No arguing that last night’s lineup was just very poor all around. The Maple Leafs managed just one-goal against the league-worst Coyotes and our lineup simply wasn’t going to go anywhere without at least a few goals from Toronto. Let’s put a disappointing night behind us and move on to a rare three-game Tuesday night slate.
C – Tyler Seguin (DAL) – $7,100 vs. MON
The Canadiens will visit the Dallas Stars tonight, and they have been a team with serious defensive issues lately as they have yielded 11 goals over their last two games. Goaltender Charlie Lindgren’s play has come back down to earth, so this is a nice matchup for Seguin. He is having a typical season with 18 points, five power play goals and 78 shots across 20 games on the season, although he has just one assist over his last three games. Dallas is a dangerous offensive team on home ice so let’s start tonight’s lineup with the ever-dangerous Seguin.
C – Nolan Patrick (PHI) – $3,500 vs. VAN
The numbers don’t show it, but Patrick has had a nice start to his NHL career judging by his play. He has just two goals and two assists in 11 games on the season, but injuries have derailed any and all momentum for last year’s second overall pick. Patrick did score a goal in his most recent game on four shots, so perhaps the rookie can keep some momentum tonight in a favorable matchup against the Canucks.
W – Wayne Simmonds (PHI) – $5,000 vs. VAN
Last season Simmonds would never be anywhere close to the $5K mark, but here he is this season. By no means is the veteran winger having a poor season with six goals and six assists in 20 games, but his production is down which explains the price decrease. Simmonds skates on the Flyers’ second line as well as the first unit power play with the Flyers’ big guns, so we have nice exposure here with the perennial 30-goal scorer.
W – Claude Giroux (PHI) – $6,300 vs. VAN
The move from center to the wing has been a beneficial one from Giroux and all parties involved. After a down season last year, Giroux has 21 points in 20 games as a winger this season. His center Sean Couturier has enjoyed a breakout season and Jakub Voracek has 25 points in 21 games on the right wing of this line, so it’s been a dangerous trio. While the latter two aren’t in this lineup, we get exposure to the Flyers’ top two lines at lower ownership while getting some nice exposure to the top power play unit as well.
W – Devin Shore (DAL) – $4,000 vs. MON
Shore is a nice value play as he comes at a very cheap price, but has immense upside thanks to his spot next to Seguin at both even strength and on the power play. Amazingly, Shore scored just his first goal of the season in his 20th game which was also his most recent game against the Oilers. He now has just a 2.7% shooting percentage for the season so perhaps now Shore can go on a scoring binge to bring the law of averages back into play here.
D – Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) – $5,300 vs. VAN
Gostisbehere hasn’t found much twine this season with just one goal in 17 games, but the offensive defenseman has 15 assists as well to equal almost a point per game production so far this season. He is the anchor of the Flyers’ top power play unit and has 47 shots on goal this season, so the goals should start to come, hopefully beginning tonight in a favorable matchup.
D – John Klingberg (DAL) – $5,800 vs. MON
Klingberg completes a three-man stack here as he is enjoying quite the season for the Stars. Entering play tonight Klingberg has four goals, one power play goal, 14 assists, 48 shots and 34 blocks in 20 games. He has just one assist over his last four games but with the way Klingberg has played this season he shouldn’t be held off the scoresheet much longer.
G – Michael Neuvirth (PHI) – $8,100 vs. VAN
I believe Neuvirth is very underpriced tonight considering his matchup and his numbers on the season. Neuvirth takes on a Canucks team that ranks 26th with 2.55 goals per game this season while their power play checks in at 16.3%, good for 24th overall. Neuvirth has been very good this season, sporting an overall .928 Sv% for the season and has allowed one goal or less in three of his six starts. At home, he has a .935 Sv% and a 1.96 GAA so let’s roll with the Flyers’ netminder in an excellent matchup tonight.
UTIL – Alex Galchenyuk (MON) – $4,500 vs. DAL
Galchenyuk should come at fairly low ownership tonight against the Stars. He has largely struggled to score again this season with just four goals and four helpers through 21 games this season, but he still has 51 shots on goal. He appears to be skating with Max Pacioretty on the Habs’ top line and top power play unit for tonight’s contest, a nice spot to be for the youngster. Perhaps being away from the pressure cooker in Montreal can give Galchenyuk a boost tonight in Dallas.