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Top Lines of the Night
Winnipeg Jets @ Dallas Stars
Mark Scheifele ($6,200) – Blake Wheeler ($6,400) – Andrew Copp ($3,300)
Scheifele finished the month of January on a tear, even playing a number of games without stud rookie Patrik Laine. Scheifele put up 14 points in his last 10 games of the month and capped it with a three-point night on Tuesday against the Hawks. He has back-to-back multi-point games to close the month. Wheeler also had double-digits in his last 10 games, posting 11 points of his own while also firing off 43 shots on goal (SOG). He closed the month with three points against Chicago as well, and on a three-game point streak. Copp has settled in nicely on this line riding a four-game point streak, with points in five of his last six games. Copp has goals in three of his four games on the streak and has totaled four goals, two assists and eight SOG in his last six outings.
Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers
Max Pacioretty ($7,000) – Phillip Danault ($4,800) – Alexander Radulov ($5,700)
Pacioretty had himself a night on Tuesday against Buffalo, posting the sixth hat-trick of his career. He’s now in the top-10 in goals in the NHL with 24 on the season. Radulov had a pair of assists on Tuesday night, giving him three multi-point games in his last five. The Russian is second to Pacioretty on the team with 39 points. Danault also had a pair of assists and added two blocks and one SOG. With Alex Galchenyuk returning to the lineup tonight, he could see some time with Paciotetty and Radulov, but it seems certain that Danault will be given the first crack to stay on this line.
Superstar to Build Around
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,400) – Tarasenko was on-fire on Tuesday night posting a goal and an assist, while adding six SOG against the Jets. He now has goals in back-to-back games, and is tied for eighth in the league with 49 points on the season. It will be a tough game for the Blues with the firing of Ken Hitchcock yesterday, but Tarasenko has a great matchup and is a solid option any night he’s on the docket.
Value on Offense
Alex Killorn ($4,600) – Killorn went into the All-Star break on a two-game point streak and picked it right up after the break. In their first game back, Killorn netted two goals on two SOG against the Bruins to push his streak to three games. He faces the Senators tonight and has a goal and three SOG vs Ottawa already this season.
Calle Jarnkrok ($3,500) – Jarnkrok has been a special teams stud the last three games for the Predators. Not only is he riding a three-game point streak, with two multi-point games, but he has collected a special teams point in each. He has two goals and three assists in his last three games, with two power play (PP) points and one shorthanded assist.
Martin Jones ($8,100) – Jones held Chicago to one goal on 25 shots on Tuesday night, leading the Sharks to a 3-1 win. He’s having another great season, sitting third in the league in wins and sixth in goals against average. He faces the Canucks for the first time this season tonight, but is 2-1-0 in his career against Vancouver.
Carey Price ($7,900) – After a rough stretch for most of January, Price finished the month on a high-note with a 5-2 win on Tuesday against Buffalo. He stopped 37 of 39 shots and looked like he did earlier in the season. He faces the Flyers tonight, a team he is 2-0-0 against this season.
Value on Defense
Jacob Trouba ($4,800) – Trouba continued his impressive run of play with a goal and five SOG on Tuesday night vs St. Louis. Trouba now has points in back-to-back games and in five of his last six games overall. He has seven points and 24 SOG in those six games and is still at a great value price.
Chris Wideman ($3,100) – Wideman is overshadowed offensively on the Senators’ blue line and only has 13 points on the season, but he has produced as of late with five points in his last 10 games. He’s on a hot streak at the moment with goals in back-to-back games and points in three straight games, with one point coming on the PP.
Power Play Defensemen
Brent Burns ($8,200) – Burns picked up two assists on Tuesday night against the Blackhawks, with one coming on the PP. That’s nine points in his last eight games, with two PP goals and two PP assists in that span. The Sharks play the Canucks tonight, who are allowing almost three goals against per game this season and rank 22nd in Penalty Kill %.
Andrej Sekera ($4,300) – It’s been tricky sometimes this season to trust the Oilers’ defenders but Sekera has been the best option, especially on the PP. He picked up a PP assist on Tuesday against Minnesota and he now has a PP point in back-to-back games. He has points in each of his last three games and has added four blocks and nine SOG.
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