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Top Lines of the Night
Calgary Flames vs. Arizona Coyotes
Johnny Gaudreau ($6,600) – Sean Monahan ($5,700) – Troy Brouwer ($4,000)
Before being shut out against the Penguins last week, Gaudreau was riding a four-game point streak. Gaudreau is having a down season statistically but is rebounding and is up to 35 points in 46 games played. Monahan has 10 points and 34 shots on goal (SOG) in his last 10 games, after having only 25 points in his first 46 games. Brouwer has bounced around the Flames’ lineup this season but he’s got two points in his last four games playing on this line. This trio has combined for seven points in three games against the Coyotes this season.
New York Rangers @ Columbus Blue Jackets
J.T. Miller ($5,600) – Kevin Hayes ($5,200) – Michael Grabner ($5,200)
This line has been one of the hottest in the league as of late and has been a huge part of the Rangers averaging 3.60 goals per game this month. Don’t look now, but Grabner is tied for fifth in the league with 26 goals, matching the likes of Ovechkin and Tarasenko. He’s riding a four-game point streak that has seen him pot four goals and 12 SOG. Miller has a six-game point streak that has seen him collect four multi-point games in that stretch. He has 13 points and 23 SOG in his last 10 games overall. Hayes is riding a three-game point streak since returning from injury, posting a goal and four assists.
Superstar to Build Around
Cam Atkinson ($7,200) – Atkinson has scored a goal in three of his last five games, continuing his breakout season for Columbus. Atkinson continues to lead the Blue Jackets with 27 goals, 49 points and 161 SOG. In his six games since coming out of the All-Star break, Atkinson has three goals and 21 SOG. He has fared well against the Rangers this season, with two points, one power play point (PPP) and nine SOG in three meetings.
Value on Offense
Boone Jenner ($4,500) – Jenner is enjoying the exposure to Cam Atkinson right now. He has four points in three of his last five games and is coming off a multi-point outing against the Red Wings on Saturday. He is averaging three SOG per game in his last five and he’s scored one goal against the Rangers already this season.
Max Domi ($4,800) – Domi has looked good in his four games since his return from a broken hand that cost him almost two months of the season. He has points in back-to-back games, posting a goal, two assists, one PPP and four SOG. He’s on a line with Alex Burmistrov who has been solid since coming to the Coyotes.
Chad Johnson ($8,300) – The goalie carousel in Calgary continues to spin this season, and it looks like it will be Johnson tonight against the Coyotes. Calgary is coming off their bye week, having not played since Tuesday. Johnson started that game and picked up a 3-2 win, stopping 31 shots against the Penguins. He faces the Coyotes tonight, a team he is 2-0-0 against this season.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($7,400) – Bob will get the nod tonight in net for Columbus as they host the Rangers. He looks to tie Devan Dubnyk for the league-lead with 31 wins. He has been shaky as of late, allowing 10 goals in his last four games (2-2-0 record), but has beaten NY in his only game against them this season and is sporting a 1.92 goals against average (GAA) at home on the year.
UPDATE – Antti Raanta will start in goal for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist will NOT start.
Henrik Lundqvist ($7,700) – Lundqvist has turned his season around in a big way. Although he still sports career-worsts with a 2.68 goals against average (GAA) and .911 save percentage (SV%), in his last 10 games he has been stellar – posting an 8-1-0 record. He is riding a five-game winning streak heading into tonight’s road matchup with Columbus.
Value on Defense
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($4,700) – Ekman-Larsson has looked very good as of late, putting up seven points in his last 10 games. OEL has points in three of his last four games, and he has a PPP in each of those three games. In his last 10 games he has also posted 16 blocks, 17 SOG and four PPP.
Brady Skjei ($3,500) – Skjei also has points in three of his last four games, posting four assists and one multi-point game. Skjei sits second among rookie defensemen with 25 points and a +10 rating this season. He has two points, three blocks and seven SOG in three games against Columbus on the year.
Power Play Defensemen
Dougie Hamilton ($5,400) – Hamilton was in a bit of a slump going into the bye week for the Flames, posting only one point (a power play goal) in his last four games. He did post 15 SOG and had seven blocks in those four games. He had points in four of his six games before that stretch, with four PPP, and he has three points in four games against Arizona this season.
Zach Werenski ($4,900) – Weresnki has cooled considerably as the season has gone along, and he’s now riding a five-game point drought. But the rookie has played well lately despite not scoring, still averaging almost three SOG per game in his last four. He had a multi-point game against the Rangers two weeks and he’s still seeing significant even strength and power play time with Columbus’ top units.
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