Is it or not? All eyes are on Edmonton as Evander Kane is expected to return to action (not guaranteed yet) after sustaining a torn wrist on November 8. Dodge rust away from slipping back into the oiler’s top six. The rival Kraken team is dragging its seven-game road winning streak to Rogers Place, after losing a one-off loss at home to the Lightning. With two previous meetings between these Pacific Ocean rivals, Edmonton boasts nine total goals, while Seattle has seven. This is going to be fun. Maybe let Martin Jones and Stuart Skinner (just back) have a fantasy night on this occasion.
The eight-game schedule kicks off Tuesday with a meeting on the East Coast between Anaheim and Philadelphia, the losers from Monday. While the Flyers — most successful recently — are undoubtedly weirdos after falling 6-0 to the Bruins, the Ducks can’t win on the road (4-14-4). The Panthers are suddenly up against the Maple Leafs, 2-0, for the first time this season. With Spencer Knight on IR, Sergei Bobrovsky could start for the second time in as many days after stopping 28 of 29 shots against the Sabers on Monday.
Of Tuesday’s eight entertaining content, six are of the inter-league variety, including a wobbly Red Wings that takes a (much needed?) trip to the desert to take on the Coyotes, losers since Dec. 29. The Sabers are looking to return on a steady track in Chicago, against the Black Hawks, who won three in a row before being beaten by the Kraken on Sunday. Kirill and his Wild crew travel to DC to take on Ovi and the Capitals for the first time in 2022-23.
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Favorable scoring matches
7 p.m., Center Bell, watch live on ESPN+
The soaring Jets landed in Montreal to take on a team that has been seeing more success of late, thanks in part to solid play from goaltender Sam Montemplot. But I still think Winnipeg’s firepower has the potential to easily overwhelm the Canadians’ defense.
With an 8-2-0 record, Kyle Connor & Co. have averaged 3.60 goals/game since December 27th. They are more dangerous than ever with the top six back to full health. Since Sunday, and idle until Thursday’s meeting in Toronto, the relaxed Jets are free to focus on Tuesday’s task in Labelle County without distraction.
8:30 p.m., United Center. Watch live on ESPN+
While the traveling Sabers might feel a little jaded, and mildly depressed, after Monday’s loss against the Panthers, the Blackhawks are giving up a slew of goals on a regular basis. Craig Anderson, who has been largely idle lately, is expected to start across from Chicago’s Alex Stallock – who hasn’t been that sharp for the weekend.
Seems like a ripe occasion for Tage Thompson to get out of his current state of funk. Forward Max Domi is my favorite fantasy good from home. Especially with Patrick Kane back in the squad.
Mid-level fantasy strikers
Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals (26.0%): Four games into his healthy return, and after getting on a line with Nicklas Backstrom, Wilson scored his first goal of 2022-23 against the Monday Islanders (an assist from Backstrom). First of all, sure. He also hit seven shots at the net and threw seven batters, in a 3.4-point approximation of the ESPN.com league record. There’s the feisty fantasy asset we know so well and love.
Deep League / Daily Value Attackers
Juuso Parssinen, Nashville Predators (1.8%): All this kid does is contribute, whether he’s skating in the upper unit in Nashville or down the lineup. The rookie’s current seven-point streak consists of two goals and seven assists, including two points with the extra skater. This works out to an average of 2.2 fantasy points/game in standard ESPN leagues. Please play him against the visiting Blue Jackets.
Mid-class fictional defensemen
Deep League/Daily Fantasy Defensive Value
Jeremy Lauzon, Nashville Predators (0.6%): Can we hit? Only Vancouver player Luke Schenn (37) has more scores than the 25-year-old Predator (36) so far in 2023. Lauzon has also recorded two goals, one assist, 11 tackles and 11 blocked shots in his past eight contests. But 4.5 hits/game is Fantasy’s greatest draw. He may also recruit Lauzon as a livestreaming asset or DFS when he’s in a rough mood.
Kevin Lankinen (Project), Nashville Predators (1.1%): Outside of the contributions from Johnny Goudreau and the freakish outburst from Patrick Lane, the Blue Jackets didn’t score much. or win. Especially on the road. With both sides playing their second innings on as many nights, I’m happy to have Nashville back up on this seemingly lopsided affair.