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Top Lines of the Night
Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks
Brad Marchand ($7,000) – Patrice Bergeron ($6,800) – David Pastrnak ($6,900)
Marchand is tied with Nicklas Backstrom for the NHL lead in scoring in January with 14 points. Marchand picked up two assists against the Red Wings on Wednesday, one power play (PP) assist and one short-handed. Bergeron has 10 points in his last 10 games and is coming off a three-point game against the Red Wings. He added two shots on goal (SOG) in the game. It was his second goal in his last three games. Pastrnak hasn’t found the scoresheet in his last two games but he has continued to shoot the puck. The young winger had six SOG against Detroit and continues to lead the Bruins with 19 goals this season.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Carolina Hurricanes
Evgeni Malkin ($7,300) – Patric Hornqvist ($6,100) – Jake Guentzel ($4,400)
Malkin picked up an assist on Wednesday night against the Canadiens to push his point streak to five games. The assist, his team-leading 29th, tied him with Sidney Crosby with 50 points on the season. Hornqvist has assists in back-to-back games, with one on the PP, and six SOG. He has seven points in his last 10 games overall. Guentzel was recalled from the AHL earlier in the week, where he was leading the league with 21 goals. He has points in each of his two games since his recall, including a goal on Wednesday against the Habs. Guentzel has six points in seven games in the NHL this season.
Superstar to Build Around
Vincent Trocheck ($6,100) – Trocheck has points in six straight games and has 11 points in the month of January so far. He has scored at least one goal in five of the six games on his current scoring run, including in each of his last four games. In his last 10 games overall, Trocheck has seven goals, 13 points and 28 SOG.
Value on Offense
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($4,900) – RNH is running the Oilers’ second line and he has a three-game point streak going at the moment. He has a goal and two assists as well as nine shots on goal on his streak. One of his assists came on the PP, where he centers the Oilers’ second unit. RNH has six points in his last 10 games and is second on the team with 129 SOG this season.
Lee Stempniak ($3,700) – Stempniak has always been a consistent contributor throughout his career, and he continues that with 23 points in 44 games in Carolina this season. He has four points in his last two games and has added four SOG. He has a tough matchup tonight against the Penguins but is a solid value consideration on a good line.
Al Montoya ($7,600) – Montoya is a solid option tonight for the Canadiens as they travel to face the Devils. Despite some rocky outings as of late, the Habs’ backup goalie has won his last three starts, and tonight he faces a New Jersey team that ranks bottom-five in the league in scoring. He has already beaten the Devils once this season.
Petr Mrazek ($7,600) – Mrazek will start tonight for the Wings against the Sabres. He came in to relieve Jared Coreau on Wednesday after Coreau allowed three goals on his first eight shots. Mrazek stopped 23 of 25 shots in the relief appearance to pick up the win over the Bruins.
Value on Defense
Aaron Ekblad ($4,300) – Ekblad has not had the offensive season that we have come to expect in his first two years but he’s starting to heat up. Ekblad has points in his last three games, all assists, and he has three blocks and eight SOG. Despite the Canucks better play as of late, Ekblad is a solid value option with PP exposure tonight.
Cameron Gaunce ($2,600) – Not to overload on Penguins, but Gaunce is an interesting play. He was called up on Tuesday and picked up an assist, a blocked shot and a shot on goal in his first game with the team. Until the Penguins’ defense heals up, Gaunce could be a decent play as long as he remains in the lineup.
Power Play Defensemen
UPDATE – P.K. Subban will return to action tonight against the Oilers, per the Nashville Predators.
Ryan Ellis ($4,400) – With both P.K. Subban and Roman Josi on the shelf with injuries, Ellis is getting a chance to step up. He is running the Predators’ top defense pair and the point on the team’s top PP unit. Ellis had a two-goal game last night against the Flames, including one on the PP. Ellis has solid peripherals in his last four – on top of his two goals and one assist, he has six blocks and and 11 SOG.
Mike Green ($4,800) – With exposure to Detroit’s top scoring lines and running the point on their top PP unit, Green is a solid option tonight. He had a PP goal and two assists in his last three games. Green has five points in his last seven games and 21 points in 37 games overall. He has five PP points on the season and is averaging 2.9 FPTS per game.
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