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Top Lines of the Night
Florida Panthers @ San Jose Sharks
Aleksander Barkov ($6,100) – Jonathan Huberdeau ($5,400) – Jaromir Jagr ($4,700)
This re-formed at the right time to try and turn the Panthers season around thanks to the return of Barkov and Huberdeau. The duo has played three games since their returns to the lineup and each have found the scoresheet in all three outings. Barkov has goals in back-to-back games, and netted a power play (PP) goal over the weekend. Huberdeau has been fantastic in his first three games of the season potting two goals of his own and adding three assists and 13 shots on goal (SOG). Jagr, the ageless one (who turns 45 today!), has a point in back-to-back games and is a solid price tonight.
Philadelphia Flyers @ Calgary Flames
Wayne Simmonds ($6,100) – Claude Giroux ($6,100) – Brayden Schenn ($5,700)
The Flyers have been struggling as of late, so they have shuffled their lineup and put this line together over the weekend against the Sharks. Despite being shut out for the majority of the game, Simmonds broke through and netted the game-winning goal, his team-leading 23rd of the season. Simmonds and Schenn are the Flyers two leading goal-scorers, and these three make up three of the team’s top-four scorers on the season. The Flyers are hoping to spark their offense and putting this trio together could do just that with a favorable matchup tonight against the Flames.
Superstar to Build Around
Nazem Kadri ($5,900) – The Leafs are scoring in bunches as of late, and they are as deep a team as there is in the league at the moment. This one was between Kadri and Auston Matthews for me, but I went with Kadri for his consistency in his last 10 games. In that span, Kadri has nine points, finding the scoresheet in eight of the 10. He’s coming off a multi-point game last night against the Islanders.
Value on Offense
Brandon Dubinsky ($4,300) – Dubinsky has enjoyed a solid season and has reaped the benefits at times of playing with Blue Jackets’ leading-scorer Cam Atkinson. Dubs has been hot lately, posting six points in his last four games and 10 points in his last 10 games overall. He has points in back-to-back games and faces the Leafs tonight, who are on the second night of a back-to-back.
Patrik Berglund ($4,300) – Berglund is reaping the benefits of being moved up in the lineup with the Blues injuries to Robby Fabbri and Paul Stastny. He is centering the Blues second line and has goals in three straight games, including a hat-trick over the weekend. He has six goals in his last five games with 14 SOG.
Jake Allen ($8,000) – For the majority of the season, Allen has been shaky at best, but he turned things on last week en route to claiming NHL second star of the week honors. Allen won all three of his starts in convincing fashion, shutting out the Senators and then allowed a total of three goals to the Leafs and Habs. Despite his struggles, Allen still has a respectable 21-14-3 record on the season.
Michael Neuvirth ($7,300) – Neuvirth has been very strong for the Flyers in his last five outings for the team, posting a 3-1-1 and allowing a total of six goals against. In his last 10 games overall (eight starts), Neuvirth has a sterling 1.93 goals against average (GAA). He’ll get the nod tonight against the Flames.
Value on Defense
Keith Yandle ($4,400) – Yandle is reaping the benefits of finally playing with the Panthers top line and top PP unit at full-strength. Yandle has three points and 12 SOG in three games since the return of Huberdeau and Barkov, and he has six points in his last eight games overall. Yandle has 28 points and 11 power play points (PPP) on the season and could catch fire with exposure to those lines.
Nikita Zaitsev ($4,50) – I have written about Zaitsev a couple of times recently, including last night before his matchup with the Isles. He added an assist against NY to give him points in back-to-back games, and has a point now in four of his last five games. He has seven points in his last 10 games, with three special teams points (two PP, one short-handed).
Power Play Defensemen
Kevin Shattenkirk ($5,200) – Despite the fact that Shattenkirk hasn’t registered a PPP in his last nine games, he is riding a four-game point streak and has nine points in his last 10 games. He is tied with Vladimir Tarasenko for the team-lead with 18 PPP on the season and continues to run the point for the first unit on the Blues sixth-ranked PP unit.
Brent Burns ($8,500) – Burns busted out of a two-game pointless drought in a big way over the weekend against the Devils with a two-goal, 11 SOG performance that produced 13 FPTS. Not much more can be said about Burns this season, he’s having an MVP-caliber year. He has eight points, three PPP, four multi-point games, 14 blocks and 34 SOG in his last seven games.
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