UPDATE ** 

Carolina and Nashville will not play tonight due to COVID-19 protocols.

The Tuesday night slate in the NHL features eight games with some intriguing matchups; including the Winnipeg Jets heading to Ottawa to take on the Senators, and the Capitals battling the Penguins for the second time in three days. With a lot to look at on this slate and some good contests at DraftKings I've broken down everything you need to know.

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Key Skaters

Nathan MacKinnon, COL (DK $8,500)

  • After a lackluster effort in his first game, MacKinnon and the entire Avalanche team came back hot putting up eight goals in their second game. MacKinnon contributed with a goal, two assists, and five shots in just 15 minutes of ice time due to the lopsided score.
  • Early on the L.A. Kings have looked very challenged defensively, specifically through two games against the Minnesota Wild, a team that is offensively challenged. In two games against Minnesota, Los Angeles has allowed an average of 36 shots on goal per game and has totaled 12 penalty minutes.
  • Allowing shots and taking penalties against MacKinnon and this dangerous Colorado offense won't bode well for the Kings and I expect MacKinnon to have a big night.

Aleksander Barkov, FLA (DK $6,900)

  • With COVID concerns it took a little while for the Panthers to get their season going but they did so on Sunday evening against the Blackhawks. Florida will take on Chicago once again and Barkov's salary still has not come up quite to where it should be. 
  • Barkov is a focal point of the Panthers' offense and plays in every situation where he is dangerous across the board. Coming off of a disappointing season for his standards, Barkov started the 2021 campaign with an assist, three shots, and two blocks in 21 minutes of ice-time against the Blackhawks.
  • Those numbers won't wow anyone on the surface, but watching that game, Barkov was all over the ice and had a couple of scoring chances that simply did not go his way. 

Cam Atkinson, CBJ (DK $4,700)

  • Typically on any slate where there are some high-priced stars we'll need some value options and there are a few on this slate to consider, but none better in my opinion than Cam Atkinson against the Detroit Red Wings. In six games over the past two seasons against the Red Wings Atkinson has three goals, three assists, and 26 shots on net, nothing crazy, but worth noting as Detroit has been one of the more friendly teams against right-wingers over the past couple of seasons.
  • Atkinson has seven shots on goal through two games this season and Detroit is allowing 37 shots on goal per game through three games.
  • With his value, time on the top power-play unit, and propensity to shoot the puck, Atkinson is a key-value skater for myself tonight and one that I will rely on heavily across my lineups as a one-off winger.

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Favorite Stacks

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Washington Capitals

Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin - T.J. Oshie

  • Last time out against the Penguins, the top line for the Capitals combined for two goals, an assist, and eight shots. The results did not account for the chances that the Capitals had including a chance on the power-play the Ovechkin had which hit two posts and a chance with 10 seconds left in overtime where Ovechkin missed far side by about six inches. 
  • This is a pricey stack for sure, but with the way Pittsburgh has been playing of late defensively, Washington will have their chances and this could be an explosion offensively from the Capitals based on how they've looked through three games averaging close to four goals per game.

Buffalo Sabres

Jack Eichel - Taylor Hall - Sam Reinhart - Rasmus Dahlin

  • The Sabres and Flyers got together last night in a game that was controlled by Buffalo and it's clear that the absence of Sean Couturier is playing a significant role on the Flyers defensively. At one point mid-way through the second period, Buffalo led Philadelphia 3-0 with a 19-7 shot advantage. Eichel, Reinhart, and Hall all got together on a power-play tally in that period as well as a goal at even strength and had great comradery all night.
  • Eichel and Hall are a bit pricey but Reinhart (DK $4,000) is another skater that's underpriced as DraftKings' pricing hasn't caught up yet.
  • Rasmus Dahlin runs the point on the top power-play unit in which Eichel, Hall, and Reinhart all skate on, and Dahlin should be taking a step forward this season as he was the number one overall pick in the 2018 draft. Dahlin took a step forward last season with 40 points in 59 games and had six shots in two games heading into Monday night's affair. 

Florida Panthers

Aleksander Barkov - Patric Hornqvist - Anthony Duclair - Keith Yandle

  • I mentioned Barkov above as being underpriced but most of the Panthers are underpriced including Hornqvist, Duclair, and Yandle.
  • Hornqvist (DK $3,300) is severely underpriced but his salary has actually come up as he was $2,500 on Sunday. In that game, Hornqvist had a goal and an assist skating on the second line and on the top power-play unit, which is obviously key. Duclair was absolutely useless, make no mistake about it. However, he'll get another chance it seems to skate with Barkov on the top line and is just $2,700. Barkov's playmaking ability makes Duclair a value piece of a Florida stack worth taking a shot on.
  • Keith Yandle looks to be on his way out of Florida and was nearly a healthy scratch before the Panthers decided to insert him into the lineup which resulted in a goal. Yandle has been an offensive presence in the league for years, especially on the power-play as he skates on the top unit for Florida with Barkov, Hornqvist, Jonathan Huberdeau, and fellow defenseman Aaron Ekblad. The Panthers will be popular but their value opens up a lot of ways to get different outside of the stack.

Other Stacks to Consider

New York Rangers

Ryan Strome - Artemi Panarin - Alexis Lafreniere - Adam Fox

  • Panarin is clearly the focal point here at $7,300 but the skaters flanking him in this stack are very affordable collectively. Let's start with the Breadman, though. Panarin had two goals in his last game and now has five shots through two games, keep in mind that none of the Rangers showed up in their first game. Why on earth that was the case, I don't know. However, Panarin was skating well last time out and should be poised for another good game against a poor Devils defense.
  • MacKenzie Blackwood has been fantastic through two games seeing 37 and 28 shots in those games while allowing a total of just three goals. However, those games were against an undermanned Bruins team and Blackwood had to work his tail off in some high-danger situations to get there. Against the high-flying Rangers offense (on paper) I don't love his chances of fending off 30-plus shots.
  • Strome and Lafreniere correlate with Panarin on the second even-strength line and top power-play unit. Both skated extremely well after the Rangers shuffled lines around and both are favorably priced. Adam Fox on defense correlates on the top power-play unit and is a very good puck mover, not great, but very good. He's building off of a solid rookie season and has seen over 21 minutes of ice time in two games. No one will roster him and I love it.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Pierre-Luc Dubois - Oliver Bjorkstrand - Cam Atkinson - Seth Jones

  • Dubois wants out of Columbus and he's made it very clear but for the time being he's a Blue Jacket and needs to play well in order for a team to make an offer to Columbus to acquire him. He's just $4,200 and centers the top line while skating on the top power-play unit. At even strength, he's flanked by Bjorkstrand who quietly had 36 points in 49 games last season. Bjorkstrand has three shots in each of his first two games and also skates on the top power-play with Dubois.
  • Atkinson and Jones have both been fixtures on the power-play for Columbus with Jones having nine, 10, and 24 points on the man advantage over the past two seasons. Jones hasn't hit the scoresheet yet but he's somewhat underpriced at $4,900 on Tuesday.

Top Positional Plays

*Note: Last two listed at each position are value plays.

Center

Mark Scheifele, WPG (DK $6,300)

Mika Zibanajad, NYR (DK $8,100)

Alexandre Texier, CBJ (DK $3,400)

Derek Stepan, OTT (DK $3,400)

Wing

Brady Tkachuk, OTT (DK $6,700)

Blake Wheeler, WPG (DK $5,500)

Chris Kreider, NYR (DK $4,800)

Evgenii Dadonov, OTT (DK $2,600)

Defense

Thomas Chabot, OTT (DK $6,300)

Cale Makar, COL (DK $6,000)

Erik Gustafsson, PHI (DK $3,100)

Top Goalies

Sergei Bobrovsky, FLA (DK $8,200)

  • Bobrovsky will see his first action of the season on Tuesday and will look to bounce back after a sub-par season for his standards. Bobrovsky is a two-time Vezina winner and has a lot of good hockey left in him. While the Blackhawks may not win many games this season, they will challenge goaltenders by getting pucks to the net and Bobrovsky will be up to the task.

Alexandar Georgiev, NYR (DK $7,800)

Georgiev is coming off a 23-save shutout against the Islanders and is expected to be in net once again for the Rangers. Georgiev was solid last season for the Rangers with 17 wins and two shutouts. Igor Shesterkin, the Rangers' goalie of the future struggled his first time out this season so it looks as if coach David Quinn will ride the hot-hand with Georgiev on Tuesday.