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Top Lines of the Night
Chicago Blackhawks @ Colorado Avalanche
Patrick Kane ($7,600) – Artem Anisimov ($6,200) – Artemi Panarin ($6,800)
This line contributed the offense on Saturday against the Wild, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks fell 3-2. Kane had a big night with two goals and 12 shots on goal (SOG). Kane has 13 points in his last 10 games, with 10 of those points coming in his last six. Anisimov snapped a four-game scoring drought with assists on each of Kane’s goals. Panarin added an assist of his own, giving him points in seven of his last 10 games overall. The Hawks face the Avs tonight and in two games vs Colorado this season, the Hawks trio has five points, including three from Panarin.
Anaheim Ducks vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Rickard Rakell ($6,500) – Ryan Getzlaf ($6,500) – Corey Perry ($6,400)
The Ducks’ top line has a solid matchup tonight against a Lightning team that is playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Rakell is tied for the team lead with 18 goals and has three points and two goals in his last three games. He has 18 goals and 26 points in 35 games this season. Getzlaf has a five-game point streak going with a goal, four assists, eight blocks and seven SOG. He also has 10 points in 11 career games vs Tampa Bay. Perry had three SOG on Sunday against the Blues but was kept off the scoresheet, snapping a three-game point streak. He had four points in five games before that, and on the season he is averaging almost three SOG per game and is tied for the team lead with 15 power play points (PPP). The Lightning are allowing almost three goals against per game on the road this season.
Superstar to Build Around
Jack Eichel ($6,900) – Eichel had a big game yesterday against the Stars, netting two goals and putting up 10 SOG. Eichel had been in a mini-slump before yesterday’s game with only one point in his prior four games. He had been on a five-game point streak before that slump, so fantasy owners should look at this as a potential jumpstart opportunity for Eichel. He has 17 points and 88 SOG in 22 games this season and faces the Leafs tonight, against whom he has two points in three career meetings.
Value on Offense
Patrik Berglund ($4,100) – Berglund had a two-goal game on Sunday against the Ducks, putting up both of the Blues’ goals in the contest. Berglund is playing on a very underrated line with Robby Fabbri and David Perron, and has five goals in his last seven games overall.
Brock McGinn ($3,300) – In his first 24 games this season, McGinn had five points, and in his last three games he has seven. McGinn is riding a three-game point streak that was capped off by a four-point night (1G, 3A) against the Islanders on Saturday. He has at least one goal in each game, and is averaging three SOG per night.
Devan Dubnyk ($8,400) – Dubnyk just continues to be dominant for the Wild. He’s yet to lose in 2017, riding a four-game win streak since January 5, and has only lost twice since the beginning of December (one loss in a shootout). He continues to lead the league in both goals against average (GAA) and save percentage (SV%) by wide margins, and gets the nod tonight against the struggling Devils.
Pekka Rinne ($7,500) – After a rocky stretch of games in December, Rinne is bouncing back as of late. The Preds’ netminder has won three of his last four starts. One of those wins came against his opponent tonight, Vancouver, a team he held to one goal against on 30 shots last Tuesday.
Value on Defense
Matt Hunwick ($3,300) – Hunwick gets overshadowed by some of the more offensive defensemen on the Leafs’ roster, but has put up 10 points in 33 games this season. He has assists in back-to-back games and at $3,300, I think he’s worth a look in a favorable offensive matchup.
Colton Parayko ($4,700) – Parayko has had his ups and downs this season but has three points in his last four games, including two on the power play (PP). He has two goals, one assist, five blocks and 10 SOG in his last four games and gets great category coverage. Parayko is averaging a solid 3.0 DKFP per game this season.
Power Play Defensemen
Erik Karlsson ($6,900) – Karlsson snapped a four-game pointless drought with a multi-point outing against the Penguins on Thursday, following that up with an assist against the Leafs on Saturday. One of his points on Thursday came on the PP, giving him 13 PPP this season. He joins Brent Burns as one of the defensemen to consider every night, regardless of opponent.
Ryan Suter ($5,200) – Suter provides very good value tonight. He is riding a three-game point streak with a goal and three assists in his last three games. Suter’s goal on this streak came on the PP, his third PP goal of the season. He gets great category coverage and sees time in all situations for the Wild.
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