There are two games in the NHL on Tuesday, and the only team with anything to play for are the Jets. Winnipeg can clinch the third seed in the North Division with a win. Washington and Boston are already ranked second and third in the East Division and will meet in the first round of the playoffs. The Canucks are mathematically eliminated from the postseason. Vancouver topped Winnipeg 3-1 on Monday, and the Bruins are also playing their second game in consecutive nights after beating the Islanders 3-2 in overtime last night.
All statistics from Natural Stat Trick and Hockey Reference.
Top Line Stacks
Jets vs. Canucks
Kyle Connor ($6,700) - Mark Scheifele ($6,900) - Blake Wheeler ($5,800)
Winnipeg’s No. 1 line combined for 22 shot attempts in Monday’s loss, with Connor and Scheifele each finding the scoresheet. Vancouver allowed fewer than three goals for the first time in eight games, so look for a better offensive showing from the Jets on Tuesday, and especially from their top line. After all, the Canucks have surrendered the seventh most goals per game in the league and rank 23rd in penalty-kill percentage with a 77.6 mark.
Bruins at Capitals
Taylor Hall ($5,600) - David Krejci ($4,900) - Craig Smith ($4,200)
Editor’s note: Taylor Hall, David Krejci and Craig Smith will not play tonight.
There’s been immediate chemistry for Boston’s second line since Hall was added ahead of the trade deadline. Krejci, Hall and Smith have clicked for a rock-solid 4.33 goals and 13.64 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes while driving 5-on-5 possession with a 66.2 Corsi For percentage. There’s no guarantee all three will dress for the meaningless game, but the combined cap hit is reasonable, and their form is strong.
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Superstar to Build Around
David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals ($7,800) -
Editor’s note: David Pastrnak will not play tonight.
Even with an active four-game point streak, there’s probably still some positive regression ahead for Pastrnak in the goals column. He’s only scored three times with a 7.3 shooting percentage through his past 12 outings. Pastrnak’s third in goals per 60 minutes over the past two years among regular NHLers, and he boasts a 14.9 shooting percentage.
Value on Offense
Pierre-Luc Dubois, Winnipeg Jets vs. Vancouver Canucks ($4,500) - As noted, it would be surprising if Winnipeg didn’t put forth a better showing Tuesday and lock in third place in the North Division with a win. Dubois is reeling along a miserable stretch with just four assists through the past 15 games. He’s still receiving top-six minutes and power-play time, though, and there’s nothing scary about the matchup with Vancouver.
Conor Sheary, Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins ($3,100) - There aren’t many low-salary candidates from the shallow player pool, but Sheary has been playing well and should log big minutes again Tuesday. The veteran winger played 20:38 (2:59 with the man advantage) on Saturday, and he’s collected six tallies, two helpers and 37 shots through the past 14 games.
Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets vs Vancouver Canucks, ($8,100) - While the reigning Vezina Trophy winner has been resting the past two days, he will likely start Tuesday if healthy. Hellebuyck has a .934 save percentage and 2.02 save percentage against Vancouver through five starts, and the Jets are also the largest favorite on the docket.
Jeremy Swayman, Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, ($7,700) - The 22-year-old netminder has won seven of nine starts this season while posting an elite .946 save percentage and 1.44 GAA. Swayman might also face a depleted Washington forward group, as the Capitals have multiple key cogs nursing injuries.
Value on Defense
Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins ($4,000) - No. 1 defenseman John Carlson has missed three of the past six games and was a late scratch ahead of Saturday’s contest with a lower-body injury. If Carlson is out, look for Orlov to have a larger role. The Russian blueliner is also in excellent form, as Orlov has racked up three goals, nine assists, 28 shots and nine blocks through the past 14 games.
Ville Heinola, Winnipeg Jets vs Vancouver Canucks ($2,500) - The 20-year-old defenseman has recorded six shots and six blocks through the past two games while also averaging 1:45 of power-play time. With a contest-minimum salary, Heinola provides cap relief, a respectable fantasy floor and a little upside in the noted favorable matchup.
Editor’s note: Matt Grzelcyk will not play tonight.
Matt Grzelcyk, Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, ($5,000) - It’s been a solid recent stretch for Grzelcyk. He’s recorded five points and 11 shots while logging 2:13 of ice time with the man advantage through the past six games, and he’s projected to quarterback the No. 1 power-play unit again Tuesday. Grzelcyk is also up to 18th in points per 60 minutes among regular defensemen this season.
Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks at Winnipeg Jets ($4,800) - This is a reasonable salary to take a flier on Hughes at. After all, he ranks sixth in points per 60 minutes over the past two seasons and locked into a top offensive role. Hughes averages 3:42 of ice time per game quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit, and he begins 62.8 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone.
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