These are the types of Tuesday night slates that we are used to. With the Anaheim Ducks being the only team that has yet to have their bye week we are back to the large Tuesday/Thursday slates that we witnessed prior to the New Year. We have a whopping 12 games on tonight’s slate which means there are a plethora of options and combinations to sort through on that never ending draft board this evening. Let’s sort through the clutter and get ourselves a solid lineup heading into tonight’s heavy slate.
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C – Jack Eichel (BUF) – $7,400
There are a couple of reasons why you should like Eichel tonight at home against the Predators. First, he is a shot on goal machine, especially on home ice where he averages 4.3 shots per game on the season. Second, the Sabres quietly have the NHL’s third-ranked home power play at 24.5% behind only the Penguins and Wild. Eichel is a game-changer who comes into tonight’s contest riding a six-game point streak and there is a good chance he adds to that streak against a Predators team that has surrendered an average of four goals per game over their last nine contests.
C – Nick Cousins (PHI) – $3,100
Cousins is a rock-solid value play for tonight’s home game against the Avalanche. Colorado is the league’s worst team by a 14-point margin while they are also dead-last in goals against per game at 3.30. Cousins will skate on the Flyers’ second line tonight alongside Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek which will bode well for his upside this evening. Even better, Cousins will also skate with Voracek on the team’s second power play unit, another solid opportunity for the center-turned-winger tonight.
W – Jakub Voracek (PHI) – $6,200
Voracek is simply a must-have tonight. While Philly’s offense has sputtered lately Voracek has been fairly consistent and their top scoring threat. He has points in five of his last seven games, but the best reason to own him tonight is seen in his splits. Voracek has 32 points in 31 home games this year compared to 18 points in 30 road games, and his 131 shots at home (4.09 per game) dwarfs his road figure of 69 (2.3/game). He is also facing that terrible Avalanche defense that has yielded 3.26 goals against per game on the road.
W – Adrian Kempe (LA) – $3,100
Another value play up front, Kempe has a solid opportunity for success in a road tilt against the Flames. He will skate on the team’s top line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown while also seeing power play time on the team’s second unit. Those are good spots to be on a Kings team that has beaten the Flames five straight times while averaging 3.8 goals per game during that stretch. The 20-year-old could very well notch his first NHL tally in his eighth game this evening.
W – Brayden Schenn (PHI) – $5,700
Including Schenn in this lineup gives me the entire Flyers’ second line tonight while getting exposure to both power play units as well. Schenn is listed as a winger on DraftKings which benefits my picks here as you will see soon. Regardless, Schenn has a solid 40 points in 58 games on the season while scoring three goals and adding an assist in a four-game point streak he will ride into tonight’s action. Schenn and Voracek have carried this offense for some time now and they make for solid plays along with Cousins tonight against a poor Avalanche squad.
D – Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) – $6,100
Byfuglien is the beast of all beasts. Arguably the most unique player in the league aside from Brent Burns, Byfuglien makes for a solid play tonight at home against the Wild. Winnipeg will avoid Devan Dubnyk for tonight’s game as the Wild played last night in what turned out to be a victory over the Kings. Regardless, you have to like Byfuglien and his 3.3 shots per game on home ice this evening. He also has 21 points in 29 home games while averaging 27:25 of ice time per game, the highest number in the NHL.
D – Zdeno Chara (BOS) – $3,800
While his game isn’t quite as dominant due to the inevitability of aging, Chara makes for a solid play tonight at home against the Coyotes. Arizona gives up 3.6 goals per game on the road and the Bruins have scored an average of 4.33 goals per game over their last six against the Coyotes. Chara has a solid 95 shots on goal this season while blocking an even better 106 shots, providing solid peripheral numbers to go along with his 18 points on the season. Boston should score some goals tonight and Chara could prove to be a steal at this price.
G – Frederik Andersen (TOR) – $7,200
This play comes with a bit of risk as Toronto visits the Sharks tonight, but Andersen has been extremely solid as of late. He has given up just four goals over his last two starts and is resembling the goaltender we saw prior to the calendar flipping to 2017. Andersen posted a .931 save percentage in November before posting an incredible .948 mark in December. When this guy gets on a roll he is really tough to beat. The Sharks aren’t exactly an elite offense either as they score just 2.62 goals per game at home to rank in the bottom half of the league. Andersen could be a low-owned play tonight that could provide excellent value.
UTIL – Auston Matthews (TOR) – $7,400
The rookie just keeps on producing. Matthews scored both of Toronto’s goals in their loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night and now has 30 on the season, tied for 4th league-wide. His 217 shots on goal are good for sixth in the league while his 33 points in 31 road games easily trumps his 22 points in 31 home games. Also of note is the fact Toronto has the best road power play by a wide margin at 27.4%, a unit that Matthews thrives on with 16 of his 55 points coming with the man advantage.