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Top Lines of the Night
Edmonton Oilers @ San Jose Sharks
Connor McDavid ($8,300) – Leon Draisaitl ($6,600) – Patrick Maroon ($4,800)
There really isn’t much more to be said about this line, specifically when it comes to McDavid and Draisaitl. They enter tonight each riding an 11-game point streak that has seen them produce a combined 39 points. They are one of two pairs of teammates — Chicago linemates Kane and Panarin the other — who are in the top-10 in the league in scoring. McDavid leads the league with 95 points and Draisaitl is eighth with 75. Maroon was held scoreless in his last game, but in four games against San Jose this season he has three goals and 12 shots on goal (SOG).
Minnesota Wild @ Colorado Avalanche
Eric Staal ($6,800) – Zach Parise ($6,100) – Nino Niederreiter ($5,400)
The Wild top line comes into tonight in very good form being led by Staal, who is having his best year in the last five seasons. Staal has points in back-to-back games and has nine points in his last nine games overall. He has 63 points with two games left in the season and has added almost three SOG in each game over his last 10 games. Parise also has points in back-to-back games as well since his return from his injury. He has two goals and two assists with 10 SOG in his three games back. Nino added a three-point night on Tuesday against the Hurricanes with two goals and an assist with three SOG. He has four goals and one assist in his last five games.
Superstar to Build Around
Sidney Crosby ($8,400) – Crosby had another big night against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, dishing out two assists and added two SOG. It was his second multi-point game in his last three outings and he has 12 points in his last 10 games overall. He’s added 35 SOG and is average 5.2 FPTs per game over that span. He faces the Devils tonight, who he has eight points against in four prior games this season.
Value on Offense
Lee Stempniak ($3,600) – Stempniak is having a solid season, is playing with the red-hot Jeff Skinner at the moment and is reaping the rewards. He’s also an Islanders killer this season, meaning he’s a top value play tonight. He is coming off a multi-point game on Tuesday night, he has seven points in his last nine games and has six points and 13 SOG against the Islanders in four games this season.
Kris Versteeg ($3,600) – Versteeg dished out an assist on Tuesday night against the Ducks to push his point streak to three games and giving him points in five of his last six overall. He’s massively outplaying his price tag at the moment with nine points, five power play points (PPP) and 28 SOG in his last 10 games.
Matt Murrary ($8,300) – The winner of three straight starts, Murray will get the nod for the Penguins tonight as they travel to face the Devils. He’s allowed only six goals against in the three games he’s won, he is 2-0-0 against NJ this season, and on the road this year he is posting a 2.24 goals against average (GAA).
Tuukka Rask ($7,900) – Rask comes into tonight riding a four-game winning streak allowing three goals and posting two shutouts in that span. With playoff seeding on the line, Rask will get the nod tonight against the Senators, who have been a thorn in his side this season. But with his current form Rask is a great option tonight at home, where he has a 2.13 GAA this year.
Value on Defense
Paul LaDue ($2,800) – LaDue is getting his chance to play consistent minutes down the stretch for the Kings and is riding a three-game point streak at the moment. He has three assists, two PPP, two blocks and four SOG in his last three games and is a prime value option for tonight.
Erik Johnson ($4,200) – Johnson scored a beautiful goal to beat the Blackhawks in OT on Tuesday night, and he has been very solid in his last five games. He has one goal, three assists, one power play (PP) assist and is garnering solid peripherals with six blocks and 12 SOG in that game span. He also has two points and is averaging 4.2 FPTs per game in three games against Minnesota this year.
Power Play Defenseman
Mark Giordano ($4,800) – Giordano had points in both of the Flames games against the Ducks over the weekend, dishing out three assists with one on the PP. He added six blocks and four SOG to cap the home-and-home series. The Flames PP hasn’t done much lately, but he does have 16 special teams points this season and has eight points in his last 10 games.
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