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Top Lines of the Night
Florida Panthers @ St. Louis Blues
Aleksander Barkov ($6,300) – Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,100) – Jaromir Jagr ($4,700)
This line continues its dominance since Barkov and Huberdeau returned from injury. Hubeadeau has points in five of his first six games of the season, scoring four goals, four assists and 20 shots on goal (SOG). Barkov has eight points in the six games since Hubeadeau’s return. Jagr, the ageless one, continued his impressive play lately by notching an assist on Saturday to push his point streak to five games. He has two goals, three assists and seven shots on this run.
Anaheim Ducks @ Arizona Coyotes
Ryan Kesler ($6,500) – Jakob Silfverberg ($6,000) – Andrew Cogliano ($4,100)
Kesler is enjoying his best offensive season in years and is on-pace to crack 60 points for the first time since 2011. Despite being shutout in his last three games, he still leads the Ducks with 44 points. Silfverberg is enjoying the best year of his career, posting 36 points in 57 games, which is three less than his career-high. Cogliano rounds out the line and has points in four of his last six games. This trio has been impressive this season, and has combined to put up four points in three games against Arizona on the year.
Superstar to Build Around
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,500) – Tarasenko has a great matchup tonight against the Panthers, who have been porous as of late on defense, especially when Roberto Luongo has been in net. Tarasenko is 10th in the league with 56 points, is tied for third in scoring with 28 goals and has nine points and 31 SOG in his last 10 games. He has six points in six career games against the Panthers, who are allowing well over three goals against per game this month.
Value on Offense
Martin Hanzal ($4,700) – Hanzal has been on a tear as of late, potting five goals in his last five games. He has scored in four of those five games putting up one multi-point game, one power play (PP) goal and eight SOG. Hanzal faces the Ducks tonight, against whom he has a goal already this season.
Ivan Barbashev ($2,800) – Barbashev was moved up to the Blues’ third line after injuries to Stastny and Fabbri, and he’s looked solid since the move. The young center only has three points in 11 games this season, but two of them have come in his last three games. He could see more time as the Blues move forward under new coach Mike Yeo.
Note: Jonathan Bernier has yet to be confirmed by the Ducks. Be sure to check back for confirmation.
Jonathan Bernier ($8,000) – With John Gibson posting a shutout last night in impressive fashion, look for Bernier to get the nod tonight for the Ducks when they face the Coyotes. Bernier hasn’t been particularly great this season, but he’s 3-2-1 in his last six starts with one shutout that came against Arizona.
James Reimer ($7,200) – The Blues’ offense has been inconsistent lately outside of Tarasenko, posting two goals or less in five of their nine games this month. Reimer has been solid lately, and I like the Panthers’ goalies in this matchup. It could be high scoring, but with the Panthers’ offense buzzing right now, either Reimer a great chance to get a win.
Value on Defense
Aaron Ekblad ($4,200) – It has been a down season for Ekblad along with the Panthers as a whole. He only has 18 points in 57 games, nowhere near his 37 point average his first two seasons. He has come on a bit lately, riding a modest three-game point streak coinciding with an uptick for the Panthers’ overall offense. He has a goal, two assists, one power play point (PPP) and six SOG in these last three games and is a solid price tonight.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($4,800) – I have written about OEL a few times as of late, and I think he is still a great value play. He had his five-game point streak snapped against the Sharks over the weekend, but he has eight points, four PPP, 16 blocks and 14 SOG in his last 10 games. He’s the best offensive option from the Arizona blue line and could have a solid outing with John Gibson not expected in net for Anaheim.
Power Play Defensemen
Cam Fowler ($5,300) – The Ducks’ defense is not a great place to look for offensive production, but Fowler is the best of the bunch. He is the only defender on the Ducks with over 20 points, sitting sixth on the team with 30. He has 11 PPP, 13 special teams points overall and sits fourth on the team with 135 SOG.
Kevin Shattenkirk ($5,200) – The Blues’ defense is certainly deeper offensively than the Ducks, and Shattenkirk is their top guy. He’s second on the Blues with 42 points this season and leads the team with 20 PPP. He has found the scoresheet in seven of his last 10 games, adding two PPP, 14 blocks and 14 SOG. On the season he has 25 points and 11 PP points in 31 home games.
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