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Top Lines of the Night
Montreal Canadiens @ Buffalo Sabres
Max Pacioretty ($7,300) – Alex Radulov ($5,300) – Phillip Danault ($5,300)
Each member of this line is riding at least a four-game point streak at the moment, being led by Pacioretty. The Habs captain enters tonight with a five-game point streak with seven points and 21 shots on goal (SOG). Radulov comes in tonight with a four-game point streak and has scored a goal in three of those outings. Danault has two goals, three assists and 10 SOG on his four-game scoring run, with eight points in his last nine games. This trio has combined for 11 points this season against the Sabres, with nine of those coming from Pacioretty and Danault.
Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers
Alex Ovechkin ($8,400) – Nicklas Backstrom ($7,000) – T.J. Oshie ($6,800)
This line had a solid outing last night against the Leafs, and they return home tonight to face the Rangers in a favorable matchup. Backstrom had the best game of the trio collecting a power play (PP) assist and four SOG to push his point streak to three games. Ovie also dished out a PP assist and fired off three SOG to snap his three-game scoring drought. Oshie was held scoreless which snapped his four-game scoring streak. The Caps face Henrik Lundqvist tonight, who has allowed 16 goals in his last four starts and is sporting a 3.25 goals against average (GAA) in his last 10 games.
Superstar to Build Around
Jack Eichel ($7,700) – Despite the tough draw tonight against the Canadiens, Eichel is my top option this evening. He netted his 24th goal of the season on Monday against the Maple Leafs and has been shooting the puck all over the rink with 45 SOG in his last 10 games. The favorable part of his matchup tonight is that it is at home, and so far this season Eichel has 35 points in 30 home games.
Value on Offense
Artturi Lehkonen ($3,700) – Lehkonen has been an underrated performer helping the Habs round into playoff form as of late. He has points in six of his last nine games, eight points total and has fired off 31 SOG in his last 10 games. He had two goals and an assist with five SOG in his last outing on Monday against the Panthers and is skating on a solid line with Andrew Shaw and Alex Galchenyuk.
Brett Connolly ($3,600) – Connolly busted an eight-game scoring slump with a pair of assists against the Leafs last night. He hasn’t done much since his mid-season scoring run that gave him the bulk of his total points, but he’s a solid value and could ride the momentum tonight.
Braden Holtby ($8,000) – Holtby bounced back quickly after having his five-game winning streak snapped, holding the Blue Jackets in check on Sunday stopping 35 of 37 shots he faced. He has allowed a lot of goals as of late, but he’s 7-2-1 in his last 10. He faces the Rangers tonight and so far this season he’s 1-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA against NY.
Carey Price ($8,600) – Price is playing outstanding hockey heading down the stretch into the playoffs. He is riding a four-game winning streak, allowing only five goals against in total in that span, and is 8-2-0 with a 1.69 GAA in his last 10 games. Against the Sabres, I think he’s a good option.
Value on Defense
Brady Skjei ($4,400) – Skjei has five points in his last four games and has arguably been the Rangers’ best all-around defenseman this season. He has a goal and four assists in his last four games and has added four blocked shots and eight SOG in that span, giving him great peripheral category coverage.
Andrei Markov ($4,700) – With Shea Weber slated to miss at least the next two games, Markov will slot in as a dual-threat on both the Habs’ top defense pair and running the point on their first PP unit. He has been solid as of late with six points and two power play points (PPP) in his last 10 games. He has been outperforming his season average as well, posting a 3.2 FPTs per game mark in his last 10 games.
Power Play Defensemen
Kevin Shattenkirk ($5,600) – Shattenkirk has brought the Capitals’ offense, especially their PP, to another level since he came to Washington. He netted a PP goal last night, giving him five PPP in his last 10 games. He has nine points, 20 blocks and 28 SOG in his last 10 games, averaging 4.3 FPTs per game in that span.
Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,900) – The Sabres haven’t gotten much from their blue line as of late, but Ristolainen is their best option. Despite being kept off the scoresheet his last two games since his return from injury he has played solidly. He has been impressive on the PP this season with 25 of his 44 points on the year coming on the man-advantage. It’s a tough pick for the price, but Ristolainen is the best offensive option for Sabres’ defensemen.
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