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Top Lines of the Night
Chicago Blackhawks vs Ottawa Senators
Patrick Kane ($7,600) – Jonathan Toews ($6,200) – Artemi Panarin ($6,900)
With Artem Anisimov ($6,300) banged up, Toews slotted onto this powerhouse line for the Hawks. He and Panarin teamed up to collect the assists on Kane’s third-period tally against the Sharks on Sunday. That’s two points and eight shots on goal (SOG) for Toews in his last three games. Panarin is currently in a tie as the third-leading scorer in the NHL, has 13 points this month and is riding a five-game point streak that has produced 11 of them. He has at least two points in each of his last four games. Kane is on a three-game point streak of his own and has at least one point in eight of his last 10 games, while leading the Hawks with 107 SOG this season. If Anisimov returns tonight, I think he is a great play here as well.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Los Angeles Kings
Brandon Saad ($6,300) – Alex Wennberg ($5,900) – Nick Foligno ($6,100)
This line has quickly developed into one of the top scoring lines in the league and leads Columbus’ top-ranked scoring offense tonight against the Kings. All three members of this line have at least 23 points on the season with Wennberg leading the trio with 26. He leads the team with 20 assists on the season and has a three-game assist streak at the moment. Saad has four goals in his last four games, including a multi-goal game on Sunday against the Canucks, when he also had five SOG. He’s third on the team with 25 points and second in SOG. Foligno snapped a four-game pointless drought with an assist on Sunday and has 23 points on the year. Wennberg and Foligno also have power play (PP) exposure with leading scorer Cam Atkinson ($7,400).
Superstar to Build Around
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,900) – Tarasenko has caught fire this month and has vaulted into second in the league in scoring with his run in December. In 10 games this month, Tarasenko leads the league with 15 points. He has six goals, nine assists, five power play points (PPP) and 35 SOG. He faces the Stars tonight for the third time this season and is averaging 4.0 FPTS against them on the year.
Value on Offense
Sven Baertschi ($4,200) – Baertschi has a three-game point streak going for the Canucks going into a favorable matchup tonight vs Winnipeg. He had three points and six SOG against Carolina and followed that up with assists in back-to-back games. Vancouver faces the 23rd-ranked scoring defense of the Jets tonight at home.
Troy Brouwer ($4,600) – Brouwer is reaping the benefits of playing on Sean Monahan’s wing at the moment with Monahan on a 10-game point streak. Brouwer has points in five of those games, eight points overall, including two multi-point outings in his last three games. Six of those points have come on the PP.
Devan Dubnyk ($8,300) – Ride the hot goalie until they cool off, and that feels like the case with Dubnyk tonight. The Wild netminder takes a six-game win streak into tonight’s home matchup with the Avalanche. Dubnyk has allowed nine goals total on this win streak, and on the season, he is 9-3-0 with a 1.50 goals against average (GAA) at home.
Juuse Saros ($7,600) – Saros should get the nod tonight with Pekka Rinne starting last night, and Saros is coming off a great outing of his own, taking a 2-1 SO loss against the Rangers on Saturday. He’s been fantastic so far this season in limited play, posting a 1-2-1 record with 1.49 GAA and .946 save percentage (SV%). He faces a Devils team struggling mightily at the moment.
Value on Defense
Trevor van Riemsdyk ($3,000) – The younger van Riemsdyk brother is starting to put up the offense in Chicago with three points in his last four games. He’s battled injuries and a bottom pairing role this season but has four points in 10 games, with 11 blocks and seven SOG and is running the point on the Hawks second PP unit.
Jeff Petry ($4,600) – Petry has never been a point producer, but like TVR above, he has points in three of his last four games. Three of his four points are goals, and he has added 13 shots and five blocks in those four games as well. Petry is playing top-four minutes and is next to Shea Weber on the point of the Habs top PP unit.
Power Play Defensemen
Justin Schultz ($4,700) – Schultz is another defender who checks both the value box and the PP box. With Kris Letang and Trevor Daley out for the foreseeable future, Schultz is getting top-four minutes at even strength and running the Penguins formidable top PP unit. Schultz has 13 points in his last 10 games and has three points on the PP in his last four.
Cam Fowler ($5,400) – Fowler has a tough matchup tonight with Carey Price and the Canadiens but is riding a three-game point streak at the moment for the Ducks. He has goals in back-to-back games and is coming off a multi-point game last night with both points on the PP. He also has seven blocks and eight SOG in those games.
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