Tuesday's game slate is full again with the NHL's yo-yo scheduling theory where we are loaded tonight but will have three games tomorrow. Fine by me as long as the three games are good ones. NHL League Pass is a gift from heaven in my eyes and the reason Man Caves keep couples married so long. There are a few games where the ice will be leaning heavily in one direction, and this is putting me in a "stack" kind of mood. The first stack for me is the Penguins hosting the Buffalo Sabres, who played last night in a closely contested game in Detroit. The second stack I love is the St. Louis Blues red hot squad hosting the poor puck possesing team from Colorado. Last but not least, the Florida Panthers are playing host to the rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs. These are all great opportunities to use full line combos or at least partials and power play combos who convert on a regular clip.
Sidney Crosby - Pittsburgh ($8100): Not the cheapest skater on the slate, but possibly the hottest, Crosby has points in 14 of his last 15 contests. He centers the Pens top line and top power play unit, and with Malkin on the shelf he sees many double shifts to take advantage of defensive mismatches. He may not win the Art Ross Trophy this season, but he is certainly making a late push in the scoring race. You can balance out the Pens line-up with cheaper options such as Chris Kunitz to even out your payroll due to Crosby's steep price, but he is worth every dollar and will end up in the scoring column tonight. Pittsburgh is firing on all cylinders right now, going 8-2 in their last ten, while Crosby has seven goals and 15 assists over his last 15 games.
Vincent Trocheck - Florida ($5500): I mentioned Trocheck in my last article but now I am highlighting him and the hot streak he's been on since the All-Star Break. He has six goals and seven assists over his last ten games while averaging over 20 minutes a game. Trocheck centers the Panthers second line and second power play unit with his equally as hot linemate Jussi Jokinen and they are both smoking guns. I expect these Sega like numbers to continue versus the basement's most frequent resident, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are 6-4 in their last ten but will not succeed in slowing down Trocheck tonight.
Brian Elliott - St. Louis ($8500): Elliott is the most expensive goalie tonight, and his play over his last 12 starts will explain why. The Blues in general are hot at the right time of the year, but Elliott is 10-2 in his last ten starts. He has also pitched three straight shutouts in in the process with a .934 Save Percentage and 1.95 Goals Against Average. Needless to say, no matter what the cost, get him into your line-up tonight! He is 20-7 on the season with four shutouts while spliting time with goal mate Jake Allen, and is certainly making his case heard to be the starting netminder come the postseason. The Blues are 8-2 in their last ten games and tied with Dallas at 99 points for tops in the Western Conference. Elliott has three straight shutouts, like I previously mentioned, while the Blues have four straight shutouts and are close to tying the modern day record for consecutive shutouts by a team set by the Phoenix Coyotes back in the 2003-04 season.