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Top Lines of the Night
Nashville Predators @ Buffalo Sabres
Filip Forsberg ($6,600) – Ryan Johansen ($5,700) – Viktor Arvidsson ($6,200)
The Preds’ top line is the hottest line in the league at the moment and had themselves a heck of a week last week, led by NHL First Star of the Week, Filip Forsberg. In four games, Forsberg had eight goals, two hat-tricks, 10 points and 14 shots on goal (SOG). He scored a goal in all four games and is riding a five-game point streak. Johansen and Arvidsson picked up points in all four games as well. Johansen had seven assists during the week, one on the power play (PP). Arvidsson had a goal in each of his last three games, one on the PP, and had three goals, two assists and nine SOG in the week.
Boston Bruins vs Arizona Coyotes
Brad Marchand ($7,300) – Patrice Bergeron ($7,100) – David Backes ($4,900)
This line has also been hot, with Marchand and Bergeron leading the way. Marchand has 13 points in nine games in February and has seven points and 16 SOG in his last five. Bergeron has matched him with 13 points in the month. He has points in three of his last four and is coming off a three-point, five SOG outing on Sunday. I think Backes is a great value play while he has exposure to this line at even strength and he has seven points in his last seven games.
Superstar to Build Around
Connor McDavid ($8,000) – In case anyone didn’t know, Connor McDavid is good at hockey. The Oilers’ sophomore center is riding a three-game point streak and stretched his league-leading point total to 71 with four points last week. He has 12 points and 34 SOG in 11 games this month. He has three points in two games against the Blues already this season.
Value on Offense
Max Domi ($4,600) – Despite a tough matchup tonight against the Bruins, Domi is a solid play. The Coyotes’ winger is riding a four-game point streak, had a multi-point game in his last outing and has 10 points in his last 10 games overall. He has one goal, four assists and nine SOG on this four-game streak.
Josh Anderson ($3,500) – Anderson was hot for Columbus when they went into their bye and stayed hot when they came out. Anderson scored in both games for Columbus over the weekend with seven SOG, giving him four goals and one assist in his last five games. He has three points in two games against Montreal this season.
Braden Holtby ($7,600) – Holtby continues his strong second-half of the season, and his strong month of February. The Caps’ goalie has yet to lose in regulation in the month, posting a 7-0-1 record, with a 1.98 goals against average (GAA) in eight starts in the month. He has four goals total in his last three starts, including back-to-back one goal against outings vs Philly and Edmonton.
Ben Bishop ($7,400) – Bishop should draw the start tonight with the Kings on the second night of a back-to-back, making his LA debut against the Flames. Before the trade to LA, Bishop was stellar in February posting a 5-0-0 record in five starts and leading the league with both a 1.17 GAA and a .953 save percentage (SV%).
Value on Defense
Justin Schultz ($4,800) – With three of their top four defensemen out with injury, Schultz is a great play for the Penguins. He is seeing top minutes at even strength playing with the Penguins’ top lines and is running the point on their first PP unit while Letang is out. He returned over the weekend after an injury absence of his own, and I think he is a great play going forward.
Michael Stone ($3,400) – Stone has settled in well with the Flames on their second pairing and has looked solid so far. In four games with the Flames he has two assists, four blocks and seven SOG. He has seen his minutes increase each game so far.
Power Play Defensemen
Roman Josi/P.K. Subban ($6,200/5,300) – This is the offensive production that the Predators were hoping for from this duo when they traded for Subban. Josi has a five-game point streak, with three multi-point games in his last three, and has points in nine of his last 10 games (6G, 8A). Subban has points in back-to-back games, and seven of his last 10. These two have combined for 26 points, 49 SOG and nine power play points (PPP) over their last 10 games, with Josi running the point on the Preds’ first PP unit and Subban running the second unit.
Brent Burns ($8,500) – Another defenseman with a long point streak going is Burns, who has a five-game streak of his own. He has five goals, two assists, nine blocks and 29 SOG on his five-game run, with two PPP. He has 12 points, four PPP and 50 SOG in 10 games this month.
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