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Top Lines of the Night
New York Islanders at Minnesota Wild
John Tavares ($7,000) – Jordan Eberle ($5,200) – Anders Lee ($5,200)
This line had a huge night for the New York Islanders on Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes, powering the team to a 5-3 victory. Tavares had his biggest game of the season, recording his seventh-career hat trick and adding an assist. He now has seven points in his last two games. Lee had an assist on one of Tavares’ three goals, giving him a three-game point streak with three goals and two assists. He now has seven points in nine games. Eberle collected a pair of assists on Tuesday, giving him three points in his last three games. He is goalless on the season but does have six assists in nine games. The Islanders have a favorable matchup on Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings
Nikita Kucherov ($8,200) – Steven Stamkos ($7,700) – Vladislav Namestnikov ($5,300)
Until this line cools down, it has to be considered every night. All three members of this line found the scoresheet in their last game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Kucherov had an assist to push his season-opening point streak to 10 games, and he now has 17 points. Stamkos had two assists, giving him 20 points on the season to lead the league. He also has points in each of his 10 games this season. Namestnikov scored his fourth goal of the season, giving him points in seven straight games and in nine of his 10 games on the year. The Lightning play against the Red Wings on Thursday, and this line had five points against Detroit last Monday.
Superstar to Build Around
Tyler Seguin ($7,600) – Seguin had two assists on Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche with three shots on goal, to cap off a 5.5 FPTS night. His pair of assists pushed his point streak to five games. Seguin has four goals, four assists, three multi-point games and 19 shots on goal during his five-game streak. He continues to skate on the Dallas Stars’ first line with Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov and has a great matchup against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.
Value on Offense
Adrian Kempe ($4,000) – Kempe has come out of nowhere to be a fantasy beast for the Los Angeles Kings over the last week. After being held pointless in his first five games of the season, Kempe now has seven points in his last four games. He enters Thursday riding a two-game point streak with a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs and a multi-point game against the Ottawa Senators. He has 11 shots on goal over his last four games as well.
Anders Bjork ($4,600) – Bjork is beginning to settle well into the lineup for the Boston Bruins. He is skating on the Bruins’ first line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. He enters Thursday against the San Jose Sharks with points in back-to-back games and in three of his last four overall. The rookie has five of his six points this season in his last four games.
John Gibson ($7,900) – Gibson has won back-to-back starts for the Anaheim Ducks, allowing four goals against on his last 84 shots against. Gibson is 3-2-0 in his last five starts and has allowed two goals or less in each start. His .933 save percentage is currently tied for seventh in the NHL with Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators.
Michael Neuvirth ($7,400) – Neuvirth is a great start tonight for the Philadelphia Flyers against the Ottawa Senators. Despite a 1-2-0 record in three games this season, Neuvirth has posted fantastic numbers. He has only allowed four goals against on 92 shots faced. That gives him 1.36 goals against average and .957 save percentage this year.
Value on Defense
Calvin de Haan ($3,400) – de Haan struggled early in the season for the New York Islanders but has come on strong as of late. de Haan enters Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild, riding a three-game point streak and has points — all assists — in five of his last six games. He is getting very good category coverage in DFS with 11 shots on goal and 18 blocked shots.
Mikhail Sergachev ($4,000) – Sergachev continues to be a dominant fantasy asset for the Tampa Bay Lightning at the beginning of the season. Sergachev scored a goal for the third straight game on Tuesday, extending his point streak to four games. He has seven points and 11 shots on goal and is averaging over 6.0 FPTS per game on his current scoring streak.
Power Play Defensemen
Kris Letang ($6,200) – Letang had a two-game point streak snapped on Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers but still had a strong game with five shots on goal and five blocked shots. On his two-game point streak, he dished out a power play assist in each game. Letang has six points in 10 games this season, with four points coming on the power play.
John Klingberg ($6,300) – Klingberg has started the season averaging a point-per-game for the Dallas Stars. Klingberg is coming off a great game on Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche, where he scored a goal and added an assist with five shots on goal. He has four points and 12 shots on goal in his last three games. On the season, Klingberg has nine points, four power-play points, 15 blocked shots and 29 shots on goal and is averaging 4.8 FPTS per game on DraftKings.
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