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Top Lines of the Night
Edmonton Oilers @ St. Louis Blues
Connor McDavid ($8,500) – Milan Lucic ($6,100) – Jordan Eberle ($6,100)
McDavid is mired in a slight slump at the moment with only one point in his last four games. He’s put 10 shots on goal (SOG) in those games and still leads the NHL in scoring with 39 points. Lucic netted a power play goal (PPG) on Saturday against the Lightning to give him two points in his last four games. He continues to play alongside McDavid, and if he gets going, Lucic should be along for the ride again. Eberle finds himself back with McDavid after being shuffled down the lineup looking to spark his game. He was held pointless in his last three outings, so perhaps this line could get each other going. Tonight would be a great chance to do that against the Blues’ 21st-ranked scoring defense, and their backup goalie Carter Hutton.
Philadelphia Flyers vs Nashville Predators
Wayne Simmonds ($6,900) – Brayden Schenn ($6,100) – Travis Konecny ($4,500)
Despite being shut out over the weekend, this line has been a key cog for the Flyers fourth-ranked scoring offense this season. Simmonds continues to be one of the best all-around category producers in the league. He leads the team with 16 goals, has 29 points, 24 blocks, 84 SOG and 14 power play points (PPP) in 33 games. Schenn is having another solid season and has five goals and 12 SOG in his last four games. Konecny is hitting the rookie wall with only four points in his last 10 games, but he continues to put the puck on net with nine SOG in his last three. This line has been very productive at home this season, combining for 40 points on the year at Wells Fargo Center, and they host the Predators there tonight.
Superstar to Build Around
Rickard Rakell ($6,400) – Rakell is the 13th-most expensive fantasy forward but he has been one of the most productive in the league in the last two weeks. The Ducks winger is currently riding a five-game point streak that has seen him score four goals, three assists, two PPP and 15 SOG. He has back-to-back multi-point outings. Rakell has 21 points in 21 games this season, leads the Ducks with 14 goals and has 11 points in 10 road games this year. He faces the Maple Leafs tonight in Toronto as the Ducks continue a long road trip.
Value on Offense
Patrik Berglund ($3,900) – Not one for much offense, Berglund has been productive lately playing on a line with Alex Steen and David Perron. Berglund has goals in back-to-back games for the Blues, including two against the Blackhawks on Saturday. He has also put up three SOG in three of his last four games.
Kevin Fiala ($4,100) – Fiala has had his ups and downs this season adapting to the NHL but has settled onto a solid second line in Nashville with Mike Ribeiro and Viktor Arvidsson. He’s pointless in his last two games but he has five points and 28 SOG in his last 10 games.
Frederik Andersen ($7,500) – Andersen has been very hard to beat as of late, posting a 1.87 goals against average (GAA) and .938 save percentage (SV%) in his last 10 games. He faces a good Anaheim offense tonight, but he has kept some top offenses in check on his current run. Tonight will be Andersen’s first game against his former team, so expect some extra motivation.
Steve Mason ($7,800) – Mason will get the nod tonight for the Flyers despite taking the loss on Saturday against the Stars that snapped the Flyers 10-game winning streak. Mason won eight of those 10 games and looks to bounce back against a Nashville team that has lost six of eight games in December.
Value on Defense
Ivan Provorov ($4,700) – Provorov has been having a very solid rookie season with 11 points in 33 games. He has five points in his last 10 games and has added 23 blocks and 15 SOG, while averaging over 3.0 FPTS per game in that span. On the season, he’s second among rookie defenders with 63 blocked shots.
Joel Edmundson ($2,900) – Edmundson is not known as a source of offense from the blue line but he is coming off his best game of the season. He had a trio of assists on Saturday and added four SOG and two blocks. He has five points, nine blocks and 13 shots in his last five games.
Power Play Defensemen
Roman Josi ($6,200) – With P.K. Subban not traveling with the Predators on their road trip, Josi will take over the point responsibilities on the Preds’ top PP unit. This could be what Josi needs to snap him out of a one point in five games slump. On the season Josi has 17 points in 30 games, with eight PPP.
Jake Gardiner ($4,600) – At $4,600 Gardiner checks two boxes, value pick and PP defenseman. Gardiner is currently riding a five-game point streak and has picked up three PPP manning the Leafs’ top PP unit in that span. He has two goals, three assists, five blocks and 15 SOG in those five games and faces a Ducks team that has allowed seven PPGs this month.
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