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Top Lines of the Night
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Florida Panthers
Sidney Crosby ($8,600) – Patric Hornqvist ($7,300) – Conor Sheary ($5,300)
Sid just continues to put up the points and now has 27 in 20 games on the year. He has 14 points his last 10 games and leads the league with 17 goals. Crosby is currently riding a five-game point streak that has produced eight points (3G, 5A). Hornqvist has been solid since his return from injury. He has four points in four games since being back on Crosby’s wing, and he has also added four blocks and 13 shots on goal (SOG) in that span. Sheary also has four points in his last four games and notched an assist and four SOG in his last outing against the Senators. He has a very solid 13 points in 19 games this season. The trio has put up 25 points combined on the road this season and travel to face the struggling Panthers tonight.
Edmonton Oilers @ Philadelphia Flyers
Connor McDavid ($8,400) – Leon Draisaitl ($6,300) – Milan Lucic ($6,000)
This line had a great game against the Sabres on Tuesday night, and McDavid and Lucic snapped personal two-game scoreless streaks. Every player on this line has double-digit point totals in their last 10 games. McDavid notched two assists, one on the power play (PP), and added five SOG. He continues to lead the league with 25 assists and 36 points. Even with those two games without a point, he has 17 points in his last 10 games. Draisaitl has five points in his last four games and had a PP goal and four SOG on Monday. Lucic netted a goal against the Sabres and added six SOG. They face a hot Flyers team tonight, but this line is difficult to keep in check. Keep in mind that Drake Caggiula ($3,100) saw time with McDavid and Lucic on Monday as well, picking up the second assist on Lucic’s goal.
Superstar to Build Around
David Pastrnak ($7,100) – Pastrnak scored a beautiful breakaway goal last night in the Bruins’ loss to the Capitals, but the tally continued his scoring tear. He now has six goals in his last eight games, and has at least one point in seven of those eight. He’s a point-per-game player with 22 points in 22 games this season and is second in the league in goals scored with 16. He has a great matchup tonight against a very weak defense when he faces the Avs at home.
Value on Offense
Kevin Fiala ($4,000) – After a long stint back in the AHL, Fiala has come back with a purpose for Nashville. Skating on the top line for the Preds, he has been great. He has two goals, one assist, three blocks and 20 SOG since his recall. He faces a weak Dallas defense tonight and is at a great price.
Andrew Ladd ($4,400) – Ladd has not lived up to his contract with the Islanders yet, but it looks like he’s starting to turn it around. He’s settled in with Ryan Strome and Shane Prince, has three points in his last four games and has seen his minutes rise while playing on the Isles first PP unit as well.
Ben Bishop ($8,100) – Bishop hasn’t been great this season, but he is beginning to turn it around and has a strong matchup tonight. He’s posted back-to-back great outings, stopping 63 of his last 65 shots faced against Carolina and Washington. He gets the nod tonight against the Canucks 28th-ranked scoring offense.
Chad Johnson ($7,700) – In his last 10 starts, Johnson is 8-2-0 and has posted a 1.79 goals against average (GAA) and .942 save percentage (SV%). He’s riding a four-game winning streak and shut down the potent Stars offense on Tuesday, allowing only one goal on 30 shots. He faces a weak Coyotes offense tonight on the road, where he’s posted a 1.76 GAA on the year.
Value on Defense
Kyle Quincey ($3,100) – Quincey has been a surprising source of offense for the Devils in the last couple of games with three assists against Nashville and Vancouver. He has seven points in his last 10 games overall and is adding solid blocks and SOG numbers.
Justin Schultz ($3,700) – Schultz has been fantastic the last four games for Pittsburgh on a pair with Ian Cole. The duo has combined for 13 points in those four games, and Schultz has a goal in three of them. He has two multi-point games, 10 SOG and four blocks.
Power Play Defensemen
Victor Hedman ($5,200) – With 19 points in 27 games, Hedman is tied for third in scoring among defensemen. He has six points in his last eight games. He faces a weak Vancouver defense at home, where he has 10 points in 11 games this season. On the year, he has eight power play points (PPP).
Dustin Byfuglien ($6,100) – Overshadowed a bit by some of the offensive performances in Winnipeg, Byfuglien has quietly put up 18 points this year. Buff is on a five-game point streak, has eight points in his last eight games with three PPP and garners great peripherals with blocks and shots.
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