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Top Lines of the Night
Edmonton Oilers @ Buffalo
Connor McDavid ($8,400) – Leon Draisaitl ($6,100) – Milan Lucic ($5,900)
McDavid continues to be as advertised and, despite being held scoreless in his last two games, he continues to lead the league in scoring with 34 points. He has continued to shoot, putting eight shots on goal (SOG) in those two games. Draisaitl is having a great follow-up year with 21 points in 27 games. He has four points and 12 SOG in his last three games. Lucic has 10 points in his last eight games playing with McDavid. This line has a great matchup tonight against a Sabres team coming off a loss last night.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary
Tyler Seguin ($7,800) – Jamie Benn ($7,000) – Patrick Eaves ($5,800)
Seguin is having another great season and currently sits tied for fourth in the league in scoring with 27 points. He’s on a tear as of late with five points, two power play goals (PPG), and 12 SOG in his last four games. Benn is having a slightly down year, but he does have five points in his last five games. He notched an assist on Seguin’s PPG over the weekend. Eaves has points in back-to-back games, including notching a goal of his own over the weekend. This line was productive earlier in the season when they were together and has quickly gelled again.
Superstar to Build Around
Patrick Kane ($8,100) – Kane isn’t having the prolific season he had last year, but he has been a point-per-game player on the season and is starting to be productive. He has an assist in three straight games and is back on the line with Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin with Jonathan Toews hurt. The trio is beginning to have to spark they did last year, and Kane looks to be turning the scoring on. He faces a Coyotes team tonight that Kane has dominated in his career to the tune of 36 points in 29 games.
Value on Offense
Frans Nielsen ($4,900) – It took some time, but Nielsen is finally getting going in Detroit. He had only nine points in his first 20 games but has caught fire with seven points in his last six. He has points in two straight and has a favorable matchup tonight against Winnipeg.
Kris Versteeg ($4,300) – Versteeg is skating on the Flames top line despite the return of Johnny Gaudreau. He has settled in nicely there and is currently riding a four-game point streak, with points in five of his last six overall. He has 10 SOG in those four games and has a good matchup with a Stars defense ranked last in the league.
Top Line Adjustments
• Denis Malgin, Florida Panthers ($3,400)
• William Carrier, Buffalo Sabres ($3,000)
• David Desharnais, Montreal Canadiens ($3,900)
Scott Darling ($8,200) – Darling has been pressed into starting service with an injury to Corey Crawford and has played solidly so far. He started games on back-to-back days over the weekend, and despite taking two losses, looked good. He has a very favorable matchup against the Coyotes tonight at home, where he’s 3-1-0 on the year.
Steve Mason ($7,800) – Mason had an incredible week for the Flyers and has put the team on his back since the Michael Neuvirth injury. He started all four games last week and allowed seven goals against and won all four, garnering first star of the week honors. He’ll face the struggling Panthers tonight, who he beat two weeks ago in Florida, surrendering a single goal in that win.
Value on Defense
Andrej Sekera ($4,200) – Sekera is manning the point in the revolving door of the Oilers first power play (PP) unit at the moment as well as skating on their top defense pair. He has four points, three SOG and seven blocks in his four games and one power play assist (PPA).
Dennis Seidenberg ($3,700) – Seidenberg was having a surprisingly productive season before he was hurt and has come back strong. In two games back he has averaged over 20 minutes, an assist, one SOG and six blocks. He has nine points in 17 games this season.
Power Play Defensemen
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,100) – I wrote about OEL yesterday, and he notched a power play assist against the Blue Jackets on the lone Arizona goal. Ekman-Larsson is now riding a three-game point streak with a power play assist in each outing. He has six PPP on the season.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($5,200) – Gostisbehere has hit the proverbial sophomore slump this season with a disappointing 13 points in 26 games. He is starting to show signs of life with two points in his last three games during the Flyers current winning streak. He collected a PPA against the Predators over the weekend and is still manning the point on the Flyers potent first PP unit.
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