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Top Lines of the Night
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Sidney Crosby ($8,400) – Jake Guentzel ($6,100) – Conor Sheary ($5,900)
Crosby and Guentzel have been huge this series for the Pens, with each posting back-to-back multi-point outings. Crosby has a goal, four assists and nine shots on goal (SOG) in his last two outings. Guentzel had a goal and an assist in Game 2 and followed it up with a hat-trick and four SOG in Game 3. Sheary only has a single assist in the series but has looked good and does have six SOG, as well as seeing ample PP time. Until they get stopped, this line is one to target tonight.
Montreal Canadiens @ New York Rangers
Max Pacioretty ($6,800) – Alexander Radulov ($5,400) – Phillip Danault ($4,900)
Radulov has powered the Canadiens to a 2-1 lead in the series with back-to-back multi-point efforts. Radulov has two goals and three assists, one on the PP, in his last two outings and has fired off seven SOG. Despite only having one point in the series Pacioretty has been firing the puck every chance he gets. He has one assist and 17 SOG in the series. Danault has an assist in each of his last two games and has added two blocked shots and six SOG in that span. This line is clicking at the moment and with the Rangers struggles at home toward the end of the season, they are a great play tonight.
Superstar to Build Around
Evgeni Malkin ($8,100) – I know I wrote about the Pens’ top line above, but Malkin is playing too well right now to ignore him as well. He has points in all three games in the series for the Penguins, with two multi-point games. He has two goals, four assists, two PPP and 10 SOG through three games. He now has seven points through five games against Columbus this year.
Value on Offense
Mark Letestu ($3,400) – Letestu has been very solid for the Oilers so far in this series. He has two points in the series, both on special teams. He has one PP assist and one short-handed assist. Letestu has great peripherals as well blocking four shots and putting nine SOG in three games.
Brandon Dubinsky ($4,300) – After a solid regular season Dubinsky finally had a good game in the playoffs in Game 3. Despite taking the loss Dubinsky did it all in the game. He posted a goal and an assist with five SOG. He’s centering the Columbus second line and their second PP unit as well.
Carey Price ($8,000) – After taking the loss in Game 1 after allowing only one goal against Price has posted two solid outings in his last two games. He has allowed only four goals in his last two starts to catapult the Habs to a 2-1 lead against the Rangers in the series. He’s now 5-1-0 against NY this season between the regular season and playoffs.
Cam Talbot ($7,500) – After taking the loss in OT in Game 1 Talbot has bounced back strong in the series and has been fantastic his last two outings. Talbot has posted back-to-back shutouts to lead the Oilers to a 2-1 series lead. He hasn’t been tested much in the outings, facing only 39 shots in games 2 and 3 combined, but he continues to dominate the Sharks this season with a 5-2-1 combined record vs San Jose.
Value on Defense
Brady Skjei ($4,000) – Skjei was the only Rangers player to beat Carey Price in Game 3, where he had his best game of the playoffs so far. He scored the Rangers’ only goal in the game while firing off three SOG. He has three blocks and five SOG in the series while averaging over 20 minutes of ice time.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,400) – After putting up two assists in the first game of the series against the Sharks Vlasic has been shutout since, but he does offer solid fantasy value. He is a solid source of blocked shots and SOG for those players looking for a defender who is a good price and can get coverage while chipping in the occasional point. He has nine blocks and four SOG in the series so far to go along with his two helpers.
Power Play Defensemen
Seth Jones ($5,300) – With Zach Werenski out for the remainder of the playoffs Jones will take over as the go-to guy on the Columbus blueline. He is manning the Blue Jackets top even strength pairing and is running the point on the first PP unit. He has one assist in the series so far and has added six blocks and six SOG.
Shea Weber ($5,900) – Weber had a very good game in Game 3 for the Habs, which followed up a great outing in the Habs’ Game 2 win. Weber netted his first goal of the Playoffs in Game 3, connecting on a PP tally on two SOG. He had a blocked shot in the game as well. In Game 2 he had an assist and seven blocks giving him two points, 10 blocks and 11 SOG in the series.
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