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Highest Vegas Totals
– Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens – 5
– Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Colorado Avalanche – 5
– New York Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks – 5
Henrik Lundqvist ($8,100): Lundqvist continues to have a great season for the Rangers and has allowed only one goal in each of his last two games, posting a 1-0-1 record. Lundqvist had an easy workload on Sunday against Ottawa, holing the Senators to the lone goal on 24 shots. The win moved Lundqvist back to a sub-two GAA now sitting at 1.99 and a .938 SV%. The Rangers travel to Vancouver for a tussle with the Canucks, and in his career against the Canucks Lundqvist is 4-3-0 with a 2.03 GAA, a .939 SV% and two shutouts. If you want to spend big in goal on Wednesday night, Lundqvist is your guy.
Top Line of the Night
Getting Couture back is a huge boost for the Sharks who have been inconsistent offensively with him out of the lineup. He immediately made an impact in his first game back last night on the power-play with an assist on Joe Thornton’s first period goal. Marleau picked up the other assist on that goal and he and Couture will be paired back together going forward again. Ward has been putting up great offensive numbers and had points in six of his last seven games before last night. This line has the chance to be very dynamic together and they have a fantastic opportunity for production again right away with a matchup against Edmonton on Wednesday night.
Top Upside at Defense
Brent Burns ($7,800): Burns is the top defender available on the night with a great matchup against the Oilers. He was held off the scoresheet last night, but continues to be effective in all-around ways with shots on goal and blocked shots. He’s second in the league in shots on goal this season after a four shot performance last night that brings his season total to 123, and he compliments that with his defensive performance with 55 blocked shots.
Brian Dumoulin ($2,900): The Penguins have struggled this season to get much offense from their blueline, but Dumoulin has been productive as of late. Looking past his five points on the season, he has three points, four blocked shots and four shots on goal in his last three games. He has seen this production spike since being moved into a top-four role with Kris Letang injured. With Letang presumed to be coming back Wednesday it will be interesting what role Dumoulin will play, but he’s proven he can produce when given the opportunity and is an intriguing value option on Wednesday night.
Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Sidney Crosby ($7,500): Don’t look now but Crosby is beginning to find his scoring touch and is breaking out for the Penguins. He has points in seven of his last eight games with two multi-point games, and right now has points in his last two outings. He continues to shoot the puck at a high level, averaging almost three shots on goal per game and he seems primed to start finding twine more soon. Corsby hasn’t seen the Avalanche much in his career but has been effective against them with nine points in eight career games against Colorado.
Chris Kunitz ($4,200): Kunitz finally decided to wake up this season playing with Sidney Crosby and now has six points in his last three games. He isn’t shooting much, only 42 shots on the season, and the damage that he’s been doing lately has been from assists but he is capable of putting up solid offensive numbers. He has had three 50+ point seasons in his time in Pittsburgh and playing with Crosby for most of it has helped. Now that he and Crosby are finding their offense Kunitz becomes very valuable.
Landon Ferraro ($2,600): Ferraro, the son of NHL great Ray Ferraro, was claimed off waivers from the Red Wings and was immediately slotted into the Bruins lineup. Despite only seeing time in their bottom-six Ferraro has managed four points in seven games in Boston, and had a multi-point game on Saturday night against Vancouver. A tough matchup with Montreal looms on Wednesday but Ferraro is an interesting value option.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,100) Vlasic was forced to miss the Sharks Tuesday night contest against Calgary, and will probably miss tonight’s contest as well against Edmonton. He’s dealing with a lower-body injury, and his absence is a tough one for the Sharks as he sits second on the team in points for defensemen with 11.
Pascal Dupuis ($4,100) In some unfortunate news in the NHL on Tuesday night Dupuis announced that due to issues stemming from the blood clots that caused him to miss most of last season, and many games this season, he will no longer play hockey. The veteran of almost 900 NHL games, Dupuis won a Stanley Cup in 2009 with the Penguins. We wish him the best of luck and good health.
Make sure to check out my NHL Line Stacks and Pete Jensen’s NHL Targets posts today before finalizing your lineups. As always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey