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Top Lines of the Night
Anaheim Ducks @ Calgary Flames
Ryan Getzlaf ($7,000) – Rickard Rakell ($5,800) – Patrick Eaves ($5,800)
This line has been a huge reason for the outburst of the Ducks offense that has led to Anaheim going up 2-0 in their series with the Flames, and it starts with Getzlaf. Getzlaf has posted back-to-back, multi-point efforts to open the playoffs for the Ducks netting two power play goals (PPG), two assists and seven shots on goal (SOG) in two games. He’s riding a seven-game point streak dating back to the regular season. Rakell has a goal in each of the first two games of the series so far with five SOG. Eaves has two power play points (PPP), both assists, through the first two games of the playoffs. This is one of the top lines in the Playoffs at the moment.
Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks
Filip Forsberg ($6,300) – Ryan Johansen ($5,800) – Viktor Arvidsson ($6,200)
Johansen had an assist in the Predators 1-0 Game 1 victory on Arvidsson’s goal, and then followed that up with a huge three-point performance in Game 2 on Saturday night, posting a goal and two assists. Arvidsson had a goal and four SOG in Game 1, but was shutout in Game 2. He had three goals in four games against the Blackhawks during the regular season. Forsberg has an assist in each of the first two games of the series, and after not getting off a shot in Game 1, he posted five SOG in Game 2. He had 35 points in 41 games at home this season.
Superstar to Build Around
James van Riemsdyk ($6,100) – This might be a surprising pick for Superstar of the night, but JVR has looked very good through two games in his matchup against the Caps. He has a goal and an assist through two games and has added two blocks and 11 SOG as well. Dating back to the regular season he has points in eight of his last nine games, and he is riding a four-game point streak.
Value on Offense
Kasperi Kapanen ($3,100) – Kapanen had the night of his life on Saturday night in Game 2, scoring two goals including the game-winner in OT. He has two goals and five SOG in two playoff games after only one goal and 11 SOG in eight games this season.
Justin Williams ($5,100) – Williams has impressed in both games for the Capitals against the Leafs, with three points in two games. He has two goals, one assist, two PPP and eight SOG in the series so far. He’s a great veteran presence who always picks his game up in the playoffs, so don’t be afraid to consider him for your lineups.
Pekka Rinne ($8,100) – Rinne has been absolutely fantastic so far in the playoffs, carrying over his strong play that closed out the regular season. He has now posted back-to-back shutouts over the Blackhawks to open the series, stopping all 59 shots that Chicago has sent his way. In his last 10 starts dating back to the regular season, he has allowed more than two goals against in a game only once, while posting three shutouts.
John Gibson ($7,800) – Another goalie continuing their stellar play from the end of the regular season, Gibson has looked very sharp through two games in his series. He has stopped 65 of 69 shots faced to help lead the Ducks to a 2-0 series lead as they head on the road to Calgary. Between the regular season and the playoffs Gibson is 4-0-0 this season with a 1.50 goals against average against the Flames.
Value on Defense
Shea Theodore ($3,600) – Theodore continues to thrive with extended playing time late in the season for the Ducks, especially on the power play (PP). He has three assists, four blocks and four SOG through two games against the Flames and two of his three helpers have come on the PP.
Jake Gardiner ($4,300) – Gardiner has been very good for the Leafs through two games in their series with the Capitals, playing a major role in the series being tied 1-1. Through two games he has a goal and an assist, while adding five blocks and four SOG. He’s seeing time at both even strength and on the PP, and in the Double OT win in Game 2, logged over 40 minutes of ice time.
* Power Play Defensemen*
Erik Karlsson ($7,500) – Karlsson has found the scoresheet in each of the first two games in the Senators series against the Bruins, dishing out two assists so far. He has added six blocks and three SOG as well. He has yet to record a PPP in the series, but he leads the Senators with six minutes of PP time in two games, two minutes more than his nearest teammate.
T.J. Brodie ($4,000) – Brodie checks both the PP and value boxes for me, and despite the tough matchups so far through two games, he has done some work on the PP for the Flames. He has two PPP, both assists, through two games while adding three blocks and seven SOG to garner great peripheral category coverage. As long as he has the PP usage, he will be very value at this price.
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