Jets-Hurricanes will have many Daily Fantasy stars Tuesday
There are nine games in the National Hockey League Tuesday, Feb. 4. The N.Y. Islanders-Washington (7:30pm ET) game is nationally televised on NBC Sports Network.
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Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto ($9400 at FLA): The Maple Leafs head down to Sunrise to battle the Florida Panthers, and Kessel remains on a hot streak. He posted his second hat trick of the season Saturday against Ottawa, giving him nine goals and 19 points with a plus-1 rating and 34 shots on goal (SOG) over his past 10 games. He has managed 4.2 or more Fantasy points in nine of those 10 outings, including a pair of assists and 5.7 Fantasy points in the last meeting with the Panthers Jan. 30.
If you spend big up top, you're going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:
Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington ($6300 vs NYI): Backstrom and the Caps will face a New York Islanders team which has allowed 191 goals, worst in the Eastern Conference and second-worst in the NHL. Backstrom has four assists over his past four games, and he has a total of 10.4 Fantasy points over his past two outings.
Al Montoya/Ondrej Pavelec, G, Winnipeg ($6700/7100 at CAR): Jets head coach Paul Maurice had yet to declare which goaltender he will use in his Raleigh homecoming Tuesday, but both netminders are solid options and basically the same salary. The Jets have won eight of their past 10 games, they're 4-1 in their past five road games, and they are 5-1 in their past six trips to PNC Arena. The Jets are also 4-1 in their past five meetings with the Hurricanes, and the road team has won five of the past six. That bodes well for whichever goaltender is in between the pipes. I'll be attending this game, and never would have imagined Winnipeg and Carolina would be too of the hottest teams going. If you take this advice and start one of the Winnipeg goalies, follow @EdTait of the Winnipeg Free-Press for updates on the starter.
Alexander Semin, RW, Carolina ($6300 vs WPG): Win or lose, the Hurricanes and Jets are likely to provide plenty of offense. Semin has posted eight goals with 11 points and a plus-8 rating over his past nine games, going for 4.9 or more Fantasy points in eight of those outings.
Eric Staal, C, Carolina ($6900 vs WPG): Staal has gone scoreless in back-to-back games heading into this game, but don't let that dissuade you from using him. Over his past five home games, Staal has managed four goals with seven points and a plus-5 rating. He also has 3.4 or more Fantasy points in four of those five outings.
Sean Bergenheim, LW, Florida ($5000 vs TOR): Bergenheim potted a goal in his last meeting with the Maple Leafs in Toronto Jan. 30, and he has lit the lamp three times with two assists over his past six outings. He has 3.2 or more Fantasy points in five of his past six games, making him a nice low-end option capable of exceeding his salary expectations by a mile.
Tobias Enstrom, D, Winnipeg ($3200 at CAR): Enstrom has posted a goal with three assists and a plus-1 rating over his past five games, picking up 3.2 or more Fantasy points in three of his past four outings. He is a nice low-priced option who could shine Tuesday night.
Ondrej Palat, LW, Tampa Bay ($5400 at MIN): Palat was scoreless in his last game at Montreal Saturday, but he has managed two goals with nine points and a plus-5 rating over the past six games. He has posted six or more Fantasy points in four of the six outings, making him a nice investment.
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