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Top Lines of the Night
Chicago Blackhawks vs Winnipeg Jets
Patrick Kane ($7,800) – Jonathan Toews ($6,200) – Artemi Panarin ($7,200)
Panarin and Toews hooked up on the power play (PP) on Friday night against the Avalanche for Toews’ fifth goal of the season. It was the only tally of the night for Chicago, but it gives the Hawks’ captain three points and 16 shots on goal (SOG) in his last five games. The assist pushed Panarin’s point streak to seven games, giving him power play points (PPP) in two straight and 13 points overall in that span. Kane had a four-game point streak snapped but added two shots and two blocks, but in his career against Winnipeg he has 23 points in 20 games.
Dallas Stars @ Arizona Coyotes
Tyler Seguin ($7,600) – Jason Spezza ($5,800) – Jamie Benn ($7,100)
This line was a powerhouse for the Stars on Friday combining for a goal, two assists and eight SOG. Seguin opened the scoring for the Stars with a game-tying goal in the second period with Spezza picking up the assist. The center added five SOG in the game. Spezza ran his point streak to two games with the assist, giving him eight points in his last 10 games. Benn notched an assist on the game-winner, which gives him five points and 11 SOG in his last five games. This line has a great matchup coming out of the break against the 29th-ranked scoring defense of the Coyotes.
Superstar to Build Around
Sidney Crosby ($8,500) – Crosby entered the break riding a four-game point streak after netting his 24th goal of the season on Friday against NJ. His goal came on the PP and he had seven SOG as well. That’s three PPP and 21 SOG on his four-game run and 12 points in his last 10 games overall. He faces the Devils again tonight in Newark, and on the year has 21 points in 14 road games. Crosby has the second-highest FPTS per game average of any skater going tonight, putting up 5.0 FPTS on average per outing.
Value on Offense
Bobby Ryan ($4,800) – Ryan was held scoreless on Thursday, snapping a five-game point streak, but I think he is a solid value tonight. Skating on the Senators’ second line, Ryan potted four goals and added two assists on his streak with 11 SOG.
Ryan Strome ($3,700) – To say Strome hasn’t been good since the beginning of last season is probably an understatement, but the center is showing signs of turning around. He has three goals and four points in his last five games, including a two-point night against Buffalo on Friday with four SOG.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,200) – Bobrovsky is on fire at the moment, as is his team. Bob has won a ridiculous 10-straight starts and Columbus is riding a 12-game winning streak as a team. He has allowed only 14 goals against on his 10-game run and despite a tough matchup vs Boston tonight (the only team to beat him twice this year), I still think Bob is the top goalie available.
Martin Jones ($7,600) – Jones has won five of his last six starts and is coming off a solid win vs Edmonton before the break. Jones is having another stellar season in San Jose, tied for second in the league with Carey Price at 18 wins. He is 7-3-0 in his last 10 games, sporting a 2.07 goals against average (GAA) in those starts.
Value on Defense
Dion Phaneuf ($4,600) – Phaneuf is forgotten sometimes thanks to Erik Karlsson, but he is plenty productive. He has a three-game point streak at the moment and has points in four of his last five. He’s contributed two goals, four assists, 11 blocks and seven SOG. He’s had at least one PPP in each of the four games as well.
Travis Hamonic ($3,800) – Hamonic skated into the break with a multi-point game for the Islanders. He dished out two helpers on Friday against Buffalo and added two SOG. That’s three points, four blocks and 10 SOG in his last three games and six points in his last 10.
Power Play Defensemen
Dougie Hamilton ($5,600) – Hamilton is second on the Flames in both points and assists and leads the team by a wide margin with 104 SOG. He had two assists on Friday against the Canucks to give him three points in his last three games. One of his assists came on the PP, as did his assist against the Coyotes last week. In his last 10 games, Hamilton has eight points and is averaging 4.6 FPTS per night.
Brent Burns ($8,400) – Burns continued his productive ways for the Sharks by picking up two assists, one on the PP, against the Oilers on Friday. Burns has picked up at least one point in nine of his last 10 games for San Jose and has 32 points in 34 games this season. In his last 10 games he has 11 points, four PPP, 16 blocks and 43 SOG to give him an average of 5.6 FPTS per game. He has the highest FPTS per game average of any player going tonight with 5.3 per game this season.
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