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Top Lines of the Night
Anaheim Ducks @ Colorado Avalanche
Rickard Rakell ($6,700) – Jakob Silfverberg ($5,800) – Andrew Cogliano ($5,200)
Rakell and Cogliano looked strong against the New York Islanders on Wednesday. Rakell had a goal and five shots on goal (SOG), giving him his first point in two games. Through four games he has four points and 17 SOG. Cogliano joined Rakell in ending a two-game slide with a goal and an assist on Wednesday. He has five points now in four games. Silfverberg has been held to only one assist on the season but is second to Rakell on the Anaheim Ducks with 15 SOG. They’ll face the Colorado Avalanche on the road on Friday.
Calgary Flames vs Ottawa Senators
Johnny Gaudreau ($6,800) – Sean Monahan ($6,000) – Micheal Ferland ($4,400)
Gaudreau had another big game on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings, pushing his point streak to three games. He had his second multi-point outing of the three games, dishing out a pair of assists and firing off three SOG against the Kings. He has seven points and 10 SOG in his last three games. Monahan pushed his point streak to three games as well with a multi-point effort of his own. He scored a goal for the second straight game and added an assist. Ferland has struggled so far with a lone power play (PP) goal on the season for the Flames. He has not been afraid to shoot the puck, with 12 SOG through four outings.
Superstar to Build Around
James Neal ($6,600) – Neal and the Vegas Golden Knights have started the season in surprising fashion. The Golden Knights are 3-0-0 on the year, and Neal has five goals in three games. Neal has two multi-goal games, with one PP goal. He has 11 SOG and is averaging 7.0 FPTS per game so far. He’ll get plenty of chances for production on Vegas and will be a solid DFS player to watch all season.
Value on Offense
Nail Yakupov ($4,500) – Yakupov has back-to-back multi-point games and has points in three of his first four games to open the season for the Colorado Avalanche. The former first overall pick is fitting in nicely on the Avs second line with Matt Duchene and prized college free agent Alex Kerfoot. Yakupov has five points and 11 SOG through four games.
Brian Gibbons ($2,900) – Gibbons is playing in a largely fourth line role for the New Jersey Devils, but he has put himself on the DFS radar over his last couple of games. Gibbons has scored a goal in back-to-back outings for the Devils against the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had a multi-point outing against the Sabres. Gibbons has three blocked shots, a short-handed goal and six SOG in his two-game run.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,000) – Bob has looked every bit the Vezina trophy winner from last season to open the year for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bob has beaten the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes to start the season, allowing one goal on 67 shots faced, posting 0.48 goals-against average and .985 save percentage.
Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,100) – Fleury has arguably been the biggest reason for the Vegas Golden Knights undefeated start to the season. MAF has been brilliant in net allowing four goals total in his three starts against the Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes. He’s averaging 8.5 FPTS per start so far this season.
Value on Defense
Will Butcher ($3,500) – Butcher is living up to the hype so far, coming off winning the Hobey Baker award last season as the top college hockey player in the country. He has five assists in three games for the Devils. Butcher has added three blocked shots and two SOG with three PP points. He’s averaging just under 15 minutes of ice time per game.
Christian Djoos ($3,000) – It would be hard for Djoos to have asked for a better way to open his season than the way he did on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Capitals’ third pair defenseman scored a goal and added an assist to go along with one blocked shot and two SOG. He finished with 6.5 FPTS in just over 13 minutes of ice time.
Power Play Defensemen
Mark Giordano ($4,900) – Giordano has two PP points on the season for the Calgary Flames, enjoying his time running the point with Dougie Hamilton on the team’s second PP unit. Giordano always gets good category coverage and that is continuing this year. He has two points (both PP assists), 17 blocked shots and 14 SOG through three games.
Kevin Shattenkirk ($5,400) – Despite a tough matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Shattenkirk is a great target for DFS players on Friday, especially for a PP specialist. Shattenkirk has four points in four games for the Rangers, with all four of his points (1G, 3A) coming on the man advantage. He had an assist and two SOG in 22:46 minutes of ice time on Tuesday against his former team the St. Louis Blues.
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