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Top Lines of the Night
Boston Bruins @ Anaheim Ducks
Brad Marchand ($7,300) – Patrice Bergeron ($6,800) – David Backes ($4,900)
The Bruins’ top line has been a key cog in their efforts to turn things around after the firing of Claude Julien. Marchand has had a great season, putting up 59 points in 59 games. He has 14 points in his last nine games, with five multi-point games and 32 shots on goal (SOG). Bergeron has turned his season around after a hugely-disappointing start. He has 13 points in his last 9 games, and averaging four SOG per game in his last 10. Backes has four points and 11 SOG in his last four games since moving up to this line, including one power play point (PPP).
Florida Panthers vs Edmonton Oilers
Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,300) – Aleksander Barkov ($6,400) – Jaromir Jagr ($4,800)
Despite this trio being shutout in their last outing against the Blues, this line was the primary offensive reason the Panthers swept their five-game road trip. The Panthers are scoring at almost a four goal-per-game clip this month, and this line has been a huge part of that. This line has combined for 21 points this month, with Barkov and Huberdeau putting up eight points each. Jagr has five points in the month, which all came on a five-game point streak that was snapped against St. Louis.
Superstar to Build Around
Alex Ovechkin ($8,300) – Ovechkin has seven points in his last nine games, while firing 32 SOG in that span. Four of his seven points have come on the power play (PP), including three power play goals (PPG). He tallied one of those PPG on Sunday against the Rangers. Ovie faces the Flyers tonight, and he has feasted on Philly in his career to the tune of 49 points in 43 games.
Value on Offense
Lars Eller ($3,300) – After posting only 14 points in his first 47 games of the season, Eller has come on strong, posting seven points in his last 10 games. He has assists in back-to-back games, and points in six of his last seven games (2G, 4A). He has two points in two games against the Flyers this season.
Reilly Smith ($4,300) – Smith has points in four of his last five points, all assists, while firing off eight SOG. He added one PPP in that span and he is seeing significant time at both even strength and on the PP for the Panthers second line. He has an assist and five SOG in his only game against the Oilers this year.
Braden Holtby ($8,200) – Holtby is coming off a solid outing against Detroit over the weekend, despite taking the loss in a shootout. Holtby is having another great season, sitting in the top-five in all four major goaltending categories in the league. He gets the nod against the Flyers tonight, who sit 28th in the league in scoring this month.
Tuukka Rask ($7,400) – The Bruins are 4-0-0 since they fired Claude Julien as their coach and Rask has been a huge part of the turnaround. Rask started three of the four wins, allowed only four goals and posted one shutout in the three games. Keep in mind that Boston plays LA tomorrow night on a back-to-back and, with this being a 10:30 PM puck drop, Anton Khudobin could get the nod.
Value on Defense
Oscar Klefbom ($5,000) – Klefbom has been very productive lately from the blue line for the Oilers, posting seven points in his last 10 games. Klefbom has two goals in that span giving him 10 on the season, good enough to tie him for sixth among defensemen in the NHL in goals scored. He is also producing solid peripherals, averaging over two SOG and two blocks per game in his last 10.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($4,500) – Ghost is coming off one of his best games of the season on Sunday when he dished out three assists, two on the PP and added three SOG and two blocked shots. He has points in three of his last six games, with a PPP in each of those games.
Power Play Defensemen
Torey Krug ($5,200) – Krug has enjoyed the resurgence of the Bruins in the last few weeks and he’s currently riding a five-game point streak. He has a goal and five assists in those games with three PPP, including his goal. He is up to 16 PPP on the season, and is eighth in the league in scoring among defensemen.
John Carlson ($6,000) – Carlson has been in and out of the lineup this season with injuries, and he’s not produced much as of late. However, he is running the Capitals’ top pair and top PP unit, and I think he is worth a look tonight. He has a point in two games against the Flyers this season, and he gets a bump from the exposure to the Caps’ top lines. The Caps’ PP currently ranks fifth in the league, and the Flyers’ penalty kill ranks middle of the league.
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