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Top Lines of the Night
Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks
Connor McDavid ($7,900) – Leon Draisaitl ($6,000) – Patrick Maroon ($4,800)
McDavid is starting to heat up again after only four points in eight games from December 13th through January 3rd, but he has points in three straight games. The sophomore center continues to lead the league with 34 assists and 48 points. Draisaitl is following up his breakout season last year with another this season. He has 35 points in 42 games, well on pace to break his 51 points from last year. Draisaitl has nine points and 24 shots on goal (SOG) in his last 10 games. Maroon needs only 11 points to tie his career-high of 34, and he has already set a new high for goals so playing with McDavid has made him very fantasy relevant. He has five goals, six points and 15 SOG in his last four games and eight goals in his last 10 games overall.
Dallas Stars @ Anaheim Ducks
Tyler Seguin ($7,800) – Jason Spezza ($5,900) – Jiri Hudler ($3,900)
I wrote about this line last night, and they came through in a big way. Seguin had a multi-point night notching a goal, an assist and seven SOG. He now has points in seven of his last nine games and already has two points in two games against Anaheim this year. Spezza pushed his point streak to three games with an assist. He joins Seguin with 10 points in his last 10 games. Many forget the type of scorer that Hudler was just two years ago, but playing on this line he could put up big numbers. He had a multi-point game last night as well with a goal and an assist of his own. The Stars face the Ducks tonight, who are allowing just under three goals per game this season.
Superstar to Build Around
Claude Giroux ($6,500) – The Flyers’ center is having a very solid season with 34 points and 112 SOG in 42 games, despite only putting up four points in his last 10. Still, he just had a three-game point streak snapped in his last outing against Columbus, but he faces an opponent tonight that he has dominated in his career. The Flyers are in Buffalo tonight and Giroux has 25 points in 28 career meetings, including an assist in his matchup with the Sabres earlier this season.
Value on Offense
Andreas Athanasiou ($4,100) – Despite a tough matchup at Chicago tonight, Athanasiou has been great lately. He is playing on a line with Frans Nielsen and Tomas Vanek, and he has back-to-back multi-point outings with five points and eight SOG.
Ryan Hartman ($4,100) – Hartman is making the most out of playing on the Hawks’ third line and is coming off a hat-trick on Sunday. He has eight points in his last 10 games overall and 10 SOG in his last two games. He has four goals in his last three games, so I think he is a solid value pick.
Corey Crawford ($8,400) – Crawford has won three of his last four starts and is 6-3-1 with a 2.30 goals against average (GAA) and a .930 save percentage (SV%) in his last 10 overall. He won his last two starts against the Predators and Sabres and gets the nod tonight against the Red Wings in Chicago. On the season he has nine of his 15 wins at home, and has 14 wins in 21 career starts vs Detroit.
Pekka Rinne ($7,800) – Despite Vancouver playing better of late, I think Rinne is a great play tonight. Rinne has had his struggles recently, but at home, where the game is tonight, he has a 2.21 GAA on the year and he faces a Canucks team that is 25th in the league in road scoring this season.
Value on Defense
Mattias Ekholm ($3,800) – Ekholm has been solid filling in for P.K. Subban and has seven of his 15 points on the year in his last 10 games, with two on the power play (PP). He has a goal and an assist in his last three games.
Andrej Sekera ($4,400) – Sekera took a couple of games to get back into it after his injury but now has points in back-to-back games. In those two games he has two assists, five blocks and three SOG and has an assist in his first game vs San Jose this year.
Power Play Defensemen
Brent Burns ($8,100) – Not much else needs to be said about Burns – he’s a beast. He’s tied for eighth in the league in scoring with 39 points in 40 games, leads the league with 160 SOG and has back-to-back multi-point outings going for San Jose. Burns has 11 points and three power play points (PPP) in his last 10 games including a multi-point game vs Edmonton.
Duncan Keith ($5,200) – Keith comes at a modest, just above value, price tonight in a favorable matchup. He pushed his assist streak to four games with a helper on Sunday against Nashville, giving him an impressive 28 assists in 43 games, good for fourth in the league. He has three PPP in his last 10 games, and is fourth on Chicago with nine PPP this season.
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