Tuesday night’s action brings us a six-game slate to dive into, so let’s get right to it!
C – Logan Couture (SJ) – $6,800 vs. ARI
There is little doubt Couture and the Sharks will see some ownership tonight, but for good reason. The Sharks just hung a six-spot on the Coyotes over the weekend and Arizona now sits 30th with 3.51 goals against per game for the season. Couture enters play tonight with 31 points across 38 games for the campaign and is part of the Sharks’ top power play unit, a group that ranks fifth at 22.8% for the season.
C – Dylan Larkin (DET) – $6,300 vs. DAL
While the Sharks should see some high ownership, the Red Wings are a team that could go overlooked tonight at home against the Stars. With Ben Bishop sporting a 4-7-1 record with a 3.37 GAA and .890 Sv% on the road this season, I think the Red Wings could be sneaky. Larkin is having a real nice season with 35 points across 43 games while also taking 108 shots on goal as well.
W – Tomas Hertl (SJ) – $5,400 vs. ARI
Considering Hertl and Couture are linemates both at 5v5 and on the power play, this was an easy decision to plug him in. Hertl enters play tonight with 12 goals and 12 assists on the season to go along with an even 100 shots on goal. Although he has points in just one of his last eight games, tonight is a nice opportunity for the young forward to get back on the scoresheet against a poor defensive club.
W – Tyler Bertuzzi (DET) – $3,400 vs. DAL
This is where the Red Wings go low owned. Bertuzzi has handled himself nicely since his recall to the NHL with six points across ten games, including a two-point effort his last time out. He skates at even strength alongside Larkin on the Red Wings’ second line, but also sees first unit power play ice time as well, albeit not with Larkin. Regardless, the offensive opportunities that come with these spots in the lineups are certainly worth the roll of the dice at this price.
W – Rick Nash (NYR) – $5,200 vs. PHI
The Rangers are not a team that jump off the page because of the spot they’re in tonight, but given Flyers’ starting goaltender Brian Elliott’s recent struggles, they are worth a look. Nash brings a nice floor with him into play thanks to his 135 shots on goal for the season, but of course we would like to see him with more than nine goals and nine assists too. Nonetheless, against a goalie who has allowed at least three goals in six straight appearances, let’s hope on the veteran tonight.
D – Brent Burns (SJ) – $7,200 vs. ARI
He isn’t cheap, but at the rate he is producing Burns is a must tonight in Arizona. He has tallied eight points over his last six games while his 181 shots on goal have him sitting fourth league-wide in that category. He also has 31 shots over his last five games, so with Arizona’s team .891 Sv% I like to think there is a good chance Burns gets on the board tonight given his ability to get pucks on net.
D – Niklas Kronwall (DET) – $2,900 vs. DAL
His production isn’t all that good, but as a GPP look in a three-man stack Kronwall could hold some value tonight. He has just two goals and ten points for the season, but he is also part of that first power play unit with Tyler Bertuzzi. I wouldn’t recommend Kronwall in anything aside from a three-man stack, but his sub-3K price is nice considering the Stars give up 3.18 goals per game on the road, good for 20th overall.
G – Aaron Dell (SJ) – $8,300 vs. ARI
Clearly I think the Sharks will be able to get by the Coyotes tonight so why not roster Dell. He enters tonight’s contest sporting a 2.29 GAA and a .924 Sv% for the season, numbers that exceed that of starter Martin Jones. Jones did play well in last night’s win, so Dell gets the opportunity tonight against the NHL’s 30th-ranked offense. With the Sharks ranking fourth in team defense, let’s go ahead and use Dell tonight.
UTIL – Pavel Buchnevich (NYR) – $4,200 vs. PHI
Buchnevich and Nash form a nice mini-stack tonight against the Flyers. He has just one assist over his last seven games, but Buchnevich is a talented young player who is lethal with the puck on his stick. He skates on the top line with Nash and Mika Zibanejad while also skating with the duo on the Rangers’ top power play unit. Look for the young forward to get his scoring touch back in tonight’s matchup.