Tuesday fantasy hockey tips – NHL picks, matchups, more

Tuesday fantasy hockey tips – NHL picks, matchups, more

Begin the Rick Tocchet era in Vancouver. After one of the strangest transitions in modern NHL history, former Arizona/Tampa Bay bench boss Bruce Boudreau takes over as the Canucks’ 21st head coach. About 48 hours and one full rehearsal into the new concerto, Tocchet is already offering some hints about what to expect from his fresh approach. Including some tips that fantasy managers should especially inform.

Judging from Monday’s skate – featuring a large number of assistant coaches and advisors – Tocchet will likely go with strong C/RW forward pairings through the club’s top three lines: Bo Horvat centered on Brock Boeser; JT Miller moved to center alongside Conor Garland; and Elias Pettersson linked with Andrei Kuzmenko. From a fantasy point of view, we are more interested in the characters named by the left wing on each respective line, especially Jack Studnicka, who is falling out together with Horvat and Boeser. When he was at his best with the Bruins, who had little trouble putting up points in Providence, Studnicka still has the ability to flourish if given the right opportunity. Stay tuned to see how the 23-year-old manages to fill such a prominent spot – for how long – under Vancouver’s new coach.

Outside of the team’s top sleeper, Boeser is another one to watch as the Canucks enter this new chapter. Featured in half of ESPN.com’s leagues, he’s already showing signs of better productivity, here and there. We’ll see how this turn of the page affects the skilled former goaltender, starting with Tuesday’s friendly tilt against the visiting Blackhawks. If nothing else, there’s also a healthy chance that Boeser will be thrust into a scoring role with a contender in the coming weeks.

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After a brief lull in mid-January, the Sabers are scoring – and winning – again. Only the mighty Bruins have more goals so far, through the same number of games. Blues No. 1 Jordan Binnington was extremely lousy in his last outing against the visiting Blackhawks, allowing four goals on seven shots through 24 minutes. The scene in St. Louis is set for a fairly productive evening from Buffalo’s most dynamic personalities, including (for now) Victor Olofsson. Quietly, the 27-year-old has collected seven goals in his last seven games.

Mid-tier fantasy forward

Deep league/Daily Fantasy forward value

Adam Henrique, Anaheim Ducks (On roster in 9.6% of ESPN.com series): Competing on a scoring line with Mason McTavish and Troy Terry, Henrique has four goals and three assists during his current five-game hitting streak. With another 19 minutes of ice time (or so) expected at even strength and on the power play, he is fully capable of scoring in Arizona.

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Mid-tier fantasy defenders

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Matt Grzelcyk, Boston Bruins (4.3%): The top-pairing defenseman is on a tear with two goals and five assists in seven contests. Throw in a few blocked shots, and Grzelcyk is earning his managers 2.1 fantasy points/fantasy contest in ESPN.com standard competition. If hitting turns heavy in your particular league, Derek Forbort is another solid option on Boston’s blue line.

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Goals

Ville Husso, Detroit Red Wings (68.8%): No. 1 Detroit is coming off two solid starts, including a 33-save, 3-2 win over Vegas. As far as goal scoring is concerned, the opposition Sharks are third bottom of the league. A bit of offensive support from his teammates up front will help Husso get a win over San Jose at home.

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