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Top Lines of the Night
Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild
Brandon Saad ($6,700) – Jonathan Toews ($6,400) – Richard Panik ($5,500)
This has been the go-to line for the Chicago Blackhawks to open the season, and they have delivered big so far, with all three members of the line opening the season on a four-game point streak. Saad has paced this line with five goals, two assists and 17 shots on goal (SOG). He opened the season with a hat trick against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Toews has two goals and three assists through four games with one multi-point outing. Panik scored a goal in each of the Blackhawks first three games but was held to only an assist on Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens. He has two multi-point games and 11 SOG. This line will lead the Blackhawks against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, who have allowed four goals against in each of their first two games.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Steven Stamkos ($7,300) – Nikita Kucherov ($6,900) – Vladislav Namestnikov ($5,300)
This line has been fantastic to start the season for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and despite a difficult matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, they are a great option. Stamkos has picked up right where he left last season before he suffered his injury, with five assists and 12 SOG in his three games. Three of his assists have come on the power play (PP). Kucherov has scored in each of the Lightning’s three games and has posted back-to-back multi-point outings. Namestnikov has not looked out of place on this line posting two goals, both on the PP, one assist and has eight SOG. The Penguins are playing on the second night of a back-to-back after playing against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.
Superstar to Build Around
Tyler Seguin ($7,400) – Seguin has looked very good to start the season for the Dallas Stars. The team’s top center has two goals and 24 SOG in three games, averaging 6.2 FPTS per game. Seguin’s 24 SOG are second in the league behind Evander Kane’s 26. He’ll face Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators on Thursday, and Rinne has allowed eight goals against in two starts to open the season.
Value on Offense
Nick Bjugstad ($3,600) – Bjugstad bounced back with a strong game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday with a multi-point game after he was held scoreless in his season-opener against Tampa Bay on Friday. Bjugstad had a goal and an assist with three SOG. He’s skating on the Panthers third line and second PP unit.
Vladimir Sobotka ($4,600) – Sobotka has settled into the St. Louis Blues lineup nicely, skating on the Blues first line with Vladimir Tarasenko and Paul Stastny. Through four games he has four points (all assists), three blocked shots and five SOG. He is also skating on the Blues second PP unit.
Corey Crawford ($8,200) – Crawford has been phenomenal opening the season undefeated for the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s 3-0-0 to open the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens. He’s allowed only one goal against in each outing and has a .971 save percentage. Crawford is averaging 8.9 FPTS per game.
Jimmy Howard ($7,400) – If Howard gets the nod to start for the Detroit Red Wings over Petr Mrazek on Thursday, he will be a great DFS start against the Arizona Coyotes. Howard has looked fantastic in his two starts this season, stopping 74 of the 77 shots he’s faced. That’s good for 1.44 goals against average and a .961 save percentage. He, too, is averaging 8.9 FPTS per game so far this season.
Value on Defense
Chris Tanev ($3,200) – Tanev is skating on the Vancouver Canucks top defensive pairing with Alexander Edler and is third on the team with an average of 20:53 of ice time. Tanev has a goal, three blocked shots and four SOG through two games.
Jan Rutta ($3,100) – Rutta has been a nice addition to the Blackhawks blueline to open the season, scoring a pair of goals and adding two assists through four games. He has been getting good category coverage as well adding five blocked shots and five SOG.
Power Play Defensemen
Mike Green ($4,800) – Green has been a PP beast for the Detroit Red Wings, dishing out three PP assists through three games. Green has two multi-point games, giving him all six of his assists on the year, including a four-assist game to open the year against the Minnesota Wild. He’ll face the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
John Klingberg ($5,600) – Klingberg continued his hot start to the season for the Dallas Stars on Tuesday with his first multi-point game of the season. Klingberg netted a goal for the second consecutive game and added a PP assist. He now has points in all three of Stars’ games so far, with at least one PP point in each outing. He added two blocked shots and two SOG, capping off a 7.0 FPT showing.
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