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Top Lines of the Night
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Philadelphia Flyers
Nick Foligno ($5,500) – Alex Wennberg ($5,000) – Brandon Saad ($5,300)
This line had a strong season but dipped at times in the second half. They have been very solid the last week or so, especially Saad. He has three points and 12 shots on goal (SOG) in his last three games and is coming off a multi-goal game Thursday night against the Jets. Wennberg has two assists (one last night) and four SOG in his last three games and is second on the team in points this season, while leading the team with 22 power play points (PPP). Foligno has two goals and 12 SOG in his last four games, including one Thursday against Winnipeg. This line has a great matchup on Saturday afternoon against the Flyers.
Washington Capitals @ Boston Bruins
Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,500) – Marcus Johansson ($4,900) – Justin Williams ($4,500)
This line had a strong outing for the Capitals on Wednesday night to help them capture yet another President’s Trophy. Kuznetsov and Williams both factored in in each of the two goals that Washington scored with Williams netting a power play (PP) goal assisted by Kuznetsov and Ovechkin. Kuznetsov followed suit in the third sealing the game with his tally that was assisted by Williams and Johansson. The trio combined for five points and eight SOG on the night and have seven points against the Bruins this year.
Superstar to Build Around
Nicklas Backstrom ($7,100) – Backstrom enters this game tied for fourth in the NHL in scoring with 85 points. He has been fantastic all season and with a good weekend could crack the 90-point plateau for the second time in his career. He has 14 points and eight PPP in his last 10 games and in two prior meetings with the Bruins this season he has four points and seven SOG.
Value on Offense
Drew Stafford ($4,100) – Stafford has seen a boost in time and production since moving up the lineup to replace Brad Marchand for the remainder of the regular season. He comes into the game against the Capitals on Saturday with goals in back-to-back games, one coming on the PP. He’s also fired off five SOG in those games and is seeing over 16 minutes of ice time per night on average.
Jordan Weal ($3,900) – Weal has been a bright spot for the Flyers late in the season and enters Saturday’s matchup against the Blue Jackets riding a five-game point streak. He has four goals, two assists and 13 SOG on his five-game streak and has seven points in his last eight games overall.
Carey Price ($8,400) – Price posted another strong outing on Wednesday against the Sabres despite taking the loss, stopping 28 of 30 shots that he faced. It was the seventh time in his last 10 starts that Price has allowed two goals or less in a game. The loss snapped his four-game winning streak as well. He’ll get right back to it on Friday against the Lightning, who he is 2-1-0 with a 1.97 goals against average (GAA) this season.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,300) – Bob is having a slight late-season slump heading into Saturday’s matchup with the Flyers, but it could be the slump buster that he needs to get him ready for the playoffs. He’s 3-0-0 against his former team this season with a 1.31 GAA and one shutout.
Value on Defense
Andrei Markov ($4,700) – Despite riding a four-game scoring slump Markov has been getting great peripheral coverage as of late. He has 10 SOG and eight blocked shots on his four-game slump. With Shea Weber out he is still on the Habs top defensive pair and running the point on their first PP unit, making him the top offensive option from the Montreal blue line.
Brady Skjei ($4,500) – With the Rangers having clinched the seven seed in the East they have begun to rest players, with Skjei sitting out Wednesday night. Should he start on Saturday he would be a great option for the blue line against the Senators, who could begin resting players as well with their clinching of a playoff spot on Thursday night. Skjei has one point in two games against the Senators this season.
Power Play Defensemen
Victor Hedman ($6,700) – Hedman snapped a two-game scoring slump with a big game on Thursday night against Toronto to keep the Lightning slim playoff hopes alive. He posted three assists, one on the PP, and added two blocks and two SOG. He has 11 points and six PPP in his last nine games and has four points in three games against the Habs this season.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($4,900) – Ghost had a big shooting game in the Flyers loss to the Devils on Tuesday night, firing off eight SOG. He wasn’t able to find the scoresheet but his 4.0 FPTs night was a solid outing. The shutout busted his five-game point streak but it’s hard to overlook his almost 4.0 FPTs per game over his last 10 games.
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