Tuesday's NHL slate is the perfect storm with a number of the league's most formidable attacks and some of the most struggling defenses both featured in an eight-game list of matchups.
Blending some high-priced, can't-miss studs with a handful of value picks, let's craft an essential DraftKings lineup for Tuesday's daily fantasy action.
DraftKings Optimal NHL Lineup for November 17
|C||Joe Pavelski (Sharks)||BOS||4.5||$7,400|
|C||Tyler Ennis (Sabres)||DAL||2.6||$4,600|
|W||Tyler Toffoli (Kings)||PHI||3.8||$6,000|
|W||Mike Cammalleri (Devils)||CGY||4.0||$5,000|
|W||Craig Smith (Predators)||ANA||2.6||$4,600|
|D||Shea Weber (Predators)||ANA||3.8||$5,800|
|D||Dion Phaneuf (Maple Leafs)||COL||3.1||$4,300|
|G||Jonathan Quick (Kings)||PHI||4.4||$7,500|
Joe Pavelski, C, San Jose Sharks ($7,400)
San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski seems to come through night in and night out, whether it be game-winning goals (he has a league-leading four) or consistent production with 4.5 DK points per contest.
Not only is he proving dangerous every game, but last season he absolutely dominated his Tuesday opponent, the Boston Bruins. He netted four points in two games last year versus Boston, and those two games were ultra-high-scoring affairs with 18 combined goals from the two teams.
Tyler Toffoli, RW, Los Angeles Kings ($6,000)
Finding an affordable stud on a hot streak is essential in any DK lineup, and Tyler Toffoli can be that guy Tuesday night. He's put up points in four straight games and has only been held without a point in three of his last 10 games.
The Los Angeles Kings scorer has a whopping 10 goals on the season and should continue that against the Philadelphia Flyers, who are minus-17 in the goals department as a team.
Mike Cammalleri, LW, New Jersey Devils ($5,000)
New Jersey Devils winger Mike Cammalleri is coming off one of his best games in recent memory, netting a goal and two assists Friday against Pittsburgh. He's topped 6.5 DK points in three of his last 10 games and is putting up big numbers every time he steps onto the ice.
To make matters even better, his Devils face a Calgary Flames team that has conceded 72 goals—10 more than any other team in the league.
Craig Smith, RW, Nashville Predators ($4,600)
Seemingly everyone on the Nashville Predators is tearing up the score sheet in recent games, with the Preds scoring seven goals twice in their last three games. Their five-game home stand ends Tuesday night against Anaheim, which they beat 5-1 when they played in Nashville back in October.
Craig Smith is a safe bet to put up points Tuesday, having notched a goal and two assists Saturday against Winnipeg for a nine-point DK outing.
Shea Weber, D, Nashville Predators ($5,800)
The Nashville Predators' defensemen group was well known as perhaps the NHL's best before the season, and they're putting up point production to mirror that. Defenseman Shea Weber has slipped under the shadows of the red-hot Roman Josi, but Weber's recent production should have daily fantasy players flocking toward him.
Weber netted his 150th career goal last week and didn't cool down after it, scoring the next time out against Toronto. His shots-on-goal proficiency should shine through again Tuesday against Anaheim.
Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings ($7,500)
Some of the league's best goaltenders are in action Tuesday, but none have quite as scintillating a matchup as the Kings' Jonathan Quick. He's going up against a Flyers squad ranking second-to-worst against goalies in DK play.
Quick has struggled as of late, but that should change Tuesday in a favorable matchup on the road.
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