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Top Lines of the Night
Washington Capitals vs Edmonton Oilers
Alex Ovechkin ($8,300) – Nicklas Backstrom ($7,200) – T.J. Oshie ($6,900)
The Capitals’ trio has continued their dominance as of late and is a force when on home ice. Backstrom is tied for fourth in the league with 63 points on the season. He is second in the league in scoring this month with 15 points, and has 33 points since the beginning of January. Ovie has points in seven of his last 10 games, with four goals, four power play points (PPP), nine points and 32 shots on goal (SOG). Oshie has points in four of his last five games, with three multi-point games in that span. These three have combined for 95 points in 30 games at home this season.
Dallas Stars vs Arizona Coyotes
Jamie Benn ($7,100) – Cody Eakin ($3,900) – Patrick Eaves ($5,400)
The Stars’ top line has been clicking, and it starts with Benn, who is one of the top scorers in the league this month. Benn has 13 points in his last 10 games, putting up 12 points and 33 SOG in nine games in February. Eakin has points in back-to-back games centering this line with four SOG, and five points in his last eight games overall. Eaves has points in back-to-back games as well and has four points in his last five games. He is enjoying a career-season with new highs in goals, assists and points.
Superstar to Build Around
Connor McDavid ($7,900) – The Oilers have a tough matchup tonight with the Capitals, but McDavid has nine points in his last eight games and has played well against Washington in his young career. He had an assist on Wednesday in his last outing and added five SOG. McDavid had two points against the Caps earlier this season, and has four points against them in two career meetings.
Value on Offense
Derick Brassard ($5,000) – With the rash of unfortunate injuries to the Senators, Brassard finds himself in a prime position to produce. He is centering the Senators’ top line, averaging over 20 minutes of ice time in his last two games. He is riding a four-game point streak and had two PPP in that span as well.
Jussi Jokinen ($4,300) – Jokinen leads the Panthers in scoring over the team’s last 10 games, posting 10 points and four multi-point games. He’s coming off a multi-point outing on Wednesday against the Oilers when he dished out two assists, one on the power play (PP), and had three SOG.
Craig Anderson ($7,400) – Anderson will get the nod tonight for the Senators as they travel to face the Hurricanes. He has been great since his return to the crease, winning three of his four starts. He has won back-to-back outings, including stopping 29 of 30 shots against the Devils on Tuesday night. He’s 2-0-0 with a 0.97 goals against average (GAA) against the Hurricanes this season.
Kari Lehtonen/Antti Niemi ($8,000) – It’s hard to trust any netminder that the Stars throw out there these days, but they are well-rested coming off of their bye week and face the Coyotes tonight who are playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Both teams are in the bottom-three in the league in scoring defense, but with the Stars’ offense averaging over three goals per game in their last 22 games, whoever starts for Dallas has a solid chance to get a win.
Value on Defense
Oscar Klefbom ($5,000) – Klefbom continued his scoring ways of late with his third goal in his last five games when he scored vs. the Panthers on Wednesday. He has points in four of his last five games and eight points in his last 10. He is averaging almost two blocked shots and over three SOG in his last five outings.
Keith Yandle ($4,400) – Yandle snapped a three-game pointless drought with a pair of assists on Wednesday against the Oilers. One of his assists came on the PP. He has eight assists, two on the PP and three multi-point games in his last 10 games.
Power Play Defensemen
Dougie Hamilton ($5,300) – Hamilton scored a PP goal and added two assists and five SOG in an impressive outing last night against the Lightning. That’s back-to-back multi-point games for Hamilton, and points in three of his last four overall. He has scored a goal in each of the last two games and has blocked six shots and fired 13 SOG in his last four.
Erik Karlsson ($7,100) – I have written about Karlsson a number of times, and there isn’t much more to say. He scored a PP goal on Tuesday against the Devils, which pushed his point streak to six games. He has PPP in three straight games, and has points in both games against Carolina this season.
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