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Top Lines of the Night

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Toronto Maple Leafs @ Washington Capitals

Auston Matthews ($7,500) – William Nylander ($5,800) – Zach Hyman ($3,700)

This line had a big night in Game 3 for the Leafs as they took a 2-1 lead in their series vs Washington. Matthews finally got on the scoresheet in the playoffs with a multi-point effort, scoring a goal and dishing out an assist. He has 10 shots on goal (SOG) in his last two games. Nylander picked up his first goal of the playoffs late in the second period of Game 3, which tied the score and eventually sent the game to OT. He added three SOG, giving him 12 in the series. Hyman picked up the second assist on Nylander’s goal and is one of a handful of value players who continue to play on premier lines in the playoffs.

Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks

Johnny Gaudreau ($6,200) – Sean Monahan ($6,000) – Micheal Ferland ($3,700)

In a must-win situation for the Flames, this line will be heavily relied on to help get Calgary back into the series. Monahan has points in all three of the games in the series so far, scoring a goal in each game and adding an assist to cap a multi-point game in Game 3. All four of his points in the series have come on the power play, and he’s added eight SOG. Gaudreau has points in each of his last two games, both assists coming on the PP as well. He added four SOG and a blocked shot in that span as well. Ferland has been held scoreless in the series, but he has shot the puck a lot. Ferland has 14 SOG through three games and is a solid option playing on this line.


Superstar to Build Around

Rickard Rakell ($5,900) – He might be a little low priced for a “superstar,” but Rakell has been playing every bit of one so far in the playoffs. He has points in all three of the games for Anaheim in its series against the Flames. He had a goal in each of Games 1 and 2 and followed up with a pair of assists in Game 3, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal. He’s added five SOG in the series and is seeing ample time at both even strength and on the PP.


Value on Offense

Derick Brassard ($4,400) – Brassard has come up huge for the Senators the last two games. He’s posted back-to-back multi-point outings for Ottawa with two goals and two assists in his last two games, with the two assists coming on the PP. He’s skating on a line with Bobby Ryan ($4,200), who has points in all three games in the series.

Jason Williams ($5,300) – Williams continues to come up big in the playoffs, pushing his point streak to all three games in the postseason so far. He dished out an assist in Game 3 and added three blocks and one SOG. He has two goals and two assists with nine SOG so far in the series.


Stud Goalies

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Jake Allen ($7,900) – Allen continues to be stellar in the playoffs, allowing only one goal in each of the three games in the series against the Wild. He has two games in the series where he has posted 40 saves or more. Allen is second in the playoffs in both SV% and GAA, behind only Pekka Rinne.

Craig Anderson ($7,300) – Anderson has looked solid in all three games against the Bruins, winning each of the last two starts in OT. He has allowed eight goals in three games but was not really tested in Game 3, facing only 20 shots. He’s dominated Boston all year, with a 6-1-0 record combined between the regular season and playoffs.


Value on Defense

Charlie McAvoy ($3,500) – McAvoy continues to look very impressive and not out of place at all for a player who is playing his first NHL games here in the playoffs. He collected his first NHL point in Game 3 with an assist on the PP. He’s added five blocks and three SOG in the series so far.

Colton Parayko ($4,700) – Parayko had a very good Game 3 for the Blues. He scored a goal and added six SOG and a blocked shot. He has been great in the playoffs, averaging over 4.0 FPTs per game so far, thanks to his eight blocks and 11 SOG through three games.


Power Play Defensemen

Erik Karlsson ($7,500) – Karlsson has assists in all three games in the series against the Bruins and is coming off a multi-point game in Game 3. Karlsson dished out two assists in that game, with one coming on the PP. He’s logged over 30 minutes of ice time in the last two games and is averaging over 5.0 FPTs per game in the playoffs.

Morgan Rielly ($4,100) – Rielly has come up big for the Leafs the last two games. Rielly has a goal and two assists in Games 2 and 3, with two power play points and 16.5 FPTs in that span. He’s been doing it all thanks to 11 blocked shots and eight SOG in his last two games as well.

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