There are five games in the NHL on Wednesday with Anaheim, San Jose, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Colorado are all playing the second leg of a back-to-back set. There are plenty of stars hitting the ice, but without doubt, Auston Matthews returning to action, and the Cole Harbour showdown between Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby headline the evening.
Top Line Stacks
Panthers vs. DucksEvgenii Dadonov ($6,400) – Aleksander Barkov ($6,400) – Mike Hoffman ($7,300)
Florida’s top line draws Anaheim on the second leg of a back-to-back road set, and this is also their third away game in four nights. The Ducks pulled off an upset win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday, so Anaheim is ripe for a letdown against the Panthers. Barkov, Dadonov and Hoffman have combined for a respectable nine tallies and nine helpers through their past six contests to improve to an impressive 5.98 goals per 60 minutes for the campaign. Anaheim also allowed another 12 high-danger scoring chances to Tampa Bay and have surrendered a league-high 13.57 per 60 this season.
Flames vs. StarsJohnny Gaudreau ($6,400) – Sean Monahan ($6,500) – Elias Lindholm ($5,500)
While this is another high-priced stack, there’s a lot to like about this setup for Calgary’s top line. With the Matthew Tkachuk ($5,700) – Mikael Backlund ($4,000) – Sam Bennett ($3,100) trio likely to spend the bulk of time against Tyler Seguin ($6,700), Jamie Benn ($5,800) and Alexander Radulov ($7,100), Monahan, Gaudreau and Lindholm should feast on ripe in-game matchups. The Flames’ No. 1 line has recorded 5.07 goals on 15.22 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes for the year, and the Stars are also playing their second road game in consecutive nights.
Superstar to Build Around
Nathan MacKinnon, COL vs. PIT ($7,800) The Avs are rolling along a 7-0-1 run, and MacKinnon has led the way with six tallies, nine helpers and seven multi-point showings. The stretch has him up to an elite 4.01 points per 60 minutes over the past two seasons. Additionally, the Penguins are set up for a letdown showing after an impressive 4-2 road win in Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Value on Offense
Brayden Schenn, STL at DET ($4,800) – With a modest two goals, two assists and 14 shots through six games since returning from an upper-body injury, Schenn’s price has dropped into profit territory. He’s projected to skate with the No. 1 power-play unit, and the Red Wings average 5:56 per game shorthanded — sixth most in the league. Statistical correction with the man advantage could be ahead, as Schenn has now gone eight consecutive games without a power-play point.Tyson Jost, COL vs. PIT ($3,500) – With three goals, four assists and 17 shots through his past nine contests, Jost is on a nice offensive run for the Avs. His secondary role is secure, and there should be negative regression ahead of Pittsburgh’s .923 team save percentage on the road.
Frederik Andersen, TOR vs. SJ ($8,400) – Aside from an underwhelming road showing against Columbus last week, Andersen has been nearly flawless in November. He boasts a 7-3 record with a .944 save percentage while allowing two goals or fewer in seven of those outings. San Jose will be hungry after losing to Buffalo on Tuesday, but this will also be the second road game in consecutive nights for the Sharks.Jake Allen, STL at DET ($7,300) – With a .942 save percentage through his past five starts, Allen appears to be over his early-season blues. Detroit has scored just 2.68 goals per hour while generated the second-fewest high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes (9.64) this season, too, so it should prove to be a cushy matchup for the Blues. Allen’s salary also stands out as a discount considering his recent form.
Value on Defense
Vince Dunn, STL at DET ($4,200) – Despite quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit and averaging 2:31 of ice time per game with the man advantage, Dunn has just a single assist through his past 10 games. He’s registered 20 shots and been on the ice for a respectable 13.96 high-danger scoring chances per 60 during the stretch, though, so it’s been a little unlucky that he hasn’t been able to find the scoresheet more frequently.
Jake Gardiner, TOR vs. SJ ($3,700) – Toronto has scored 31 goals through its past nine contests, and Gardiner has collected just a single assist. Additionally, his peripheral contributions are also down with only 13 shots and 11 blocks despite averaging 21:36 of ice time (1:55 on the power play) during the stretch. After recording 1.69 points per 60 minutes last year, it’s not out of the question to bank on improvement to his current 1.1 mark, and especially with San Jose playing its second road game in consecutive nights.
Kris Letang, PIT at COL ($6,400) – The Avalanche average the most time shorthanded per game in the league (7:59), so Pittsburgh’s potent power play should have a few opportunities to strike. Letang has also found the scoresheet in six of his past seven contests for eight points, 23 shots and 12 blocked shots while logging a hefty 26:26 of ice time (3:30 on the power play), so his current form is also encouraging.
Keith Yandle, FLA vs. ANA ($5,700) – The veteran has marked the scoresheet in 16 of 22 games this season and boasts a sixth-ranked 2.41 points per 60 minutes among all regular defenseman. As noted, this sets up as a good matchup for the Panthers with Anaheim also allowing a league-high 32.26 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes while shorthanded.
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