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Top Lines of the Night
Dallas Stars @ Minnesota Wild
Jamie Benn ($7,000) – Tyler Seguin ($7,100) – Jason Spezza ($5,100)
While this line isn’t playing together consistently, they did hook up for Benn’s goal on Tuesday against the Jets, and Benn returned the favor by assisting on Seguin’s power play goal (PPG) later in the game. Benn has been one of the hottest scorers in the league in February, posting 11 points and 24 shots on goal (SOG) in seven February games. Seguin has been scoring as well with points in four of his seven games this month. He has back-to-back multi-point games. Spezza returned after missing 10 days with injury to pick up his assist, giving him points in four of his last five games played. They have a tough draw against Minnesota tonight, but it’s one that got easier with Darcy Kuemper and his 3.22 goals against average (GAA) in net for the Wild.
Buffalo Sabres vs Colorado Avalanche
Ryan O’Reilly ($5,700) – Kyle Okposo ($5,400) – Justin Bailey ($3,500)
This line had a solid outing against the Senators the other night with each member finding the scoresheet. Okposo pushed his point streak to seven games with his assist on O’Reilly’s goal. He has three goals, four assists, three powerplay points (PPP) and 12 SOG on this run. O’Reilly has been very good as well with points in six of his last eight games, including each of his last two. Bailey has been a pleasant surprise as of late as well with points in two of his last four games. He scored his second goal of the year and had four shots on Tuesday night.
Superstar to Build Around
Evgeni Malkin ($7,700) – Malkin returned to the Penguins lineup on Tuesday night and notched a multi-point game against Vancouver, his fourth multi-point game in his last six games played. The goal and assist give him 56 points on the season, good to tie him for seventh in the league. He has a great matchup against the Jets tonight, a team he has dominated in his career to the tune of 44 points in 29 games.
Value on Offense
Max Domi ($4,700) – Domi continues to look very good after his return from injury. After being shutout in his first two games back, Domi now has a four-game point streak going. He isn’t shooting much yet but is seeing significant time, and his scoring run shouldn’t be ignored, especially with L.A.’s defense being porous as of late.
Ryan Strome ($3,800) – Strome has become an integral producer for the Islanders as of late. The young forward has eight points, three PPP, and 13 SOG in his last eight games. He has put up solid numbers against the Rangers in his career, producing seven points in 12 games against the Islanders rivals.
Jake Allen ($8,100) – I wrote about Allen yesterday in hopes he would start, but he was benched in favor of Carter Hutton late in the afternoon. He gets the nod tonight at home against a Canucks team that is bottom-three in the league in scoring offense. Allen has won his last three in convincing fashion, shutting out the Senators and then allowed a total of three goals to the Leafs and Habs.
Mike Smith ($6,900) – Despite playing on the Coyotes and the uncertainty of their defense on a nightly basis, Smith has actually been solid as of late posting a 6-3-1 record in his last 10 games. He has won back-to-back starts against the Pens and Flames, blanking Calgary, and faces the Kings tonight who are struggling offensively in February.
Value on Defense
Dion Phaneuf ($4,100) – Phaneuf is often overshadowed by Erik Karlsson on the Senators blue line but is still a solid contributor and is hot right now. Phaneuf has points in three straight games for the Sens, scoring twice and adding an assist. He gets great category coverage as well, averaging about two blocks and two SOG per game this year.
Oscar Klefbom ($5,000) – Right on the cusp of a value pick is Klefbom tonight, coming off arguably his best game of his season. The Oilers blue liner scored a goal and added two assists, one on the PP, while firing off four SOG on Tuesday night. He also added three blocks to cap off his 10.5 FPT night. He has points in two of his last four games and seven points in his last nine games overall.
Power Play Defensemen
Kris Letang ($6,300) – It’s hard to resist picking certain Penguins on a nightly basis, and Letang fits that bill. When he’s on, he’s one of the best offensive defensemen in the world. He’s on right now, with points in five of his last six games. He had an assist and four SOG on Tuesday night, and with the return of Evgeni Malkin to the Pens top PP unit, it makes Letang even more appealing.
Drew Doughty ($5,600) – The Kings haven’t played since February 9th, but in five games in the month, Doughty had three assists, one on the PP. In two games against the Coyotes this season he has an assist and eight SOG. He’s running the point on the Kings top PP unit and faces Arizona’s 26th-ranked penalty kill tonight.
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