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Top Lines of the Night
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Arizona Coyotes
Evgeni Malkin ($7,400) – Phil Kessel ($6,800) – Carl Hagelin ($4,700)
Malkin has been nothing short of fantastic this season, posting 30 points in 28 games. He’s been especially hot as of late with 14 points in his last 10 games and has three multi-point games in his last four. Kessel also has three multi-point games in his last four outings and had three power play assists (PPA) against the Lightning over the weekend. He joins Malkin with 30 points in 28 games. Hagelin isn’t the scorer his linemates are but he is a solid contributor and is averaging almost three shots on goal (SOG) per game over his last eight. He will have fantasy relevance while playing on this line.
Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins
Max Pacioretty ($7,300) – Tomas Plekanec ($5,400) – Alexander Radulov ($6,300)
What a game this line had on Saturday night, Pacioretty especially. The Habs’ captain netted four goals, one assist and added eight SOG in the Habs 10-1 drubbing of the Avs. He has nine points now in his last four games. Plekanec notched a four-assist outing against the Avalanche, and has six points in his last three games. Radulov continues to be the scorer he was in Russia and had a goal and an assist against Colorado. He now has 17 assists and 23 points on the year, good for second on the Habs in both categories. In two games against the Bruins this season this trio has combined for five points.
Superstar to Build Around
Sidney Crosby ($8,500) – Crosby is currently riding a seven-game point streak and is up to 31 points in 22 games. The Kid leads the league with 20 goals after adding two against the Lighting on Saturday. He has at least one goal in three straight games and at least one point in eight of his last 10 games overall. Crosby faces a struggling Arizona team tonight, who he has put up 19 points against in 12 career matchups.
Value on Offense
Tim Schaller ($3,600) – Schaller skated alongside David Krejci and David Pastrnak on the second line in practice for the Bruins over the weekend. He only has nine points in 26 games this season, but he has two points and nine SOG in his last four games and could see solid production opportunities playing on that second line if the pairing holds.
Paul Byron ($4,800) – Byron continues to get solid minutes in the Canadiens top-six rotation and has been surprisingly productive there this year. Byron’s 16 points are only five shy of his career-high of 21. He has points in three straight games and has three points in two games vs Boston this season.
Matt Murray ($8,500) – On a limited night, Murray tops the list of stud goalies when there are four to choose from. The young net-minder has won three straight starts and is 8-2-0 in his last 10 games. Murray and the Pens face the struggling Coyotes, who are 27th in the league in scoring and have lost six of seven.
Carey Price ($8,200) – Price comes into tonight’s game against the Bruins also riding a three-game winning streak. He had an easy night on Saturday when he faced only 16 shots in a 10-1 win and should get the nod tonight against Boston. He’s 2-0-0 against the Bruins this season already, and he faces them at home, where he has been dominant this season with a 13-1-1 record in 15 starts.
Value on Defense
Zach Redmond ($2,600) – Redmond has made an impact in his first two games of the season for the Canadiens. The young blueliner has points in both his games back from injury with an assist against the Devils and two against the Avs. He’s added five blocks and one SOG while seeing over 17 minutes of ice time on average. At this price, he could be a great value play tonight.
Justin Schultz ($4,300) – Schultz is beginning to show flashes of the offensive potential he had when he entered the league. He had a five-game point streak snapped over the weekend but has nine points in his last 10 games. He is settling in with the Penguins and should see more opportunities to produce going forward.
Power Play Defensemen
Kris Letang ($6,700) – Letang will always have fantasy relevance, especially on the power play (PP), as long as he is playing with the likes of Crosby, Malkin and Co. Letang has points in four of his last five games and added three assists on Saturday against the Lightning. Two of those helpers came on the PP. He is also getting the peripheral categories, averaging two blocks and over three SOG per game this year.
Alex Goligoski ($3,900) – Goligoski has been a calming veteran presence on a young Coyotes’ blueline this season and has solidly put up 12 points in 26 games on a bad offensive team. He had a multi-point game against the Predators over the weekend and has three points in his last four games. He is also averaging over one SOG and two blocks per game this season.
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