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Top Lines of the Night
Minnesota Wild @ Calgary Flames
Zach Parise ($6,700) – Eric Staal ($6,000) – Charlie Coyle ($5,400)
Parise has not looked like his normal self this year with only nine points in 15 games on the season. However, he has four points in his last 10 games, and he is shooting the puck a lot with 48 shots on goal (SOG) so far. Staal has been a nice surprise as he looks to resurrect his career in Minnesota. He has 16 points in 22 games on the year and is centering the Wild’s top power play (PP) unit. Coyle is growing into a solid scoring forward and has four points and three goals in his last four games. He’s averaging almost three SOG per game this year and leads the team with eight goals.
Montreal Canadiens @ San Jose Sharks
Alex Galchenyuk ($7,200) – Alex Radulov ($6,400) – Paul Byron ($5,000)
Despite a very tough matchup tonight against Martin Jones, this is arguably the best line of the night on a very limited two game slate. Galchenyuk continues to lead the Habs in both goals and points. Radulov is as good as advertised and has four points in his last five games and 18 overall on the year. Despite not scoring, he did put six SOG up in his last outing. Byron is averaging over half a point per game on the year with 12 points in 23 games, but he has cooled as of late, going pointless in his last four. The trio is the top scoring line for the Habs and I expect them to be leaned on tonight to produce.
Superstar to Build Around
Logan Couture ($6,600) – After a down year last year, Couture looks to be back to his former self. He has eight points in his last eight games and is on a three-game point streak at the moment. He has three goals, two assists, eight blocks and nine shots in those three games, offensively carrying the Sharks. He netted two goals and an assist against the Kings on Wednesday night and is a solid play tonight in spite of a tough matchup with Carey Price.
Value on Offense
Jason Zucker ($4,400) – Riding a four-game point streak, Zucker is taking advantage of increased playing time, manning the left wing on the Wild second line and has a goal and four assists in his last four games. He had a multi-point outing against the Canucks on Tuesday and added a block and four SOG.
Kris Versteeg ($4,300) – Versteeg is also taking advantage of increased opportunity, skating on the first line in place of Johnny Gaudreau. In four games back from injury, Versteeg has three points, including in back-to-back games. He netted a goal and five shots on Wednesday against the Leafs, and I think he is a solid value play tonight despite a tough matchup.
Devan Dubnyk ($7,800) – Dubnyk has been fantastic this season, and over his last five games he is 3-1-1 and has allowed nine goals against. He is coming off a tough loss to the Blues in a shootout in his last outing. On the year he is second in the league in both goals against average (GAA) and save percentage (SV%).
Martin Jones ($7,600) – Jones is backing up last season with another great start this year. He’s 4-1-0 in his last five games, with a shutout and three one-goal games. It’s a prime-time matchup tonight when he faces Carey Price, whom he sits one win behind for the league lead in the category.
Value on Defense
Derek Engelland ($3,400) – Despite playing limited minutes on the third pair, Engelland has points in back-to-back games. He has an assist in two straight games for the Flames and has added eight SOG and five blocks in his last four. On the season he’s averaging 2.1 FPTS per night, third-best among Flames defensemen.
Gustav Olofsson ($2,500) – Olofsson made his season debut on Tuesday for the Wild and had two blocks in limited time. He has yet to record a point in three career NHL games but had 12 points in 21 games in the AHL this year and could be a sneaky value play if he sees more minutes and opportunity to produce.
Power Play Defensemen
Ryan Suter ($5,200) – Suter is having a nice season for the Wild and comes in at a very nice price. He’s tied for ninth among NHL defensemen with 15 points on the season and is right outside the top-10 at the position with 6 on the PP. He has points in two of his last three games, one on the PP, and is third on the Wild in SOG this season with an even 50. He is running the point on Minnesota’s first PP unit.
Shea Weber ($7,100) – It’s a battle of two of the best at the position tonight with Weber vs Burns. Weber has five points in his last five games and is third on the Habs with 59 SOG. More importantly, Weber is running the point on the Habs potent first PP unit and leads the league with seven PP goals and 10 PP points.
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