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Top Lines of the Night
Winnipeg Jets vs Edmonton Oilers
Mark Scheifele ($7,300) – Patrik Laine ($7,000) – Nikolaj Ehlers ($5,400)
This line continues to be one of the most-productive top lines in the league this season. Scheifele is quickly developing into one of the best, young centers in the league, and with three points in his last two games he sits second in scoring behind Connor McDavid. Laine is proving to be worth the hype and is tied with Scheifele for the team lead with 13 goals. Ehlers has been an assist magnet on this line and leads the team in that category with 16 on the year. This is one of the most exciting lines in the league, and they face the Oilers tonight, who are beginning to slip defensively.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Dallas Stars
Sidney Crosby ($8,700) – Patric Hornqvist ($7,300) – Conor Sheary ($5,200)
This line chipped in four points last night in the loss to the Islanders. Crosby continues his torrid year and notched a pair of assists last night, giving him an even 100 points against the Isles in his career. Hornqvist missed six games with a concussion and looked very good in his return to the Pens lineup, picking up an assist. Sheary was impressive last night with his goal and five shots on goal (SOG). The Pens face the Stars tonight, who rank last in the league in goals against average (GAA).
Superstar to Build Around
Alex Ovechkin ($8,600) – Ovechkin is having a slightly down start to his season with 12 goals and 18 points through 21 games, and suffered through a November slump that saw him produce only one goal in a six-game span. Ovie is beginning to get hot and put up the scoring numbers, however. Currently riding a four-game point streak, Ovechkin has four goals, two assists, three power play points (PPP) and 16 SOG in those four games. He faces the Isles tonight, a team that he has 47 points against in 42 career games.
Value on Offense
David Perron ($4,300) – Perron has kept his scoring ways going and is now riding an impressive eight-game point streak. He has produced eight assists and 11 points on this burner with 18 SOG and four PPP. He’s seeing big minutes on the Blues top line and on the power play (PP) and is at a great price against a weak Lightning defense.
Valtteri Filppula ($4,100) – Filppula has stepped up and produced since the loss of Steven Stamkos and has six points in seven games since the Lightning captain was hurt. He’s at a great price and is producing a surprising amount at the moment, making him a solid consideration for tonight.
Corey Crawford ($8,400) – It’s a great problem to have so many terrific options tonight in net. Crawford has bounced back from a five-goal against loss to the Oilers with three straight awesome outings. He has a fantastic home matchup against the Devils tonight, losers of six of their last seven games and ranked 28th in the league in road scoring.
Roberto Luongo ($7,500) – A good price and a matchup with a bottom-10 offense make Luongo a fantastic play tonight. He is coming in at least $500 less than some of the top options on the evening and has allowed more than one goal against only once in his last four starts. He sits right outside the top-10 in the league in both GAA and save percentage (SV%) on the year and held Detroit to one goal in his first start vs the Wings this season.
Value on Defense
Scott Mayfield ($2,600) – Playing only his second game of the year, Mayfield had a great night last night against the Penguins. He only played 14 minutes but notched two assists, his first points of the year. If he plays tonight for the Islanders he’s worth a look on defense.
Ben Hutton ($3,700) – Hutton put up a solid 25 points last season and is on-pace to break that this year. He has points in back-to-back games and in four of his last six overall. He had one of his best games of the year on Tuesday with a goal, assist and four SOG against Minnesota. He has four PPP, 43 SOG and 36 blocks in 23 games on the year.
Power Play Defensemen
Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,300) – Ristolainen snapped a two-game scoreless drought with a pair of power play assists (PPA) on Tuesday. He has 11 points on the season, all assists, and nine of those have come on the man advantage. Risto is also putting up great peripheral numbers, averaging two blocks and over two SOG per game and sitting fifth in the league in minutes played per night.
Sami Vatanen ($4,500) – Vatanen has had his ups and downs this season, but he is running the point on the Ducks first unit with Cam Fowler and has seven PPP on the year. Vats has points in two of his last three and notched a PPA against the Canadiens on Tuesday. He is one of the better PP defensemen in the league and has a great matchup against the Canucks 25th-ranked scoring defense.
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