NHL Plays: Tuesday

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NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.

Please note, these players were chosen early in the day, so make sure to check NBC Sports EDGE's player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.

Additionally, it is worth reminding everyone that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 2W, 2D, 2UTIL 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UTIL) and Yahoo has a $200 budget for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G).

There are four games scheduled for Tuesday, but one is the regular season Vancouver-Calgary game, which starts at 4:00pm ET and won’t be featured in many daily leagues.

Forwards:

Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay) – W - $8,400 FanDuel, $7,800 DraftKings, $32 Yahoo

Clearly missing the entire 2020-21 regular season hasn’t made him rusty. In his first game since Sept. 28, Kucherov scored two goals and registered an assist in 19:21 minutes of ice time to lead the Lightning in their 5-4 victory against Florida. Kucherov figures to be a key player for Tampa Bay throughout their playoff run.

Aleksander Barkov (Florida) – C - $8,100 FanDuel, $7,800 DraftKings, $31 Yahoo

Barkov scored a goal and registered an assist in Game 1 of the Panthers’ series against Tampa Bay. Dating back to the regular season, he’s on a five-game point streak and has recorded at least a point in nine of his last 11 contests. He had 26 goals and 58 points in 50 regular season games.

Brock Nelson (NY Islanders) – C - $5,800 FanDuel, $4,200 DraftKings, $19 Yahoo

There’s no shortage of great, but expensive forwards available tonight. Nelson doesn’t produce at that elite level, but for his price point he is appealing right now. Including his goal in Game 1 of the Islanders’ series against Pittsburgh, Nelson has recorded at least a point in six of his last eight games. He contributed 18 goals and 33 points in 56 contests during the regular season.

Bargain Bin: Anthony Beauvillier (NYI) - $5,500 FanDuel/$3,800 DraftKings/$19 Yahoo, Kyle Palmieri (NYI) - $5,000 FanDuel/$3,100 DraftKings/$15 Yahoo, Jeff Carter (PIT) - $5,000 FanDuel/$4,900 DraftKings/$19 Yahoo, Yanni Gourde (TBL) - $4,800 FanDuel/$3,900 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Kasperi Kapanen (PIT) - $4,700 FanDuel/$3,900 DraftKings/$19 Yahoo, Alex Wennberg (FLA) - $4,400 FanDuel/$3,200 DraftKings/$18 Yahoo

Defensemen:

Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay) - $6,400 FanDuel, $6,100 DraftKIngs, $23 Yahoo

The Lightning and Panthers are both firing on all cylinders and that’s likely to continue to be to Hedman’s benefit. He picked up three assists in Tampa Bay’s 5-4 win against Florida in Game 1. Hedman is coming off a fantastic season where he scored nine goals and 45 points in 54 games.

Bargain Bin: Jared Spurgeon (MIN) - $5,200 FanDuel/$4,800 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Alec Martinez (VGK) - $4,900 FanDuel/$5,400 DraftKings/$21 Yahoo, Ryan Pulock (NYI) - $4,600 FanDuel/$4,500 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo

Goaltenders:

Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas) - $8,300 FanDuel, $8,400 DraftKings, $32 Yahoo

Fleury didn’t win Game 1 versus Minnesota, but he more than held his own. He stopped 29 of 30 shots in the 1-0 overtime loss. He was one of the league’s top regular season goaltenders with a 26-10-0 record, 1.98 GAA, and .928 save percentage in 36 contests. Game 2 could be a similarly low scoring game, which makes Talbot also a good option, though I’m anticipating Vegas evening the series so Fleury gets my higher recommendation.

Bargain Bin: Cam Talbot (MIN) - $7,400 FanDuel/$7,500 DraftKings/$32 Yahoo