FanDuel NHL DFS Strategy Advice: Tuesday (3/23)
Week 11 in the NHL is upon us, delivering a five-game slate on Tuesday. There is a greater emphasis on finding deeper value within second and third-line skaters during nights that feature fewer teams in action. With teams like the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning emerging as contenders for Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2021, others within the division scramble to adjust their game plans. Here are a few players to get into your lineups ahead of Tuesday night based on their recent play and upcoming opponent.
Anthony Cirelli (TB): $5,500 @ DAL
Tampa is lighting up the scoreboard, boasting the league’s highest-rated goal differential (+42) with the help of second-line C Anthony Cirelli across recent games. The 23-year old has registered a point in back-to-back games against some solid goaltending play from the likes of Panthers G Sergei Bobrovsky. This should be noted when rostering Cirelli as a starter in your lineups on Tuesday, as projected Dallas Stars G Anton Khudobin has a low 1.44 GAA and .930 save percentage across his last two starts. However, during Khudobin’s last start in net against the Lightning, he allowed five goals on 16 shots, including two points (goal, assist) from Cirelli in that span. Cirelli is a great value play at such a safe price and should be a lock for your Tuesday night lineups.
Kyle Palmieri (NJ): $5,500 @PHI
The 30-year old RW has racked up eight shots on goal across his last two games for New Jersey, including two points (goal, assist) in back-to-back games against Pittsburgh. Palmieri skates on the Devils’ second-line, averaging 18:14 time on ice across 28 games this season, and is afforded additional point opportunities on the team’s second power-play unit. He draws floundering Flyers G Carter Hart on Tuesday, who allowed six goals in his last start and has a terrible 4.72 GAA across his last week of action in net. Palmieri will have several good looks at the net on Tuesday and could turn those into points, making him a necessary roster add with decent value at $5,500 on FanDuel.
Dominik Kubalik (CHI): $5,100 vs. FLA
Dominik Kubalik has points in five consecutive games (one goal, four assists) and is the focal point of the Blackhawks’ second-line, skating alongside Pius Suter and Brandon Hagel and earning additional minutes on Chicago’s second power-play unit. The 25-year old Czech winger will look to keep his assist streak alive against G Sergei Bobrovsky on Tuesday, as Kubalik now has an assist across his last four games, totaling eight shots on goal in this span. After dropping four straight games, Chicago is in desperation mode, as they now battle to stave off the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are tied at 33 points for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division. Kubalik should skate with purpose and take advantage of his increase to 17 minutes average time on ice in recent games to help establish a leading pass to yield a goal or two against Bobrovsky, who has allowed six goals and is 0-2 across his last two starts in net for the Panthers.
Duncan Keith (CHI): $4,600 vs. FLA
The Blackhawks’ franchise defenseman has been productive in recent games, totaling three assists across his last four starts while averaging 22:06 time on ice. Keith has totaled at least two or more shots in consecutive games and is priced low for a defensive skater as involved within the offense as he is. While he has only managed to find the net once this season, the 37-year old skates on the top defensive line and earns additional opportunities on the second power-play unit for Chicago, heating up on a point-streak and hitting his stride as of late. Keith is a low-risk option in your lineup, as he is one of the more inexpensive options on defense and will at the very least spot a few points on shots and blocks during Tuesday’s contest against the Panthers.
Mackenzie Blackwood (NJ): $6,900 @ PHI
Mackenzie Blackwood is a young netminder with immense talent, allowing just three goals on 71 shots and earning two consecutive wins when starting in goal for the Devils. The Flyers are coming off a 2-1 loss against the Islanders and will not have the extra rest Blackwood and other New Jersey players are afforded leading up to Tuesday’s game in Philadelphia. The 24-year old Canadian is relatively cheap as goalies are concerned in DFS and should be rostered and started in hopes of extending his great play in the net. The Flyers rank 19th in points per game and will be weakened coming off an emotional 2-1 overtime loss to the Islanders on Monday. This puts Blackwood in a prime position to succeed as the foundation of your fantasy lineup on Tuesday.