Apologies for the day off yesterday as I was attending to a personal family matter. That said, there is a six-game Tuesday night slate for us to sink our teeth into and some money to be made. Let’s go ahead and get our hands of some of that cash with tonight’s FanDuel NHL Picks.
C – Logan Couture (SJ) – $6,800 vs. ARI
Couture may line up behind Joe Thornton on the Sharks’ depth chart at center, but there is little doubt he is the most dynamic and dangerous Sharks’ center at this point. Couture enters play tonight with 31 points across 38 games, which is a real nice number considering the Sharks’ offense ranks near the bottom of the league. That said, they just scored six goals against the Coyotes the game before last, so let’s look for another strong performance from the Sharks in another favorable spot tonight.
C – Nico Hischier (NJ) – $5,600 vs. NYI
The Devils are a tough team to stack given how their even strength lines don’t really match up with their power play units, but I really like the Hischier/Hall combination at 5v5 tonight in Brooklyn. Hischier is having a real nice rookie season with 27 points and 96 shots on goal in 42 games and has six points over his last seven contests. Skating with the Devils’ top offensive player in Hall will buoy Hischier’s point totals moving forward.
W – Tomas Hertl (SJ) – $5,100 vs. ARI
Hertl has moved from center to wing multiple times this season, but I like his spot on the left wing of Logan Couture tonight in Arizona. Hertl will also skate with Couture on the Sharks’ top power play unit, a group that has clicked at a 22.8% clip this season, good for fifth best in the NHL. Hertl enters play with 12 goals and 12 assists on an even 100 shots for the season with five of those goals coming on the aforementioned lethal power play.
W – Taylor Hall (NJ) – $7,700 vs. NYI
Hall has been dynamite for the Devils this season as he enters tonight’s contest red-hot. Over his last four games, Hall has tallied eight points and fired 22 shots on goal. He is up for 44 points in 40 games this season while he has also scored five power play tallies as well. His 144 shots on goal are good for 13th overall and should notably increase tonight against an Islanders team that yields 3.62 goals per game (31st) and 34.4 shots per game (30th).
W – Mitch Marner (TOR) – $5,300 vs. STL
The Maple Leafs have not been scoring at the same clip we have become accustomed to, however Marner has been playing excellent hockey for some time now. He only has 5 goals for the season, but also 26 assists which puts him in the same company as Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane and Aleksander Barkov in that category. He takes on a Blues’ team that has struggled defensively as of late as both teams return from their bye week this evening.
W – Tyler Bertuzzi (DET) – $3,200 vs. DAL
As far as players in this price range go, Bertuzzi has the best opportunity of them all. He skates on the Red Wings’ second line with Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou while skating on their top power play unit as well. His ice time is strong for a rookie as he is coming off a two-point effort in a win over the Blackhawks. He has acquitted himself well with six points in ten games for the campaign.
D – Brent Burns (SJ) – $7,400 vs. ARI
The Sharks’ three-man stack is complete here with Burns. After a slow start, Burns has been racking up points in a serious way and has tallied eight points over his last six contests. He continues to put plenty of pucks on goal with 181 shots for the season, good for fourth overall. Of course, Burns is the lone defenseman on that top power play unit, a group that is in a nice spot tonight in the desert.
D – Morgan Rielly (TOR) – $5,300 vs. STL
Rielly is quietly having an elite season on the Maple Leafs’ blueline. Entering play tonight, his 31 points in 35 games tops players such as Erik Karlsson, Drew Doughty and Alex Pietrangelo. He is the anchor of the Maple Leafs’ top power play unit, a group that includes the aforementioned Mitch Marner. Marner and Rielly have the puck on their sticks the most on that unit, so if they are to click tonight, there is a real good chance at least one of them will be involved.
G – Aaron Dell (SJ) – $8,200 vs. ARI
Aaron Dell cleaned up the mess left by Martin Jones in the Sharks’ overtime win against the Coyotes and Jones started last night in L.A., so look for Dell to get the nod tonight. He enters play tonight with a real nice 2.29 GAA and a .924 Sv% for the season and has yielded more than two goals just twice in his last ten appearances. It also helps that he will face the NHL’s 30th ranked offense tonight in Arizona.