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Top Lines of the Night
Edmonton Oilers @ Carolina Hurricanes
Connor McDavid ($8,000) – Leon Draisaitl ($6,000) – Patrick Maroon ($5,200)
Despite being shutout in his last two games, McDavid is still one of my top plays tonight. This line has slowed slightly as of late, but before this two game slump McDavid had nine points on a seven-game point streak. Draisaitl had his seven-game point streak snapped last night against Nashville when he was held to no points and only one shot on goal (SOG). Like McDavid, he too had nine points on his seven game run. Maroon has cooled off considerably and is the weak link of this line. He’s been shutout in his last three games, despite averaging almost three SOG per outing. I think he’ll still have fantasy value as long as he plays on this line.
Florida Panthers vs Anaheim Ducks
Aleksander Barkov ($6,300) – Jonathan Huberdeau ($5,100) – Jaromir Jagr ($4,700)
The band is back together at a crucial time for the Panthers. Barkov has missed the last 15 games with a back injury, last playing on December 28. Barkov had 10 points in his last nine games before he got hurt. Huberdeau will suit up for his first game of the season and is coming off back-to-back 50-point seasons. He had 59 points playing on this line last season, and could be a dynamic addition to this lineup. Jagr has struggled this season and perhaps getting Barkov and Huberdeau back could spark him. He has been solid at home, however, with 17 points in 25 games this season.
Superstar to Build Around
John Tavares ($7,200) – Tavares collected an assist against the Capitals coming out of the All-Star break on Tuesday night and added two SOG. The helper pushed his point streak to three games, and he has points in seven of his last nine games overall. He heated up in January to get his season going, posting 14 points and 49 SOG in 12 January contests. JT has always played the Red Wings well, posting 16 points and six power play points (PPP) in 13 career meetings.
Value on Offense
Sebastian Aho ($4,500) – Aho had the best game of his young career Tuesday netting his first career hat-trick and collecting four points. He put up four SOG and had two PPP. He has points in four of his last six games and nine points in his last 10 games overall.
Stefan Noesen ($3,000) – It’s been a whirlwind 10 days for Noesen, after being claimed by the Devils from Anaheim on January 25. He has a goal in each of his first two games with the Devils and five SOG after scoring only two goals and firing off only 12 SOG in 12 games for the Ducks this year.
Thomas Greiss ($7,600) – Greiss has been fantastic since he took over the Islanders’ net full-time and the team is riding a seven-game point streak. He was great on Tuesday night against the Capitals, and Greiss is riding a three-game winning streak heading into tonight’s game against Detroit. Greiss sits fourth in the league in Save Percentage (SV%) and is tied for seventh in goals against average (GAA).
Brian Elliott ($7,600) – Elliott has been impressive in his last two starts for the Flames, holding the Senators and Wild to a combined three goals against. He was particularly good on Wednesday against Minnesota. Elliott should get the nod in net tonight against the Devils who are ranked 28th in the league in scoring offense, and were 27th in scoring in January.
Value on Defense
Trevor Daley ($3,800) – Daley tallied a goal, two blocked shots and two SOG in the Penguins return from the All-Star break on Tuesday night. It was Daley’s fifth marker of the season and his second goal in his last five games. He has put up 16 SOG in those five games and has five points in his last seven games overall.
Calvin de Haan ($3,700) – de Haan has been a large contributor to the recent turnaround by the Islanders. The Isles’ blue liner is riding a three-game assist streak (one PP assist) and has a point in four of his last six games. He gets great category coverage as well, posting 17 blocked shots and 12 SOG in those six games.
Power Play Defensemen
Cam Fowler ($5,600) – Fowler has two goals and two assists in his last four games, with a goal and an assist coming shorthanded. Fowler has 13 special teams points this season, 11 PPP and had a great game on Tuesday with a goal and three assists against Colorado. Anaheim has a tricky matchup tonight, but I think Fowler is a solid option.
Justin Faulk ($5,500) – Faulk is having another solid offensive season for the Hurricanes. The defender hit double-digits in goals for the third season in a row with his power play (PP) goal on Tuesday night, while also firing four SOG. He has 22 points, six PPP and 135 SOG in 42 games and is running the Canes’ top defense pair and the point on their first PP unit.
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