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NHL DFS Primer: Tuesday (12/7)

by Matthew MacKay | @Matt_MacKay_ | Featured Writer
Dec 7, 2021
Steven Stamkos

Ten games fill Tuesday’s NHL slate entering the ninth week of action in the 2022 season. Goals have been pouring in left and right, as Pittsburgh and Colorado scored at least six goals to earn decisive wins over their opponents on Monday. Vancouver posted a 4-0 shutout against the Los Angeles Kings, and Ottawa managed to earn a much-needed win over New Jersey during a shootout. Anaheim traveled to the nation’s capital to face Washington in the marquee game on Monday’s slate but ultimately failed to secure the win in a shootout loss.

There will be numerous talented offensive units making an appearance on Tuesday’s slate, including Minnesota, Edmonton, Florida, Carolina, Toronto, and Tampa Bay, to name a few. These are all teams that roster top-tier talent on their first lines, but this also means that skilled players are capable of producing efficient minutes on their second and third lines. Depth charts can be hard to overcome for players on teams that lack firepower to compete each night, so targeting second and third-line prospects on good teams is a great way to obtain value while constructing lineups. As always, I’ve gathered some of my favorite players on Tuesday’s slate and will explain why each one deserves consideration in DFS lineups.

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Steven Stamkos (C – TB): $7,200
It’s now Steven Stamkos’ 14th season in the league, and he has seemingly turned back the clock to manufacture excellent production as Tampa Bay’s first-line center. Shifting to center from left-winger has helped elevate Stamkos within the Lightning offense, as he already has 27 points through 23 games. For comparison, in his old position last season, Stamkos finished with 34 points in 38 games played. He enters Tuesday’s road contest in Montreal with a seven-game point streak and should easily extend it to eight against Canadiens’ goaltender, Jake Allen (G – MTL). Allen has a 3.01 GAA in 19 games played and has allowed at least three goals in four of his last five starts. This is a game where Stamkos should feast, so pay up to insert a player equipped with a high floor and a high ceiling.

Jonathan Huberdeau (LW – FLA): $7,300
Another player who has spent at least a decade with the same franchise is Jonathan Huberdeau. He leads the Panthers in points (29) and has racked up nine points across his last three games. This is an absurd stat line that needs to be pursued. St. Louis plans to start reserve goaltender Ville Husso (G – STL), who has allowed at least three goals in four straight starts. Huberdeau gets all of the best opportunities skating on Florida’s top powerplay unit and first-line attack, so expect him to continue inflicting serious damage against St. Louis on the road Tuesday night. Huberdeau is worth every penny and is an excellent blue-chip prospect that can be used as the foundation for lineups.

Moritz Seider (D – DET): $5,300
Moritz Seider may only be a 20-year old rookie, but he’s been lighting it up for Detroit all season. Seider has three points in his last two games and averages a whopping 22:30 of time on ice, which is partly attributed to skating on the Red Wings’ top powerplay unit. Seider isn’t afraid to get in front of opposing shots either, finishing with at least two blocked shots in his last five games. Since blocked shots are roughly the equivalent of a shot on goal, Seider has a comfortable floor and can deliver an assist or goal if the opportunity presents itself. In addition, he’s a relatively inexpensive defenseman who is heavily involved in the offense, making Seider one of my favorite defensive prospects to target in Tuesday lineups.

Anton Forsberg (G – OTT): $7,200
Anton Forsberg is on his fourth team in seven seasons. Still, he has looked good in spots recently, surrendering only two goals to New Jersey in a shootout win on Monday night and two goals against a talented Carolina Hurricanes team last week. Forsberg has three straight wins as a starter and faces many shots due to the lack of capable personnel skating in front of him. However, Forsberg is thrust into the spotlight due to his opponent, the New York Islanders. The Islanders have a league-worst 38 goals scored through 20 games, making Forsberg immensely appealing in DFS lineups tonight. He’s playing well and earning wins for the Senators, so Forsberg becomes a smash play against an inferior opponent that is incapable of scoring.

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Elias Lindholm (C – CGY): $7,800
Elias Lindholm is second in total points (25) for Calgary this season and has goals in back-to-back games entering Tuesday’s matchup against San Jose. The 27-year old center skates on the Flames’ first line and top powerplay unit, averaging roughly 20 minutes of time on ice per night. If Lindholm isn’t scoring a goal, he’s busy setting up the score and earning an assist. Matthew Tkachuk (RW – CGY) and Johnny Gaudreau (LW – CGY) are studs in their own right, and all three first-line members of the Calgary offense rank in the top-three point leaders. Lindholm is already on pace to shatter his 47 point finish from last season and should be able to continue dominating against Sharks’ goaltender James Reimer (G – SJ) on Tuesday night.

Ondrej Palat (LW – TB): $5,800
Tampa Bay is benefitting from the chemistry some of its best players have developed over the years. One of these players is Ondrej Palat, who skates on the first-line for the Lightning and their top powerplay unit. The 30-year old winger laid an egg against Philadelphia in his most recent outing but scored goals in his previous two games. He has disappeared for stretches this season but gets a favorable matchup against Montreal and goaltender Jake Allen on Tuesday night. This is precisely what Palat needs to counter the goose egg performance he laid last game, so take advantage of the discounted salary and plug him into lineups in hopes that he will return value with a goal or an assist. The matchup and Palat’s opportunity alongside Tampa Bay’s best personnel form the primary reasons for inserting him into Tuesday lineups.

Rasmus Dahlin (D – BUF): $4,900
Buffalo is amid a four-game losing skid, but 21-year old defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is one of the few bright spots to focus on as a Sabres fan. Dahlin has 12 assists this season and had three straight games with an assist before posting a minus-three rating against Carolina over the weekend. He gets first-line and top powerplay unit opportunities, which helps him see valuable looks in the offensive zone. Dahlin averages from one to four shots per goal per matchup, so he could take advantage of Anaheim playing back-to-back games on the road. The Ducks expect to start relief goaltender Anthony Stolarz (G – ANA), who just surrendered five goals to Vegas in his last start a week ago. Dahlin is positioned for success and is an excellent value at under $5,000.

Juuse Saros (G – NSH): $7,600
26-year old netminder Juuse Saros has spent his entire career in Nashville and has performed well at times this season. He’s a bit streaky but has four consecutive starts allowing three or fewer goals, including a shutout against Columbus at the end of November. Detroit has a good offense capable of scoring goals, so Saros certainly isn’t a lock to win the matchup. However, Nashville has scored at least four goals in three of their last five games, meaning Saros could earn yet another win if he can hold Detroit to three or fewer goals. As a reminder, goaltenders who win earn 12 points on FanDuel, which erases three goals. Saros isn’t the safest play, but he’s performing well as of late, and Nashville has an offense that is capable of retaining his value in lineups on Tuesday night.

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