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Top Lines of the Night
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Boston Bruins
Evgeni Malkin ($7,700) – Phil Kessel ($6,900) – Carl Hagelin ($4,800)
The Penguins are the only team with three players above the 30-point mark this season. Malkin now has back-to-back multi-point games after collecting two assists, and he now has four multi-point games in his last five outings. He continues to shoot and has racked up 22 shots on goal (SOG) in his last five games. Kessel netted a goal on Monday and has three multi-point games in his last five. He joins Malkin and Crosby as the other Pens’ players with over 30 points this season. Hagelin is good for a point every game or two and has four points in his last five games. He is shooting a good amount with 11 SOG in his last five games and will have fantasy value as long as he plays here, but Malkin and Kessel are the cream of this line.
Philadelphia Flyers @ Colorado Avalanche
Claude Giroux ($7,300) – Jakub Voracek ($7,100) – Michael Raffl ($4,200)
The Flyers have won nine in a row and this line, Giroux and Voracek specifically, have been driving the engine. They were shutout in their last game against the Red Wings, but Giroux and Voracek had combined for 27 points over their previous nine outings. Voracek had back-to-back four-point outings before the Detroit game and has 15 points in his last 10 games overall. He is also averaging almost four SOG in that span. Giroux has 12 points in his last 10 and has five power play points (PPP) on this streak for Philly. Raffl is fantasy relevant while here and has four points and 14 SOG in his last 10 games, but much like Hagelin above, he is the distant third wheel on a juggernaut offensive line. They face the 29th-ranked scoring defense of the Avalanche this evening.
Superstar to Build Around
Johnny Gaudreau ($7,300) – Gaudreau has been nothing short of fantastic since returning from his hand injury. Johnny Hockey has four straight two-point outings since his comeback. He has two goals, six assists, three powerplay assists (PPA) and 12 SOG in those four games. He has a favorable matchup tonight against the Lightning, who have lost seven of their last eight and have allowed four goals or more in six of those games.
Value on Offense
Valtteri Filppula ($4,400) – Filppula tailed off a bit after his run of scoring when Stamkos went down, but he is beginning to rebound. He’s playing on a line with Jonathan Drouin and has points in back-to-back games. He has a goal, an assist and six SOG in his last two games and faces the Flames tonight.
Kevin Labanc ($3,300) – Labanc has been a pleasant surprise for the Sharks, contributing in their middle-six over the last 10 games. He has five points in his last 10 and had a two-game point streak snapped last night. He’s been shuffled around the second and third lines, and on a limited night is a solid value player.
Matt Murray ($8,300) – Murray is riding a four-game winning streak going into his matchup tonight with the Boston Bruins. Murray is coming off one of his best outings of the season, posting a shutout against the Coyotes on Monday stopping all 32 shots he faced. Murray currently sits fifth in the league in both goals against average (GAA) and save percentage (SV%) and is 11-2-0 on the year.
Aaron Dell ($7,300) – Dell is proving to be one of the better backups in the league this season, currently posting a 3-1-0 record with a 2.16 GAA and .926 SV%. Dell’s riding a two-game winning streak and faces the struggling Senators tonight, who sit 24th in the league in scoring offense. At $7,300 tonight, I think he is one of the best value options to save salary for the rest of your lineup.
Value on Defense
Ivan Provorov ($4,700) – With Mark Streit out and Shayne Gostisbehere struggling, Provorov has stepped up for the Flyers blue line lately. The rookie has five points in his last six games and has added great category coverage, adding 15 blocks and nine SOG in those games.
Trevor Daley ($3,800) – The Penguins are getting a ton of production from all over their blue line at the moment. Daley is the latest to start producing with points in back-to-back games. He had a PPA against the Lightning and then added a goal and two SOG against the Coyotes on Monday.
Power Play Defensemen
Dougie Hamilton ($5,600) – Hamilton has taken advantage of the return of Johnny Gaudreau and has points in three of his last four games. It’s been an impressive run for the young blue liner with four goals, one PPA, seven blocked shots and 19 SOG. He has a favorable matchup against the Lightning tonight at home.
Kris Letang ($6,800) – Letang has four points and three PPP in his last two games. He now has at least one point in five of his last six games, all assists, and has 19 points in 24 games this season. He’s third on the Penguins in both assists and PPP on the season.
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