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Top Lines of the Night
Chicago Blackhawks vs Colorado Avalanche
Patrick Kane ($7,800) – Artemi Panarin ($7,200) – Jonathan Toews ($6,200)
Kane and Panarin continued their hot streaks against the Senators on Tuesday night combining for three points and seven shots on goal (SOG). Kane pushed his point streak to four games with a pair of assists, one on the power play (PP), and put six SOG. He now has points in eight of his last 10. Panarin pushed his point streak to six games with a power play goal (PPG) on his only shot of the night. He has 12 points in his six game streak and 14 in his last 10 overall. Toews was shutout on Tuesday but does have two points and nine SOG in his last four games. However, he is pricey for his level of non-production. The Hawks have a great matchup against the defensively weak Avalanche tonight.
San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers
Joe Pavelski ($7,300) – Joe Thornton ($5,300) – Patrick Marleau ($5,100)
The Sharks top trio is rolling right now and are led, as always, by Pavelski. Pavelski has points in back-to-back games and in seven of his last 10 overall. He has four goals, nine points, nine blocks and 42 SOG over that span while averaging almost 5.0 FPTS per night. Thornton notched a pair of assists his last time out, giving him 20 on the year. He also has nine points in his last 10 games, and all have come in the form of assists. Marleau is regaining his scoring touch with five points in his last seven games. He has goals in two of his last three and has 14 SOG and two power play points (PPP) over the course of these past seven outings. They face an Edmonton team that has allowed 30 goals in 11 games this month.
Superstar to Build Around
Cam Atkinson ($7,100) – Atkinson pushed his point streak to eight games with a PPG last night against the Penguins. He added four SOG for a 5.0 FPTS night. He has 14 points in 10 games this month with five multi-point outings on his current streak. He has put 27 SOG and added eight special teams points in that span and is averaging over 5.0 FPTS per contest in his last 10 games. He faces Canadiens’ backup Al Montoya tonight, against whom he netted a pair of goals on seven shots the last team they faced off.
Value on Offense
Mark Letestu ($4,200) – Letestu has caught fire as of late for the Oilers with eight points and 22 SOG in his last seven games. He notched a three-point game on Wednesday against the Coyotes with a goal and two assists. One of his helpers came on the PP as well.
Anders Lee ($4,600) – Lee netted two goals, one on the PP, one assist and three SOG in the Isles win on Tuesday. That’s 11 goals and 14 points in his last 14 games, with three multi-goal outings in that span. He is also playing on the Isles first line and on the PP with John Tavares.
Braden Holtby ($7,900) – Holtby hasn’t allowed more than two goals in four straight starts and faces a Lightning team that is banged up and on the second night of a back-to-back. Holtby is 2-1-1 in his last four starts, and in his only start this season against Tampa he took an OT loss, allowing one goal on 33 shots.
Henrik Lundqvist ($7,900) – After a stretch of three four-goal games in a six-game span, Lundqvist has seemingly righted the ship. He rides a three-game winning streak into tonight’s home game with the Wild who are coming off a win last night. On his three game burner Lundqvist has allowed just three goals on 90 shots faced.
Value on Defense
Nikita Zaitsev ($3,700) – Zaitsev pushed his point streak to three games with a pair of assists in last night’s drubbing of the Avs. He now has a goal and three assists in his last three games, and points in four of his last six, along with three blocks and seven SOG. Zaitsev and the Leafs have another favorable matchup tonight.
Ian Cole ($4,100) – Cole has cooled off lately, unlike his defensive partner Justin Schultz. But Cole is picking it back up with points in two straight games. He notched an assist last night and added four blocks and two SOG.
Power Play Defensemen
Victor Hedman ($5,600) – Hedman is on a tear as of late despite a depleted Tampa Bay lineup. He is riding a five-game point streak that has seen him put up 10 points and three multi-point outings. He has one goal and nine assists in the five games, and he has one power play assist in each outing as well. Overall, Hedman has 12 points, and seven PPP, in his last 10 games.
Damon Severson ($4,000) – Another defensemen as of late that is checking both the value and PP box is Severson. The Devils’ blue liner has assists in three straight games, with two of the three being of the PP variety. He offers decent category coverage and for those looking for a good value option with PP exposure, I think Severson is a solid target.
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