There are only three games in the NHL on Wednesday, including two teams squaring off with eight-game losing streaks in the Ducks and Senators. Additionally, Calgary can strengthen its lead on the Western Conference with a win over Colorado, and the Predators can leapfrog Winnipeg for top spot in the Central Division with a victory over Chicago.
Top Line Stacks
Flames vs. AvalancheJohnny Gaudreau ($7,900) – Sean Monahan ($7,000) – Elias Lindholm ($6,700)
Calgary’s top line continues to churn along and now boasts an elite 6.21 goals per 60 minutes for the season and has combined for 41 points — 15 goals — through seven games since Christmas. The Avs have also struggled on the road of late with 3.69 goals and 13.65 high-danger scoring chances allowed per 60 through their past 10 road contests.
Predators at BlackhawksFilip Forsberg ($6,100) – Ryan Johansen ($4,800) – Viktor Arvidsson ($6,600)
Forsberg proved his health in Monday’s win over Toronto, and he was quickly reunited with his long-time linemates. The trio has clicked to the tune of 5.32 goals per 60 over the past two seasons, and land in a soft matchup against Chicago. Dating back to Dec. 1, Chicago has surrendered 3.52 goals and 14.54 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes.
Superstar to Build AroundNathan MacKinnon, COL at CGY ($8,000) – Only Nikita Kucherov has more points per 60 minutes than MacKinnon’s 4.01 since the beginning of last season, and the Colorado captain is also in excellent form with 22 points — six goals — through his past 15 games. He’s only missed the scoresheet once during that stretch, too. Additionally, the Flames have allowed 19 goals with a target-worthy .882 save percentage through their past five contests.
Value on OffenseDylan Strome, CHI vs. NSH ($4,600) – There have been offensive flashes from Strome of late, and while he has a single goal through his past four contests, the mini-slump was preceded by a three-game, multi-point run. He’s also clicked with linemate Patrick Kane ($7,400) for an impressive 5.29 goals per 60 minutes through 294:43 of shared ice time.
Sam Bennett, CGY vs. COL ($3,300) – A low-priced flier to consider, Bennett is projected to skate in a top-six role alongside Matthew Tkachuk ($6,500) and Mikael Backlund ($5,200). Despite driving possession with a 54.2 Corsi For percentage at even strength this season, the trio has an underwhelming 8.08 shooting percentage and has scored just 2.92 goals per 60 minutes. Considering Colorado’s road struggles of late, there is definite potential for statistical improvement.
Daniel Sprong, ANA vs. OTT ($3,200) – The first-year Ducks forward is attempting 18.9 shots per 60 minutes through 14 games with Anaheim, and his 1.43 goals per 60 rank second on the team this season. He’s receiving power-play ice time (2:05 per contest with the man-advantage), plus Ottawa has allowed the most goals per 60 minutes shorthanded (9.71) and has the worst penalty-kill percentage (73.8) in the league.
Stud GoalieJohn Gibson, ANA vs. OTT ($8,200) – The Senators have dropped eight consecutive games and enter Wednesday 4-14-1 on the road. Ottawa is also without three of its best players: Matt Duchene, Thomas Chabot and Craig Anderson. Although Gibson is expensive and likely to be highly owned, it’s hard to overlook the upside he offers. The Ducks allow the second most shot attempts in the league, and the star netminder still boasts a high-end .923 save percentage this season.
Value on DefenseTyson Barrie, COL at CGY ($5,300) – The Flames have been floundering a bit defensively and in goal, so there’s potential for Barrie. He’s posted an elite 2.24 points per 60 minutes over the past two seasons and is currently sporting a five-game point streak consisting of a goal and seven assists.
Erik Gustafsson, CHI vs. NSH ($4,500) – Chicago has found a player in the 26-year-old Swede, as Gustafsson has stepped up his game to the tune of 2.86 points per 60 minutes (three goals and 10 assists) through his past 12 games. Obviously, this is a daunting matchup against the Preds, but there’s contrarian appeal at a discount.
Power-Play DefensemenP.K. Subban, NSH at CHI ($5,500) – With two goals, two assists and eight shots through his past three outings, Subban is proving to be well past the upper-body injury that cost him nearly a month and a half of action. The Blackhawks check out as a great matchup, as highlighted, and this is a reasonable price to lock Subban in. After all, he’s recorded double-digit power-play points in each of his full seasons in the league.
Cam Fowler, ANA vs. OTT ($5,100) – As noted, this is a great spot for Anaheim’s power play, and Fowler logged 3:59 of ice time with the man-advantage in his return to action Sunday. The veteran defenseman projects to play big minutes and is a proven offensive contributor who also provides a respectable floor through his shot volume and willingness to block shots.
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