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Top Lines of the Night


Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

Auston Matthews ($8,200) — William Nylander ($6,100) — Zach Hyman ($4,900)

Matthews and Nylander were held in check Tuesday by the Capitals, but they have been great to start the season for the Maple Leafs. Matthews’ five-game point streak to open the season ended, as he produced only one shot on goal, but he still has five goals and three assists. Nylander fired off four shots but also went scoreless. He has five points on the season, finding the scoresheet in four of his first six games. Hyman was the only member of this line to record a point Tuesday, when he notched an assist on Nazem Kadri’s empty-net goal to seal the game. Hyman now has three points in six games.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens

Anze Kopitar ($6,700) — Dustin Brown ($5,400) — Alex Iafallo ($3,700)

Kopitar and Brown continue to be fantasy beasts to open the season, sitting Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on the Kings in points and each riding a four-game point streak. Kopitar leads the Kings with eight points and has three multi-point games in his last four. Brown, too, has three multi-point games on his four-game streak, and the two are averaging over 5.6 FPTS per game this season. Iafallo has looked solid despite only having one point on the season. He is a deep value pick in this matchup, but he has 10 shots on goal in his last four games.

* Superstar to Build Around*

Brandon Saad ($7,000) — Saad leads the Chicago Blackhawks with six goals and is tied with Patrick Kane for the team lead with eight points. Saad has points in five of the Blackhawks’ six games this season, with 26 shots on goal and five blocked shots. He’s averaging 6.5 FPTS, which leads the Blackhawks and tops all skaters available on Wednesday’s slate.

Value on Offense

Patrick Sharp ($4,700) — Sharp has two goals and two assists in six games with one power-play point and 11 shots on goal in his return to the Blackhawks. He’s skating on Chicago’s third line with Artem Anisimov ($4,600) and rookie Alex DeBrincat ($3,700).

Justin Abdelkader ($4,100) — Abdelkader enters Wednesday’s Red Wings matchup against the Maple Leafs with points in consecutive games and in three of his last four. He’s coming off a multi-point game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring his second goal of the season and adding an assist. He has all four of his points and nine shots on goal in his last four games.

Stud Goalies


Jonathan Quick ($8,300) — Quick bounced back from his first loss of the season to help the Kings beat the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, 4-2. Quick is off to a fast start, with a 3-0-1 record and 6.8 FPTS per game, and he has a great matchup against the Canadiens, who will play on the second night of a back-to-back and rank in the bottom third offensively this season.

Corey Crawford ($7,600) — Crawford also enjoyed a bounce-back game in his last start, holding the Nashville Predators to one goal on 38 shots in the Blackhawks’ 2-1 win. Crawford has won four of his first five starts and posted a 1.39 goals against average and .960 save percentage. He has allowed more than one goal in a game only once so far this season.

Value on Defense

Nikita Zaitsev ($4,600) — Zaitsev has been held scoreless in back-to-back games for the Maple Leafs, but he has been getting great category coverage to open the season. The blueliner has five points, five shots on goal and 19 blocked shots through six games. He’s seeing almost 23 minutes of ice time per night and is averaging 4.4 FPTS.

Jake Muzzin ($4,500) — Muzzin enters Wednesday’s Kings-Canadiens contest riding a four-game point streak, and he also has power-play points in consecutive outings. Muzzin has all four of his points — one goal and three assists — on his four-game streak in which he has blocked seven shots and fired 14 shots on goal.

* Power-Play Defensemen*

Mike Green ($5,500) — Green is looking like his old self to start the Red Wings’ season. Green, a two-time 70-plus point scorer, has eight assists and nine points overall in his first six games of the season. He has four power-play assists and is skating on the Wings’ second power play. He is averaging just under three minutes of power-play time per game.

Alex Pietrangelo ($6,500) — Pietrangelo leads all NHL defensemen available Wednesday with 6.2 FPTS per game so far this season. He’s posting great all-around category coverage for the St. Louis Blues with eight points, three power-play points, 10 blocked shots and 28 shots on goal through six games. He had his season-opening, five-game point streak snapped Saturday against the Lightning, but he posted three blocks and four shots for a 3.5 FPT night. He’ll skate against the Blackhawks on Wednesday at home.

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