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Top Lines of the Night
Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals
David Pastrnak ($6,900) – Patrice Bergeron ($6,600) – Brad Marchand ($6,700)
Pastrnak is becoming one of the better young scoring forwards in the league. He has six goals and eight points in his last nine games and is third in the league in goals with 15. Bergeron is having a down season but has points in back-to-back games and is averaging just under four shots on goal (SOG) per game this season. Marchand has four points in his last five games and 22 points in 26 games on the year. His 26 points and 15 assists lead the Bruins in both categories. This line has a tough draw tonight against the Capitals, but they have been playing solid hockey lately, and they have done most of their damage on the road this year.
Anaheim Ducks vs Carolina Hurricanes
Corey Perry ($6,800) – Ryan Getzlaf ($6,700) – Rickard Rakell ($6,400)
Rakell should be back into the lineup for the Ducks tonight after missing a game due to injury. The 23-year old has been fantastic this year with 10 goals and four assists in 16 games. Perry is racking up the assists and has points in two straight games while averaging three SOG per game this year. Getzlaf is his normal assist machine self as well, with 20 on the year. He has a three-game assist streak going, with two on the power play (PP). The Hurricanes have been more stout defensively this season, but this is a very good matchup if Rakell plays for this line.
Superstar to Build Around
Mike Hoffman ($6,500) – Hoffman and the Senators have a very tough matchup tonight against Martin Jones and the Sharks, but Hoffman has been on a tear and scoring against some tough defenses as of late. Hoffman has 12 points over his last eight games and is riding a five-game point streak at the moment. He has 17 SOG in his last four games and has four power play points (PPP) over that span. On the season he has 19 points, nine PPP and 79 SOG in 24 games for the Senators.
Value on Offense
Kevin Labanc ($3,300) – Labanc has been very solid in limited action this season for San Jose with four points in 12 games. He was recalled from the AHL and skated on the second line with Logan Couture and Joel Ward. If he gets more minutes and picks up his shooting he is an intriguing value pick.
Nino Niederreiter ($4,300) – El Nino is picking up his production at the right time. He’s skating on the top line for the Wild and has seven points in his last seven games and is fourth on the Wild with 15 points. He’s coming off back-to-back 20 goal seasons, so he could turn on the scoring soon.
Martin Jones ($7,900) – Jones has won five of his last six starts and has allowed more than one goal in a game only once during that span. Over his last 10 games he’s 7-2-1 and has dropped his season goals against average (GAA) to 1.99. He leads the Sharks in a great matchup tonight against the Senators and their 23rd-ranked scoring offense.
Devan Dubnyk ($7,700) – What a season it’s been so far for Dubnyk. Despite not having a great record, (10-6-3 overall) Dubnyk is posting elite numbers. His 1.63 GAA and .946 save percentage (SV%) lead the league in both categories. He hasn’t lost in regulation since Nov. 19, allowing only nine goals in his last five starts.
Value on Defense
Shea Theodore ($3,600) – Theodore has been up and down between the AHL and NHL, but he has looked solid in his last few games. He’s had his best stretch of the year in his last three games with an assist, four blocks and seven SOG. He is starting to see more ice time and is manning the point on the Ducks second PP unit.
Justin Faulk ($4,900) – Despite not putting up the scoring numbers he has in the past, Faulk has been shooting the puck a lot lately and should get some breaks soon. He has 12 SOG in his last four games and is playing on the top pairing for Carolina as well as their first PP. They face a Ducks defense that has allowed 11 goals against in their last two games, so the opportunity for scoring is there.
Power Play Defensemen
Erik Karlsson ($7,400) – Not much needs to be said about Karlsson at the moment. He is the standard-bearer for the position offensively. He has 10 points in his last eight games, with seven in his last four outings. In those four games he has two goals, five assists, four powerplay assists, nine blocks and 17 SOG.
John Carlson ($5,700) – Carlson looks like he is finally turning things around offensively this season after a very slow start. Carlson is manning the point on the Capitals potent top PP unit and has collected a PP assist in back-to-back games. He’s starting to shoot more as well, with eight SOG in those games. He’ll get plenty of opportunity for production seeing time at even strength and on the PP with the Capitals top lines.
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