For the second week in a row we are experience a lower volume of NHL action on Tuesday night. What is usually one of the largest slates of the week, there are seven games to digest as some teams are experiencing the newly-mandated five-day ‘bye’ that was introduced this past offseason. Regardless, there is still a solid amount of games on tap so let’s see what tonight’s NHL DraftKings Picks look like.
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C – Jack Eichel (BUF) – $7,200
Although the Sabres are one of the lowest scoring teams in the league on home ice, it’s tough not to like Eichel and his bunch this evening. Following a string of games where Buffalo scored just one goal four times in seven games, Buffalo has 11 goals over their last three. Eichel has two of those goals and has rattled off nine shots over his last two contests. The Sabres should have an easier time finding the back of the net tonight against a visiting Flyers team that yields 3.2 goals per game on the road and rank 19th with a 79.7% penalty kill away from home.
C – Rickard Rakell (ANA) – $6,700
Rakell had 23 points over the first two months of his season which didn’t begin until Nov. 1 due to injury. However, he has yet to find the scoresheet in 2017, a span of four games. It’s about time the talented Swede gets back at it tonight against the visiting Stars. Dallas ranks 28th with 3.05 goals against per game, however that number jumps to an unsightly 3.7 on the road. Their road penalty kill is a league-worst 66.7% while the Ducks own a 24.6% power play at home, good for 6th in the league. If there was ever a time to break out of a slump tonight is the night.
W – Corey Perry (ANA) – $6,400
Speaking of slumps, Perry’s is almost unexplained this season. A perennial 30-goal man, Perry sits with just seven in 42 games. His shooting percentage of 6.1% is less than half of his 13.3% career mark, a trend that clearly dictates better nights lay ahead of the former MVP. Like Rakell, I expect tonight to be a quality opportunity for Perry to get back to scoring after going the last 12 contests without a tally. He still has 115 shots on the season so it’s just a matter of time before Perry gets back to his old self.
W – Calle Jarnkrok (NSH) – $3,500
The next two wingers both fall into the ‘value’ category beginning here with Jarnkrok. The third-year winger has five goals and five helpers on the year, but has seen a bump in ice time as he has been promoted to the team’s top line alongside Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg. Jarnkrok has been a decent scorer as an NHLer with 16 goals last season. He isn’t going to blow you away with his numbers but the young Swede will certainly benefit from increased playing time next to the Preds’ top offensive producers.
W – Timo Meier (SJ) – $3,700
Like Jarnkrok, Meier’s stock has increased thanks to a promotion to his team’s number one line. In Meier’s case it is Joe Thornton and Joe Paveslki who provide the youngster with an increased chance at offensive production. He has just two points in ten games, but most of those games were played on the third or fourth line for San Jose. Even in that bottom-six role, Meier has found ways to get on the puck on goal as he is averaging 3.1 shots per game on the season including seven in his last two games on the top line.
D – Cam Fowler (ANA) – $5,400
Fowler is the third member of the Ducks in this lineup and the third member experiencing a slump. After recording 22 points in 33 games to begin the season, Fowler has been held pointless over his last nine games. As mentioned, the Ducks face a bad Stars defensive group tonight on home ice. Fowler should benefit from the special teams situation this evening with Dallas having the worst road penalty kill and Anaheim one of the league’s premier home power plays.
D – Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF) – $5,300
I expect Buffalo to score some goals on a poor Flyers back end tonight so why not include one of the league leaders in ice time. Ristolainen’s average ice time of 26:50 per game ranks 5th in the NHL with names like Doughty, Keith, and Karlsson surrounding him. He has 26 points in 39 games in his sophomore season with the Sabres while also tallying 88 shots on goal and 77 blocked shots as well. He is going to be one of the best defensemen in the game as he is already excelling in all areas at the tender age of 21.
UTIL – Vinnie Hinostroza (CHI) – $4,000
Hinostroza has acquitted himself quite well in his first season in the show. He has ten points in 34 games on the season, but is frequently in top-six roles as a favorite of head coach Joel Quenneville. He has skated at least 14:30 in seven of his last eight games while recording multiple shots on goal in nine of his last 11 contests. Tonight he figures to skate on Jonathan Toews’ wing with Marion Hossa on the other side. Certainly a quality offensive situation to be in against a Red Wings team that gives up 3.1 goals per game on the road.