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Top Lines of the Night
Minnesota Wild @ Calgary Flames
Mikael Granlund ($6,100) – Mikko Koivu ($5,600) – Jason Zucker ($4,900)
This line has quietly been one of the hottest scoring lines in the league as of late. Granlund is in the middle of a breakout season posting 43 points in 49 games, one point shy of his career-high. He’s one of the hottest scorers in the league at the moment, riding a 10-game point streak that has seen him put up 12 points and 30 shots on goal (SOG). Koivu has a three-game point streak of his own right now putting up two goals (both on the power play (PP)), and one assist. He has eight points in his last nine games. Zucker joins Granland with double-digit point totals in his last 10 games, posting 10 points of his own. He has points in back-to-back games, and in four of his last five games overall. The trio posted four points last night and look to stay hot against the Flames tonight.
Los Angeles Kings vs Colorado Avalanche
Anze Kopitar ($5,500) – Marian Gaborik ($4,300) – Dustin Brown ($3,900)
Kopitar started to heat up in January after a horrid start to his season. He had 14 points in 12 games, with 13 coming in his last 10 games. He heads into February on a three-game point streak, including a three-point game against the Coyotes last night. Gaborik has also had a down season, missing time with injuries and being inconsistent on the ice. However, he is starting to show flashes of his old-self and has seven points in his last 10 games. He joins Kopitar with a three-game point streak heading into the month of February. Brown is the weak link of this line, currently riding a five-game pointless drought. He has shot the puck a lot despite not scoring, posting 17 SOG in those five games.
Superstar to Build Around
Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,400) – Kuznetsov turned his season around in January with 20 points in 15 games during the month. He finished the month strong last night with a multi-point outing against the Islanders and has back-to-back multi-point games heading into February. He has three goals, one assist and 11 SOG in his last two games and has points in eight of his last 10 games overall. He had a two assist outing in his only game against Boston this year.
Value on Offense
Mikko Rantanen ($4,000) – In what could be a high-scoring matchup tonight, Rantanen is a solid pick against the Kings. He has goals in back-to-back games and four SOG and has a potential positive matchup looming against Kings’ backup Jeff Zatkoff and his 2.94 goals against average (GAA).
Tyler Graovac ($2,900) – Graovac has been almost non-existent for the Wild this season, posting only six goals in 40 games. He’s centering the team’s fourth line but in his last two games he has three goals and four SOG. He posted a two-goal night last night against Edmonton and could be a solid value sleeper tonight.
Devan Dubnyk ($8,000) – Despite being 0-1-1 against the Flames this season Dubnyk is my top goalie of the night. He is coming out of the All-Star break riding a four game winning streak and continues to lead the league in both GAA (1.88) and save percentage (SV%) at .936, and sits second with 27 wins. He has posted a 1.46 GAA against the Flames this season and is 12-3-3 on the road.
Braden Holtby ($8,300) – Even though he was pulled from a few games that he garnered no-decisions in, Holtby didn’t register a loss in the month of January. He’s having another incredible season, sitting just behind Dubnyk in GAA and SV%. He gets the nod tonight against the Bruins, whom he is 10-2-0 against with a 1.69 GAA in his career.
Value on Defense
Dmitry Orlov ($4,000) – There are a lot of inconsistent defensemen playing tonight, but Orlov is having a breakout season and has six points in his last seven games. He has two points and six SOG in his last two games.
Kevan Miller ($3,000) – Miller isn’t one to put up the offense, much like a lot of Bruins’ defensemen, but he has put up all six of his points this season in his last 10 games. He is riding a three-game point streak with one goal, two assists, four blocks and two SOG.
Power Play Defensemen
Dougie Hamilton ($5,000) – Hamilton has points in back-to-back games for the Flames, posting two assists (one on the PP), three blocks and seven SOG. Hamilton sits second on the Flames this season with 32 points and has nine points and four PP points in his last nine games overall.
Drew Doughty ($5,500) – Doughty went into the All-Star break on a four-game point streak and after a great ASG weekend he added an assist last night in his first game back to push his streak to five games. Doughty has posted one goal, five assists, five blocks and 12 SOG on this five game run and two of his seven points have come on the PP.
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