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Top Lines of the Night
Chicago Blackhawks @ Winnipeg Jets
Patrick Kane ($7,700) – Artem Anisimov ($5,900) – Artemi Panarin ($6,500)
The Jets have won all four of the matchups between these teams this season, and Chicago has scored a total of five goals. This line has combined for two goals and five assists in four games against the Jets this season. Kane comes into tonight riding a three-game point streak and has two power play points (PPP) and 15 shots on goal (SOG) in those games. Anisimov and Panarin were shutout in the Hawks’ last game against the Wild, but each had points in back-to-back games leading before that. This trio make up three of Chicago’s top four leading scorers this season.
Minnesota Wild vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Nino Niederreiter ($5,300) – Charlie Coyle ($5,500) – Jason Pominville ($4,200)
For the price, Pominville is possibly the best value player in NHL DFS right now. He is giving Mikael Granlund a run for his money for the Wild’s best player as of late, by posting 14 points in his last 10 games. He has six points in his last three games and points in nine of those 10 games. Coyle has points in back-to-back games, posting four assists and four SOG. Niederreiter has back-to-back multi-point games and joins Pominville with double-digit point totals in his last 10 games, posting five goals and seven assists.
Superstar to Build Around
Nikita Kucherov ($6,900) – Kucherov is on a run of dominant play as the Lightning try and climb back to the playoffs. In his last six games, Kucherov has points in five, posting four goals, three assists and 22 SOG. He has two straight multi-point games and two PPP in his last six. He is on-pace for new career highs this season in goals, assists and points.
Value on Offense
Ryan Hartman ($4,100) – Hartman had scored a goal in three-straight games for the Blackhawks, despite playing a paltry amount of minutes each night. Hartman is shooting as much as he can, putting up 16 SOG in his last four games while averaging less than 10 minutes per night over that span.
Ondrej Palat ($4,800) – Palat hasn’t played since February 2nd, dealing with a lower-body injury. He was practicing in full yesterday, and if he returns tonight, he should slot in on a line with Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov.
Devan Dubnyk ($8,200) – I have written about Dubnyk a number of times this season, and he has rarely not been as good as advertised. He’ll get the nod tonight against the Lightning at home, and he’s 1-1-1 in four career games in his career with a 1.86 goals against average (GAA) against Tampa Bay.
Connor Hellebuyck ($7,500) – Hellebuyck has struggled this season and it might a bit of a shock to pick him tonight when you look at his stats, but consider this… Hellebuyck has 17 wins on the season and four have come against Chicago. He is 4-0-0 with a 1.25 GAA and .961 save percentage (SV%) against the Blackhawks this season, and he is 10-5-1 at home overall.
Value on Defense
Jake Dotchin ($2,600) – Despite only having one point on the season in seven games, Dotchin has looked very solid and found himself playing on the Lightning’s top pair with Victor Hedman. He is beginning to settle in more, and if he sticks with Hedman in that spot he will have exposure to the potent top lines that the Lightning are capable of rolling out.
Marco Scandella ($3,100) – Scandella doesn’t put up much offensively, but when he produces you should take notice. The blue liner has points in back-to-back games and has added two blocks and one SOG in each game, posting consecutive 3.5 FPTS outings. It’s a deep flier on a shallow night, but he is at a great value price.
Power Play Defensemen
Duncan Keith ($5,400) – Keith has found the scoresheet in three straight games for Chicago and has one PPP in each of those games. The Hawks blue liner has five assists and two multi-point games and has added two blocks and four SOG. Keith has 34 assists and 14 PPP in 55 games this season.
Jacob Trouba ($5,300) – Trouba has arguably been Winnipeg’s best all-around defenseman this season despite missing a large chunk of the season early on. He has eight points, 19 blocks and 38 SOG in his last 10 games and is running the point on the Jets’ second power play unit.
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