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Top Lines of the Night
Chicago Blackhawks @ Carolina Hurricanes
Patrick Kane ($7,700) – Artem Anisimov ($6,000) – Artemi Panarin ($7,100)
Anisimov has a goal in each of his two games back from injury, including a power play (PP) tally last night. He’s also put up five shots on goal (SOG). Kane added a goal of his own and collected an assist on Anisimov’s goal. That’s points in back-to-back games as well and nine points in his last seven games. Panarin pushed his point streak to nine games with the other assist on the Anisimov goal, while adding three SOG of his own. That’s five goals and 10 assists on this nine-game burner for Panarin.
Anaheim Ducks @ Vancouver Canucks
Ryan Kesler ($6,400) – Jakob Silfverberg ($5,500) – Andrew Cogliano ($4,600)
Kesler is having his best season in years and is on pace for his first 60-plus point season since 2010-2011. He leads the Ducks with 31 points, including three assists in his last two games. Silfverberg is on-pace for a career season with 24 points in 37 games to date. He has a goal in three straight games and has put up 11 SOG in that span. Cogliano brings the defensive element to the line but has been productive this year with 18 points. He has two points in his last four games and four points in his last seven overall. The trio leads the Ducks against the 27th-ranked scoring defense of the Canucks tonight.
Superstar to Build Around
Joe Pavelski ($7,300) – Pavelski collected an assist on Tuesday night against the Ducks to push his point streak to four games. That gives him two goals, four assists, one PP goal (PPG) and 12 SOG on this run. The Sharks’ captain has found the scoresheet in eight of his last 10 games with 33 points in 35 games this season overall. He faces the Flyers tonight against whom he is a point-per-game player in his career, with 12 points in 12 career meetings.
Value on Offense
Antoine Vermette ($4,100) – Vermette has slotted in the middle of Corey Perry and Rickard Rakell at the moment and has points in three straight games. He notched a multi-point game last night with a goal and an assist, both on the PP, giving him a goal and three assists in his last three games. As long as he’s this price, and on this line, he’s very fantasy relevant in my opinion.
Sebastian Aho ($4,400) – Aho has looked very strong for the Hurricanes this season and he had a great game against the Penguins on Wednesday. The rookie winger collected an assist, giving him points in two of his last three games, and fired seven SOG in his game vs Pittsburgh and 10 shots in his last three overall.
Martin Jones ($7,900) – Jones held the Ducks in check on Tuesday night, surrendering two goals on his way to a third straight win. That’s five goals against on this three-game streak for Jones, who has won six of his last seven games overall. He gets the Flyers at home tonight where he is 10-4-0 with a 1.65 goals against average (GAA) on the year. Should Aaron Dell ($7,700) get the nod tonight, with the Sharks playing the Kings tomorrow, he is a solid option in net. Dell is riding a personal two-game winning streak and a 2.16 GAA in five games this season.
Scott Darling ($7,900) – We haven’t seen Darling since the return of Corey Crawford, but he should get the draw tonight with Chicago on the second night of a back-to-back. Darling filled in admirably for Crawford posting a 6-3-1 record in 10 starts and with 10 days of rest he should be a solid option to start tonight.
Value on Defense
Mattias Ekholm ($4,000) – Ekholm has stepped up for the Predators after P.K. Subban’s injury. He has points in four of his last five games with an increased role. In those five games, Ek has one goal, four assists, one PPP, two blocks and five SOG. Ekholm has one assist in three games vs St. Louis this season.
Colton Parayko ($4,700) – Parayko collected two assists in his last game. Before his multi-assist game on Wednesday, the blue liner had only one point in his previous nine games. He is still averaging almost two blocks and well over two SOG per game this season and perhaps this last game could jump-start him .
Power Play Defensemen
Duncan Keith ($5,100) – After having a five-game point streak snapped, Keith got right back to it with a power play assist last night in Nashville. He had two SOG and three blocks as well. Keith has been good lately with eight points, five on the PP, 12 blocks and 20 SOG in his last 10 games.
Brent Burns ($8,300) – Burns has back-to-back multi-point outings, including a power play assist against the Oilers last Friday. Burns has 12 points in his last 10 games, having found the scoresheet in nine of those outings. He has added 20 blocks and 37 SOG in that span with three PPP.
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