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Top Lines of the Night
Washington Capitals @ Philadelphia Flyers
Alex Ovechkin ($8,300) – Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,700) – Justin Williams ($5,000)
Ovie is beginning to look like his scoring self again lately with points in four of his last six games. The Russian winger has four points, three on the power play (PP), and 16 shots on goal (SOG) in his last four games. This is his first game against Philly this year, but in his career he has 48 points in 41 games vs the Flyers. Kuznetsov had a six-game point streak snapped on Saturday but was rolling before that with eight assists in that span. Three of those helpers came on the man advantage as well. Williams has been Mr. Consistent on this line with points in six of his last seven. He is currently riding a four-game point streak heading into tonight’s game.
Edmonton Oilers @ Arizona Coyotes
Connor McDavid ($8,300) – Milan Lucic ($6,100) – Jordan Eberle ($6,000)
McDavid picked up an assist on Monday, and fantasy players are hoping this gets him going again. He hit a wall with one point in four games going into Monday, when he had an assist, a block and two SOG. Lucic and Eberle were both held in check on Monday against the Blues, but Lucic does have four points in his last six games. Eberle is looking to get things going on this line as he’s pointless in his last four games. In two prior matchups this season with the Coyotes this trio has been effective, combining for two goals, three assists and 20 SOG.
Superstar to Build Around
Jakub Voracek ($7,200) – Voracek leads the Flyers in assists (23) and points (34) and is sixth in the league in scoring overall. He also leads the team by a wide margin with 120 SOG. He’s tied with a trio of other skaters for the second-most points in the NHL in December with 14. He picked up an assist on Monday against the Predators and added six SOG. He has a tough divisional matchup tonight with the Capitals, but he has been successful against them in his career with 16 points in 25 games.
Value on Offense
Christian Dvorak ($3,600) – Dvorak has had the usual rookie struggles this season but he seems to be settling in now. He has points in back-to-back games and notched his first multi-point game on Monday vs the Flames.
Patrick Maroon ($4,700) – Maroon has seen an expanded role this season and has turned it into 15 points in 34 games, and he is well on his way to new career-highs in goals and SOG. He notched his ninth goal of the season on Monday vs the Blues and had four SOG while skating on a line with Leon Draisaitl.
Cam Talbot ($8,100) – On such a limited night, there aren’t many options in net, but Talbot has been turning things around lately and has a very good matchup. He has won three of his last five and has only lost in regulation once in that span, while only allowing more than two goals against in a game once. On the season against Arizona, he has a 1.94 goals against average (GAA) and a .938 save percentage (SV%).
Braden Holtby ($7,800) – Holtby has won four of his last five starts and has allowed a total of five goals against in his last three games. His numbers this season are better overall than his numbers from last season, despite a drop in wins. He faces the Flyers on the road tonight, and he has a 5-2-2 record away from home this year.
Value on Defense
Ivan Provorov ($4,700) – Provorov picked up a helper on the Flyers only goal Monday night in a loss against Nashville. He did add five blocks, giving him 68 on the year. The rookie is seeing more ice time lately and is producing – he has six points in his last 10 games.
Connor Murphy ($3,300) – Murphy is back in the lineup for the Coyotes playing in the last two games after returning from injury. In two games since his return he has one assist, one blocked shot and two SOG. He has been skating on Arizona’s top pairing with Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Power Play Defensemen
Andrej Sekera ($4,900) – Sekera is running the point on the Oilers’ top PP unit at the moment, a spot he has been revolving in and out of this season. He has points in back-to-back games for the Oilers, including a pair of PP assists on Saturday. He has nine of his 16 points on the season in his last 10 games.
Matt Niskanen ($4,600) – Niskanen could be in line for an expanded role tonight if John Carlson is out with an illness. Niskanen and Dimitri Orlov would most likely assume the first pairing role, and Niskanen would slot to the point on the top PP unit. In his last four games he has five points and one PPG.
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