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Highest Vegas Totals
– Winnipeg Jets vs. Carolina Hurricanes – 5
– Buffalo Sabres vs. Ottawa Senators – 5.5
– San Jose Sharks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – 5
Ben Bishop ($7,700): Despite a much higher total in the loss column on the season, Bishop is making his case a strong one in his challenge to Braden Holtby for the Vezina trophy this season. He is eighth in the league in wins at 22 and sits fourth in GAA at 2.09. After a few rough outings Bishop posted a solid bounce back game on Sunday against the Blues, allowing two goals against in a strong effort while unfortunately taking the loss. They have a tough matchup with the Sharks on Tuesday night who are 6-2-2 in their last 10, but have been inconsistent this month with a 3-2-1 record in February. Bishop picked up the win in the Lightning’s game against San Jose earlier this season with a stellar performance allowing two goals.
Top Line of the Night
Alex Ovechkin ($8,900) – Nicklas Backstrom ($7,100) – T.J. Oshie ($5,700)The Capitals top line continues to power this team to the top of the league standings and Ovechkin and Backstrom continue to be one of the highest producing point duos in the NHL. Ovechkin has come out of his rest period over the All-Star break with goals in five of his six games, including riding a current four-game goal-scoring streak. Ovechkin has seven goals in the six games while putting up 32 shots. Backstrom sits second on the team in points with 53, three behind Evgeny Kuznetsov, and has assists in three straight games. He is second on the team to Kuz in assists as well with 36 on the season. Oshie has had a solid season with 33 points in 54 games but he only has one point in his last five games. He will always have fantasy value playing with two of the top playmakers in the league and is always a threat to find the scoresheet. The Caps have a tough matchup tonight with one of the best teams in the West, the LA Kings, but very few teams this season have been able to keep this line in check.
Top Upside at Defense
Erik Karlsson ($7,800): Karlsson has been on an absolute tear since the All-Star break for the Senators with points in six of his seven contests. The stud blueliner has 11 assists in this current seven-game span as well as 24 shots and 12 blocks. He is currently tied with Tyler Seguin for third in scoring league-wide with 63 points and leads the league with 52 assists. He is producing in all situations, posting five power-play assists since the break as well. The Senators have given Karlsson a legitimate top-pair mate with the addition of Dion Phaneuf who will only serve to help Karlsson more offensively by opening up the point and they face the Sabres on Tuesday night, a team that Karlsson has done well against in his career.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($5,400): Many think that Artemi Panarin is a shoe-in for the Calder Trophy but there are a few players making cases for it, and a big one right now is the Flyers talented, young blueliner. “Ghost” is currently riding an unprecedented 12-game point streak, which broke the Flyers rookie scoring streak record. The streak started on January 19 against the Maple Leafs and has produced 15 points (3G, 12A) and 31 SOG. The rookie rear-guard has shown incredible poise this season for the Flyers, playing big minutes and filling in with a veteran presence. This streak has him up to 31 points in 37 games and Philly faces the Devils Tuesday night, against whom this season Ghost has a goal and an assist in two games.
Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Tyler Seguin ($8,600): Seguin pushed his scoring streak to five games picking up the primary assist on the Stars game-winning OT goal last night against the Predators while also posting three shots. This gives him points in six of his last seven games with five goals, five assists and 27 SOG in that span. Seguin is now up to 63 points on the season, one behind teammate Jamie Benn who also had an assist last night, and is up to 33 assists on the year with his helper last night. The Stars face the Blues on Tuesday night and in three matchups against St. Louis this year Seguin has a goal and nine shots.
Patrick Eaves ($4,000): Eaves has found himself in prime real estate in the Stars lineup, sitting pretty on the Dallas top line with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. He was help off the board last night in the Stars win against the Predators and that snapped a five-game scoring streak. He had four goals, one hat-trick, four assists and 16 shots during the streak and much like TJ Oshie he will have fantasy value, especially at that price, as long as he continues to be in such a prime position with top playmakers.
Mike Santorelli ($2,700): Santorelli has been buried down the Ducks lineup for most of the season despite showing an offense flash with 33 points last season. He has come alive as of late and he too is seeing time in his team’s top-six forward rotation and is making the most out of the opportunity. In 50 games on the season he has 14 points, but six have come in his last 10 games and he’s currently riding a three-game point streak with three goals and an assist playing with Ryan Getzlaf and David Perron on the Ducks top line. He is coming off one of his best games of the season with a two goal, two SOG performance yesterday against the Flames and has another favorable matchup tonight against the Oilers.
Patrice Bergeron ($7,300) Bergeron missed the Bruins matchup with the Red Wings on Sunday with an undisclosed injury and his status for Tuesday night’s matchup with Columbus is up in the air. He’s considered day-to-day but if he plays should be considered a top center against a weak Blue Jackets back-end.
Justin Faulk ($6,200) Faulk is dealing with a leg injury that forced him to miss practice on Monday. The Hurricanes said they expect him to skate in practice on Tuesday in advance of their game against Winnipeg on Tuesday night, and a decision on Faulk’s availability will be made then. Check his status during the day if you’re thinking of putting him in your lineups in a favorable matchup.