s scored 15 goals, added 15 assists, scored six power play goals and added 95 shots on goal. He’s also scored three goals and added two assists over his last four games. The visiting Avalanche turn from a solid defensive team at home to a poor defensive team on the road as they rank 27th in terms of road defense. Coming off a six-goal showing, this is a nice chance for the Canucks to stay hot.
W – Claude Giroux (PHI) – $6,900 vs. MON
The Couturier/Giroux duo has been one of the very best in the NHL this season. After a disappointing campaign last year, Giroux has tallied 69 points this year which is good enough for a third place tie league-wide. He’s also been extremely hot as of late, recording 11 points over his last six games including a three-point game against the Rangers on Sunday. Let’s go ahead and roster what should be a highly owned duo tonight.
W – Brock Boeser (VAN) – $6,400 vs. COL
The NHL’s leading rookie goal scorer should be able to add to his lofty total tonight in a favorable home tilt against the Avalanche. Boeser has scored 27 goals this season including three over his last seven games. Therefore, he brings a real nice floor with him into play when we also factor in his 157 shots on goal as well. The Avalanche also sport the NHL’s 25th-ranked road penalty kill, so there should be lots of looks for the Horvat/Boeser duo tonight.
W – Danton Heinen (BOS) – $3,900 vs. EDM
With the way the Bruins can score and the way the Oilers can give them up, I like Heinen’s value upside tonight. He skates on the Bruins’ third line and second power play unit and enters play tonight with a very healthy 12 goals and 38 points in 53 games. His spot on the second power play unit could be a productive one considering the Oilers are an atrocious 54.8% on the penalty kill at home and own the NHL’s worst home defense to boot.
D – Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) – $6,100 vs. MON
Gostisbehere is the obvious choice to use to complete this three-man stack for the Flyers. He’s enjoying a quality campaign with 45 points on the season, good for fourth among NHL defensemen. He’s also been on quite a run lately, recording one goal and 11 assists across his last nine games. This is a very high upside trio in a very favorable matchup on home ice against one of league’s worst defensive teams.
D – Charlie McAvoy (BOS) – $4,100 vs. EDM
Another rookie having a real nice first season in the league is McAvoy who forms a nice mini-stack alongside Heinen on the Bruins’ second power play unit. McAvoy has five goals and 21 assists on the season and skated more than 26 minutes in Boston’s overtime win over the Flames last night. Considering the brutality of Edmonton’s home penalty kill and defense I feel good about this lower owned mini-stack tonight.
G – Jacob Markstrom (VAN) – $7,300 vs. COL
The Avs’ defense gets much worse on the road, and so does their offense. Colorado goes from scoring 3.52 goals per game at home to scoring just 2.62 goals per game on the road. The Avalanche also own the NHL’s worst power play on the road at a measly 11.1%. Markstrom isn’t having a spectacular season, but is a solid GPP look against a weak offense. He could see lots of shots too which, if he is up to the task, could prove big on a big slate.
UTIL – Sammy Blais (STL) – $2,600 vs. SJ
We are saving the value for last here with the young Blues’ winger. Blais will play his first game in the NHL since late December tonight against the Sharks after scoring three points over 10 games earlier this season. The best part about Blais tonight is he could be skating with Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz, a spot that could most certainly have him notch a point or two this evening. At almost the minimum price, Blais is my top value option of the night.