DraftKings NHL: Tuesday Breakdown

DraftKings NHL: Tuesday Breakdown

This article is part of our DraftKings NHL series.

Tuesday's modest NHL slate begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT and features two games. Below, you'll find suggested options for crafting an effective lineup.


The Hurricanes host the Predators in Game 5, with the home team having won each of this series' first four games to arrive at a 2-2 tie. Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs and Canadiens will face off in Montreal for Game 4, one night after Toronto took a 2-1 series lead with a 2-1 road win. Carolina and Toronto are both clear, but not overwhelming, favorites.


Alex Nedeljkovic, CAR vs. NSH ($8,300): Nedeljkovic will be happy to return to home ice, where he gave up just two total goals en route to wins in Games 1 and 2. The Predators got nine pucks by him in Nashville, though they needed double overtime to beat him in each game. All told, the rookie has been rock solid in this series, with a 2.13 GAA and .928 save percentage.

Jack Campbell, TOR at MON ($8,100): Toronto has Frederik Andersen ($8,100) waiting in the wings, but Campbell has earned a fourth straight start, even in the second leg of a back-to-back. Campbell has allowed just four goals on 82 shots en route to a 2-1 series lead after a dominant regular season in which he went 17-3-2 with a 2.15 GAA and .921 save percentage.

Carey Price, MON vs. TOR ($7,600): Price struggled in Game 2 but has had a strong series otherwise, with 35 saves on 36 shots in the Game 1 win and 27 saves in Monday's 2-1 Game 3 loss. With the home crowd behind him, Price is capable of coming up with another strong effort against a Toronto team that remains without John Tavares (concussion).

Juuse Saros, NSH at CAR ($7,500): Saros has certainly been busy, making a combined 110 saves in Games 3 and 4, both of which Nashville won in double overtime. Since a Game 1 clunker in which he gave up four goals on 37 shots, Saros has delivered a save percentage of .933 or better in each of the subsequent three games.


Auston Matthews, TOR at MON ($9,200): Matthews has remarkably been held off the scoresheet twice in this series' first three games, but he exploded for three points in Game 2 and has had no shortage of chances in the other contests. With 18 shots through three games, the league's leading regular-season goal scorer (41 in 52 games) is capable of posting a breakout performance at any moment, just as he did in Game 2.

Matt Duchene, NSH at CAR ($3,500): Duchene's making up for a lackluster regular season with a strong showing in this series. He has found his way onto the scoresheet in every game except the Game 2 shutout loss, and Duchene just threw seven pucks on net in Game 4. At just $3,500, he's an enticing value play, especially since Duchene's strong play has earned him a promotion to the top line.

Josh Anderson, MON vs. TOR ($4,000): Anderson was arguably Montreal's most engaged forward in Game 3, leading the team in shots (four), PIM (four) and hits (six). The physical winger has been noticeable all series, scoring a goal on 10 shots after lighting the lamp 17 times in 52 regular-season contests.

Brock McGinn, CAR vs. NSH ($2,500): McGinn got off to a quiet start this postseason but has come on over the past two games, putting four pucks on net in Game 3 and then scoring twice on four shots in Game 4. Despite his recent uptick in production, McGinn's still available at the minimum valuation of $2,500.


Hurricanes vs. Predators

Sebastian Aho (C - $7,000), Andrei Svechnikov (W - $5,700), Teuvo Teravainen (W - $5,200)

This trio has spent much of the season on separate lines, but Carolina's top line of postseasons past has been reunited and should deliver in this pivotal Game 5. Aho has been the best player on the ice in this series, with a 2-3-5 line and 23 shots through four games. Svechnikov scored a point in every game except Game 4, and he's put at least six pucks on net in all but one game. Teravainen has been rather quiet so far in this series with just two helpers, but he's racked up at least three shots in all but one game.

Maple Leafs at Canadiens

Alex Kerfoot (C - $2,800), William Nylander (W - $5,600), Alex Galchenyuk (W - $3,300)

Nylander has proven he doesn't need Tavares by his side to find success, as he's taken on a leading role in Toronto's offense by scoring a goal in every game of this series, while also adding an assist in Game 2. Kerfoot has taken advantage of his promotion to the second line with a goal in Game 2 and a helper in Game 3. Galchenyuk has had a quiet series so far but is surely motivated to deliver against his former team on the biggest stage.

Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs

Nick Suzuki (C - $5,000), Cole Caufield (W - $4,500), Joel Armia (W - $3,100)

Montreal's dynamic young third line has nice offensive upside relative to its members' reasonable valuations. Suzuki scored Montreal's lone goal in Game 3, giving him a 5-3-8 line through 13 playoff games in his young career. Caufield failed to score in his playoff debut Monday but finished with three shots and tied Jeff Petry for the team lead with 3:20 of power-play ice time. Armia gives this line some veteran presence and has assisted on two of Montreal's four goals through three games.


Morgan Rielly, TOR at MON ($5,200): Outside of Nylander, Rielly's probably the Maple Leaf that's picked his game up the most for the postseason. He's opened the postseason on a three-game point streak, adding 10 shots and four blocked shots to his 1-2-3 line. Toronto's top defenseman should stay hot against a Canadiens team that's allowed opposing blueliners to produce quality fantasy results all season. If you're looking for a bargain option on the blue line, consider Rasmus Sandin ($2,900), who's being sheltered at even strength but splitting duties on the top power-play unit with Rielly.

Ryan Ellis, NSH at CAR ($4,700): Outside of Game 2, in which the Predators offense laid a collective egg, Ellis has been a consistent presence on the scoresheet. He's racked up a 1-3-4 line over the other three games, supplementing that output with seven shots and nine blocks in those three contests. He's a solid consolation prize if you don't quite have the funds for fellow Predators blueliner Roman Josi ($6,200).

Brett Pesce, CAR vs. NSH ($4,300): Pesce was held off the scoresheet for the first time this postseason in Game 4, but he's still having an outstanding series on both ends. The well-rounded blueliner has a goal, three assists, nine shots and eight blocks through four games.

Ben Chiarot, MON vs. TOR ($3,900): Chiarot's limited offensive ability limits his upside, but he's a high-floor blueliner who won't cost too much. He's skating on the top pairing with Shea Weber and actually led the Canadiens in even-strength ice time in Game 3, racking up four blocked shots to give Chiarot nine in this series already.

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