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Top Lines of the Night
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Calgary Flames
Nikita Kucherov ($7,200) – Tyler Johnson ($5,100) – Ondrej Palat ($4,900)
The triplets line had a great night on Tuesday night for the Lightning, especially Kucherov. The Russian winger had a goal and three assists with six shots on goal (SOG). It broke a four-game pointless drought for him and gives him 15 SOG in his last two games. Johnson had two assists to post his second multi-point game in his last three games. Palat has points in three of his last four games, with two multi-point games of his own. This line combined for eight points on Tuesday night and have a fantastic matchup tonight at home vs the Flames.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Arizona Coyotes
Jonathan Toews ($6,300) – Richard Panik ($4,700) – Nick Schmaltz ($3,900)
Toews five-point night powered Chicago over the Wild on Tuesday night, netting a hat-trick, adding two assists and firing off four SOG. He has nine points on his four-game point streak. Panik is heating up again, after slumping from his hot start to the season, riding a four-game point streak himself and putting up points in five of his last six games, with three multi-point games. Schmaltz has points in two straight and in five of his last six as well. He added three points against the Wild on Tuesday. This trio has a great opportunity to stay hot against the lowly Coyotes tonight.
Superstar to Build Around
Filip Forsberg ($6,200) – A value superstar to build around tonight, Forsberg has been hot lately for the Preds. He is skating on a great line with Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson and he has points in three of his last four. He’s coming off a hat-trick on Tuesday against the Flames and has four goals, an assist and 12 SOG in those last four games. He has three points in four games this season against Colorado, who rank last in the league in scoring defense.
Value on Offense
Christian Dvorak ($3,500) – Dvorak is beginning to find his way with nine points in his last nine games. He is finding his scoring touch more importantly with six of his nine points coming by way of the goal. Despite a tough matchup tonight he has two points in two games against Chicago this season.
Josh Leivo ($3,800) – Leivo continued his impressive 10 day scoring run by picking up his third multi-point game in his last five games. He has all eight of his points this season since Valentine’s Day with 18 SOG and is seeing significant time on the Leafs’ first line.
Corey Crawford ($8,400) – Crawford got back to his winning ways stopping 29 of 32 shots against the Wild on Tuesday. He’s won five of his last six starts and is 8-2-2 in 13 career games against Arizona.
Ben Bishop ($7,800) – Bishop has been fantastic in the month of February, winning all five of his starts with just six goals allowed. Bishop leads the NHL by wide margins this month with a 1.17 goals against average (GAA) and a .953 save percentage (SV%), and he’s shut down some high-powered offenses in the process. He is a great play tonight because of his hot streak and solid price.
Value on Defense
Brady Skjei ($3,600) – I have written about Skjei a few times lately and he has been productive. He has eight points in his last 10 games for NY and is beginning to see more responsibility. Skjei is running the point on the Rangers’ second power play (PP) unit and is seeing more time on ice per game overall. He has a goal and an assist in two prior outings this season against Toronto.
Jake Gardiner ($4,300) – Gardiner has been inconsistent this season but he’s been great in his last two games. He has posted back-to-back multi-point games, potting two goals, three assists, one PP point and four SOG. He’s getting exposure to the Leafs’ top lines and is running the point on their first PP unit.
Power Play Defensemen
P.K. Subban ($5,600) – Subban continues to be on fire, especially on the PP. He is riding a four-game point streak, has points in five of his last six games and four of his five games are multi-point games. He has one goal, eight assists, three PP assists, 10 SOG and nine blocks in those five games. When he’s on he’s one of the best defensemen in the NHL… and he’s definitely on right now, so take advantage.
Victor Hedman ($6,300) – Despite being shutout against the Oilers on Tuesday night, Hedman is the top defenseman tonight. He has 10 points in his last nine games, with two points on the PP, and before he went pointless on Tuesday night, he had a three-game point streak with three goals and three assists. He has 22 SOG in his last nine games and he had three assists in his only other game against the Flames this season.
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